Former Packers safety Atari Bigby has officially left Green Bay for the Seattle Seahawks. “Bigby showed flashes of excellence in Green Bay, but too often his big plays were followed by big mistakes,” writes Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com. “The Seahawks have a very young safety group, with second-year player Kam Chancellor starting at strong safety opposite Earl Thomas.” It’s worth noting that Bigby might factor into the Packers’ compensatory draft pick equation, but first Bigby has to make the Seahawks’ roster.
Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum is under the microscope among bloggers. Lombardi Ave. applauds the personnel with which he’s been given to work. “If last Saturday was any indication (though it is a long, long season) it looks as though GM Ted Thompson has finally outfitted Slocum with the depth of talent that could make a huge difference in production this coming season,” according to the blog post. Tim Masthay, Randall Cobb and Ryan Taylor are of particular mention.
Shawn Slocum has no more excuses, says Michael Rodney of Packer Update. “Watch the way other teams play special teams and then watch the Packers,” writes Rodney. “You don’t have to be an expert to see how many guys are missing blocks on returns and how many guys are failing to stay in their lanes in coverage. That’s all about discipline. And if things don’t improve in this particular area, no amount of new talent will make an appreciable difference.”
The Packers are $13.1 million under the salary cap, notes Pete Dougherty of PackersNews.com. “Tight end Jermichael Finley and right guard Josh Sitton both will be unrestricted free agents next offseason and figure to be at the top of the Packers’ list for new contracts sometime this season,” writes Dougherty.
More on the salary cap appears at Total Packers.
A post on running back Brandon Saine is published at Packer Update.
Frank Zombo gets some attention at Total Packers.
A training camp report appears at Total Packers as well.
James Jones is called a fantasy football sleeper.
A preview of the Week 2 preseason game vs. Arizona is up at Talkin’ S-Mac.
Tony Canadeo is featured at Packerville, U.S.A.
And make sure to check out the Dominating Trees at the Stadium View after a Packers game this season.
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