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Poppinga Back In The Mix. Why?

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Poppinga Back In The Mix. Why?

It's become very apparent over the course of the last couple of weeks that the Packers are planning on mixing in Brady Poppinga at the left outside linebacker position.

Good God WHY?

Now, I know Brad Jones needs to hit the weight room in the offseason. He's a bit slight still for the NFL. But the guy has proven that he can more than hold his own on the edge in the running game and offers worlds more rushing the passer. Poppinga, meanwhile, offers the best vertical of those who like to jump on the pile after the play is over.

Look, I get they are trying to rest guys. I understand the rotation when it comes to getting Chillar on the field inside. But taking Jones off the field for anything other than a breather here and there is ridiculous. Poppinga is a big drop off and close to a liability, especially when it comes to rushing the passer.

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Close-talker's picture

If this is our biggest nit-pick this week, then we're sittin' lovely right now...

Ron LC's picture

Rest can be the only explanation.

Bearmeat's picture

Poppinga is an absolute liability in coverage and as a rusher. Having him on the field with Bush and/or Bell at the same time scares me....

PackersThad's picture

Brad Jones is going to be a beast after having a full off-season of NFL training to get stronger!!

eric's picture

Could be trying to pad his stats a little for future trade bait.

bomdad's picture

The premise of this topic assumes that Popp does not have the ability to improve?

Bearmeat's picture

Bomdad - he could improve, but the fact is that he's already a vet. Usually the most individual improvement comes from years 1-3. Brad Jones has a higher ceiling, and if he's playing better against the pass and not poorly against the run, why take him out? It'll only stunt his growth.

ACDC84's picture

Maybe they're trying to showcase him for a trade? LOL, I really crack myself up sometimes.

packerslinbacker's picture

im with yeah why is he out there sure he could be out there to give brad a breather but i also agree with eric cause he needs to have some good stats to be traded

AdamInEngland's picture

Maybe one day Poppy will turn around and make a huge play, who knows ;)

PACKERS's picture

Agreed. The only thing that Poppinga is good for is giving Jones a break every once in a while.

WoodyG's picture

B. Jones is still a rookie with just a few starts under his belt ....... Capers/MM have much, much more info to go on than a few fans watching 'instant replays' over & over & over & then declaring wisdom .........
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Actually, Crosby was 2-2 in FGs last game & Bush had an INT.......... So it would only be natural to dust off Popps...... Gotta have someone to trash...... Enough already .........

Ruppert's picture

Bob McGinn noted that Poppinga played a lot for Jones against the Seahawks mainly because Jones wasn't feeling well.

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