Saturday, August 3, 2019

Packers Family Night Recap 2019 - Ticket King Green Bay

The Packers held their annual Family Fun Night on Friday, which is a glorified scrimmage to help prepare them for preseason play. Let’s go through a rundown of what happened.

Aaron Rodgers- This was our first chance to see Rodgers in this new offense, and he looked very  comfortable. He found the likes of Jake Kumerow, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison for big gains down the field and looked sharp on smaller throws as well.

Davante Adams- Adams looked solid when he was on the field, specifically on that big catch from Rodgers. He and Rodgers should be just fine in this new offense.

Geronimo Allison- This was our first chance to see Allison, after missing most of the season a year ago. Allison will be the team’s number two receiver in this new offense. He looked in rhythm with Rodgers early, especially on a quick slant.

Trevor Davis- He has a lot of work to do this preseason to keep his roster spot. It was a case of “So far, so good.” He was the best player on the field Friday night, making big plays and leaping catches downfield for big gains. Still, it was just a glorified practice and we will see how he does in preseason play.

Jake Kumerow- If Kumerow wants to be the third receiver he sure helped his cause Friday night. He made a big catch downfield from Rodgers and showed off his footwork along the sidelines as well.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling- The second of three receivers battling for the slot job, Scantling looked solid, nothing impressive though.

J’Mon Moore- Moore struggled in front of the friendly crowd, and will be taking a seat on the back of Packers wide receiver bus soon.

Deshone Kizer/Tim Boyle- The backup quarterback battle got a lot more interesting Friday Night. Kizer strubbled when outside of the big rush, and that is not a measurement of NFL quarterback success. His worst moment was the interception and run back by Tony Brown. Boyle didn’t look spectacular, but he he made up ground, based on Kizer’s performance.

Sam Ficken- This backup kicker had the moment of the night, finishing Family Night with a 64-yard field goal.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Packers Position Battles Begin | Ticket King Inc.

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The Green Bay Packers are set to begin their 2019 Training Camp this week. However, position battles began as soon as offseason activities started after the draft. Let’s take a look at where we stand heading into camp.

Backup Quarterback Battle: Deshone Kizer vs. Tim Boyle- Let’s begin by saying that undrafted free agent rookie Manny Wilkens is not competing for the backup quarterback position. Rather, he is competing to get some other team’s attention, or possibly perform so well he makes the Packers choose between Kizer and Boyle, cutting the loser, and putting Wilkens on the practice squad. But back to Kizer vs. Boyle. As of this moment, Kizer is holding the edge. Boyle has a live arm, as we saw last year in camp, and if he performs well, he could take the job from Kizer.

Right Side of the Offensive Line: (Cole Madison vs. Lane Taylor vs. Jason Spriggs vs. Brian Bulaga vs. Elgton Jenkins) The three to the left, David Bakhtiari, Billy Turner, and Corey Linsley, that’s about as good as it gets in the NFL. The Packers signed Billy Turner to a big free-agent contract this offseason, Corey Linsley is an All-Pro, and I dare you to find me a better offensive lineman on the planet right now than David Bakhtiari. But the right side of this line, it’s anyone’s ball game. From what we are hearing, right now it’s still Taylor and Bulaga, but they are hanging in there by a thread. Some are cheering for Madison and Jenkins. Spriggs is getting one last shot. This is going to be the battle of camp.

Third Wide Receiver Position: (J’Mon Moore vs. Eq. St. Brown vs. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. Jake Kumerow) Davante Adams has grown into a monster of an ace receiver and despite his injuries last year, Geronimo Allison is going to be the number two. The third spot is up for grabs. The three draft choices a year ago all had their moments, and nobody had a better camp in the league a year ago than Kumerow. As of this moment, St. Brown holds the edge, slightly, over MVS.

