These are suggestions for every player on the Packers roster to make them better, whether they end up playing for the Packers in the future or not.
Happy New Year from Cheesehead TV!
Aaron Rodgers––Remember that inner time clock, to get rid of the football before taking a shot and risk missing another long stretch of games.
Matt Flynn––Rest that bothersome elbow, and when you're done with that, work on pulling the trigger. Don't second guess yourself. Hesitation will only allow the defender to catch up to your targeted receiver.
Scott Tolzien––Soak up every minute of Mike McCarthy's offseason quarterback school and take advantage of Aaron Rodgers as a mentor.
Seneca Wallace––Embrace the role as mentor to younger quarterbacks.
Eddie Lacy––Get that ankle right. Everything else will take care of itself.
James Starks––Do whatever you did in 2013 to stay healthy.
John Kuhn––Run over defenders. Don't try to juke them.
Johnathan Franklin––Ball security. Fumbling the football will only land you in the coach's doghouse.
DuJuan Harris––Rehab that injured knee. You'll have no shortage of competition for playing time next year.
Khalil Bell––Make yourself valuable in every way possible, even on special teams.
Orwin Smith––Learn the nuances of a pro-style offense. It's a whole lot different from the triple-option at Georgia Tech.
Jordy Nelson––Stay hungry. You were on the doorstep of becoming a Pro Bowler this year. Make it next year.
Randall Cobb––Stake your claim as the most-versatile player in the NFL, whether it's as a receiver, running back or returner.
James Jones––You're turning 30 next year. Taking care of your body and taking preventative measures starts becoming important to prolong your career.
Jarrett Boykin––Don't settle on being pigeon-holed as a possession receiver. You're still young enough to diversify your game.
Myles White––Learn from Randall Cobb what it takes to be an effective slot receiver.
Chris Harper––Take a cue from Aaron Rodgers what it's like to play with a chip on your shoulder. You've already been cut from two teams your rookie year. Don't let there be a third.
Kevin Dorsey––Prove to the organization why they invested a draft pick into you.
Alex Gillett––Allow your knowledge of being a quarterback be a help, not a hindrance.
Sedderick Cunningham––Take advantage of what it was like to be around an NFL team for an entire season, even if it was being on injured reserve.
Jermichael Finley––Stay positive no matter what happens. There's more to life than football.
Andrew Quarless––Another year removed from a devastating knee injury, get back to where you were as a blocker before the injury.
Ryan Taylor––Become a reliable receiver. Opportunities will be few and far between and when they come, don't let them slip away.
Brandon Bostick––Become a serviceable blocker. It's the difference between playing 10 snaps a game and 30-plus snaps a game.
Jake Stoneburner––Don't gain a reputation as a penalty waiting to happen.
David Bakhtiari––Your feet are fine. Now work on the strength it takes to prevent giving up ground in pass protection and getting push in the run game.
Josh Sitton––Sell your soul devil if that's what it takes to make the Pro Bowl. You deserved it.
Evan Dietrich-Smith––Master the reach block like your predecessor, Scott Wells.
T.J. Lang––Gain consistency. When you're on top of your game, you play like a Pro Bowler. Problem is, you're not always on top of your game.
Don Barclay––Refine your technique. Quick edge rushers are your bane. Practice against Clay Matthews.
Bryan Bulaga––Right side, left side, whatever the coaches want you to do, embrace it and own it.
Derek Sherrod––You took the first step by coming back and being active. The next step is to become a factor.
Marshall Newhouse––Develop a mean streak. Your game relies too much on finesse.
Lane Taylor––You're a mauler, now work on quickness. NFL players are fast, and you must stay in front of them.
J.C. Tretter––Live, eat and breathe what it's like to be a center. The transition won't be easy.
Greg Van Roten––Become the most versatile player on the offensive line, whether it's center, guard or tackle.
Garth Gerhart––Let your knowledge of the Packers be what sets you apart from new challengers.
Aaron Adams and Andrew Tiller––Take what you've learned on the practice squad and build off it.
B.J. Raji––The talent is there. Kindle the fire inside of you.
Ryan Pickett––Accept being a role player. You've been a great team player, but if you want to continue playing at 35, you must accept that your snaps will be reduced.
Datone Jones––Hit the weights like nobody's business. You need to be more than just a third-down pass rusher.
Mike Daniels––Expand your repertoire and become a three-down player.
Jerel Worthy––Don't rely on quickness alone. The Packers need more than just situational pass rushers.
C.J. Wilson––Work on improving as a pass rusher. You don't need to have 10 sacks a year, but it would be nice to be more than just a run-stop specialist.
Josh Boyd––Get ready for an expanded role. Based on which free agents leave, you could be in line for increased playing time. Stay in shape.
Johnny Jolly––Stay on the straight and narrow. You've come a long way. If football isn't part of your future, don't let it impact your personal life.
Clay Matthews––Drink some milk. Heal that broken bone. Then put the injuries behind you and get back to doing what you do best.
Nick Perry––Get past the foot problems then work on fulfilling the physical freak of nature your Combine numbers suggested you'd be.
Mike Neal––Become accustomed to playing in space. Now that you're an outside linebacker, mobility is the key issue.
Andy Mulumba––Grow as a pass rusher. You did well defending the run, now work on having a complete game.
Nate Palmer––Become a factor in at least one phase of the game, either as a run stuffer, pass rusher or on special teams. Nothing stood out in 2013.
A.J. Hawk––Keep doing what you did to drop weight and become more agile in 2013.
Brad Jones––Maintain lane integrity and cut down on the missed tackles.
Jamari Lattimore––Become disciplined. The raw talent is there.
Rob Francois––Sell yourself as the invaluable backup veteran presence that adds help on special teams.
Sam Barrington––Strive to be more than just a special teams player.
Victor Aiyewa––Build off of what you did on special teams in 2013. Your contributions were not insignificant.
Tramon Williams––Eliminate so many penalties from your game. Only two NFL players were penalized for more yards.
Sam Shields––Don't put yourself in positions where you have to play catch-up.
Casey Hayward––Put the hamstring problems in the rearview mirror and become a fierce run defender, because the coverage part of your game is already good.
Micah Hyde––Study NFL wide receivers and the routes they run. You're dependable, now become a playmaker.
Davon House––Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. Grab the interceptions, make the tackle.
Jarrett Bush––Go an entire season without having a penalty on special teams.
James Nixon––Don't let your speed define you as a player.
Jumal Rolle and Antonio Dennard––Don't let the NFL become too big for you. It's a big jump in competition from Catawba and Langston respectively.
Morgan Burnett––You're being paid like a playmaker and leader, now become one. Zero interceptions are not acceptable.
M.D. Jennings––Add strength without sacrificing speed.
Sean Richardson––Work on your range. If you're a deep safety, you have to get from the hashes to the sideline faster.
Chris Banjo––Become the type of special teams player that's too valuable to cut.
Mason Crosby––Stay inspired and motivated. Don't regress.
Tim Masthay––After having a career-low number of punts downed inside the 20, get that number back up.
Brett Goode––Drop the weight and work on speed. It's a new NFL in which long snappers are hardly asked to block any more.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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