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Jenkins and Chillar Get Work At OLB

Nice little tidbit from Pete Dougherty during today's practice:

The packers have talked about using DE Cullen Jenkins as an outside rusher at OLB occasionally and have him working there some today.

Later on, during team work, we got this:

In "big okie" 3-4 personnel, DE Cullen Jenkins took first snap at OLB with No. 1 defense in team drills

As well as Jenkins moving outside for some snaps, we also got this:

ILB Brandon Chillar getting some snaps at OLB in jog-through also.

Using Chillar outside? Whoever thought of that is pretty darn smart... ;)

Comments (27)

longtymefan's picture

Wonder what Jenkins thinks about this?

packeraaron's picture

I'll bet he loves it, actually.

packeraaron's picture

Demovsky: "DE Cullen Jenkins likes getting some snaps at outside linebacker"

nerdmann's picture

They're looking ahead to his contract expiring. Dude wants some sacks. He's pretty athletic, though.

ZeroTolerance's picture

If we thought Kampman was out of place .....

ZeroTolerance's picture

.... Jenkins ..../

nerdmann's picture

Well, this is the "Big Okie" formation. That's where there's only 2 defensive linemen, right? So basically, he's unlikely to drop back in coverage...

ZeroTolerence's picture

Point taken. But not a linebacker in the conventional sense then?

packeraaron's picture

Big Oakie replaces a Safety w/a linebacker. There are still 3 DLs.

PackersRS's picture

So in this version there are 4 DLs, 4 LBs and 3 DBs? Raji, Pickett and Neal. Jenkins, Matthews, Barnett, Hawk, Chillar. Woodson, Williams, Collins?

Or instead of subbing Burnett for Chillar, he just subs Jones for Jenkins, and keeps 4 DBs? Like a base set, but with a heavier OLB?

FITZCORE1252's picture

"So in this version there are 4 DLs, 4 LBs and 3 DBs? Raji, Pickett and Neal. Jenkins, Matthews, Barnett, Hawk, Chillar. Woodson, Williams, Collins?"

3 Linemen, 4 LB (which Jenkins would be classified as in this set) and 4 DB's (which Chillar would be classified as in this set). That's the way I understand it?.?.?

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packeraaron's picture

"So in this version there are 4 DLs, 4 LBs and 3 DBs?" - That's the way I'm reading it, yes.

FITZCORE1252's picture

So Cullen would still considered a Lineman although he's upright @ the LOLB position? And Brandon still a LB although he's @ Safety?

Interesting.

I try to learn something new every day. That may be something I exclude from the bank, no offense. If a tree falls in the woo... If a LB is playing safety, isn't he a safety... I'll chalk it up to semantics.

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Jayme's picture

To me, it seems like this would probably just be a 4-3 setup with Jenkins off the line a little. Do we really think he'd have a snowball's chance in hell of covering anyone?

Dilligaff's picture

When you look at this it makes sense, we lack true depth at OLB.

Who knows we may cut Poppinga to open up a roster spot for say 3 full backs if we know Chillar and Jenkins can fill in if Mathews or Jones goes down. WE may want to keep more defensive lineman, who knows.

I think the coaching staff is just being smart here.

nerdmann's picture

They try Jenkins there, but not Bishop. Interesting.

PackersRS's picture

By the end of TC, we'll see Charles Woodson at NT and Mike Trgovac at SS. Count on it.

FITZCORE1252's picture

No doubt in my mind, Chuck could anchor the line.

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maxginsberg's picture

It's always nice to be able to link back to predictions/suggestions you were right about. Clearly the coaching staff is reading your stuff.

alexwoodsiam's picture

I wouldnt be surprised to see Jenkins at the middle linebacker spot with raji and pickett playing the end either

FITZCORE1252's picture

I like it. At least get a couple snaps of this sort of thing on tape in the preseason, give teams something extra to worry about!

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PackersRS's picture

I'm kinda bummed that we're not hearing much about Obiozor, like we were last year. Maybe when the pads go on, he'll turn up the heat... But it doesn't bode well, my bet is they're counting on both Poppinga and Obiozor to "make the jump", and provide decent/good relief for the OLBs...

nerdmann's picture

Heard Zombo was getting schooled by Giacomini. LOL.

FITZCORE1252's picture

I don't know if that's good or bad. By most accounts Breno has looked pretty decent so far. Could he be in the mix still? I thought it was a foregone conclusion that he would be sent packing.

And I'm with you RS, I hope Obi turns it on come camp. I'm over Poppinga. Period.

packeraaron's picture

He apparently stoned him on one play. Great. I'm not paying attention to anything the lines do until training camp. Talk to me when the pads come on.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Preaching to the Choir.

dgtalmn's picture

I agree Aaron, all this moving around is just an exercise. Once the players have pads on and are actually in contact, then we should discuss interesting position changes.

But on the positive, at least we have something to talk about...

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