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Packers 2018 roster prediction: Which six OLBs make the final cut?

Packers 2018 roster prediction: Which six OLBs make the final cut?

Several first and second-year players are granted extra time on the 53-man roster to become contributors. Welcome to the prediction section of the offseason. Over two weeks, Acme Packing Company will present our overall roster predictions for the Green Bay Packers’ season-opening 53-man roster. Today, we continue with the Packers’ outside linebackers. With a full search for pass rushing help being conducted in Green Bay this summer, the APC staff believes the Packers will carry six outside linebackers on the final roster following training camp. The team decided to keep four edge...
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Packers Training Camp Preview: Familiar OLB faces looking for an uptick in pressure

Packers Training Camp Preview: Familiar OLB faces looking for an uptick in pressure

Green Bay made few roster moves at edge rusher during the offseason, instead relying on leaps from younger players. Continuing our series looking at the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster heading into training camp, we examine the outside linebackers and reveal our pre-camp predictions for the team’s 2018 53-man roster. Follow along over the next two weeks as we break down the roster position-by-position and reveal our predictions. There’s a new defensive coordinator in Green Bay, but the faces at outside linebacker remain relatively the same. As outlined by the numbers in a recent...
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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers financials indicate football is still king

Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers financials indicate football is still king

Team reports record revenue and record expenses for 2017 Thanks to the unique ownership structure of the Green Bay Packers, this time of year gives people the only chance to see exactly how much money is coming into an NFL franchise. The Packers released their 2017 financials yesterday, and there were a few interesting things to note. First, revenues rose to a record level but so did expenses. Revenues rose $13.5 million while expenses increased $44.8 million. The latter is due to ongoing construction in the Titletown district plus increases in player salaries and travel expenses. Revenue...
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Packers release 2017 team finances, including record revenues & expenses

Packers release 2017 team finances, including record revenues & expenses

The Packers are in good financial shape, even despite record-high expenses due in large part to a few big player contracts. Monday was a big day around the NFL, thanks to the small-town Green Bay Packers and their ownership structure. The team announced its overall finances for the 2017 NFL season, as is its obligation as a publicly-held entity — the only such pro sports organization with a public ownership structure in North America. As a result, fans, economists, and other interested parties in the NFL sphere of influence got a feeling for what the trends are across the league, and...
Jul 16, 2018
Packers 2018 roster prediction: Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark again top depth chart

Packers 2018 roster prediction: Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark again top depth chart

Welcome to the prediction section of the offseason. Through the rest of the week, Acme Packing Company will present our overall roster predictions for the Green Bay Packers’ season-opening 53-man roster. Today, we continue with the Packers’ defensive linemen. Defense became the on-field focus of Packers’ offseason from the moment the team announced the firing of longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers. That remains the case now, with Mike Pettine and a new scheme coming into Green Bay. In his first year at the helm, Pettine will rely heavily on his defensive line, which contains the...
Jul 16, 2018
Packers training camp preview: Loaded D-line must anchor defense

Packers training camp preview: Loaded D-line must anchor defense

With Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and the Packers’ other outside linebackers consistently dealing with injuries, the team needs much of the pass rush to come from the defensive line. Continuing our series looking at the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster heading into training camp, we examine the defensive line and reveal our pre-camp predictions for the team’s 2018 53-man roster. Follow along over through the week as we break down the roster position-by-position and reveal our predictions. The Packers defense endured one of its most trying seasons of recent vintage during Dom Capers’...
Jul 16, 2018
The 2018 Packers season should hinge on two enormous games

The 2018 Packers season should hinge on two enormous games

If the ideal is winning every home game and getting to .500 on the road, Green Bay has its work cut out for it. The 2018 Packers season hinges on two games. That’s it. Obviously they’ll have to win more than two total games, but two in particular look particularly crucial as we stand here less than two months from Week 1. But let’s start here: Green Bay is going to lose games. In Mid-July, everyone is undefeated and all 32 teams think they can compete for a title, but every single one is going to lose games. It’s when teams lose those games (and obviously how many they lose) that...
Jul 16, 2018
NFC North Fantasy Preview: Detroit Lions players you should consider drafting

NFC North Fantasy Preview: Detroit Lions players you should consider drafting

We break down of two fantasy prospects from the Lions who can help you bring home the fantasy trophy this year. Before training camp gets underway, I wanted to go through the NFC North and look at players whom you might want to keep an eye on to see where their fantasy football value is trending. These players can either be trending towards fantasy relevance or complete irrelevance. This article addresses players who are in the former group. In a prior article, we looked at two Detroit Lions players whom you should avoid. Now, we’ll get a little rosier and talk about Lions you should...
Jul 16, 2018
Monday Curds: Are Packers planning to use more big receivers in the slot?

