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Rookie LB Tavarus Dantzler ready to make an impact: ‘I definitely try to leave my mark on you’

Green Bay Packers 2015 undrafted free agent linebacker Tavarus Dantzler was evaluated as a priority free agent, and the team quickly signed him once the 2015 NFL Draft was over.

Dantzler earned second team All-MEAC honors (2014) after career highs in tackles (80) and tackles-for-loss (8.5) while playing at Bethune-Cookman.

He displays great range with the ability to rush the passer, while showing solid coverage skill while dropping into coverage.

Dantzler has a knack for using his hands to shed of blockers and the strength to power through blockers, he will have to use all those traits once training camp starts, but the young linebacker is positive he’ll make an impact.

“It’s a job now,” Dantzler said, via JSOnline.

“There’s no class. So just get in the playbook, learn, come here, and come with an attitude of wanting to learn. Ask questions.”

“Linebacker is a physical position,” Dantzler said. “Either you have it or you don’t. I like to play with that anger, that chip …

Packers, Crosby to be Marginally Affected by New PAT Rule

The NFL’s most recent rule change – moving extra point attempts back to the 15-yard line – has drawn mixed reactions since it broke news on May 19. This change effectively makes the common PAT attempt a 32 or 33-yard kick while two-point attempts will remain on the two-yard line. The ultimate objective of this moderation is to encourage teams to attempt more two-point conversions going forward. Given the success rates of modern-day NFL kickers (approximately 98% on PAT attempts), many experts are questioning if that theory will become a reality in 2015 and beyond. For the Green Bay Packers, converting longer extra points will be just another challenge for a special teams unit that has ranked poorly in recent seasons. Ninth-year kicker Mason Crosby, who recently called himself “indifferent” on the rule change, followed up his best season as a pro with another fairly successful year in 2014. The Colorado alumnus connected on 27 of 33 field goals and 53 of 55 extra points.Historically, Crosby has conve

Astronaut Takes Photo of Lambeau Field from Space

One of the awesome things about the social media phenomenon that has taken over the modern world is how astronauts use the platform to share some amazing imagery with the masses. Nearly in real time, we can interact with those beyond the outer layers of our world. That’s pretty astonishing in and of itself.
For Scott Kelly, who is docked at the International Space Station, his focus turned to finding Lambeau Field. Once he did, the astronaut sent out a pretty awesome tweet.

.@LambeauField Home of @packers’ @AaronRodgers12 who beat my brother @ShuttleCDRKelly on #CelebrityJeopardy #Rematch! pic.twitter.com/OVZXuYIA1I
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) May 22, 2015

In case you can’t see it, that’s the home of the Packers near the middle of the photo.
Trolling fellow astronaut and brother, Mark Kelly, Scott pointed to Aaron Rodgers defeating his namesake in a recent episode of Celebrity Jeopardy.
There is just too much awesome in this tweet. Well play, Mr. Kelly.
Photo: @StationCDRKelly
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Weekend web roundup: Green Bay Packers

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Packers Compare Rookie WR Ty Montgomery to a “Bigger Randall Cobb”

The Green Bay Packers decided  to add to their wide receiver depth by selecting Ty Montgomery out of Stanford in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft. After Montgomery was selected, a Packers scout referred to him as a “bigger Randall Cobb.”
Cobb, the Packers current slot receiver, stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 192 pounds. Montgomery, who is similar in physical build, is 6-foot and 216 pounds. Since the Packers are quite layered with receivers, Montgomery will be likely enter the scene as a kick-return specialist in addition to being utilized infrequently on offense. As of now, Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams are the Packers top-three receivers. This will leave Montgomery to compete with Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis for playing time as the fourth option.
Already turning heads during rookie minicamp, Montgomery received some praise from the Packers’ staff:
“(Montgomery) Obviously has a ton of explosion in his body,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said, via Fox Sports. “I thought he

