Packers bloggers are reacting to an interview with rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb in which he classified himself as “day to day” with knee contusions, but wouldn’t definitively say he’ll be able to play in the regular season opener against the Saints. “These types of injuries are why teams build depth, and the Packers at this point are more than prepared to absorb it,” writes Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. “Rookie Alex Green could return kickoffs while Jordy Nelson and Chastin West are candidates to return punts. And if anything, they have a surplus of receivers to use on offense at this point.”
More on Randall Cobb’s injury status appears at Acme Packing Company and Pocket Doppler, but I’d be skeptical of the headline at the Doppler that reads “Cobb Likely Out for Opener.” No one associated with the organization has publicly said Cobb is likely to be out.
Reaction to T.J. Lang being named the starter at left guard is beginning to roll in. “Lang’s play ultimately earned him the starting spot and he may well turn out to be better than the man he replaced, Daryn Colledge,” writes Monty McMahon of Total Packers.
Acme Packing Company also chimes in on T.J. Lang.
As another position becomes solidified, Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company reacts to Erik Walden becoming the starter at right outside linebacker. “Arguably he’d outplayed (Frank) Zombo this preseason and in practice,” writes Benson. “But he made me nervous in pass coverage, and I had given Zombo the edge. He showed some potential last season with 5 starts and a monster 3 sack game against the Bears in Week 17. Not a bad Plan B.”
It was an injury to Frank Zombo that helped lead to Walden becoming a starter. Zombo’s injury led Brandon Benson to speculate about his future. “Mike McCarthy said Zombo will be out for ”a significant amount of time,” writes Benson. ”His only good news is that this injury happened during the preseason. In the regular season, they would have certainly needed that roster spot. Also, he has a couple weeks to heal now, and he’ll be available for a couple more regular season games. They could leave him inactive if he can return in October.”
The play of Bryan Bulaga is broken down in a post by Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com. “McCarthy has praised Bulaga throughout training camp, saying that he is a ‘different player this year than he was last year,’” writes Czech. “If Bulaga continues to progress and Sitton keeps playing at a high level, the Packers could have a formidable run-blocking duo for the first time in a long time.”
General manager Ted Thompson is the focus of another post at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The battle for roster spots at running back is commented upon at JonBob’s Packer Blog.
Andrew Quarless is analyzed as a bubble player by Tyler Dunne in a video at JSOnline.
A preseason Week 3 preview is up at Talkin’ S-Mac.
A training camp report is up at Total Packers.
Packerville, U.S.A. has a picture of Mike Holmgren on his Harley Davidson.
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