Packers Stock Report Preseason Week 2

Today we look at the Packers Midterm Preseason Stock Report.

With the preseason halfway in the books, we still have not learned all that much about the 2019 Green Bay Packers.  Right now, we are making any judgments on the Packers based on limited practice and game reps.  Needless to say, neither of these evaluations have been very flattering.

These last two preseason contests have not given me anything to think that the 2019 Green Bay Packers are going to be any better than the 2017 and 2018 Green Bay Packers.  

The reason for this is simply because we are at the point where we cannot put a whole lot of weight into the preseason.  The new CBA has limited what can be done in terms of practice time and pad work and as a result, players are more concerned with staying healthy in training camp and preseason games rather than getting a lot of in-game reps before the start of the regular season.

The reality is that the players need to focus on honing their technique and getting their optimal amount of practice reps in order to get them ready for the regular season.  Once the optimal amount of practice reps are achieved, the starting units can then focus on accumulating enough game reps during the first few regular-season games to get them sharp for the remainder of the regular season and potential postseason run.

With this in mind, the individual performances I will highlight in my stock report will mostly be regarding potential rotational players on the Packers 53 man roster:

Packers Stocks Trending Upward:

1. Darrius Shepherd:

Shepherd has made the most of his extended playing time both at wide receiver and on special teams this preseason.  He has shown an ability to be an asset in the return game by making positive plays while showing he could potentially fill the final wide receiver spot on this roster by catching the ball and finding the endzone whenever he is given the opportunity.

2. Curtis Bolton:

Curtis Bolton provided the spirit and energy needed on this Packers defense on Thursday night.  During a contest that had limited bright spots, Bolton was aggressive and showed the ability to make momentum-shifting plays.  With Oren Burks in all likelihood done for the season, the Packers will be looking for some rotational depth at the linebacker position and Bolton will hope to continue his standout play and fill one of those spots.

3. Tony Brown:

Tony Brown's progression since the Packers have broke training camp has been one of the brighter spots during this preseason.  Brown has developed nicely in his second season in Mike Pettine's system and has brought the highlights from the practice field to the bright lights of Lambeau Field thus far.  Brown has shown the ability to lock down receivers in one on one coverage and make plays on the ball.  Hopefully, his improved play will continue during the regular season and he can be depended upon this year.

4. Allen Lazard:

Although I don't see a fit for Lazard on the Packers 53 man roster in 2019, I have always been a fan of his big-play ability dating back to his days starring at Iowa St.  Lazard has the big-play ability and the frame of a reliable target who can snag every ball that comes his way.  It was nice to see Lazard standout and make big plays on a night where the offense was vertically challenged.  

 

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1. Preseason Football:

A lot of you fans absolutely can't get enough of the preseason and that's fine, we all have our things about football that we enjoy, but to be honest, the preseason does not provide any of those feelings of excitement for me.  Let's face it, the preseason is a necessary evil that we have to deal with in order to determine how the bottom half of the roster will ultimately shake out.  The games are absolutely brutal to watch because of inconsistent play, awful officiating, missed tackles, and an ungodly amount of penalties.  At this point, I would be totally ok with trading two preseason games for some more padded practices and in-squad scrimmages.  (Soap Box Over)

2. Tackling:

Tackling has been a league-wide epidemic, but I felt that it was particularly bad yet again on Thursday night for the Packers.  Although the missed tackle number went down from around 24 in week 1 to 19 in week 2, this is still an atrocious display that needs to be cut in half this week.

3. The Backup Quarterback Situation:

I think at this point we have seen enough of both DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle to know that neither of them are an acceptable solution at the backup quarterback position for the Packers.  To be honest, I don't think either of them are an adequate backup quarterback in this league.  They are both very limited in what they can do and have not proven that they can consistently make basic throws in game situations.  With Aaron Rodgers in the twilight of his career coupled with the fact that he has always been injury-prone, it is essential that the Packers scour the market and look to upgrade the backup quarterback position immediately.      

   

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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Packer Fan's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

I pretty much agree on everything you said. Perhaps they can stash Lazard on the taxi squad. Shepherd is a must for the 53 man squad. The backup QB's will not win any games if Rodgers is out. Agree with looking for another veteran backup QB. The only thing I might add is hamstring and calf injuries. How can the Pack prevent more of these? And I am done with four preseason games. Drop two. Go to 18 games. Increase squad to 60 players.

