Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/28/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Huber of Packer Report and together we analyzed the Packers roster and predicted the final 53.
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Al: It’s that nerve-wracking time time of year in the NFL. The time when marginal NFL players are holed up in their rooms praying there isn’t a knock at the door. With each NFL team having to pare rosters from 90 players to 53 over the course of five days, that means almost 1200 players will lose their jobs on Friday.
Jayme: Coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the rigors of this week from the coaches’ perspectives. Having to evaluate so many players and choose a roster that covers all the team needs is painstaking from a workload perspective and painful from a personal perspective. McCarthy called this week the worst part of the job, specifically having to tell young men their NFL dreams are over, at least for now.
Al: For those fringe players whose dreams are still alive this week, they have one more chance to convince the coaches they are worth keeping. The Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs this Thursday night at Lambeau Field, with starters being used for one series at most. Once the game is over, the Packers will have less than 24 hrs to make their final roster moves and get the roster down to 53.
Jayme: One new player that is assured a spot on the Packers roster is recently signed running back Cedric Benson. Benson got his first playing time in last week’s game against Cincinnati and looked sharp, averaging over six yards per carry in 10 attempts. With Benson as a legitimate running threat in the Packers’ backfield, opposing defensive coordinators will have some tough choices to make.
Al: As will the Packers when it comes to running back James Starks, who was injured in the first preseason game and hasn’t seen the field since. Mike McCarthy bemoaned the fact that Starks’ recovery from turf toe has been slow, saying, “He hasn’t made a whole lot of progress here of late.” At the same time, the Packers are removing snap count limits from Alex Green and McCarthy said he’s looking for some real production out of Green.
Jayme: On the subject of Packers injuries, McCarthy said he did a little self-evaluation this morning, going back and looking at the training camp schedule. Of the injuries, McCarthy said “something wasn’t right there”, so he went back to examine the camp but didn’t find anything he could but his finger on. For his part, Aaron Rodgers said he thought perhaps the starters got too may reps the first few days, but he didn’t think that was a cause either.
“Gems from the Packers Twitterverse…”
Jayme: A few days after rushing home for the birth of his son London Dash William Finley, proud papa Jermichael Finley decided to take a vacation, of sorts. “Done with Twitter!” said Finley, “ But want to tell my FANS I’m Focused & Ready! See y’all In New Orleans!”
Al: I’m sure you’ve all seen the video by now of John Kuhn giving Aaron Rodgers a shaving cream pie in the face. This elicited a flurry of tweets, but @howiemag had a unique slant on it. Tweeted Howie, “If the Packers don’t win the Super Bowl, I look forward to the stories that blame it on the Kuhn/Rodgers Pie Incident.”
Jayme: With news of certain players being released, (especially useless backup quarterbacks), the flood of annoying “Any chance the Packers sign ___________” tweets quickly ensued, causing last week’s Cheeseheadradio guest Bill Johnson to exclaim, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!(frustrated shreik of horror!!!)
Al: Friend of the show Annie Van Epern had a little fun at Deadspin’s expense the other day. In response to the admitted Vikings fan who does the “Why your team sucks” series, on Deadspin, Annie retorted, “ Laugh all you want, my cheesehead can also be used as a beer cooler and floatation device. Your blonde braids? You can use it as a Noose or maybe butt floss.”
Poor guy didn’t stand a chance – and for that, we award Annie the…
…Cheesehead Radio Tweet of the Week