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Packers Calendar: Checking in on Nick Perry's Progress

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Packers Calendar: Checking in on Nick Perry's Progress

The Green Bay Packers missed Nick Perry more than most people thought they would in the game against the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday.

Minnesota moved the football with more ease than the previous two opponents, the only two games Perry has been in the starting lineup this season.

When the Packers face the New England Patriots in Week 13, they could use the services of Perry to slow the run game and put a pass rush on quarterback Tom Brady.

Wednesday will be a day to see how much progress Perry has made since last week when he didn't practice a single day with a shoulder injury.

"He's getting close. We'll know Wednesday," said head coach Mike McCarthy. "I actually didn't even get to talk to the trainers (Monday) about Nick, but I know he was here and went through his work that was laid out for him."

The Packers will hold their first practice of the week on Wednesday and follow that up by releasing their first injury report since before the Vikings game.

Head coach Mike McCarthy will then hold a press conference at 1:35 p.m. CT to be streamed live on

Also of note will be a couple other players who also missed the Vikings game, including tight end Brandon Bostick (hip) and cornerback Jarrett Bush (groin).

In the evening, Bostick will receive an opportunity to give an update on his injury on his own talk show. He's now missed the past two games.

The Packers tight end will host his bi-monthly show on 107.5 FM and 1400 AM WDUZ in Green Bay from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., which can also be streamed live on

And at 6:30 p.m., Green Bay Nation, hosted alternately by offensive lineman Josh Sitton and fullback John Kuhn, will air on flagship station WFRV channel 5 in Green Bay.

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Nick Perry's picture

Perry was missed Sunday. I believe he's played a lot better this year, especially against the run and holding the edge not mention he's doing alright rushing the passer. The Packers need all hands on deck this Sunday, get healthy Nick. Off the subject though Mike Daniels is the one I want to see have a great game Sunday. Brady like all QB's hate pressure up the middle. He'll be going against a rookie C too.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Key Players Should Be:

Casey Hayward

Mike Daniels

Both safeties.


Either Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson MUST have an impact.

If the Pats have Revis mirror Nelson, Cobb must dominate the slot + Browner. If the Pats choose to have Revis mirror Cobb, Jordy must dominate the outside (have Cobb exclusively in the slot, Jordy right side and Adams/Boykin left side).

I'm guessing Revis will mirror Jordy.

RCPackerFan's picture

The Patriots lately have been putting Revis on the #2 WR and putting Browner + Safety help on the #1. Not every down but a lot... So if they follow suit I would expect Revis on Cobb and Browner + Safety on Nelson.

I agree with your key players.
For me in this game Key players (besides the obvious), are:

Quarless/Rodgers & Adams - Nelson, Cobb are going to have a tough game against very good CB's. Packers have to have really good 3rd and 4th options downfield.

Perry - Perry's play has allowed Mathews to move to ILB. His run defense has been much improved and has really been strong at ROLB. If he can't play, I think it will be a long day for Neal again.

Hayward - IMO, Hayward is the most consistent CB on our roster. Him playing the slot really eliminates a threat at the slot.

Burnett/Clinton-Dix - This week they are going against a team that has 2 TE's that are very good, and has a good running game to go with Brady and the passing attack. Burnett and Clinton-Dix has to come down strong to help stop the run, and find ways to help contain the TE's.

DrealynWilliams's picture

I wonder if this will be the game where we see some "new wrinkles" on offense to try to exploit anyone in coverage not name Revis or Browner.


jeremyjjbrown's picture

Clinton-Dix needs to keep his head up when he breaks down or Gronk is going to make him look silly.

Samson's picture

Peppers was signed for mega-bucks because Perry's 1st round draft position has turned out to be a fail.

My guess --- Perry's gone after his rookie contract is up.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Umm,have you not seen Perry this season?

Umm,that's 1 less pass rusher (OLB) - which is (why I believe) is the main reason Clay is even able to get snaps at MLB.

Perry isn't going anywhere. OLB Is the Defense's strongest group.