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Bure9620's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Larzard will definitely be claimed off waivers if cut, no way he makes it to anyone's PS

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sonomaca's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:00 pm

I can’t agree with the idea of letting good players walk away for nothing. One mark of a good GM is figuring out how to use a surplus of talent at one position to improve the team overall.

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jhalwas611.com's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:10 pm

How about 3 tight ends and keep Lazard?

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sonomaca's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:38 pm

Great idea. I don’t think it’s worth keeping Lewis, for example, at the expense of Lazard.

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Aubrey's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:58 pm

Lazard is as big as a Tight End. How's his blocking?

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dblbogey's picture

August 17, 2019 at 05:00 pm

Cut J'Mon and maybe Davis, but keep these two.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 17, 2019 at 06:16 pm

Lazard just makes plays. He is on my 53. Shepherd as the slot/returner.
Play to win.

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Gort's picture

August 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

Does anyone remember who were the preseason wonders when some of us, myself included, were calling for Davante Adams to be cut? Who is still in the league and are they any good? J'Mon comes with similar potential and may be on a similar learning curve.

Not trying to be sarcastic this time (I know that's out of character for me), but I am not proficient with that type of research.

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August 17, 2019 at 07:00 pm

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Tundraboy's picture

August 17, 2019 at 06:59 pm

Yep. "Lazard has the big-play ability and the frame of a reliable target who can snag every ball that comes his way."

Isn't this what we are looking for and want.

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:07 pm

If he can do it against the ones of a decent D. He is a giant playing against scrubs. Classic preseason demigod characteristic. Let’s see him play against some starters and see if it caries over first.

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wildbill's picture

August 17, 2019 at 09:43 pm

We can’t keep players healthy for 16 games but you want to add 2 more games!? Yea let’s have the playoffs manned by 2nd and 3rd string players. That will really make them special. I love watching NFL games but I want the top players to be on the field, not the sidelines. I know some will point out that there will be injuries anyway but fatigue is an issue that creates injuries also

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NJMagic's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:56 am

"think at this point we have seen enough of both DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle to know that neither of them are an acceptable solution at the backup quarterback position for the Packers. "

But who is on the scrap heap that is any better? McCown going to the Eagles just shows the dearth of players available. The time to invest is long past even if they wanted to. Even Sam Bradford likely couldn't hold down the fort.

I am sad to see Boyle not progress, he has a live arm, but i dont see any situation where Kizer isnt our backup this year. Hopefully next year, we pay for some peace of mind.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:11 pm

NJ the backup QB fix would come Sept 1st if that's the route Gute goes. Will the Saints keep Hill and Bridgewater?

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Thebearsstillsuck's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:39 pm

I think they will, because they view hill as a special teamer/wildcard player 1st, and its a bonus he can be qb3

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:08 pm

Yes they will.

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baldski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Please tell me what is wrong with Kaepernick??

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:09 pm

He was not very good except against us.

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hobowilly's picture

August 18, 2019 at 08:36 am

ultra simple, he's Kaperdick!

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bassman's picture

August 19, 2019 at 03:01 pm

He sucks as a QB and a person. Any other thing that might make you want him as a Packer?

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murf7777's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Hey at least our missed tackles went down from game 1 to 2! Heading in the right direction, now get down below 10 for game three.

Love the top 3 players on the list and Lazard's is really showing some big time plays. Interesting to see how they all perform over the next two weeks as they all might seal roster spots.

I think we are heading to a compromise with 17 games and 3 pre-season. Any reduction in pre-season games would be great.

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Nick Perry's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

I wouldn't count Lazard out just yet. Considering I hear nothing but praise about his ST work and he catches just about anything thrown at him, I just wouldn't rule him out yet.

I understand Allison and Kumerow are the same "Type" of WR but the kid can ball.

While I agree Kizer hasn't shown much, just where the hell are the Packers going to find one so much "Better" at least this season. Backups are backups for a reason. There just isn't many good ones out there. Tell me a better backup the can actually bring in, then I'll listen. My point is, there just aren't many good ones out there available or unavailable.

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MITM's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

I agree and think they need to figure out how to keep Lazard

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:51 pm

What is his role if they do? From whom would he take playing time. Honestly, I think it would be the move TEs not named Graham mostly. I’m happy with Tonyan, would you take snaps or a roster spot from Sternberger?

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MITM's picture

August 17, 2019 at 06:00 pm

I dont look at it from a standpoint of who he would be taking snaps away from the jump, just more keeping him - for when the inevitable happens and a combination of 2 of the tight ends/wide receivers ahead of him miss time with injuries.

