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June

VIDEO: Stuff Packers Fans Say

So it’s June. We are halfway through the NFL offseason and fans are bored out of their skulls.

Out of said boredom, it seems like Packers fans are punchier than ever. So rather than make another post about a player or a position and have everyone suffer through endless debate in the comments section, I’ve decided to post a video that should get a chuckle out of everyone. It’s a little old but overall still relevant.

After all, if we can’t laugh at ourselves who can we laugh at?

Enjoy.

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Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke

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23

May

Bradford Uses Tragedy to Overcome Obstacles

Carl Bradford

Carl Bradford: “People can’t see the lion roaring inside me”

The Green Bay Packers used this year’s fourth round pick on Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford.  There were probably not many followers of the Packers who were more excited than I was and I’ll come clean right here and now: I’m an ASU alum and a season ticket holder.  It was homerism at its finest when the pick was announced and I expressed my excitement all the way down the road I was driving on at the time.

In a story written shortly after Bradford was drafted by Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the opening paragraph talked about how the Packers seemingly chose to ignore conventional wisdom when they made the pick.

At 6’1″ and with 30″ arms, Bradford’s measurables didn’t necessarily scream “3-4 outside linebacker”.  I always chuckle a bit when I hear scouts and media talking about a player’s arm length.  I see how it can be helpful, but so many football players have had very successful careers with “short arms” before.

Still, Bradford isn’t the type of player you envision when you think of a good pass-rushing linebacker.  By contrast, the Packers brought in undrafted rookie linebacker and Adrian Hubbard out of Alabama.  Hubbard stands at 6’6″ and 245 pounds.  Bradford was drafted, in the fourth round.  Hubbard wasn’t, largely because of a potential heart condition.

In football and the NFL, measurables simply don’t tell the whole story.  In Bradford’s case, they barely tell the story.  By now, many have heard how Bradford lost his father, Roy Bradford, early last year to a heart attack.  At home in Louisiana, Roy collapsed suddenly into his son’s arms and was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived.

The loss of any family member, under any circumstances, is a hard pill to swallow.  In Bradford’s case, it was no different.  ASU head football coach Todd Graham talked in Dunne’s piece about how Bradford didn’t talk much about the loss of his dad and that it was clearly affecting him.  The grieving process is different for everyone.  Bradford went through the tough part and had his ups and downs.

Then came last season where he used all of that emotion, both good and bad, to finish out his collegiate career with a second-straight solid season for the Sun Devils.  Eight and a half sacks along with an key interception returned for a touchdown late in the season against UCLA.  Below are highlights from that game with Bradford as a feature.  Fast forward to 2:16 to see that particular play.

9

May

Packers 2014 NFL Draft – Third Round Pick: Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal-Berkeley

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers  TE, Cal – Berkeley

With their third-round pick (98th overall, compensatory) in the 2014 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal-Berkeley

PLAYER DETAILS: 

Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal-Berkeley  6’4″, 245 lbs

CAREER NOTES: 

Father, Richard Sr., was involved in “The Play” in the 1982 Cal-Stanford game. . . also played basketball as a Massachusetts prep. . .recruited as a tight end. . .Started 6-of-11 games played in ’12 and caught 20 balls for 288 yards (14.4-yard average) and a touchdown. . .2013: missed time recovering from a torn labrum, played 11 games and pulled in 39-608-1 (15.6)

COMBINE:

4.87 40 yard dash, 16 reps on the bench, 31.5-inch vertical, 9 foot, 8-inch broad jump

NFL.com draft profile 

SCOUTING REPORT (NFL.com and CBSSports.com): 

Strengths: Lanky athlete who has proven the ability to manipulate his weight to fit his team’s offensive scheme. Very good initial quickness for the position, demonstrating the ability to beat defenders upfield with his burst or to gain the advantage while blocking, including on cut-blocks. Long arms and soft hands. Gathers in passes quickly and secures the football. Good agility and straight-line speed for the position. Good balance and body control. Dependable short-to-intermediate receiver. Can snatch throws off his body and make contested grabs. Has potential as a move blocker. Showed dedication and discipline re-shaping his body as a junior.

Weaknesses: Tight hips. Average speed and suddenness — dull in/out of breaks and struggles to separate vs. more explosive safeties. Unrefined route runner.  Started just 11 games in three seasons. Possesses the ability to make the incredible catch but will drop the occasional easy pass and struggles in traffic. Lacks the bulk and strength to hold up as an in-line blocker in the NFL. A bit finesse in his play, relying more on his athleticism than physicality. Gets to the second level quickly but rather than latching on to control opponents, Richard extends his arms and stops his feet, allowing defenders to break free easily from his blocks.

