Fantasy Football Team Preview: Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and replacement ref Lance Easley

Capers is on the spot, and safeties coach Darren Perry could be next in line for that position. Offensive line: Green Bay allowed 92 sacks the past two seasons, only one fewer than NFC North rival Chicago’s much-maligned line. Some of that is a product of Rodgers holding the ball too long in an effort to make the big play, but tackle play continues to be an issue. McCarthy flipped the line at OTAs; he moved tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard Josh Sitton to the left side, and put right tackle Don Barclay and right guard T.J. Lang on the strong side. Evan Dietrich-Smith replaces Jeff Saturday at center. Derek Sherrod, a first-round pick in 2011, is still working back from a gruesome leg injury suffered in his rookie year. He would add much-needed depth. Schedule Analysis: We’ll find out what the Packers’ defense learned in Weeks 1-2 against dual-threat quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern stands among the legends

The Packers have an impressive history of grooming quarterbacks. Ever since ex Texas Tech pass slinger Graham Harrell became Rodgers primary backup, the question has been asked: Can Harrell be the next former Packers understudy to ascend to a starting role (a la Matt Flynn, Rodgers, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Doug Pederson and Mark Brunell)? The answer is still unknown. Rodgers is at the top of his game and in the prime of his career. Opportunities for a Packers backup quarterback are rare and usually confined to preseason games. For that reason, Harrell and second-year quarterback B.J. Colemanwill continue to be largely unknown quantities for as long as they remain Green Bay Packers. Undrafted rookie free agent Matt Brown does not figure to be a factor in the 2013 Packers backup derby. If the Packers continue with their recent trend of keeping only two quarterbacks on the regular season roster, this may work in Harrells favor as Coleman still has practice squad eligibility. Among the two, Harrell is most like Rodgers in terms of physical stature/size (6-foot-2). Rodgers outweighs Harrell by about 10 pounds, but Coleman is the largest of the three at 6-foot-3, 231 pounds.

Green Bay Packers: Is This the Year Graham Harrell is Surpassed by B.J. Coleman?

Graham Harrell

A lot of the big guys wanted to replace some of the weight loss, so theyd order beer. One guy would order two pitchers of beer right away with one glass, Nick said. Theyd come in, theyd shoot the breeze about their contracts, about their families, about the season, all that stuff. They blended really well with the clientele. They got along great with the people here. Nickys would eventually see clientele coming from all over the state and beyond because of its reputation as a Packers hangout. But business tapered off in the mid-90s as the Main Street area near downtown Green Bay developed hotspots like McSwiggins and the Cock & Bull Publick House. And again when Washington Street started to develop a bar scene of its own. But Nick said business always returned and has been steady since Nickys completely remodeled in 1998 to add a restaurant. The atmosphere: During its renovation, Nickys wanted to hold on to its history and classic look, so reclaimed Cream City brick from Milwaukee was used with a heavy mortar to make it look rustic. The original bar area is decorated with photos, trophies and helmets.

We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon. So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl? It certainly can’t be ruled out), this guy is hamming it up with the Seahawks. Oh, and Easley is coming out with a book too, called “Making the Call.” The blown call affected Green Bay’s season, and now Easley is flaunting the mistake and cashing in on that. Fans, outside of Seattle anyway, shouldn’t be too thrilled about Easley backslapping with a team he made a shady call in favor of. It’s probably safe to say he should avoid any book signings near Green Bay. – – – Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at and “Like” Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be. More sports news from the Yahoo!

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