Samson's picture

A converted 34 year old DE plays before Perry. I've seen Perry play --- he's a Jag. --- Face it --- he's another Worthy, Sherrod, Neal, etc. no matter how you want to make-believe.

JimTaylor31's picture

Actually Perry is a pretty good player and seems to be getting better the more he plays. Problem is he needs to stay on the field to recognize his full potential and for the Packers to get full benefit. I think he has a pretty high ceiling IF he can be more available.

HankScorpio's picture

"A converted 34 year old DE plays before Perry."

That is a factually correct statement that could not possibly convey less truth. The way Peppers took to playing OLB has been absolutely amazing. He's a freak of an athlete that has physical gifts, even at 34, that few other OLBs possess. To suggest that because he's playing better than Perry, that proves Perry must be no good completely misses the mark, IMO.

Perry does need to prove he can stay healthy. He's yet to really do that. But I don't question whether he can play anymore. He can play.

Tundraboy's picture

Very insightful and intelligent observation. Good to see on site of late. I was very concerned with losing Perry at the time we did and it showed against MN. Hope he is back so Matthews can get back to the middle. He can play just hope he is healthy for the rest of year.

Samson's picture

Peppers is playing better than most expected. He's still NOT a top OLB in the NFL and never will be. Where does that put Perry? He's on the sidelines watching. --- This is not what anyone envisioned for a 1st round pick (Perry).

Go ahead --- make believe it's all his nagging injuries. Some of you fans can only accept reality when a player is finally let go.

HankScorpio's picture


I agree that Pepper is not one of the top 3-4 OLBs in the game but would add "yet". He's 11 games into the transition. Already he's not that far outside the conversation. His sack numbers are modest (tied for 31st in the NFL) but he's making big, impact plays with 2 ints, 2 TDs, 3 FR, 2 FF and 8 PDs. Again, that Peppers is better than Nick Perry is hardly an indictment of Perry.

And, of course, Peppers and Perry have played on the same field plenty of times this year so Peppers play is certainly not putting Nick Perry on the sideline. Earlier in the year that might have been true but it's not anymore. It's far more accurate to say that Perry's stepped up level of play has forced the coaches to find ways to get him more snaps, including the highly successful experiment with Clay Matthews at ILB on early downs and the NASCAR package.

Do you have a new point to make or are you going to stand on repeating the same unconvincing ones using different wording a third time?

Samson's picture

But yet the Pack & TT felt the need to sign Peppers to a very healthy contract for two years. The coaching staff & MM then decided that they would convert Peppers to a position he has never played even though Perry (1st round pick) was already there and entering a pivotal 3rd season.

This isn't just about the last game or two. This is the whole nine yards about Pepper's signing & Perry's performance since his arrival in GB.

Dream all you wish.---- If Perry were fulfilling his draft status, Peppers would be playing DE in Carolina.

Samson's picture

We differ on a player's worth now & into the future.
It's called "expressing an opinion". Has nothing to do with complaining.

You've been banned. Why is it you are still posting?

Samson's picture

You are Stroh.
Everyone knows this.

Samson's picture

What do you want to be called?
DannyBoy, Strohman or just plain Stroh ??

Is it logical for you to be posting on a site that has banned you?

4thand1's picture

So, what's your obsession with stroh? Stroh made the mistake of taking the bait, which looks like you're trying to instill. Maybe you've been banned and are here under a new handle? Just curious, sounds fishy. Do you think skip cowless will stay away, not on your life.

JimTaylor31's picture

That's immaterial to the subject at hand which is your inaccurate assessment of Perry. Granted Perry may not be or ever be a Pro Bowler I don't know. But he is a pretty good player and his presence will be a key as to whether the Packers defense can have the versatility needed to make a strong run in the post season. I'm not happy with his injury history either but that doesn't negate the fact that he is a pretty good player.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Perry so far can't be considered an outstanding 1st round pick, but he does most things reasonably well and a couple of things quite well. I expect that Perry will have a long NFL career.

egbertsouse's picture

Nick Perry: Justin Harrell's brother from another mother.

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