Monday Curds: Are Packers planning to use more big receivers in the slot?

After years of little else but 5-foot-10 Randall Cobb in the slot, Mike McCarthy and company may be moving towards bigger players there. One thing that is clear from this offseason is that the Green Bay Packers like big receivers. From the team’s three rookie draft picks all standing 6-foot-3 or taller to the acquisition of veteran tight ends Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis (both 6-foot-6 or taller), there is a lot more height in those two rooms than there was a year ago. One area where the Packers might use some of those players in new and different ways is from the slot, a position that...
Jul 14, 2018
Packers’ defense struggled to get consistent pressure in 2017

Packers’ defense struggled to get consistent pressure in 2017

The numbers around pressure tells a brutal tale for the Packers’ defense in Dom Capers’ final year. One of my big criticisms of Dom Capers’ defenses is that by relying on gimmicks and complicated blitz schemes to generate sacks, the defense gave up the ability to generate consistent pressure. This is a problem because when quarterbacks have as much time as they want, even bad ones will hit big plays against you with regularity, and pick you apart. The Packers recorded 37 sacks in 2017, tied with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals for 17th in the league, and just one fewer...
Jul 14, 2018
Hottest Take of the Week: Before Training Camp 2018

Hottest Take of the Week: Before Training Camp 2018

OTAs are over and training camp is around the corner, but the takes keep coming With OTAs complete and training camp just around the corner, one would think there isn’t much to base opinions on. Well, that doesn’t stop the takes from rolling in anyway. This week we get to look at what might happen without Aaron Jones for two weeks, Andy Benoit’s obsession with Jones’ replacement, Matt Ryan being better than Aaron Rodgers, how Lebron James affects the Packers’ chances at winning in the future, and where Green Bay’s offensive weapons stack up against the rest of the...
Jul 13, 2018
Packers claim guard Ethan Cooper off waivers, per report

Packers claim guard Ethan Cooper off waivers, per report

The Packers swapped out offensive linemen less than two weeks before the start of training camp. With training camp less than two weeks away, the Green Bay Packers have made another small roster change. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the team successfully claimed guard Ethan Cooper off waivers from the New York Giants, waiving undrafted free-agent tackle Kyle Meadows to create room. A 6-foot-2, 322-pound guard, Cooper spent 2017 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Giants. Though New York retained him for 2018 on a futures contract, they waived him on Thursday to make room for veteran...
Jul 13, 2018
NFC North Fantasy Preview: Avoid these Detroit Lions players in your early drafts

NFC North Fantasy Preview: Avoid these Detroit Lions players in your early drafts

We break down of two fantasy prospects from the Lions who just aren’t going to be what you need to build a contender in your leagues. Before training camp gets underway, I wanted to go through the NFC North and look at players whom you might want to keep an eye on to see where their fantasy football value is trending. These players can either be trending towards fantasy relevance or complete irrelevance. This article addresses players who are in the latter group. To start, we’ll look at two players from the Detroit Lions whom I would be hesitant to lock into your opening day roster,...
Jul 13, 2018
Packers 2018 roster prediction: Offensive line brings continuity & depth along with questions

Packers 2018 roster prediction: Offensive line brings continuity & depth along with questions

A deep group of linemen could mitigate questions about health and the right tackle position in particular. Welcome to the prediction section of the offseason. Over two weeks, Acme Packing Company will present our overall roster predictions for the Green Bay Packers’ season-opening 53-man roster. Today, we continue with the Packers’ offensive line. No unit on the Green Bay Packers performs a more essential task than keeping Aaron Rodgers upright. Last year proved that point with frustrating precision. And even when the offensive line does its job, one of the things that makes Rodgers so...
Jul 13, 2018
How big a concern are the Packers skill position players heading into 2018?

How big a concern are the Packers skill position players heading into 2018?

A recent ESPN ranking put Green Bay’s offensive weapons in the bottom 10 in the league. Is that fair? Separating skill players from their ecosystem—the quarterback, coaching, and offensive line—would be like saying “I know you love guacamole, but how good is avocado on its own?” Turns out, you need that other stuff. And more to the point, I’m never going to sit down for a bowl of chips and avocado so who really cares? That said, it is important to use quality avocado and fresh lime juice to make your guac, or it’s probably not going to end up being very good. There is value...