Saturday, August 13, 2016

Who Will Start for the Green Bay Packers in 2016 | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers 2016 Roster
This is our first foray into who should be a Packers starter, second and third string players. We “NFL pundits at Ticket King Green Bay would set the Packers depth chart just like this:

1. Aaron Rodgers- Stop laughing.
2. Brett Hundley- The Packers are looking for Hundley to take big steps forward this season.
3. Joe Callahan- Headed to the practice squad.

1. Eddie Lacy- He lost a ton of weight this off season, and looks as good as ever so far in practice.
2. James Starks- How much more does Starks have left in his tank?
3. John Crockett- Against what I thought, the Packers appear to give the speed demon from North Dakota State a second season.

1. Aaron Ripkowski- Takes over for fan favorite John Kuhn this season.

1. Richard Rodgers- Still remains the starter, but won't have to do it all this season.
2. Jared Cook- The Packers “big” free agent signing.
3. Kennard Backman- The 7th round project from last year enters year two.

1. Jordy Nelson- We’re still nervous about that ACL.
2. Randall Cobb- Always injured, and this season, is coming back from a broken sternum.
3. Davante Adams- The Packers, unlike most of their fans, really believe in this guy.
4. Jeff Janis- Appears to be making the coaches happy during offseason workouts, and so far in training camp.
5. Ty Montgomery- The return specialist is still having problems with that high knee sprain.
6. Trevor Davis- Another speed demon.
7. Jared Abbredaris- A fan favorite, but if the Packers keep an extra player at another position he is the odd man out.

T: David Bakhtiari- The former 4th round draft choice just gets better and better with each game.
T: Brian Bulaga- One more injury and the Packers may finally have had enough.
G: Josh Sitton- Still the best interior lineman in the game.
G: T.J. Lang- A solid professional, keeps the curtain up and does his job. You can’t have All-Pro's at every position.
C: Corey Linsley- On his way to becoming the best center in the business soon.
6. J.C. Tretter- A super-athletic lineman with high intelligence. An ideal "supersub".
7. Jason Spriggs- The second round draft choice could take over for Bulaga at some point.
8. Kyle Murphy- A smart tackle from Stanford. He will provide good depth.
9. Don Barclay- A perfect swingman with experience.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Green Bay Packers 2016 Training Camp Preview

Packers training camp
The Long wait is over. Football season is finally here! We can sense your excitement already. The Green Bay Packers opened training camp today, which means the 2016 NFL season is officially under way. The Packers and Colts open early because they are going to play in the Hall of Fame game to begin the preseason. Here is a quick index of what to look for throughout training camp.

First and foremost, there is “The Great One,” Aaron Rodgers. Recently head coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers is in the best shape of his career. You want to know something funny? We here at Ticket King have a theory about older athletes. Our theory was that older athletes are in better physical condition because men, as they age, tend to feel a need to take better care of themselves, and for good reason. When a guy is 19-years-old, for the most part, he doesn't care about anything except how much fun he can have that day. When men hit that age 30, all of a sudden, this light bulb goes on that they need to take better care of themselves. Maybe that is what happened to Aaron Rodgers. The bigger question though, is can he bounce back from the worst season of his career since winning the Super Bowl in 2011? Some signs point to “no.”

Jordy Nelson, who was expected to return from injury, is now on the PUP list due to a new injury to his knee. It’s tough to depend on a 31-year-old wide receiver, coming off a torn ACL, with a history of hamstring and knee issues, to return to form. They do however, have a bunch of young, talented receivers. That's the good news. The bad news is these are the same receivers that were pathetically inept at times last season. The good news is they add 5th round rookie Trevor Davis to the mix this season, and he can fly. Oh can he fly. The bad news is his chances of having an immediate impact on the offense are slim. The good news overall though, is these guys are young and talented. So stay tuned.

On defense, they will be looking to move Clay Matthews back outside full time. We’re not sure if  we like this idea. The numbers may not have shown it, and this is why we wish the NFL would embrace the modern era of “moneyball” and super-advanced Sabermetrics, but Clay Matthews had his best season as a pro in 2016 playing a hybrid role. They get Sam Barrington back, also Jake Ryan has a full season under his belt, and Blake Martinez has solid pro and tackling machine written all over him, so the inside linebacker situation may be in better hands then we think. Back in the secondary, the best trio of safeties in the game, Micah Hyde, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, and Morgan Burnett are ready to go. On the outside, the Packers top two draft choices from a year ago, first rounder Damarious Randall, and second rounder Quinten Rollins, are poised for huge second seasons after outstanding rookie campaigns.