By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on July 16, 2014
The Green Bay Packers went 8-7-1 in 2013 and won the NFC North. They then lost, 23-20, in the wild card round to the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers will begin training camp on July 26. What are the 5 biggest Packers rumors being whispered about before their training camp starts?
In 2013, none of the safeties on the Packers’ roster recorded an interception. That’s no bueno. The Packers did draft Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 21st pick in the 2014 draft and moved Micah Hyde from CB to safety during OTAs. Now they may be interested in Leonhard’s services. Leonhard played at Wisconsin and could be a good fit in Green Bay, especially if the Packers sustain injuries at the safety position in training camp.
The center position has not been stable in Green Bay – it’s been more like a revolving door. QB Aaron Rodgers would love to have some familiarity at center. After being drafted 122nd overall in 2013, Tretter broke his leg, tore ligaments and missed the entire 2013 season. Tretter has been impressive this offseason, earning the praise of the coaching staff, and the belief is he’s ready to be the guy at center.
Matthews may be the best OLB in the NFL, but he needs to stay on the field. The only season he played all 16 games was his rookie season in 2009. In 2013 he missed roughly seven games after he fractured his thumb on two different occasions. Matthews is doing what he can to be ready, but there is a good chance he is on the PUP list when training camp starts. The Packers definitely want him to be ready to go; he changes their defense.
Green Bay selected Daniels in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL draft. He had 12 tackles and two sacks in his rookie campaign and then appeared in all 16 games in 2013, recording 23 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Daniels is athletic and quick. With DT Ryan Pickett not being re-signed during the offseason, Daniels may see the field even more in 2014.
Head coach Mike McCarthy wants the Packers' offense, led by QB Aaron Rodgers, to run 75 plays per game. In 2013 the Packers ranked 11th, averaging 67.125 plays per game (1,074 total plays). There’s no doubt Rodgers can play up-tempo, but can the rest of the team keep up with him if the offense plays faster in 2014? It will be great for the Packers if they can. They have one of the best QBs in the NFL and should be playing to his strengths.
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