2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Green Bay Packers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Packers had some struggles last season but still made the playoffs. They remain one of the top teams in the league and should improve on last season. The defense made some positive additions and the offense will be as good as ever. Green Bay can finish with double-digit wins and challenge for a spot in the Super Bowl. They have the talent to make a lot of noise in 2014.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Eddie Lacy was good last season but should take his game to a new level this season. He can be an elite back in this league and offense. The Packers are a pass-first team but going to the run more because of Lacy. He'll score double-digit touchdowns in this offense and can get around 1,800 total yards. He is a top three-down back capable of huge things as long as he gets the touches.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Jarrett Boykin played well in an expanded role last season and will serve as the No. 3 receiver for the Packers to open this season. But he has rookie Davante Adams pushing him for playing time, which isn't a good thing because Adams is more talented than Boykin. And while Boykin played well last season, he was inconsistent at times. He doesn't really wow in any one area, so it might just be a matter of time before he is demoted below Adams.

Team Notes

Apr 16, 02:22 PM Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless said he has been working on improving his game this offseason and believes he can be a productive part of the offense. 'I consider myself the top echelon of tight ends,' Quarless said. 'That's really where I see myself and that's really where I'm trying to take it. A couple other guys like (Rob Gronkowski) and a couple guys who are up there. I put myself in that bracket. That's definitely where I'm training to be.'
Apr 15, 02:53 PM Free-agent QB Matt Blanchard (Panthers) signed with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, April 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 13, 02:02 PM Green Bay Packers restricted free-agent SS Sean Richardson will remain with the Packers after the team decided to match the one-year, $2.55 million offer he signed with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.
Apr 13, 01:52 PM Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) signed a one-year deal worth $870,000 with the Green Bay Packers Monday, April 13. The deal includes a workout bonus as well as a Pro Bowl bonus.
Apr 12, 10:02 AM Green Bay Packers restricted free-agent SS Sean Richardson signed an offer sheet with the Oakland Raiders, and the Packers have until Monday, April 13, to inform him if they will match the offer. One league executive believes it is 50-50 as to whether the team will match the offer.
Apr 07, 06:13 PM Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers SS Sean Richardson signed his restricted free-agent tender for the Oakland Raiders. It is valued at $2.55 million for one year, according to a source.
Mar 30, 01:32 PM Free-agent DT B.J. Raji (Packers) was offered a one-year deal for less than $2 million by the Green Bay Packers, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
Mar 30, 09:22 AM Free-agent DT Letroy Guion agreed to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers Monday, March 30. Guion agreed to a one-year deal that should be finalized Tuesday, April 1.
Mar 29, 01:12 PM Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will have his touches limited next season in order to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'I'm conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there,' McCarthy said. McCarthy indicated he is not looking for Lacy to abandon his physical running style.
Mar 27, 05:42 PM Free-agent DT Letroy Guion (Packers) met with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, March 27, according to a source.
Mar 27, 01:02 PM Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may be regularly in the pistol formation in 2015, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the formation often after Rodgers suffered a calf injury in 2014 in order to take stress off his leg. 'I like the pistol,' McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. 'I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense.' McCarthy hasn't used the pistol formation for a read-option offense, and it's unlikely McCarthy will ask Rodgers to become a read-option quarterback. The pistol formation would add an element of unpredictability to the Packers offense.
Mar 27, 12:52 PM Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) isn't a top priority for the Green Bay Packers, but head coach Mike McCarthy said they are still interested in bringing him back.
Mar 25, 12:23 PM Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Fantasy Impact: We don't see this as a big red flag because Nelson looked just fine with the injury throughout the season. He should be fine for 2015.
Mar 25, 02:03 AM Free-agent NT Letroy Guion (Packers) avoided prosecution Tuesday, March 24, and he is now aiming to continue his NFL career. He will not face probation or have a criminal record after a Feb. 3 arrest. The Green Bay Packers are interested in bringing the free agent back.
Mar 24, 04:32 PM Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has had more freedom to change plays pre-snap in recent seasons, and head coach Mike McCarthy giving up play-calling duties puts even more responsibility in the hands of Rodgers in running the offense. McCarthy and assistant coach Tom Clements will have more preparation to do during the week to make sure Rodgers has plenty of pre-snap options at his disposal. However, it's hard to know how the offensive setup will work with Clements as the primary playcaller.
Mar 11, 09:03 AM Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers OT Bryan Bulaga re-signed with the Packers on a five-year, $33.75 million deal Tuesday, March 10.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Julius Peppers, DE. 

Losses:
James Jones, WR; Evan Dietrich-Smith, C. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  21 Ha Ha Clinton-DixDB
 # 2  21 Davante AdamsWR
 # 3  21 Khyri ThorntonDL
 # 3  34 Richard RodgersTE
 # 4  21 Carl BradfordLB
 # 5  21 Corey LinsleyOL
 # 5  36 Jared AbbrederisWR
 # 6  21 Demetri GoodsonDB
 # 7  21 Jeff JanisWR
 Undrafted Colt LyerlaTE
 Undrafted Rajion NealRB
 Undrafted Jayrone ElliottLB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 10 8:30PM     at Seattle
2     Sep 20 4:25PM     New York Jets
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at Detroit
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Chicago
5     Oct 8 8:25PM     Minnesota
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Miami
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Carolina
8     Nov 1 8:30PM     at New Orleans
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 8:30PM     Chicago
11     Nov 22 4:25PM     Philadelphia
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Minnesota
13     Dec 6 4:25PM     New England
14     Dec 14 8:30PM     Atlanta
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Buffalo
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     Detroit
-- Week 18 Bye --
19     Jan 17 1:05PM     Dallas
20     Jan 24 3:05PM     at Seattle
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