Following a not-so-stellar performance on Saturday against the Cleveland Browns, cornerback Pat Lee’s hold on a roster spot would appear to be slipping. “There’s a place for Pat Lee in the National Football League, but it should no longer be in Green Bay,” writes Michael Rodney of Packer Update. “The fourth-year cornerback simply isn’t good enough to take a roster spot away from a younger player with more long-term potential. In my opinion, general manager Ted Thompson is better off keeping Josh Gordy as the No. 6 corner or Anthony Levine as the No. 5 safety. And while it’s unlikely that either of those players will develop into a future starter, at least it’s a possibility. The same can’t be said about Lee.” Lee still has a few weeks left to impress, but he’ll need to bounce back in a big way the rest of training camp and the preseason.
The Packers’ success as a red-zone defense is highlighted in a blog post at the NFL’s official website. “26 is the total red-zone scores allowed by Green Bay in 2010 — the lowest such total in the NFL last season,” according to NFL.com. “Green Bay allowed a league-low 26 opponent scores from the red zone in 2010, including a league-low 15 touchdowns. That is the fewest red-zone scores in the NFL over the last four seasons.” Even though the Packers may have given up more yards than some of their brethren in the NFL last season, they did a pretty darn good job at keeping opponents out of the end zone. And that’s far more important.
An assessment of the performance of rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb after the first preseason game appears at Lombardi Ave. “He will make the team, there’s no question about it,” reads the blog post. “The question is how quickly Coach Mike McCarthy will implement him into the game plan when the regular season starts.” I personally think the Packers will find certain plays and packages to get Cobb on the field in the regular season, but I think he ends up taking less snaps than the other veteran wide receivers on the roster. However, that could change as the season goes on.
A call to arms is encouraged by Bob Fox of Packer Chatters who would like to see fans contact voters on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s senior committee about nominating Jerry Kramer later this month. “It time for Kramer to see his name pushed across the goal line for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” writes Fox. “Just like his classic block that led Bart Starr across the goal line in the ‘Ice Bowl’. Yes…the big push is definitely here for those who want to see Kramer in his rightful place. But we have to be persistent and also quick with our efforts, as the midnight hour approaches. Let’s finish the big push with a flurry. That will lead to a nomination for Kramer. Again, that is step one. Step two is induction, but that battle will have to be waged later in another big push.”
Some pictures from a 1976 Packers game program appear at Packerville, U.S.A.
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