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Observations and takeaways from Packers first OTA practice

Observations and takeaways from Packers first OTA practice

By: Paul Bretl 5/21/24 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are underway for the Green Bay Packers. This is the first opportunity this offseason where the Packers’ incoming rookies, new free agent additions, and returning players will be in the building and on the practice field together. Over the next three weeks of OTAs, one practice each…

What to watch for on offense during Packers’ OTAs

What to watch for on offense during Packers’ OTAs

By: Paul Bretl 5/20/24 Offseason Team Activities (OTAs) have already been underway for several weeks now for the Packers, but Monday marks the first time the entire team, both veterans and incoming rookies, will be in the meeting rooms and on the practice field together. Full-team OTAs will run for the next three weeks, with one practice available…

What to watch for on defense during Packers OTAs

What to watch for on defense during Packers OTAs

By: Paul Bretl 5/20/24 Offseason Team Activities (OTAs) have already been underway for several weeks now for the Packers, but Monday marks the first time the entire team, both veterans and incoming rookies, will be in the meeting rooms and on the practice field together. Full-team OTAs will run for the next three weeks, with one practice available…

Among big offseason additions, Packers retain several key special teams contributors

Among big offseason additions, Packers retain several key special teams contributors

By: Paul Bretl 5/16/24 Naturally, the big offseason additions will grab all the headlines, but in football, the ultimate team game, those back-end of the roster additions can carry weight as well, especially on special teams. In addition to bringing in Xavier McKinney and Josh Jacobs during free agency, the Green Bay Packers were also able to retain several key…

Packers ‘attack front’ under Jeff Hafley should result in more disruption

Packers ‘attack front’ under Jeff Hafley should result in more disruption

By: Paul Bretl 5/15/24 Under new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafely, one of the more noticeable differences in his system compared to Joe Barry’s will take place along the defensive front, where the defenders will be responsible for attacking one-gap rather than trying to defend two of them. In Barry’s two-gap defense, as the name suggests,…

On Packers’ OL unit where versatility is key, Josh Myers’ sole focus is on center

On Packers’ OL unit where versatility is key, Josh Myers’ sole focus is on center

By: Paul Bretl 5/14/24 Versatility is a hallmark element of the Green Bay Packers offensive line, providing them with seemingly endless combinations when it comes to constructing the starting five. However, for Josh Myers, his sole focus is on playing center. “We need depth, so we’re going to cross-train them all,” said offensive line coach Luke Butkus. “Obviously, Josh Myers is our center but as far as everybody…

Packers CB Jaire Alexander carrying late-season momentum into 2024 offseason

Packers CB Jaire Alexander carrying late-season momentum into 2024 offseason

By: Paul Bretl 5/10/24 As the defensive coordinator, it’ll be Jeff Hafley’s job to get improved play from the entire defensive unit. However, a key factor in that happening at a macro level will be helping cornerback Jaire Alexander return to his All-Pro form. Injuries limited Alexander to only nine games last season, including the playoffs. He was also suspended for…

‘Big jump’ coming for Packers backup QB Sean Clifford in Year 2

‘Big jump’ coming for Packers backup QB Sean Clifford in Year 2

By: Paul Bretl 5/9/24 The Green Bay Packers selected Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt in the seventh round of this year’s draft, however, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t bullish on Sean Clifford as the backup either. “He developed throughout the year,” said quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, “which is what you’d like to see. He’s doing a great job in this offseason. So I think he’ll make a big jump from year one to…

A more versatile role for Packers RB AJ Dillon?

A more versatile role for Packers RB AJ Dillon?

By: Paul Bretl 5/8/24 Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon could potentially take on a more versatile role with the team this season, perhaps filling the void at H-back with Josiah Deguara now in Jacksonville. “AJ is another guy that I think can be a high-volume guy,” Matt LaFleur said at the NFL Owners…

‘Building a fast and physical’ Packers defense starts with fundamentals for Jeff Hafley

‘Building a fast and physical’ Packers defense starts with fundamentals for Jeff Hafley

By: Paul Bretl 5/7/24 While the Packers make the shift to new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley’s system, which includes transitioning from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3, the emphasis at this time of the year is on fundamentals and technique. Without those aspects, nothing else really matters. “There’s nothing more important than fundamentals and technique,” said Hafley on Monday. “Whether it’s the D-line getting off the…

Versatility gives Packers seemingly endless OL configurations 

Versatility gives Packers seemingly endless OL configurations 

By: Paul Bretl 5/6/24 With the versatility that the Packers have from a number of different players along the offensive line, predicting the starting five in early May feels a bit like rolling five dice and knowing not only what numbers will pop up but the exact order. “Very excited about it,” said Adam Stenavich…

Observations and takeaways from Packers rookie minicamp

Observations and takeaways from Packers rookie minicamp

By: Paul Bretl 5/4/24 The Green Bay Packers held their two-day rookie minicamp on Friday and Saturday following the 2024 NFL draft–the first opportunity to get the recent draft picks in the building while trying to get them up to speed on everything as quickly as possible. “Well first of all,” said Matt LaFleur on Friday, “it’s just good to get ’em in the building to…