First Defensive Lineman Off the Bench:
(Rashan Gary vs. Montravius Adams vs. Kinglsey Keke vs. Tyler Lancaster) Two of the three starting defensive lineman are going to be Dean Lowry, who was recently signed to a contract extension, and Kenny Clark. We know this for a fact, and they are all both outstanding talents. In a shocking move, the Packers cut lose former All-Pro Mike Daniels, who was aging, and coming off a major injury. This was done to save cap space, possibly to extend Blake Martinez and/or Kenny Clark. But who will be the third starter? Adams begins this battle at the top by default. However, the rookie Keke has looked good and Lancaster wants it bad. Don’t forget about the first-round draft choice Rashan Gary, who will split time between rushing as a defensive lineman on passing downs and playing outside linebacker on rushing downs."

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Eight Best Aaron Rodgers Throws | Ticket King Green Bay
Packers future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers’s career has been full of some of the most amazing throws in NFL history. Let’s rank the best ones.

8. Dances With Jaguars- In week one of the 2017 season, the Packers were in Jacksonville. They were facing third and 10 from the 29-yard-line with 20 seconds to go in the first half when Aaron Rodgers found Adams for the touchdown with 14 seconds left while being dragged to the turf.

7. 4th and 20- When the Packers traveled to Arizona for the divisional playoff game in 2016, they found themselves trailing by seven with less than a minute to go, facing a 4th and 20 from the shadows of their own goalposts. Rodgers escaped to his left and heaved one deep to an amazingly open Jeff Janis, who caught it and kept the Packers season alive. This is one of the best throws in NFL history, and it wasn’t even the best throw on this drive.

6. The Greatest Throw Never Made- In 2016 during their home game against the Lions, Aaron Rodgers made one of the most amazing throws in NFL history, and nobody remembers because it was an incomplete pass. He escaped to his left, and while falling away from his throwing arm, heaved a football 74 yards down the field, just out of the reaching arms of Trevor Davis.

5. Super Bowl Bullet- Late in Super Bowl 45, the Packers were facing third and 10 from their own 25, and their season was hanging in the balance as the Steelers were picking up steam. Rodgers dropped back to pass and fired a 20-yard bullet of absolute perfection to Greg Jennings. That was the moment the Packers finally realized what they had in the kid from Southern California.

4. Hail Rodgers #1- Aaron Rodgers has become known for his impressive deep throws late in the game, and this was the one started it all. In 2015 the Packers went into Detroit reeling, their season on the line and found themselves trailing 20-0 at the half. Rodgers orchestrated the impressive comeback, which was capped by one of the most amazing, awe-inspiring heaves in football history. Rodgers threw the ball 70 yards in the air and came within 20 feet of hitting the lights of Ford Field.

3. Windy City Bomb- In 2016, the Packers went into Chicago in Week 15 for one of the coldest games in recent memory having won three in a row, but having no room for error. They marched out to a two-score lead, and let the Bears come back and tie the game. In the game’s final moments, the Packers were facing third down when Rodgers moved to his left and went deep for Nelson who caught it. Rodgers ran the team to the line of scrimmage, spiked the ball, and Mason Crosby made the game-winner moments later. Many pundits believed that the Packers would lose if the game went to overtime as the Bears had all of the momentum and their offense was in rhythm.

2. Hail Rodgers #2- In that same divisional playoff game in the desert, the Packers were down seven with time for one last heave. The Cardinals decided to blitz and chased Rodgers back across midfield before he finally turned around and heaved the ball 61 yards while getting smacked to the turf into the waiting arms of Jeff Janis. For the record, McCarthy should have gone for two after that and won the game.

1. Dallas Dagger- Following a crushing sack, the Packers were facing third and long from their own 33-yard line when Aaron Rodgers huddled the Packers up and drew up a play in the dirt. Once they snapped the ball, Rodgers rolled out to his left and fired a 41-yard frozen rope to Jared Cook who dragged his feet just enough to stay in bounds. Crosby came on moments later and sent the Packers to Atlanta. I can only think of one other quarterback in NFL history, Rodgers’s predecessor, who should even consider trying that throw, much less attempt it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Let's Meet our New Green Bay Packers | Ticket King

As we continue to get ready for the 2019 Packers season, we will be introduced to a host of new faces. Let’s profile some of them.