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August 17, 2019 at 06:21 pm

He is a chess piece in a three dimensional game. It will just take a bit of time for LaFleur to get the team's rhythm established. Rodgers can run the show on the field. He plays best under center.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

August 17, 2019 at 06:38 pm

Injuries

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packerbackerjim's picture

August 17, 2019 at 05:05 pm

Mullin with SF looked very good last year, but it looks like they will keep him over CJ Beathard. Mullin would be a vast improvement but probably only attainable thru trade.

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baldski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 10:56 pm

KAEPERNICK!!!

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Nick Perry's picture

August 18, 2019 at 05:33 am

I stand corrected...maybe. I would like to see Kapernick given another REAL shot. But you also have to really begin to wonder where his game would be after this much time off? Would he really be that much better than Kizer at this point in his career?

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AZPackersfan's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:41 pm

I agree that Kizer and Boyle are not acceptable backup QB's. But what names are still available? If nothing, then another season is down the drain when/not if Rodgers gets injured. Bad planning by Gutekunst.

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MITM's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm

I'd be fine with Osweiler

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Sam Freeman's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm

Kaep

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:55 pm

The above suggestions just indicate that we should beware of the grass is greener myth.

The only better option is Bradford. If he wanted to be a backup it would not be cheap and would quite likely threaten our ability to sign jet players.

In any case, I don’t agree with the Author. Kizer has done OK against starting Ds and decent ones at that. That’s about all we are likely to get: OK.

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Tom Legener's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:46 pm

I'm for Kaep as well.
He's shown he can win. DeKizer is clearly NOT the answer.

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hobowilly's picture

August 18, 2019 at 08:43 am

not even close to the sort of wiring GB would accept. the kneeler is gifted athletically, but a media mess....just say'n the obvious! Hah, here's an equally dumb idea: trade back for Cobb and have him run the wildcat for the Packers....he "knows the system". Let's face it, GB sorta blew it when they had their guy in Tyson Hill....NO isn't going to let him go

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Cubbygold's picture

August 17, 2019 at 08:36 pm

I was in the pro-kap camp the last few years over hundley. But he's been away from football for too long at this point

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baldski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:07 pm

Amen Sam. What is wrong with Gute and the rest of management ? What are they afraid of? What? Do they think the fans will turn in their season tickets if they see Kaepernick taking a knee at the National Anthem? Hell their are 100's of thousands of fans waiting to take their place at Lambeau. In fact IMHO, that we can do without the militarism at sporting events even though the NFL is paid by the DOD to so. As soon as Kaep came in a game as a backup and threw or ran for his first touchdown , all would be forgiven for his pecadillos. By the way, he is protesting police shootings of black people and is not disrespecting the flag or the anthem.

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:14 pm

Look, he had accuracy problems, touch issues and made a ton of errors. I’d rather have Kizer. I don’t care about the politics, I don't care to read about yours either. We need not get there. He is not an upgrade. He is not going to save a season for us.

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RickInCali's picture

August 18, 2019 at 03:19 am

Who needs a divider in the locker room? We haven’t had enough of those issues already? Cancer...... and there is no one secure enough in mgmt positions in GB to make that (bad) call. That better never happen because we wouldn’t win with that overrated douche anyway.

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Lphill's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Brock Osweiler is available . Might be a better option , when I re watched the game I realized both Kizer and Boyle actually made a few nice plays , and some bad ones. So I don’t know at this point what’s best.

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Bure9620's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Would actually prefer Kizer to Osweiler, both are awful, but Kizer can at least get the ball downfield and can use his legs a bit. Brock Osweiler is soooooo bad

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sonomaca's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:04 pm

I don’t think Kizer is all that bad. Is he really worse than Hundley?

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jhalwas611.com's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:16 pm

Kizer stares down his target. The only time he comes off his primary is when he scrambles. I think too many Qb's in camp hurt the development of the backups with the lack of eps.

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 04:45 pm

You watched this year?

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Jonathan Spader's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:19 pm

Watch the Cardinals preseason games. Yes Kizer is worse in the 2019 preseason than Brett Hundley.

