Scouting Report: Green Bay Packers

The Packers offense involves every player on the field. This is one of the reasons that the loss of Donald Driver may not be so painful. The addition of Wesley Walls will allow Green Bay to use more two tight end sets and incorporate him into the passing game. Complete Packer scouting report inside.

INJURY REPORT

WR Donald Driver (neck), out; CB Chris Johnson (knee), doubtful; WR Robert Ferguson (knee, ankle), questionable; TE Wesley Walls (hamstring), questionable; FS Darren Sharper (groin), probable.

Offense

Strategy

The Packers offense involves every player on the field. This is one of the reasons that the loss of Donald Driver may not be so painful. The addition of Wesley Walls will allow Green Bay to use more two tight end sets and incorporate him into the passing game. Look for the Packers to rotate backs, throw to multiple receivers and use all of their offensive weapons. The offense wants to stay fairly balanced, and they are solid at both phases of the game.

Strength

Brett Favre is still one the best in the business, and has historically been very strong early in the season. Ahman Green can wear defenses down with his power run style, and when his offensive line is healthy, the run game will be clicking. The running back corp has depth, and one standout is blocker William Henderson, an incredible fullback. Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson are young, talented receivers with the potential to be game beakers. Newly acquired veteran Antonio Freeman should also provide a reliable target for Favre. Bubba Franks is one of the best tight ends in the league, and is a real force in the red zone. The offensive line is very good when healthy, providing optimum pass blocking and running lanes. A bullet proof offensive group.

Weakness

Still a lot of if’s with the receivers. Walker and Ferguson are still unproven, and haven’t been thrust into major roles thus far. Antonio Freeman hasn’t played in awhile, and could be a little rusty in his first game back. The offensive line lacks depth.

Defense

Strategy

The defense's backbone is the linebackers. The Packers lineup massive Gilbert Brown at nose tackle to draw double teams and keep interior lineman off the backers. The team added speed and range to the linebacking corp over the offseason by drafting Nick Barnett, and signing veteran Hannibal Navies. The Packers love to let Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila speed rush off the edge, and they also will bring the safeties in the box to blitz, or help in run support.

Strength

The defensive line is one of the best in the league, especially at end. Joe Johnson is stout against the run, and he takes plenty of attention off Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who is one of the elite pass rushers in the game. Great depth also allows them to rotate their ends. Also they are big in the middle with standout tackle Cletidus Hunt and the "gravedigger" Gilbert Brown. The linebackers have excellent range and coverage skills, notably Na’il Diggs. Safeties Darren Sharper and Antuan Edwards are very tough in the box, but have the coverage skills to boot as well. The corners are above average as well. Mike McKenzie excels in man coverage, and Al Harris is a solid No. 2

Weakness

For a team that relies on their linebackers so heavily, they don’t have an ideal corp there. Navies is athletic, but isn’t instinctive or strong at the point of attack, a shaky starting option. Nick Barnett is still very young and inexperienced, and still isn’t good enough in pursuit to run the defense properly. The defense lacks depth at defensive tackle.

 Special Teams

Ryan Longwell is one of the most consistent kickers inside the 40, but he can also hit the long ones as well. Not very good on kickoffs, but an exceptional kicker nonetheless. The same cannot be said about punter Josh Bidwell. Bidwell has a strong leg but is inconsistent with his distance and struggles with his accuracy. A below average punter. The return groups struggled last year, ranking last in punt return average and 26th on kick returns. The Packers are hoping Arena Football League star Antonio Chatman is the answer. Chatman has looked good so far, but the blocking still needs to improve. The coverage teams are decent. Long snapper Rob Davis has great velocity on his snaps, but he has an inconsistency problem.


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