COMMENTARY:

The tight end position was certainly going to be addressed earlier than later in this draft.  Jermichael Finley still has not been medically cleared following his severe neck injury last season and no timetable is set for him to return.  The Packers appear to be proceeding as if Finley won’t be back.

9

May

Packers 2014 NFL Draft – Third Round Pick: Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi

Khyri Thornton

Khyri Thornton  DL, Southern Mississippi

With their third-round pick (85th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi

PLAYER DETAILS: 

Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi  6’3″, 304 lbs

CAREER NOTES: 

Played all 13 games in 2010 and recorded 17 tackles, five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. . .In 2011, he appeared in 14 games, starting seven at defensive tackle, and tallied 24 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks with one pass batted and one forced fumble. . .Was Southern MissÂ’ primary defensive tackle in 2012, playing in 12 games (11 starts) and totaling 36 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and one sack with one pass batted, one interception and one forced fumble. . .Team captain.

COMBINE:

5.03 40 yard dash, 28 reps on the bench, 29-inch vertical, 9 foot, 4-inch broad jump

NFL.com draft profile 

SCOUTING REPORT: 

He has a strong upper body and does not carry much excess weight on his frame.  Thornton shows good burst and overall athletic ability when not forced to open his hips.  His motor is decent but his overall stamina is not great.  He has some room to improve in terms of his functional strength, but his potential is intriguing between his ability to keep adding strength to his lower body and just taking advantage of all of his physical tools. Has short arms and small hands. Could do a better job working off blocks, creating separation and protecting his legs. Tends to wear down and tire late in games and effort wanes. Needs to develop more pass-rush moves — stays blocked too long. Relies too much on his upper-body strength. Can be late to locate the ball and needs to do a better job of feeling blocking pressure and anticipating. Misses a lot of tackles. Minimal sack production.

COMMENTARY:

The Packers love the big guys and they certainly got one here in Thornton.  He’s long at 6’3″ and carries just over 300 pounds.  Those stories about the Packers wanting to get smaller and faster up front won’t gain any traction with this pick.

What Thornton does give them is another long body on the edge up front who will likely rotate in at the defensive end (five-technique) and, depending on his development, could be groomed for the elephant role that the Packers signed veteran Julius Peppers to man.

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May

Packers 2014 NFL Draft – Second Round Pick: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno ST.

Davante Adams, WR Fresno State.

Davante Adams, WR Fresno State.

With their second-round pick (53rd overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Davante Adams, wide receiver from Fresno State.

PLAYER DETAILS: 

Davante Adams, WR 6/1″, 212lbs, 32 5/8 arms, 9″ hands

CAREER NOTES: 

Redshirted in 2011, earning offensive scout team player of the year recognition. Was Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in ’12 when he amassed 102 receptions for 1,312 yards (12.9-yard average) and 14 touchdowns in 13 starts, setting conference freshman records for catches and yards. Led the nation in receptions and receiving touchdowns and set a single-season school record for receiving yards in ’13 when he started 12-of-13 contests and piled up 131-1,718-24 (13.1). Owns MWC records for single-season and career touchdown catches (38) as well as the school mark for career receptions (233).

COMBINE:

4.56 40 yard dash, 14 reps on the bench, 1.64 10yd split, 77.75-inch wing span, 39.5-inch vertical, 123-inch broad jump, 6.82 3-cone,  4.30 20yd shuttle.

SCOUTING REPORT: 

STRENGTHS: Broad-shouldered and well-built wideout who consistently wins at the catch-point, demonstrating good leaping ability, timing and hand-eye coordination. Tracks the ball well over either shoulder and has strong hands to pluck the ball when turned towards the quarterback. Quickly corrals the pass and wastes no time in getting upfield, showing vision to set up blocks as well as strength to run through arm tackles and a nice stutter-step to elude.

Deceptive straight-line speed to challenge deep and shows good balance and overall body control to gain separation on comeback and out routes. Good strength and courage to take passes over the middle and isn’t afraid of running through traffic. Alert blocker.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks the elite speed that his gaudy production indicates. Possesses normal acceleration and tops out quickly. Occasionally will allow the ball to swing away from his frame as he attempts to fight for extra yardage, which can result in forced fumbles.

Cognizant blocker downfield but isn’t nearly as physical in this area as he is when fighting through would-be tacklers. Production was certainly inflated by Fresno State’s spread offense and because he is the favorite target of highly regarded quarterback, Derek Carr.