Film study: Green Bay Packers TE Kennard Backman

The third and final sixth round pick in the 2015 NFL draft for the Green Bay Packers was also their last pick in the entire draft. After addressing the bulk of their needs with the previous picks, the Packers decided to upgrade an area of the roster that should put a smile on the face of Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay used its final pick on tight end Kennard Backman from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Based on the film study, Backman could fill a role that has been missing for the past two years.
What stood out on film: While Backman is listed as a tight end, on the tape he makes plays that look more like a wide receiver. Backman’s athleticism jumped off the film, along with an ability to catch the ball away from his body. Along with athleticism and solid hands, Backman also displayed fluidity in his route running. All of these traits add up to Backman residing in the new age tight end category, where players like Jimmy Graham are the ideal versions of that type.
How these strength…

Ty Montgomery impressing the Green Bay Packers

Drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft, Ty Montgomery is already impressing the Green Bay Packers. Given the history of the Green Bay Packers, they have a pretty strong track record of selecting receivers.
The fact that they selected Ty Montgomery in the draft this year, further strengthens that notion.
NFL.com broke news on head coach Mike McCarthy being impressed by the rookie receiver and how he has began to acclimate himself to the team and offense.
As to his exact sentiments about Ty Montgomery, the Packers coach expressed to Fox Sports Wisconsin,
“Very impressed,” coach Mike McCarthy said of Montgomery, via FOX Sports Wisconsin. “Obviously has a ton of explosion in his body. I thought he definitely stood out.”
If you are opposing the Green Bay Packers coming up in 2015, watch out because their receiving core may be the strongest in all of the NFL.
Over the past 10 years, along with the selection of Ty Montgomery in this year’s draft, Packers general manager Ted Thomp…

Rookie Christian Ringo ready to help add to Packers pass rush

Green Bay Packers rookie defensive lineman Christian Ringo is a three-technique pass rusher, and he will begin his career competing for a roster spot behind veteran Mike Daniels, someone he’s been compared to quite often.

“I’ve definitely looked at his film,” Ringo said of Daniels, via Packers.com.

“He was a lot taller than me, so I can’t do what he did.”

“I just want to become a student of the game,” Ringo said. “There are good D-linemen here, and I want to learn as much as I can from them and stay in my lane.”

“You just have to keep your composure and do what you’ve been doing,” Ringo said. “It’s still football. If you press too hard, you might make a mistake and end up blowing yourself out.”

Packers rank 4th among league’s big spenders

According to an ESPN/SportingIntelligence report that ranked 333 international teams across all sports, the Green Bay Packers ranked 127th in terms of sports franchises that spend the most on their players.
When broken down to just the NFL, the team ranks fourth among the 32 teams, according to 2014 season data. The Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals rank ahead of them in that order.
Per the report, Green Bay’s average annual player salary was $2.3 million.
The franchise’s total player payroll of $123.2 million ranked 22nd.

  

Green Bay Packers: Crowded at the running back position

Last year, Eddie Lacy and James Starks shouldered almost all of the workload in the backfield for the Green Bay Packers. There wasn’t much need for a third back, and if there was, John Kuhn filled that void. With running backs frequently getting injured or not performing well, most NFL teams carry four or five running/fullbacks. With two spots filled already, (Eddie Lacy and James Starks) and a third spot most likely filled by John Kuhn who signed a one-year minimum contract this offseason, John Crockett, Alonzo Harris, and Aaron Ripkowski will battle this preseason for one or two roster spots.
In 2014, 3rd string running back DuJuan Harris saw minimal action. In 15 games, Harris ran for 64 yards on 16 attempts. Whatever running back wins that job this year, either John Crockett or Alonzo Harris, hopes to see more action that Harris did in 2014. John Crocket is an undrafted free agent from North Dakota State who signed with the Green Bay Packers earlier this month. In college, Crockett recorded three straig

