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Morning roundup: Secondary folding against top receivers

Oct. 14, 2012
 

Tramon Williams is once again healthy, Charles Woodson is still flying around and Sam Shields has shown signs of his 2010 self.

Despite all of this, the Green Bay Packers’ secondary still hasn’t been able to solves its problems matching wits with ‘go-to’ wide receivers.

As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky writes in his Sunday feature, the Packers have had a difficult time shutting down top-flight wide receivers dating back to last year, most recently being victimized by Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne during last Sunday’s 30-27 loss to the Colts.

In the 11 games since last year’s Thanksgiving game against Detroit, including playoffs, five receivers have had 100-yard games against the Packers, including the Lions’ Calvin Johnson’s 11-catch 244-yard revenge in the 2011 regular-season finale and last Sunday’s 13-catch, 212-yard showing by Wayne — which rank as the top two most productive days by an opposing receiver in Packers’ history.

“We’ve had two games where we’ve had good pass defense, two games where we’ve had poor and one game where it was average,” Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. “That’s why we’re sitting at 16th if you look at yards, and that’s all anybody cares about is yards. We’re average right now, and we have to play better.”

You can find the rest of Demovsky’s story here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121013/PKR01/121013027/Packers-only-average-corralling-go-receivers-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Packers coach Mike McCarthy don’t have time for a “punk” or “loser mentalities” in the face of a 2-3 record, opines Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermauses here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121013/PKR01/121013027/Packers-only-average-corralling-go-receivers-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*Read Pete Dougherty’s three things to watch in today’s game against the undefeated Houston Texans here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121013/PKR01/310130377/Packers-vs-Texans-3-things-watch?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*The Packers Insiders are split in the outcome of today’s game: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121013/PKR01/310140187/Packers-vs-Texans-How-we-re-picking-it?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

*A bit of breaking news occurred on Saturday when the Packers activated guard Greg Van Roten to the 53-man roster: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121013/PKR0101/310140156/Packers-sign-G-Van-Roten-active-roster?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

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