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Breakthrough players for the Pack in 2008

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Andy, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Andy

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    If this story comes true, then the Packers will be in good shape in 2008. Of course the interior of the offensive line and the defensive tackles have to get better as well.

    Packer Report.com

    Breakthrough players for 2008

    By Bob Fox
    greenbaybob@hotmail.com
    Posted Aug 26, 2008


    Bob Fox predicts who will excel for the Green Bay Packers this season

    One of the biggest reasons Green Bay's success last year was the fact that a few players - Greg Jennings, Ryan Grant, Donald Lee and Atari Bigby - had breakthrough seasons for the team. The 2008 Packers will need that to happen as well. Who might be the players that break through this year?

    Aaron Rodgers
    The spotlight will be on Rodgers, who showed he had excellent comprehension of Mike McCarthy's offense in the preseason of 2007 and in a regular-season game at Dallas. The 2008 preseason has been spotty, but the Packers need Rodgers to be consistently good and injury free if they hope to have the same success this year compared to last season.

    Brandon Jackson
    Jackson should have a much more expanded role this year, compared to last season. He finished the 2007 season strong with 113 yards rushing in the last game of the season and also looked much more comfortable in his backup role in the playoffs, especially in the Seattle game. This past offseason, Jackson has pushed himself hard to get in the best possible physical shape and it has paid off. The only ***** in his armor right now is his ability to pick up the blitz as a blocker. But his rushing and receiving skills look like they will much improved over his production in 2007.

    Jordy Nelson
    With the recent knee injury to James Jones, one that could sideline Jones for a few weeks, Nelson has an opportunity to get more playing time and more opportunities to showcase his talent. He has shown flashes of his return ability in both kickoff returns and punt returns this preseason, but he may get more of an opportunity at wide receiver. Nelson has the ability to to take a screen or a slant to the house, plus he has the speed to go deep.

    Tramon Williams
    Williams looks like he will win the nickel job in the secondary. Williams also has shown that he has excellent return ability as well, as do a few players on this list. Williams returned a punt for 94 yards against the Panthers last year. His play as nickel back is where he needs to be continue to stay consistent.

    Will Blackmon
    Blackmon is running a close second to Williams in terms of the nickel position, but Blackmon's real opportunity will come as a returner. He showed his potential on special teams last year when he scored on a 57-yard punt return vs. the Raiders and also a fumble recovery for a touchdown after a Raider fumble on a punt. That distinction puts only Blackmon and Travis Williams in real exclusive company in terms of scoring two special teams TDs in a game over the long and illustrious history of the Packers. Besides continuing to show his abilities this preseason, Blackmon also showed this ability in college, where finished his college career only 119 yards shy of being the all-time kickoff returner in NCAA D1-A history.

    Aaron Rouse
    Rouse continues to show his knack for getting turnovers in the 2008 preseason, but the two players playing in front of Rouse, Nick Collins and Atari Bigby have had solid camps and Rouse is still on the outside looking in. Rouse will get more of an opportunity on Thursday night, as Bigby will sit out the game against the Titans with an ankle injury. Competition breeds success, and both Collins and Bigby are certainly aware of this with Rouse lurking over their shoulders. If nothing else, maybe Collins will have the breakthrough year that the Packers have expected out of him for a couple of years.



     
  2. TheEngineer

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    Absolutely Aaron Rouse.
     
  3. bozz_2006

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    I hope, if not Rouse, Collins can have a breakout year, because of Rouse pushing him. I'm convinced that one of our safeties not named Atari will have a breakout year.
     
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  5. brnt247

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    Personally, I'm not letting one good post season or two games convince me that Atari had a breakthrough year. He consistently had problems with penalties and had a lot of mental mistakes out on the field last year that led to points for the other team. If he plays like he did in the post season, specifically against the Seahawks, then I'll be sold on him, but until then I'm convinced Collins is the best safety we have.
     
  6. agopackgo4

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    I think Rouse has the potential to do it. I hope that they take out Collins out so he gets a chance!
     
  7. bozz_2006

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    I hope he beats out Collins.
     

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