ESPN.com’s NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert wrote a blog last Wednesday on broken tackles from this past season. He received his information from Football Outsiders, a website that tracks all kinds of stats, and revealed some pretty interesting numbers on NFC North tackling.
The first stat, percentage of tackles offensive players “broke,” slotted the Packers worst in the league at 3.3 tackles broken out of every 100 attempts. In comparison, the Vikings ranked second (7.6) while the Lions finished 29th (3.8) and the Bears 31st (3.5). The Carolina Panthers led the league with 8.4 percent.
Last Tuesday, Roger Goodell announced that New York would be the site for the 2014 Super Bowl, marking the first time the game will be played in a traditionally “cold weather” setting come February. There has been a widespread debate on whether or not this is a good idea for the game’s neutrality, how festivities during the week will be affected by potential snow, etc., but in the end the idea of a new stadium and New York City hosting the Super Bowl was too much to pass up.
But before any Packers fans get too excited about the thought of a Super Bowl coming to Green Bay and Lambeau Field, don’t expect it anytime soon.
Of the undrafted free agents the Packers signed after the NFL Draft, there are only a few with actual potential to make the final roster when the regular season begins Sept. 12 in Philadelphia. Here are four players who could find themselves suiting up on gameday in Green and Gold.
1. Sam Shields, CB, Miami
The 2010 NBA Draft class is one of the deepest in recent memory. With a consensus No. 1 overall pick, both NBA-ready and raw big men, and a bunch of outside shooters, teams will be able to address both needs and value. But how will the NBA Draft affect what happens to these players in the fantasy world? Here’s your answer:
1. John Wall: Need at the position or not, Wall is the best player in the draft class and the Wizards will select him. This will be the perfect fit for Wall, who has no real competition at the position but excellent offensive pieces around him. He will see plenty of minutes right away, making him a nice fantasy play this season.
The Green Bay Packers started their 2010 minicamps Tuesday and there are already headlines being made. It is important to remember that it is only May and things like depth charts mean little because not everyone participates in the OTA’s.
Still, trends can form early in the year and position changes do mean a lot. Here are the early headlines making news for the Packers early in the preseason:
Justin Harrell Returns for the Start of OTA’s
The Green Bay Packers’ 2010 preseason schedule was announced today. The Packers will open at home against the Cleveland Browns for the second consecutive year on Aug. 14 and will also host the Colts on ESPN. They will travel to Seattle in between home games and will close out the preseason in Kansas City. Last year the Packers went 3-1 in the preseason.
Here is the complete preseason schedule with date and central times:
Make no mistake about it: I am extremely pleased with how the Packers’ 2010 draft went down. They came out of the three-day festivities with a future left tackle, depth on both lines, a potential starting safety, and even more potential threats on an already scary offense. But what’s the fun in agreeing?
By in large, the Packers’ front office knew 1000 times more about the players in the draft than I ever could by reading Mel Kiper’s NFL Draft Preview book or watching Youtube videos, but here’s what I would have done if I was calling the shots on Draft Day.
*Note* Each selection is based on what the Packers actually did leading up to that point. So in round two, I am saying who the Packers should have selected based on taking Bryan Bulaga, etc.
Round 1, pick 23
Who was the pick: Bryan Bulaga, LT, Iowa
Who should have been the pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Packers had obvious needs entering the 2010 NFL Draft. Safety was not one of them. But that did not stop Ted Thompson from trading up for just the third time in his career to select safety Morgan Burnett, a junior out of Georgia Tech.
Burnett joins a group of players Thompson has traded up for that includes former Packers defensive end Jeremy Thompson and outside linebacker Clay Matthews. Thompson was an end who projected as a project at outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, but a neck injury forced him to retire earlier last month. Matthews recorded 10 sacks in his rookie campaign last season and projects as the Packers rush linebacker of the future.
Next in line is Burnett, who the Packers moved up to to select in the third round and feel as though they received excellent value. He was projected by most to go in the second round but slipped on day two. With teams in front of the Packers needing help at safety, the Bears included, Green Bay jumped up and got their guy.