Film Study: Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley

The film study series continues today with a closer examination of one of the most surprising picks of the 2015 NFL draft, quarterback Brett Hundley, the fifth round pick of the Green Bay Packers.
What stood out on film: Without question, Hundley on film fits the mold of the new age quarterback that can beat teams with both his arm and legs. Hundley displayed impressive athleticism that was regularly flaunted as he ran wild through defenses. When he wasn’t gaining big chunks of yards with his legs, Hundley was using impressive touch to put his receivers in a great spot to catch the ball and pick up yards after the catch. For as much flak as Hundley got in the pre-draft process for being a system quarterback that mainly threw short passes, he showed off a very nice deep ball. Based on the film, arm strength won’t hold Hundley back as he works to become a polished NFL quarterback.
How these strengths will benefit the Packers: Of all the quarterback prospects in the draft, no one is mo…

Packers 2015 Draft Analysis: Ted Thompson Hits Another Home Run

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is pretty good at this whole drafting thing. In fact, he might be the best in the business when it comes to procuring talent from the annual NFL selection meeting (aka the NFL Draft).
And despite some criticism about the Packers 2015 class, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Green Bay’s incoming rookies and there are more than a few reasons why some of the low draft grades given to Thompson’s draft are just wrong.
(On a side note, I meant to post this much sooner, but once again got busy with life and my day job, so sorry for the delay. But, I am going to be putting out some more in-depth pieces on each individual from the Packers draft as well as some of their undrafted free agents so stay tuned down the road).
Of course the biggest issue that the so-called experts have had with the Packers draft is that supposedly it did not target position of needs. First of all, drafting solely for need is folly. Thompson drafted Jordy …

How Will Second Year Players Impact Green Bay Packers?

The Green Bay Packers had four rookies who made significant contributions to the team in the 2014 season. A handful of others were drafted but, for various reasons, did not have as big of an impact. These nine players who were drafted by Green Bay last year will look to prove themselves in their second season.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Corey Linsley, Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams all played a large portion of the Packers’ snaps last year. The other draftees, Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Khyri Thornton, Carl Bradford, and Demetri Goodson, were less essential to Green Bay winning the NFC North title.
So what can the Green Bay Packers realistically get from each of last year’s draft picks? When looking at each player, it is clear that there will be both major and minor contributions from these second year players.
Corey Linsley
Linsley exceeded all expectations during his rookie year in Green Bay. He was drafted in the fifth round to be a backup, but after J.C. Tretter went down with an …

Film Study: Green Bay Packers ILB Jake Ryan

The film study series continues today with a look at the fourth round pick of the Green Bay Packers, former Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan.
What stood out on film: Ryan is a very instinctive player, which will make him a great fit as a 3-4 inside linebacker. He was consistently near the ball in a position to either make the play or help clean up a teammate’s tackle. Another aspect of Ryan’s game that stood out on film was his effectiveness as a blitzer. This is most likely due to his three years as an outside linebacker. In a Dom Capers-led Packers defense, blitzing is crucial. Ryan should be right at home in this scheme. Finally, Ryan displayed ample physicality, never shying away from contact.
How these strengths will benefit the Packers: The Packers cut both A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones this offseason in an attempt to overhaul the inside linebacker depth chart. Both players were underwhelming and constantly drew the ire of Packers fans. Green Bay is hoping that Ryan can come in and br…

Packers Xs and Os: The Randall and Rollins “Mirror” Defense

When Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson selected defensive backs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins with his first two picks in the 2015 draft, fans began to immediately wonder if they were safeties or cornerbacks.
Discussions quickly popped up that they would play cornerback. Then slot cornerback. Then back to safety. Then as hybrid cover players. And so on.
So, which is it?
In the end, it really doesn’t matter because the modern NFL needs its non-box safeties to cover like cornerbacks anyway, and Randall and Rollins aren’t the box type (think Landon Collins, who is a a box safety and struggles in deep coverage). Thompson undoubtedly selected players who can roam all over and cover receivers across the field.
That simple explanation seems to answer that question on the surface. However, it warrants a deeper investigation to understand what goes on in the war room and the defensive backs meetings.
And that answer may have popped up on Twitter the other day.

The smart…