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justo


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Agreed. Easy way to think about it. But you have to remember we're thin on the OL backups. We only have 2 backed up out of the 5. That gives us 9 spots to work with.
True. I think a DB will be let go when Q/Zombo/Sherrod come back but that's something totally different.

Jsitton71# wrote:
MD will be IR'ed MARK IT DOWN!!!!
Is he hurt that badly? Would be a TT move though.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

justo wrote:


Jsitton71# wrote:
MD will be IR'ed MARK IT DOWN!!!!
Is he hurt that badly? Would be a TT move though.


I don't see why not. None of his interceptions ever count.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mattwaukee wrote:
I'd say a non D-linemen player. Having 7 DLs could be advantageous.


Figure the roster is 53 people right? Take three away for special teams. That makes 50. Now you have 22 starters on O and D. One move down in the DC would be 44 players with 50 spots. That means there is 6 players extra for all positions. There is three DL out on the field, two deep would be 6. You figure one of the 6 extras would be a DL, but certainly you don't need 2 more. Why you take in all those players on the DL when they don't even play special teams? I think it's Merling.


I like the break down, but you can apply that same logic to ILB, seeing that we currently have 6 there. Now as I mentioned before they offer more teams value and in our case more versatility for OLB for Jones/Lattimore, but gets to the same point that we are keeping 2 extra inside backers. I think Merling does make some sense, but at the same time I can see why we would keep him. Neal is not a Pickett fill in type player, really he is another guy to rotate with Worthy and Daniels. Merling offers a guy to keep Pickett/Wilson fresh throughout the game/season when we play running teams. Now we have not seen Neal/Worthy/Daniels really play against the run much, if any, so maybe the staff feels comfortable with plugging one of those three in to give Wilson/Pickett a breather.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still think Lattimore gets the ax.
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rbens06 wrote:
I like the break down, but you can apply that same logic to ILB, seeing that we currently have 6 there. Now as I mentioned before they offer more teams value ...


Don't your LB/TE types offer more special teams value than any other position on the roster? That's probably why you stock up on them.
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^ Definitely true, however I think we need all of our defensive linemen this year. Justo made the comment about Worthy/Daniels playing NT yesterday but we played the Saints - where we could give up run stopping ability for pass rush. Merling would've been active against Houston, StL, Jax, Minnesota, Chicago, Tennessee........those are games we have left on our schedule.

We either cut Saine, Lattimore or Richardson IMO.
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rbens06 wrote:
I like the break down, but you can apply that same logic to ILB, seeing that we currently have 6 there. Now as I mentioned before they offer more teams value ...


Don't your LB/TE types offer more special teams value than any other position on the roster? That's probably why you stock up on them.


I agree that those are the guys that you do stock up on and they do offer more value from a special teams point, but if we are inactivating an ILB then the value is lost anyways.
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I think it will be Brandon Saine to be cut or Lattimore to IR. For Saine, why keep 4 rbs when we can barely get 1 rb 15 carries. Lattimore to IR makes sense. Just my thoughts.
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I think it will be Brandon Saine to be cut or Lattimore to IR. For Saine, why keep 4 rbs when we can barely get 1 rb 15 carries. Lattimore to IR makes sense. Just my thoughts.


Saine cut is the highest probability to me. (Unless he is playing teams a lot...haven't been paying attention to that...)

Either that or IR one of or injured. Possibly for the designated to return label. Would put them out for 6 weeks (i think) and they could be back in time for the end of the season.
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OT: ugLymayNe don't talk about the Texans...I don't want to even think about that game until kickoff...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Per Rob Demovsky on twitter (presumably per MM's presser today) the Packers have a 1 week roster exemption for Neal.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PossibleCabbage wrote:
Per Rob Demovsky on twitter (presumably per MM's presser today) the Packers have a 1 week roster exemption for Neal.


@caplannfl wrote:


Packer DE Mike Neal's roster exemption is good until next Monday.


Yup. No cuts til next monday. My money is on Merling. Doubt it's Saine. He plays on a lot of coverage units.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yup. No cuts til next monday. My money is on Merling. Doubt it's Saine. He plays on a lot of coverage units.
Neal can play wedge buster, right? Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know Neal hasnt shown the ability to stay healthy or show much during the rare times he is healthy... but im still really excited to see him get another chance

i just hope he pans out to be something in this D
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

driftwood wrote:
i know Neal hasnt shown the ability to stay healthy or show much during the rare times he is healthy... but im still really excited to see him get another chance

i just hope he pans out to be something in this D


I basically think the same thing about Neal. I don't think Neal was fully recovered last year and lost the power transfer that he gets from his legs. He looked really explosive in the final preseason game this year. Even though it was against mostly backups/third stringers, at least we saw that speed/power that was missing all of last year.
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