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sonomaca's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:43 pm

Kizer was playing against the Ravens, likely a top 5 defense. The Ravens take preseason very seriously. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t a disaster, either.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

August 17, 2019 at 08:16 pm

I didn't say Kizer was a disaster against the Ravens he didn't turn the ball over. What I am saying is that as he was in the past Hundley has looked great this preseason. Both Kizer and Hundley were bad in the regular season Kizer was just worse. Doesn't mean he couldn't be better someday maybe. It means that in 2019 if I had to start Hundley or Kizer I'd choose Hundley personally. Especially if he quit chewing gum.

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Thebearsstillsuck's picture

August 17, 2019 at 03:09 pm

Hundley has looked great in the preseason a couple of years. That's where all the were going to get a 1st or 2nd round pick nonsense started. Id take Hundley over Kizer in a second now, and i said it when they traded for him. Damarius Randall for Kizer was a terrible trade at the time, and it's substantially worse now

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Handsback's picture

August 17, 2019 at 03:22 pm

If Colt McCoy isn't the starter at Washington, then if I'm Gutsy.......trade a pick for him. With the Packer's D looking much better and the wideout talent on board, he would be the guy to win those games that Rodger misses.

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trailmarker6's picture

August 18, 2019 at 12:57 am

McCoy has a knee injury from last year. Is he even practicing? Otherwise I'd be all for it.

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hobowilly's picture

August 18, 2019 at 08:48 am

ya never know, but folks...i do have a lot of belief in Gutey and trust he'll make a "playable" solution. Sorry, in Gute we should trust!

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Unglued's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm

To me NFL is year round, and I take joy in following Packers every step of the way. I think this Author has a classic case of following the Packers is no longer a hobby or an escape, but rather a job. Often times when you do what you love for a living, you as much destroy what you love as much as you are doing what you love.

"The reason for this is simply because we are at the point where we cannot put a whole lot of weight into the preseason."

With this, let's say the Packers were 2-0, and dominating in the pre-season, per the premise laid out here, we still could not say we have seen anything that makes us feel we will be better than last couple years?

Here is some advice, enjoy the journey, only one team every year is really happy at the end. The beauty of the preseason is that it's all speculation and conjecture, which is enjoyable, it's why I clicked on this article. My advice is, acknowledge some of that joy when writing the article.

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David Michalski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 03:28 pm

Actually it’s because nothing irritates me more than sloppy football (there’s a surplus of it in the preseason). Secondly, how many times have teams “looked good” in the preseason or had winning records in the preseason and then have gone onto be an abomination during the regular season. (Quite a Few)

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Anyone, have as any thoughts about how J. Graham is playing?

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Bure9620's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Fine, he is becoming a stick route guy, actually blocking better than I thought he could

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm

Also, Lazard being 6'5 could be a great red zone threat.

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:57 pm

Tonyan, Sternberger, MVS, Graham, Kumerow .. where does he fit?

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dobber's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:57 pm

Height is not lacking on this roster.

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Tarynfor12's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm

We already know what Kizer isn't going to do..win.
We're making judgements on Boyle without him having the same opportunity as Kizer has had, not only in GB but in Cleveland.
Boyle is more accurate and has an awesome arm for any throw. I see no reason why Boyle can't produce more wins than Kizer, if given the chance we don't won't him to have...injury to Rodgers.

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Tundraboy's picture

August 17, 2019 at 07:27 pm

And your right.

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Pierre's picture

August 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Agree with you T12. Boyle has not had the benefit of playing in NFL games like Kizer, yet he’s judged as if he has. Most are looking for a “name” they recognize as a backup even though those “name” QBs already tried multiple times...and have proven to be losers as QBs.
Boyle is tall, stands in the pocket good against the rush and has a great arm to deliver an accurate deep ball. Not saying Boyle is great but if you know football at all and watch him hit receivers in stride, you have to see he has the potential to be a good starting NFL QB with the skill set he displays on the field. Three passing TDs by Boyle in 3 quarters so far...that’s impressive!

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:17 pm

He isn’t judged on that. He is judged in the context of if he were inserted tomorrow.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm

I agree with the current assessment

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Daren726's picture

August 17, 2019 at 12:58 pm

This is a different offense than last year. The old system relied heavily on our guy just being able to beat their guys one on one. This offense Is more of a system so junior QBs can pick it up easier than the old one. Look at what San Francisco was able to do last year with a third string quarterback. Look at what Mcvay has done with what everyone thought was a washed up rookie QB in LA. If this system is similar, then Kizar or Boyle should be able to handle it with some experience. Let’s give them a few more games to see if they can learn it before we pass judgment. Once we see the full system in action, we might be pleasantly surprised. Right now it’s a stripped down version.

