The Green Bay Packers resume practice this Wednesday afternoon, as the team begins preparing for their game in Pittsburgh this Sunday. As the team retakes the field after an off day on Tuesday, the secondary and defensive line continue to be under the microscope, with both units featuring players who have missed substantial time due to injury.
Those areas will likely provide some of the most difficult roster decisions for general manager Ted Thompson at the close of camp, as he will need to cut the roster down to 55 or 56 players (thanks to the suspensions of a few Packers).
One position which is not in question is the wide receiver unit - at least at the top. Last Thursday's game showed how a few of the Packers' top wideouts can work together to confuse defenses.
Packers Chalk Talk: WRs mess with Patriots defense | Packers.com
Davante Adams and Randall Cobb played a nice little two-man game with the Patriots' corners last Thursday, and this video shows how the route concepts using the two wideouts can lead to them finding open spots in the defense.
QB, D-line will provide tough roster cuts | Packersnews.com
Especially with how he has played over the past week, Brett Hundley is making the quarterback position pretty easy to decide. Defensive line is a different animal, however, and it would be really nice if Mike Daniels gets back on the field soon.
Rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins looks to build on early success | JSOnline
Tom Silverstein uses the phrase "starter's material" to describe Rollins' play in New England last week. Still, he has plenty of growing to do, and he will need to repeat his play against starters as well as the third-stringers he was working against on Thursday.
Left, right, left, right ... left? | ESPN Wisconsin
With David Bakhtiari's knee acting up, re-signing Bryan Bulaga just became even more critical, as his ability to move back to the left side if necessary could come in very handy.
Everything you want to know (and then some) about NFL's new PAT rule | ESPN.com
And they mean "everything," as the article has a deep dive into the stats of the new rule, strategies based on analytics, and much more.
Eli Manning looking to become top-paid player in the NFL - SBNation.com
That's fine, based on the continuous increase in the salary cap. I doubt anyone would argue that he should be the top-paid player if all things were equal, but with the financial structure of the league as it is, it's not THAT surprising.