Green Bay Packers 2013 Breakout Candidate: Nick Perry

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But injuries quickly became a factor for Perry, as he played through a left wrist injury he sufferedin Week 1 anda left knee injury in Week 6 caused him to miss the following three games. Perry thenhad surgery to fix the wrist issue in early November, and his rookie season ended with just six games played, 18 total tacklesand two sacks. Injuries aside, the transition from college defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker was not a smooth one for Perry. He played at 265 pounds last season, and reports from OTAs suggest he has lost weight and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he looked so much smoother and athletic than he did in 2012. The Packers had the fourth-most sacks in the league last season (47), but no one outside of Matthews (13 sacks)had more than 4.5 quarterback takedowns.Perry showedgoodpass rushing ability in college (21.5 sacks in three seasons at USC ), so if he could have stayed healthy last season Green Bay may have had a very nice outside pass rushing duo. Perry should get every chance to earn the starting outside linebacker spot opposite Matthews during training camp, and frankly it would be an upset if he does not win the job. Even in a worst-case scenario Perry should see the field as a pass-rush specialist, and if he shows signs of being more than that I think he can be a very effective player for Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24 .

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Biggest Camp Battles Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Arguably no other aspect of training camp draws as much interest as positional battles. Teams bring in talent to compete, and that competition typically brings out the best in the players involved. The Packers have their own set of positional battles ready to unfold, particularly at right tackle, safety and running back. Backup quarterback, depth at receiver and the starters at cornerback are other battles to also keep an eye on. To win one of those jobs, the players will have to show over the next month why they deserve the spot. For a complete analysis of the top positional battles, click here . Rookie, UDFA Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Few NFL teams rely as heavily on the draft-and-develop approach as the Packers, which makes each incoming crop of new players even more important for the advancement of the roster overall. By the end of April’s draft, the Packers had spent a total of 11 picks on new players. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy highlight the group. But the Packers also picked up a promising crop of undrafted free agents, and recent history has shown that a few from that group will likely make the final 53-man roster. For the complete breakdown of the Packers’ draft picks and undrafted free agents, click here . Bubble Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports In most training camps, 40 to 45 roster spots are all but locked up before any kind of contact is made. The Packers fit in that category, with a solid core that will make the final 53-man roster. However, this reality leaves 8-10 roster spots that are up for grabs. The players that don’t have a job locked up are considered on the “bubble.” A few familiar names, such as James Starks and D.J.

Packers will retire Favre’s number _ someday

1. Can the offensive line protect Aaron Rodgers? Since Aaron Rodgers took over the starting quarterback job in 2008, he has constantly been under pressure. Last year, Rodgers was sacked a league high 51 times. That is too many times for a franchise quarterback to be hit. To try and fix the protection problems, head coach Mike McCarthy made some changes during the offseason, moving his two best blockers, Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton, to the left side of the line to protect Rodgers blind side. Bulaga will be the left tackle and Sitton the left guard. Rodgers is the face of the franchise, and if the protection doesnt improve, he wont be the face for long. 2. Will Defensive coordinator Dom Capers solve the read option? 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran wild against the Packers in the playoffs. One key to his success was the genius of Jim Harbaugh to use the read option offense. The option confused Packers defenders all day long as Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now, he did throw 263 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the read option is what killed the Packers. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was heavily criticized following the game for not stopping the option. Lucky for Capers, the Packers play the 49ers week 1. After that game, we will know if Capers did his homework over the off season. 3. Who fills the void of former wide receiver Greg Jennings? When he was healthy, Greg Jennings was a pro bowl caliber receiver. Now Jennings is with the Vikings, which leaves an open spot in the Packers offense. The expectations are for receivers James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb to be Aaron Rodgers main targets, along with tight end Jermichael Finley. The question is, who will emerge as the fifth target for Rodgers? The top two candidates for the job are Jeremy Ross and Jarrett Boykin. Ross was used primarily in the return game, while Boykin caught only five passes, including a clutch fourth down reception against the Vikings. No matter who wins the job, the gap left by Greg Jennings needs to be filled. 4. Who will win the starting running back job? Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were drafted in this past years draft to help improve the Packers running game. They join James Starks, Alex Green, and DuJuan Harris to compete for the starting job. Starks shined during the Packers playoff run, while Green and Harris swapped the starting job last year as Starks recovered from knee surgery. Will the veterans prove they should be starters, or will the two rookies show why they were drafted? The running game has been nonexistent since Ryan Grant started having injury issues. With five running backs on the roster, at least one should be able to fix the problem. 5. Will Mason Crosby have a bounce back season? Prior to last season, Mason Crosby was making field goals with ease, clearing the goal post by many feet. After missing two field goals against the Colts last year, the goal got smaller, along with Crosbys confidence. Every time he lined up for a field goal, Packer fans were holding their breath. At the end of last season, Crosby started to make his field goals, and his confidence looked like it had improved. Coach McCarthy brought in competition for Crosby, just in case his kicking woes return. As long as Crosby keeps making his field goals like the end of last season, his job will not be in jeopardy.

