During an interview with the Packers official website, injured Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop expressed optimism that he'll be able to take part in the team's offseason workout program. "Bishop believes he’ll be full-go with no restrictions for OTAs and training camp this spring and summer," writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com. "That remains to be seen, considering Mike McCarthy’s tendency to ease players back into the on-field drills when they’re coming off a major injury, but nonetheless, Bishop feels good about where he is on the road to recovery." Bishop also added that his recover is "on track." Seeing as his hamstring injury occurred so early in training camp, he has a longer time to recuperate than most players that become injured during the course of a season. OTAs begin after the Draft in April.
In a blog post over at JSOnline, reporter Tom Silverstein shared an interesting thought about the makeup of the defensive line in Green Bay from position coach Mike Trgrovac and wanting a player with more length. "They do not have the tall, long-armed defensive end that most good 3-4 defenses possess," writes Silverstein. "It showed against the 49ers when they were unable to hold the edge against Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson and to some degree San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick." This is something to watch for with the NFL Draft on the horizon. The Packers could use a player that's 6-5 and above on the D-line.
Statistics shared by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel paint a picture of Marshall Newhouse as still a below-average NFL tackle. "Newhouse, with 42½, allowed the most pressures," writes McGinn. "That includes all sacks, knockdowns and hurries. Newhouse's total, one more than a year ago, is the highest since the Journal Sentinel began recording the statistic in 1999." The good news is that Newhouse allowed all those pressures in more games than he appeared a year ago. So while Newhouse is making progress, there's perhaps enough evidence to suggest that he's still not on par with other good tackles throughout the league and the Packers could do better.
Wondering about free agency? Although it's perhaps unlikely the Packers get heavily involved, Tom Silverstein suggests some names at the running back position to keep an eye on. "Among the unrestricted free agents the Packers could go after are St. Louis' Steven Jackson, Miami's Reggie Bush, Dallas' Felix Jones and the New York Jets' Shonn Greene," writes Silverstein. "Jackson would be ideal, but the Packers would probably only be interested in him in the secondary market given he will be 30 in July." That could mean that the Packers wouldn't sign a guy like Jackson in the early stages of free agency when he'd factor into the compensatory draft pick equation, but if they sign him later, a la Cedric Benson, there's a better chances they'll get some compensatory picks.
Safeties coach Darren Perry talked about Charles Woodson initially being skeptical about the move to safety in an interview at the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Items in the Journal Sentinel's Packer Plus publication include the wide receiver position, the makeup of the team, a column about the needs on defense and an interview with former Packer Gary Ellerson, now a radio broadcaster.
A closer look at the Packers offense is taken at the Press-Gazette.
The future of tight end Jermichael Finley is examined in an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Some video analysis of the Packers' loss to the 49ers is undertaken at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Former Packer James Lofton receives some praise for his work with Dial Global Radio Network.
The Packers official website shares the recent Donald Driver Day proclamation by the Brown County Board.
Video: NBC 26 in Green Bay has footage of the board meeting honoring Driver...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email email@example.com.
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