Za’Darius Smith: As one of the four big free agent signings, Smith comes to the Packers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. Smith was a fourth-round selection by the Ravens in 2015 and played his college football for Kentucky, where he earned third-team all-SEC honors in 2014. Smith originally hails from Greenville High School in Alabama.

Preston Smith: The second of the Packers four free agent signings, the 26-year-old Preston Smith comes to the Packers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Washington Redskins. Smith was a second-round draft choice by the Redskins in 2015 from Mississippi State and earned first-team all-SEC honors in 2014. Preston Smith originally hails from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Adrian Amos: As the third of the four free agent signings, the 26-year-old Amos comes to the Packers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Chicago Bears, where he was a 5th round draft choice in 2015. Amos played his college football for Penn State and originally hails from Calvert Hall College High School in Townson, Maryland.

Billy Turner: The fourth of the free agent signings, the Packers will be the fourth team of the for the 27-year-old, but that is not a deterrent. Turner was a third-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2014. After some early struggles, he was released in 2016. He was claimed by the Baltimore Ravens and released three days later. He was then claimed again by the Denver Broncos. He never stopped working at his craft the entire time, and in 2018 emerged for the Broncos. His hard worked paid off this offseason when the Packers gave him a four-year, twenty-eight million dollar contract. Turner played his college football North Dakota State where he was a three-time FCS National Champion and originally hails from Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

Rashan Gary: The first of two Packers first-round draft choices of 2019, Gary is an edge rusher who played his college football for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, where he was a two-time first-team all-Big Ten performer. He hails from Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, where he was the 2015 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year.

Darnell Savage: The second of the Packers two first-round draft choices in 2019, the 21-year-old safety played his college football for Maryland, where he was a second-team all-Big Ten performer in 2018. Savage originally hails for Caravel Academy in Bear, Delaware.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Five Packers Roster Spots to Keep an Eye On in 2019 | Ticket King Green Bay

The average fan may not realize this, but NFL position battles begin long before Training Camp every year. With that said, here are some position battles to watch regarding the Packers this summer.

Who will be the backup quarterback? When called upon in 2018, DeShone Kizer looked lost. However, it’s a new system and Kizer is a year older. He will have to compete this summer with Tim Boyle, who looked decent last August during the preseason. Manny Wilkens is a long shot to even make the Packers practice squad.

How will the tight ends stack up? By default, Jimmy Graham begins the summer number one of the depth chart. But that could change. We know what Marcedes Lewis is, however second-year former undrafted free agent Robert Tonyan and rookie Jace Sternberger could very well end up one and two on the depth chart by season’s end.

What about the right side of the offensive line? Right now we know that the left tackle will be David Bakhtiari and the center will be Corey Linsley. They are two of the best in the business. We can also assume Billy Turner will be the left guard. The right guard and tackle are anyone’s guess. They have a host of players competing for both spots, too many to name.

Who will be the third wide receiver? Last season, the Packers made a trio of high-ceiling selections in the draft by picking up St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and J’Mon Moore. Brown and Scantling emerged early in 2018, and Moore suffered through a rough rookie season. However, it is way too early to give up on Moore, so all three are in play for the slot receiver in 2019.

Who will be the other defensive end? We know that Kenny Clark will be the nose tackle and Mike Daniels will be one of the defensive ends. Montravius Adams begins the summer as the other defensive end, but that could change. James Looney, Dean Lowry, and rookie Kinglsey Keke are all competing with Adams for that spot.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Packers 53 Man Roster 2019 | Ticket King Green Bay

The player transaction period of the 2019 NFL Off season has come to a close. We’re so incredibly early with our thoughts on who will start for the Packers in 2019, but let’s try to predict how the 53-man roster will stack up.

Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle. Cut: Manny Wilkens- For the second straight season, the Packers carry the same three quarterbacks. Wilkens has an uphill battle to unseat another back up, but has a shot at the practice squad.

Running Backs: Aaron Jones, Jamal Williams, Dexter Williams- The Packers have a pair of rising stars in Jones and Jamal Williams. Dexter Williams, the rookie from Notre Dame, will be a nice third down back for them. The team goes into this spring with six men on the roster, four of which will be competing for that third spot.