But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don’t anticipate that, no.” Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities “We’ll see,” Murphy said. A cornerstone of the Packers renaissance in the 1990s, Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title following the 1996 season. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 prompted perhaps the messiest divorce in state history. The Packers had already made Aaron Rodgers the starter, and wound up trading Favre to the Jets during training camp. After a year with the Jets, Favre infuriated fans further by signing with NFC North rival Minnesota. But Rodgers helped smooth the way for a reconciliation between Favre and the Packers, sharing the stage with his predecessor at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in New Orleans in February. Murphy, who has been in contact with Favre since then, said again Tuesday that the appearance was a “first step.” Murphy recently said the team wants to make sure Favre’s number is retired before he would enter the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016, assuming he is a first-ballot selections. “We’re definitely going to retire his number. I really feel strongly that he deserves it,” Murphy said.

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He made 22-of-28 field goals, including several clutch kicks as the Cardiac Pack won six games by three points or less. The most memorable of his three game-winning kicks was a 47-yarder on the last play to beat Tampa Bay. That was a fun year, Jacke said. As a rookie, youre just happy to be on the team, you really are. The year that we had we just missed the playoffs. We were all sitting around and, I believe, it was a Sunday night game that Minnesota had to lose and we would have been in the playoffs. When they won, it made me think, This is going to be pretty easy. Everyones coming back, were all pretty healthy. Then the following two years, we go 4-12. It was a great experience with those guys. It was an honor and a joy to be a part of that 1989 season.” Jacke was an astounding 18-of-31 on field goals from 50-plus yards, the biggest of which was his 53-yarder that beat San Francisco in overtime during the Super Bowl season of 1996.

Packers to “even out reps” in backup QB competition

Aaron Rodgers, B.J. Coleman, Graham Harrell

If we do Jadeveon Clowney will be opposite Clay Matthews next season. Jul 20, 2013 1:12 PM Man Id rather have Tebow than either of them hansenbrothers says: Jul 20, 2013 1:21 PM Id be so happy to see Coleman win this job. Harrells trip & fumble against the Saints last year was almost as bad as the Sanchez butt fumble, it was just lower profile. ososrule says: Jul 20, 2013 1:32 PM If Rodgers goes down the Packers immediately become an average to below average team.Just saying stellarperformance says: Jul 20, 2013 2:19 PM Rodgers is not the whole team anymore than Favre was. Its a team. I dont want Rodgers, or Matthews, or Raji, or anyone hurt. But if Rodgers goes Aaron Rodgers Nike Jersey downthen its next man up. keevel says: Jul 20, 2013 2:23 PM B.J. Coleman better challenge for the back up job. Matt Brown has a better track record with the skill set this system needs better than anyone since Matt Flynn and would greatly benefit from a year of conditioning and practice quad coaching.

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