Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks like a top five quarterback once again. Green Bay needs #12 to stay healthy if they expect to get anywhere in 2014. My favorite thing that Rodgers displayed was his quick release. He showcased a similar spiral when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45.
Running Back Eddie Lacy looks sharp so far. Green Bay has a nice front 7, but Lacy had some good moments when facing a challenging run defense. Lacy has outstanding ball carrier vision and his agility is much improved from last year. He also displayed effective pass catching hauling in a few receptions on day 1 of Packers' training camp.
Wide Receivers Jordy Nelson may not have seen a ton of action. One thing I will say is that Randall Cobb and rookie DaVante Adams are beastly. Cobb can be the #1 receiver if Green Bay chooses not to re-sign Jordy Nelson. Adams continues to dominate. Rookie OTA's, rookie minicamps, mandatory minicamps,and the first receiver to show up at training camp. Adams could be a sleeper to watch out for in 2014.
Tight End Green Bay has nobody at tight end without Jermichael Finley. Rodgers has to rely on his receivers and may struggle in the red zone without Finley.
Offensive Line David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga were good run blockers today opening up the lanes for Lacy. These guys got abused by Green Bay's 3-4 outside linebackers struggling to protect Rodgers. Green Bay needs better play at left guard, center, and right guard.
Defensive Line Mike Daniels, B.J. Raji, and Datone Jones looked beastly. The 3-4 defensive linemen displayed a lot of speed when running and had little problems getting past the Packers' interior offensive line. Besides jogging you saw bull rush moves, swim moves, and some block shedding. Raji played like the nose tackle he was when he played the zero technique during Green Bay's Super Bowl 45 win Daniels and Jones are five technique guys that will rush towards the outside of the offensive guard.
Linebackers A.J. Hawk had an outstanding day run stuffing. He tackled Lacy a lot after Lacy overcame such a tenacious defensive line. The former Ohio State middle linebacker is the best run stuffer on a 3-4 defense. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers struggled as run stuffers, but excelled as pass rushers giving Rodgers little time to react in the pocket.
Secondary Most of the secondary was a joke today. Rooke HaHa Clinton-Dix was the only player on the Packers' secondary that stood out. Clinton-Dix has been to all the rookie minicamps, he's one of the first rookies to show up to training camp. Clinton-Dix continues to grow as a safety. I feel lik HaHa Clinton-Dix will go onto to win defensive rookie of the year if the Packers take this division.
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