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August 17, 2019 at 01:05 pm

When considering the backup QB situation, for the 2019 season, I think there is a question to ask. Are we interested in a backup that can keep us a-float because we think we have a legitimate shot at SB, or do we want to groom a young guy that could potentially be an asset down the road, and if they had to play, it would be great assessment of that individual long term?

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murf7777's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:12 pm

Unglued....that's a great question and since a really good back-up would cost a lot of $'s, We don't have the Salary cap due to all the deals we did this year to afford a really good back up and there are few and far between. I think the later is the correct response for GB. Groom the young guy.

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Tarynfor12's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:28 pm

If Rodgers misses significant games this season our season is over though it's close to over anyway based on likely winning only 9 games. With that, we don't have the QB on the team that is future grooming worthy in so far as that means.

I would offer this for thought, if Lawrence from Clemson enters the draft in 2020-2021, I would pull a Ditka and offer every pick to get the number 1 selection in whichever draft he is available. That would be the future and worth the price while having Rodgers for those seasons.

Sacrifice a whole seasons draft for the franchise QB of the future and then proceed to build around him and let Rodgers go or trade him for some draft picks after the 2020 season to regain what you lost for Lawrence.

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murf7777's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:59 pm

Taryn, now that is funny.....How did that work out for Ditka? He proceeded to go 15-33 over 3 seasons and was fired. Not only did he give all of the 1999 picks away, he also did a 1st and 3rd in 2000. Back then the RB was king, so I understand his desire, but an asinine idea for Ditka. The ol' saying goes, "don't put all your eggs in one basket" applies here. No body knows how Lawrence will turn out, just like Ricky Williams as he was a Stud. Lawrence sure seems like a future HOF, but what if he doesn't pan out, injuries, talent who knows.... The list goes on about surefire picks that didn't turn out. Waaay too much risk, but I did get a good chuckle.

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August 17, 2019 at 02:19 pm

I didn't say Ditka doing so for Williams was right and I didn't say do it for a RB, WR,TE, LT but QB, which IS the position that every team looks for to have for 10-14 years...the franchise.

Sure, Lawrence could bust but not the same way like Williams, but if he stayed off the weed would it have been a big a bust, no, but again not something you do for any position other than QB.

This team has youth and a QB with youth is easier to build around.

Rodgers may play until he's 45, not with GB and that's fine with me, especially if we lock up who is likely the best QB to come out with all NFL capabilities...Lawrence.

Brady, if playing elsewhere is possibly already retired but having the franchise HC has him staying around. We don't have a Belichek but we can get another extension of greats...Favre....Rodgers...Lawrence...that's worth the Ditka deal.

' Don't put all your eggs in one basket "....except when the the product is worth all your eggs and with Rodgers aging and not having a HC like Belichek, this is when you go ' all-in ' for what you MUST have...a franchise QB who at this moment would be a top 5 QB in the NFL if he were in the NFL today.

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Coldworld's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:01 pm

I have been saying for a while, if you look at Rodger’s contract and kizer’s, next year is the year to draft a QB. There should be a good class to I am told.

Kizer will not be here one way or the other. He gets traded or released. Boyle is clearly not ready yet but he was always a long term project. That is why I think that they will try to keep him. If Boyle improves next off season he may be backup one while they bring on the draft pick.

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Tarynfor12's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:24 pm

" If Boyle improves next off season he may be backup one while they bring on the draft pick."

That's what I'm afraid of...they'll just get a draft pick QB. If you have a chance to grab the next more probable 10-12 year franchise QB, you don't settle for just a draft pick QB.

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Cubbygold's picture

August 17, 2019 at 08:43 pm

While I like the creativity, i think the draft picks required would be excessive. If GB wins 9 games this year, their 7 picks won't be enough to get to #1 overall. You're probably throwing in a 2021 first round pick as well.

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Tarynfor12's picture

August 17, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Maybe, but would you like to have that third QB in a row even if the price is as you say or would you accept taking your chances with who may be left in a draft. Remember QB's get pushed into 1 st rd because of a lack of real 1st rd talent...Ponder,Gabbert,Dalton,Weeden,Tannehill,
Mariota,Bortles,RG3,Geno Smith,Tyrod Taylor etc,etc as the list is long. I believe there are only 5 true elite QB's in the NFL in any 10 year period.Sure there may be a small outlier period. Rodgers is falling from that if he hasn't already but it's close and he's running out of time in GB,and even if he isn't, why would you keep him for 2-3 years when you can have the next 10-12 with a young guy.
Lawrence can be ours with some cajones in the draft when he comes out. When Lawrence this season proves again how elite he is,how do you not make the strongest play to get him but rather take a chance on a QB falsely hyped into the 1st rd draft charade.

