On the Packers calendar today is the Elite 3 Football Camp in Nashville, Tenn. where safety Anthony Levine is an instructor…
Aaron Rodgers checked in at no. 11 the NFL Network’s top 100 list as voted upon by NFL players. Of course, the debate has centered around whether he is ranked too high or too low. Marshall Faulk, who now is an analyst at the NFL Network, thinks Rodgers should be higher. “When I look at the list, I base it off last year’s stats,” Faulk said. “And last year’s stats say the best quarterback in the league won the Super Bowl.” Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who is also interviewed, said Rodgers might be higher overall but is still behind Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network writes that, if anything, Aaron Rodgers is ranked too high. “Even though Aaron Rodgers has put together an impressive résumé that includes a Super Bowl title and an MVP award, he is not in the same class with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees,” writes Brooks. “In fact, he might not even be worthy of being placed above Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger on a list of the league’s best quarterbacks.” Personally, where Rodgers is ranked isn’t going to change whether I have a good or a bad day, but I know Packers fans, and and I know Bucky Brooks is going to be very unpopular today.
A podcast hosted by Dave Dameshek on NFL.com delves into why Aaron Rodgers was robbed of a higher spot on the NFL Network’s Top 100 list.
Clay Matthews wasn’t asked specifically about the Top 100 list, but he did come to the defense of Aaron Rodgers yesterday while at the College of William and Mary football camp in Williamsburg, Va. “This is Aaron’s team,” Matthews told Melinda Waldrop of the Daily Press. “The quarterback is the most important position in any sport, and he’s definitely going to take us far. Obviously you need other players around him. He’ll be the first one to admit that, but without him, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today. He’s a fantastic athlete and he’s a fantastic person.” Matthews acted as a guest instructor yesterday, and Rodgers will be there on Tuesday.
Clay Matthews also spoke to the media about the lockout while at William and Mary’s football camp yesterday. “I’m just as much in the dark as you guys are,” said Matthews in the Daily Press. “We are making strides, or so I hear. I would like to think sometime in July, so we can get back at it and not miss any games. But we’ll see.” Matthews also talked about receiving his Super Bowl ring and the Super Bowl victory over the Steelers.
A photo gallery from Clay Matthews’ appearance at the football camp also appears at the Daily Press website.
Josh Sitton is ranked as the no. 1 guard in the NFL by Andy Benoit for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog. “Shows off rare strength in the way he absorbs contact in pass protection,” writes Benoit. “Moves supremely well in the run game and dictates once he locks onto a target.” It’s a shame that Sitton can be considered the best guard in the NFL––including the NFL Alumni Association too–– and not even make the Pro Bowl last season. There’s got to be a better way to vote on it.
Speaking of Josh Sitton, he’s considered the player most likely to receive a contract extension by the end of next season by AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The decision the Packers have to make on wide receiver James Jones as a free agent is examined by Bill Huber of Packer Report (subscription required). “Jones’ has undeniable talent, which he has shown frequently, but his inconsistency is maddening,” writes Huber. “The Packers will have a difficult decision to make if he winds up being unrestricted but a couple factors might bring him back to Green Bay.” I personally think there will be at least one team that will make him an offer he can’t refuse even if the Packers are allowed to match the offer.
A statistical analysis of Jermichael Finley is noted by Acme Packing Company.
Brett Favre makes the list of 42 of the most despised players in the NFL by Bleacher Report writer Tony Santorsa.
Lombardi Ave. makes note of two other players appearing on the NFL Network’s Top 100 list––Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson.
Packers wide receivers are discussed by C.D. Angeli of Tundra Vision.
The 2010 loss to the New England Patriots is reflected upon by Bob Fox at Packer Chatters.
Colleen Brenton of Pocket Doppler will be happy when the lockout is over.
A picture of Jim Taylor appears at Packerville, U.S.A.
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