Fullbacks: Danny Vitale- After last season’s goal line issues, which stemmed from having no fullback, the Packers will carry one this season.

Tight Ends: Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger - The Packers will carry four tight ends, and the main reason they keep Graham this season is because of his contract. Graham and Lewis will begin the season on the top of the depth chart, but don’t be surprised if Tonyan and Sternberger finish the season 1 and 2 on the depth chart.

Wide Receivers: Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Eq. St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, J’Mon Moore, Jake Kumerow - If Mike McCarthy was still the head coach of this team, the Packers might keep Trevor Davis as well, but with this new system, don’t expect them to keep more than six wide receivers.

Offensive Lineman: David Bhaktiari, Billy Turner, Corey Linsley, Cole Madison, Brian Bulaga, Jason Spriggs, Lane Taylor, Elgton Jenkins, Justin McCray - Out of all of the position groups, this one will be the hardest to predict. Any of about five different combinations could open the season as the starting five.

Defensive Lineman: Montravius Adams, Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster, Dean Lowry - The Packers never carry that many defensive linemen, so six sounds about right. Clark, Daniels, and Adams will be the starters.

Linebackers:  Oren Burks, Kendall Donnerson, Kyler Fackrell, Rashan Gary, Reggie Gilbert, Blake Martinez, Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith - First-round draft choice Rashan Gary is being listed as a linebacker, although he might line up a lot as a defensive end during passing situations. Expect Burks to take over inside next to Martinez. Ty Summers ends up on the practice squad.

Cornerbacks: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Josh Jackson, Ka’Dar Hollman, Tony Brown, Will Redmond - Years ago, Brown and Redmond would not have been kept. But this is a passing league now, so you need all the cornerbacks you can get.

Safeties: Adrian Amos, Josh Jones, Darnell Savage, Raven Greene - These are the four the Packers currently have listed, but do not be surprised if they take a look at other team’s cuts and add to their safety position from that.

Special Teams: Mason Crosby, JK Scott, Hunter Bradley

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Did the First Gutenkunst Draft Generate Solid Prospects?

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The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, so let’s jump right in and review the Packers draft. It is safe to say that this was not exactly the most hoped for draft for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Round 1A: Rashan Gary/DE/Michigan-  Of all the options on the table for Gutekunst here, and with no overly pressing need, he elects to go with a player who looks good on paper, but has never played up to his potential? Noah Fant was available, Brian Burns was available, Martez Sweat was available, the best wide receivers were still on the board. Gutekunst could have even traded down. We’ll see if this pick works for the Packers, and there is time, seeing that free agency pick ups will be the first line of defense, literally.  

Round 1B: This one was better, and Gutekunst actually traded up, which was something Ted Thompson would have never done, to select Maryland safety Darnell Savage. Savage was a high riser leading up to the draft, and has speed and ball-hawking skills NFL teams drool over. Expect Savage to start from day one.

Round 2: Elgton Jenkins/OG/Mississippi State- Broncos director of football operations John Elway traded up two spots in front of the Packers to select Lock, so Gutekunst went back to the board and filled a need. The selection of Jenkins and the return of last year’s fourth round selection Cole Madison means that Lane Taylor is pretty much finished in Green Bay.

Round 3: Jace Sternberger/TE/Texas A&M- The Packers could not leave this draft without adding to their tight end position, and Gutekunst added a tremendous athlete with high potential here. Sternberger could grow into an elite player in Gutekunst’s offense.

Round 5: Kinglsey Keke/DT/Texas A&M- Gutekunst went back to College Station and grabbed Keke, a big body who will be a nice rotational piece in Mike Pettine’s version of the 3-4.

Round 6: Dexter Williams/RB/Notre Dame- The Packers needed to add a third running back, specifically for third downs, and they did just that with Williams.

Round 7: Ty Summers/ILB/TCU- With the departure of Clay Matthews, the Packers needed to add depth late in this draft to their inside linebacker position. Summers will probably end up on the practice squad in year one, but this is a long term project.