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The Justicar's picture

August 18, 2019 at 06:56 am

Personally, I love the idea of going all in for Lawrence. Note that he is a true sophomore this season, 2019, so will have to complete his junior season in 2020 before being draft eligible for the first time in the 2021 draft.

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optimisticfan's picture

August 20, 2019 at 06:53 am

When to go after a QB comes down to a few questions.

1) How long is BG projecting Rodgers to be playing at an elite level or at least great level (obviously he has to show that he still is at an elite level this year when health is not an excuse)?

2) What are the scouting views on magnitude of relative difference of projected ability between draft choices (supposedly there are 8-10 quality backup level QBs coming out next draft, how many of those could be project QB1s in the future)? Can they move back to the beginning of the 2nd round in 2020 and snag a 2021 1st round pick (if the goal is a backup QB and the relative difference after the top few QBs is not tremendous)?

I think BG (rightly) sees Rodgers having good odds of playing at a great if not elite level for another 3 years at least. Until Rodgers shows he is not at a high level when healthy it would be foolish to move on from him (college players with potential are far from proven)

Most likely scenario:

GB drafts in 2020 a 1-2 round QB that has a low floor of being a serviceable backup QB, with potential of growing into a QB1
If that QB isn’t panning out to be more than a backup in the years 1–2 they seek another 1st round QB. However I can’t see this administration giving up a years worth of draft picks for Lawrence from a value to the whole team perspective. However if they don’t have to give up quite that much (like half of their draft picks in 2021 or they move down out of 1st round in 2020 and then package multiple 1st round picks and other picks then yes BG could move up to go after Lawrence). But let’s be real. Lawrence is really a pipe dream. Whomever gets to choose 1st in the 2021 draft is not trading and will just draft Lawrence.

I think BG isn’t there yet where he is looking for Rodgers’ long term replacement. Also unsure he sinks money in a FA QB this year who isn’t that talented (overpriced) especially if the long term plan is to draft a QB in 2020. We will see who is on the waiver wire for 2019 though.

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murf7777's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:09 pm

Daren....Are you being sarcastic? SF won 4 games last year and 6 the year before.

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dobber's picture

August 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm

But they were 15th in passing yards in 2018 using--primarily--two scrub QBs (Beathard and Mullens), and they were 9th in 2017 with a combination of Garoppolo, Beathard, and Hoyer.

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stockholder's picture

August 17, 2019 at 01:21 pm

I don't believe anything we've seen in preseason will have a barring on what this team does. It's incredibly stupid to think that the bottom half of the roster will give us anything more then play here, or there. Experience is what we must believe in for improvement. Arron Rodgers Leadership. Clark and The Smith Brothers. A solid secondary. While stock reports send messages. The best way to bank and invest, is don't gamble away your assets. We must separate are abilities from are disabilities. We have the best starting OL in years. An All-pro Te. 1 All-pro Wr. And the possibilities of it catching on Fire. Making believe that the position battles are going to be the new sweethearts, will put you in make believe land. The truth is this team only needs to show their Heart. Let them play angry. The wrongs will stop. And the best players will stand out.

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sonomaca's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:08 pm

Here’s the bottom line: The Pack could have traded for Rosen.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:25 pm

I am still waiting on the quick strike offense based on outside zone runs. I am also waiting on the improvements in the pass rush and pressure that the new guys were supposed to bring.
But we still have time.

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hobowilly's picture

August 18, 2019 at 09:13 am

Hi Pat.....it's called TC and preseason, LOL.

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Lphill's picture

August 17, 2019 at 02:59 pm

A guy like josh McCown is what we need at backup experienced veteran but he just un retired to join the eagles.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

August 17, 2019 at 03:09 pm

If Josh McCown was the answer then the question was wrong

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Gort's picture

August 17, 2019 at 03:50 pm

"the players need to focus on honing their technique"
Is that something like pad level?

But seriously, the tackling and backup QB problems must be solved. Tackling is on the coaches and backup QB is on the GM.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

August 17, 2019 at 09:08 pm

Vince Young?

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