Compares To: James Jones, Packers – Like the former San Jose State standout, Adams’ eye-popping numbers have come against questionable competition. However, his similar build, deceptive vertical speed and strong hands at the catch-point should help Adams emerge as a big-play candidate in the NFL.

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May

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: S Kenny Ladler

Kenny Ladler

S Kenny Ladler

Packers prospect profile:  S  Kenny Ladler

Player Information:

Kenny Ladler  S, Vanderbilt,  6-1, 205 pounds  Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA

STATS

NFL Scouting Combine:

40 time: 4.70

Vertical jump: 36 1/2″

225 lb. bench: 24 reps

Broad jump: 10’7″

News and Notes:

Second-team All-SEC in 2013 (First-team All-SEC in coaches poll). . .led team in tackles (91) and finished 2013 season with school record five forced fumbles. . .also led team with 90 tackles in 2012. . .was a sprinter in high school.

What they’re saying about him: 

  • CBSSports.com:  Instinctive defender who diagnoses the action quickly and attacks, whether it be toward the line of scrimmage vs. the run or in reading the eyes of the quarterback to break on a pass. Good straight-line speed and possesses an impressive initial burst, as well as good closing speed. Generally a reliable open-field tackler with a history of delivering big hits, many of which result in forced fumbles. Steadily improved throughout his career with starting experience at both strong and free safety. Valued special teams contributor on the punt and punt return units. High in his backpedal and possesses just average fluidity when changing directions due to the fact that he’s a bit high-cut. Can allow his aggression to get the best of him as he’ll occasionally come in out of control, leaving cut-back lanes for niftier runners to exploit. Generally a reliable open-field tackler but will drop his shoulder and lunge on occasion, failing to wrap up securely
  • NFL.com:  Good size, movement and flexibility. Efficient plant and drive on throws in front of him. Shows the ability to swoop downhill and support the run. Tries for the strip. Asset in the building — terrific character. Durable and experienced. Was a 21-year-old senior. Needs to bulk up and get stronger. Average instincts and anticipation — can be a tick late to read and react. Poor center fielder. Manipulated by QBs. Unreliable last line of defense. Inconsistent open-field tackler. Average tackle strength — catches contact. Strong safety only.

Video:

Video Analysis:.

  • This is a “highlight reel” only
  • Makes quite a few of his interceptions on bad throws by the QB but will get credit for the level of competition he faced in the SEC
  • Disruptive tackler, looking to pop the ball out.  Be wary of missed tackles
26

April

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: QB Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

Packers prospect profile:  QB Teddy Bridgewater

Player Information: Teddy Bridgewater,  QB, Louisville,  6-2, 214 pounds  Hometown: Miami, FL

STATS

NFL Combine:

Vertical jump: 3o inches

3-cone drill: 7.17 seconds

Broad jump: 113 inches

20-yard shuttle: 4.20 seconds

News and Notes:

Threw only four interceptions his final season. … Completed over 68 percent of his passes and threw just 24 interceptions in his career. … Dual threat QB out of high school, but developed as a passer in Louisville’s pro-style passing game. … Holds Lousivlle record of at least one touchdown pass in 22 straight games. … Third player in Lousiville history to throw for over 9,000 yards. … Rallied Lousiville to a win over Rutgers in 2012 despite wearing a cast on his wrist. … Graduated in just three years

What they’re saying about him: 

  • CBSSports.com:  While Bridgewater’s arm is impressive, the poise, vision and touch he demonstrates could serve as a “how-to” video on effective quarterback play. Critics will continue to point out Bridgewater’s flaws. He is not as big or strong as Andrew Luck nor as nimble as a healthy Robert Griffin III. Among the quarterbacks potentially available in the 2014 draft, he’s the most polished and accurate.
  • NFL.com:  Terrific competitor. Extremely driven to succeed. Well-prepared and confident in his approach. Operated a progression-read offense where he is asked to scan the whole field and help steer protections. Footwork is very clean and in rhythm — throws on balance with sound mechanics, a fluid delivery and smooth stroke. Very good timing, touch and anticipation — throws receivers open.
  • MMQB: Compared on film to other potential quarterbacks in his draft class, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t jump off the screen. But NFL teams still like what they see, and when they dig a little deeper, that like will turn to love.

Video:

Video Analysis:.

  • Bridgewater can really move. But more importantly, it’s obvious that he understands the importance of squaring his shoulders and maintaining proper mechanics while on the move. Check out the throw 35 seconds into the clip.
  • The knock on Bridgewater is that he’s skinny. But this isn’t the WWE. He’s going to be throwing passes, not body-slamming people and flexing his muscles. The kid can flat-out throw the ball and is mobile enough to avoid big hits on his smallish frame.