The Packers are known for having one of the deepest corps of receivers in the NFL in addition to a top five quarterback in Aarin Rodgers. Many have stated that the the likes of Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, and longtime veteran Donald Driver could start for most any team in the NFL.
But lately, the Packers have been hit with injury at the position. Greg Jennings had to have surgery to help his groin injury, and Jordy Nelson has recently been hit with hamstring injuries. The Packers are left with reliable threats in James Jones, Randall Cobb, and Donald Driver, but they have neglected their tight ends.
After all, they thought enough of them last season to keep five of them. They need to do more in the passing game.
Starter Jermichael Finley has regressed since his breakout season a few years ago, dropping balls and becoming less of a target in the passing game. Second-year tight end DJ Williams was a great receiving threat coming out of Arkansas, and won the Mackey Award in his last season. He broke out early in training camp, but only has four receptions on the season.
As the NBA season begins, one of the main storylines for the Celtics was about getting younger, healthier, and providing more depth on the bench, a key aspect of their 2008 championship run.
To do that, the Celtics made a decision to let futre Hall of Famer and three point specialist Ray Allen walk in free agency; he would then sign with the Miami Heat, the main contention for Boston out of the East. Boston let it be known that by letting Allen go, they invested in the 21-year old Bradley, the Celtics' first-round pick, selected 19th overall, in the 2010 NBA Draft.
The young shooting guard initially played a good backup role as the primary shooting guard behind Allen. But as Allen got hit with nagging injuries, Bradley saw more playing time, and better chemistry with point guard Rajon Rondo and the offense as a result. His ability as a lock down defender served Boston well later in the season and in the first part of the playoffs. It was when he went down with a shoulder injury that Boston's already thin depth took a hard hit.
In today's pass happy offenses of the NFL, it's important to have defenses that can consistently pressure the quarterback in passing situations. A pass rush can assist a secondary and throw the the quarterback out of his rhythm. Great quarterbacks like the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning, the New England Partiots' Tom Brady, or the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees can't get a lot accomplished if they have consistent pressure.
But what teams have that kind of ability, and what are some of the their more notable pass rushers? Here are five of the best teams in that aspect:
1. Houston Texans - The Texans are arguably the most balanced team in the NFL and one of the best in the AFC when it comes to defenses. They have the league's sack leader in defensive end J.J. Watt, who has 9.5 sacks thus far, and excels at batting down ball at the line of scrimmage. In only his second year in the league, Watt has become a part of the generation of the NFL's next group of pass rushers. He also has great compliements in linebacker Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin. The team has 21 sacks on the season.
He's been known by LSU Tiger faithful, but to all of college football faithful, he's been just one of LSU's regular four-man rotation at running back. But lately, he's begin to seperate himself a little and make a little bit of a name for himself.
The 6-2, 225 running back is a bruiser who, what he lacks in speed, he makes up for with tough running ability in-between the tackles and as a good pass catcher out of the backfield.
But just who exactly is Jeremy Hill?
Classified as a freshman, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native attended Redemptorist High School, where he made a name for himself as one of the best backs in the state, rushing for 2,260 yards on 302 carries with 36 touchdowns, breaking his high school's career rushing record. He has been noted for his quality football IQ by LSU head coach Les Miles, and commited to to the Tigers in 2011.
Green Bay Packers: With a Suddenly Thin Running Back Corps, Packers Will Look to go Green in the Following Weeks
The Green Bay Packers of Sunday Night Football looked more like the Packers of 2011, albeit with a better defense, in their 42-24 victory over the Houston Texans in what many were calling a must-win game for the Pack. But that must won game had unfortuante developments, with the Packers losing inside linebacker DJ Smith and another running back in Brandon Saine, and the Packers have already lost Cedric Benson.
Now, the Packers will be relying upon second-year running back Alex Green, who is coming off of an ACL injury in his rookie season coming out of Hawaii. Green got the nod over third-year man James Starks, who has missed time with a turf toe injury and is in need of more game-time action to get up to speed.