The impressive early display of rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb is noted by the blog Lombardi Ave. Cobb, "According to tweets last night and early morning news reports, made several difficult catches yesterday, showed impressive bursts of speed and is being touted as everything he’s been billed in the early going," reads the blog post.
On the other hand, warning against too much optimism about Randall Cobb so early is Lauren Fernandez of Rodgers That. "Let’s just wait for training camp and the first few games before getting on the Cobbler train," warns Fernandez. "That’s going to be his nickname this season from me. McCarthy has a ton of receivers, especially with the return of Finley and the resigning of Jones. There’s only so much ball to go around, and if Finley can stay healthy, he’s going to change the TE position in the league."
First-round draft choice Derek Sherrod is analyzed by Michael Rodney of Packer Update. "There’s a reason most offensive linemen over 6’4 play tackle in the NFL," writes Rodney. "While great height and long arms are an advantage when playing on an island, those same traits tend to be a problem when working in tight quarters. That means technique will be very important for Sherrod. He must avoid playing too upright and allowing defenders to get inside his frame and control him."
The play of Derrek Sherrod in last night's practice is analyzed over at Total Packers. "Now that the pads are finally on I got a chance to see how Sherrod looks and it was a mixed bag, to say the least," writes Brady. "There were times where he held up very well and was stout at the point of attack and there were others where he over-extended and was easily pushed to the side. Sherrod plays a little too upright at times, but he has great footwork which is a real asset as an offensive lineman. I’m still not sure how Sherrod will do in the running game, but he mirrors defenders well and shows a good counter-punch. He committed a false start at one point, which promptly sent him to the sideline."
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is having a hard time blaming general manager Ted Thompson for drafting Justin Harrell. "In reality, it’s hard to hold the Harrell pick against Thompson," writes Vandermause. "It’s the only first-round pick on which he whiffed since becoming Packers GM in 2005. Otherwise, his five other first-round picks prior to this year have become solid starters, if not NFL difference makers. That list includes Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Hawk, B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews and Bryan Bulaga, who all played key roles in the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV title in February."
The battle for the starting job at strong safety is one of a few broken down by Mike Davidsen at Green Bay Packer Nation. "You won't hear any complaints about Charlie Peprah's performance in 2010 after filling in for the up-and-coming Morgan Burnett," writes Davidsen. "But, is that level of play enough to replace Burnett as the starter at strong safety in 2011? One would assume that if Burnett was able to win the starting job out of camp as a 21 year-old rookie then he should certainly be able to repeat as a stronger and more mature second year pro."
The right outside linebacker job gets some attention at Acme Packing Company.
Rookies are the topic of a post at the Rock 'n' Roll Cecil Club.
Aaron Rodgers' lobbying for his players caught the attention of Packer Update.
New homes for former Packers can be found at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
Second-hand news sources are not included in the blog roundup unless they also include meaningful commentary.
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