By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 26, 2014
Every season there is at least one unexpected thing that happens that opens the door for something good to happen. Even though there are certain things in motion for the Green Bay Packers this preseason that may seem unpleasant, the reality is it probably isn’t as bad as it seems. Here’s a look at five potential blessings in disguise for the Packers in 2014.
It was hard to find a Packers fan who didn’t complain about Ted Thompson reaching for tight end Richard Rodgers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Obviously, that “reach” was well worth it as Rodgers is projected to be the starting tight end this season. Expect him to have a dominate season in an offense that opens up holes for tight ends to succeed, especially with Aaron Rodgers under center.
Everyone would love to see Ha Ha Clinton-Dix start at safety. However, versatile defensive back Micah Hyde has excelled so well that it appears he’s the one who will have the starting job. Clinton-Dix is still expected to see the field this season, just not as much as originally expected. The reason it’s a blessing in disguise is because it will take some of the pressure off of him, which will allow him to ease into playing with the game on the l
Signing Julius Peppers was a brilliant move by the Packers. It’s a game changer that could be the reason Green Bay reaches the Super Bowl. The reason why it’s a blessing in disguise is because it will take the pressure off of Nick Perry and Mike Neal. Both outside linebackers are expected to get plenty of playing time in 2014, but not having to start opposite of Clay Matthews should allow them to focus on more specific tasks.
Packer nation is a bit nervous to take on the Seahawks in Week 1, rightfully so. Seattle is loaded with talent, and they’re hosting the NFL kick off game after coming off a Super Bowl win. Personally, playing the Seahawks in Week 1 is great for the Packers. For one, I believe Green Bay can emerge victorious. If they do win, it will give them the necessary confidence to take on anyone in 2014. Plus, it’ll show where the Packers stand in the NFC.
I hate that B.J. Raji tore his biceps and is out for the season, especially since he appeared to have his old fire back in training camp. With that said, Raji’s injury could be a blessing in disguise because nose tackle Josh Boyd is said to be an upgrade on Raji. He’s incredibly talented, loaded with potential and is outstanding against the run.
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