The Green Bay Packers have experienced an upheaval of impressive proportions this season in their special teams units. With a new punter, a new (well, an old) long-snapper, and a glut of new additions to the return game, the premier positions on those units are going to look very different than how they did at the conclusion of last season.
Take just the kick return options, for example. Last year, Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis took most of the returns, with Micah Hyde contributing as well. This year, Janis starts the season injured, while the team has fully added Jared Abbrederis to the mix along with draft pick Trevor Davis and recent waiver claim Jhurell Pressley. Then of course there was the jettison of punter Tim Masthay, which led to the signing of Jacob Schum to handle both punting and holding duties.
In short, we can expect to call the names of several different players on kick returns this season, depending on the week and each player's availability. One has to imagine that Ron Zook is excited to have so many players to choose from on returns, though.
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Green Bay might go back to a two-returner setup this season, something they used in the preseason. Last year, it was usually just a single return man lining up deep.
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Crosby got to work with Tim Masthay for more than six years, so one would think this would be difficult for him; however, he was numerous different players hold for him early in his career.
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Jared Cook and Lerentee McCray qualify under that category, and the Packers signed several more this season (though most of them had not played for other teams). Over the past few years, Ted Thompson has actually done a pretty good job with the veterans he has signed that way.
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Matthews himself seems to be excited for the move, as teammate Julius Peppers used the word "eager" to describe #52's feelings towards getting after the quarterback consistently again.
Eddie Lacy, version 2.0, ready to start his bounce-back season - ESPN
Wasn't out-of-shape Lacy version 2.0? This would be more of a roll-back to original Lacy. Semantics aside, it should be exciting to see Lacy back to his old self on Sunday.
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I'm not really sure how #SiegeTheDay gets ranked ahead of #GoPackGo - it doesn't even make sense. But at least the Packers' ranks higher than #Skol.
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At least according to one survey, the Packers remain the most popular team in the NFL.