Ryan Wood and Aaron Nagler discuss a busy weekend from Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers and the contract extension for guard Lane Taylor. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at the new outside linebackers, Ahmad Brooks and Chris Odom.
Aside from having two new faces, the most obvious change to the outside linebacker unit is an increase in size, evident as Brooks conducted his interview in a tank top that highlighted his brawny chest. At 6-3 and 259 pounds, Brooks serves as a median between Matthews (6-3, 255) and Nick Perry (6-3, 265), whose strength to set the edge is far greater than that of Kyler Fackrell and the departed Elliott. Consider it a swap of finesse for brute strength.
“(San Francisco) moved him all over the place, particularly when (defensive coordinator) Vic Fangio was there,” McCarthy said. “They played him off the ball in the goal line. He’s played more the elephant assignment-wise in our scheme. Has played the outside linebacker position. So I think he’s a heck of a player. He’s someone that I’ve always had a lot of respect for.”
In terms of a potential role, Brooks recognized the opportunity for significant playing time in Green Bay. He is third on the depth chart behind Matthews and Perry, but defensive coordinator Dom Capers found enough snaps for four key contributors last season: Matthews, Perry, Julius Peppers and Datone Jones.
Ryan Wood wrote on Lane Taylor’s contract extension:
Bryan Bulaga was the only previously injured player who sat out Monday’s practice:
There appears to be a new plumber available in the Green Bay area:
Santana Dotson helped host our Clubhouse Live show last night and talked about his championship squad:
Elsewhere, Good Morning Football names the Seahawks-Packers as one of the opening weekend contests their most excited to watch:
The Power Sweep says this is the most “all-in” we’ve ever seen Ted Thompson:
Sports Illustrated has their Packers preview up:
Peter King does not pick the Packers to reach the Super Bowl:
Pro Football Journal points out that history is not on Mike McCarthy’s side:
The Packers come in third on Gregg Rosenthal’s watchability rankings:
The Washington Post looks at the change in plan from Thompson and the Packers:
Rob Demovsky writes on the newest Packer feeling at home:
Bit of history on this date:
ESPN’s mega-NFL preview is up:
Our old colleague Bob McGinn writes on why losing Taysom Hill is no big deal over on his new site.