REPORT DATE: July 25th
SITE: St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson doesn't believe in free agency and builds through the draft. That philosophy generally works for Thompson but this version of the Packers is showing more than a few holes, ones that are often masked by the best player in football, quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A pedestrian offensive line has been revamped with Bryan Bulaga shifting out to the all-important left tackle position and Evan Dietrich-Smith taking over full-time at center while Green Bay, which seemingly hasn't had a legitimate running back since John Brockington called Lambeau Field home, finally addressed that position by bringing in both Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. On defense, first-round pick Datone Jones will be asked to help fortify a shaky front seven while All-Pro rush linebacker Clay Matthews needs to stay healthy in order to bolster a mediocre group around him.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 9 - vs. Arizona, 8:00 PM Aug 17 - at St. Louis, 8:00 PM Aug 23 - vs. Seattle, 8:00 PM Aug 29 - at Kansas City, 8:00 PM