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Packers Daily Links: Wynn, Wilson To Be Active

Head coach Mike McCarthy indicated on Wednesday that a pair of young defensive linemen would be active for the game on Sunday. "McCarthy said Wednesday that Green Bay Packers reserve defensive linemen C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn will be on the 45-man game-day roster Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, so the return of rookie end Mike Neal likely will wait a week," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The elevation of both young men to the 45-man game day active roster could mean the Packers have designs on playing a lot more base 3-4 defense against the Bills too.

A.J. Hawk expressed his desire to play on defense, whether it's with the Packers or with another team on Wednesday. "I'm not sick of the organization or team or anything like that. But I want to play," Hawk told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's not a surprise. I'm not discouraged or less confident." Hawk does play a key role on the Packers as a reserve. If anything were to happen to either Nick Barnett or Brandon Chillar, the Packers would be glad they have Hawk in their back pocket.

The Packers would be fine without Hawk, says Monty McMahon of Total Packers. "Desmond Bishop is a capable backup and can fill in as a starter should either Chillar or Nick Barnett go down," writes McMahon. "Hawk is a great insurance policy, but he seems more like a luxury for the Packers right now." I can agree with that analysis, but the Packers would still be low on inside linebacker depth if they traded Hawk. Even if they happened to trade for Marshawn Lynch, they'd still have to make a corresponding roster move to fill the hole at inside linebacker.

Life moved on at running back yesterday at practice. "The first day of the rest of the Green Bay Packers’ season – and life without starting running back Ryan Grant – came Wednesday, and when it did, the team had a guy who’s never stayed healthy for a full NFL season as its starter, a fullback as its No. 2 running back and a third-stringer who doesn’t even know if he’ll be active on Sunday against Buffalo," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin. It's also interesting to note that McCarthy said Korey Hall could be used in one-back sets as well.

New addition Dimitri Nance's acclimation to Green Bay is touched upon by Wilde as well. "They’re breaking up (the offensive playbook) piece by piece for me, and I’m just going to get in it piece by piece and learn what I can,” Nance is quoted as saying. “It’s pretty difficult because it’s completely different from Atlanta." I just can't see Nance being active this week. He just doesn't know enough of the offense and won't contribute on special teams either.

The forgotten man in the running back picture has been James Starks, but Ol' Bag of Donuts has him in the back of their mind. "After the Miami game on Oct. 17, James Starks is eligible to return from the PUP list," writes Chris Lempesis. "His hamstring injury never seemed to improve much during camp, but the team must have received a good prognosis or else it would have placed Starks on injured reserve. If Nance is playing well enough, the Packers can slowly work Starks back into the flow of things. That’s extremely important. Remember, Starks saw no real action in camp and hasn’t played a down of meaningful football since the end of his junior year at Buffalo (missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury). Expecting him to be ready to roll right away is asking an awful lot of the youngster." The Packers will have a very, very interesting decision to make on him in a couple weeks.

Brandon Jackson is a hot name in fantasy football circles. "In two years of writing this piece, I've never seen a player move like Brandon Jackson did this week," writes fantasy football analyst Ryan Dembinsky of Fanhouse. "It should come as no surprise though, as Ryan Grant's season-ending injury opens the door for what very well might be the biggest pickup we see all season. This one could go down in history, like when Priest Holmes went down and a little-known backup named Larry Johnson got the start in his place."

No need to worry about Clay Matthews' health says Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Matthews was back on the injury report and was limited in practice on Wednesday, but the Green Bay Packers outside linebacker said there’s no reason for concern."

Rookie defensive lineman Mike Neal is profiled by Rob Reischel of the Journal Sentinel's Packer Insider (subscription required).

The Buffalo Bills are given a closer look by Michael Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation.

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Bad Knees's picture

Is Hawk a poor player or just poorly coached. Have not seen much of anything from the inside linebackers...except running after tight ends as they score touchdowns.

While on the outside you have one high draft choice and a bunch of low draft choices and undrafted players...doing great.

If I remember correctly another outside low draft choice was cut and picked up by another team.

Clay's picture

Hawk may not have a lot of sideline to sideline mobility, but he can stuff the run and works great in our base defense. However, against the Eagles - who never committed to the run - he would have been fairly useless. Which is why the Packers stayed in their nickel defense and Hawk didn't see a snap. Not every team operates the way the Eagles do, and Hawk is very important to our run defense. I don't see any reason to let him go - or to say that he is a poor player. He is good at what we need him for.

packeraaron's picture

Perfectly stated.

Robert Greenfield's picture

I just spent 1/3 of my season's free agent cash to acquire B-Jax. Pickup of the year is right!

WoodyG's picture

I like this .........

" After further film review, the NFL has credited Packers OLB Clay Matthews with three (3) Week 1 sacks.

He was initially credited with two. Three marks a career high for the 2009 first-round pick. "

WoodyG's picture

" Upon further review, Matthews had his first career three-sack game Sunday. The Elias Sports Bureau changed Matthews' second-quarter takedown of Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb from a rush of 1 yard to a sack for no yards. "

jeremy's picture

"little-known backup named Larry Johnson"

Does Ryan Dembinsky know that Johnson was a first round pick from Penn St?

Doug in Sandpoint's picture

Wow. CM# is so awesome that he picks up sacks when he's not even playing! He and sir Charles will be the #1 and #2 DPY this year. He could sit out the rest of the year and still lead the team in sacks.

Doug in Sandpoint's picture

Of course that is "CM3".

Ruppert's picture

Credit needs to go to Capers and possibly McCarthy for not playing Hawk. How many times to we see guys get undeserved playing time due to their draft status or salary? They made the right call in this case. I expect to see more of Hawk this weekend against Buffalo because I think the Bills will commit to the run and we'll put our base D out there more.

redlights's picture

There will be no trade. M.Lynch has two years left on his contract, that means if he were to come to GB, have a great year; he'd be yammering for more money immediately after the season. TT has too much money tied up elsewhere on offense, so it won't happen.

Tarynfor12's picture

I rather be limited with Jackson than to trade for expected chaos of an off field and on field time bomb.
Lynch is a one step forward and two steps back type of person,no meaningful upside of benefit.

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