Seven Packers Backups Who Could Compete for a Starting Spot

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J.C. Tretter

J.C. Tretter

J.C. Tretter didn’t play at all in 2013 after being drafted in the fourth round. He broke his ankle during the first OTA session and wasn’t activated until early December. However, the Packers have a question mark at center entering the offseason. Starter Evan Dietrich-Smith is an unrestricted free agent. If the Packers don’t re-sign him or add someone else, the job falls to Tretter by default. Obviously, starting a guy who’s essentially a rookie isn’t ideal, but the Packers fared just fine when they were forced to thrust rookie David Bakhtiari into the lineup at left tackle in 2013. He was also a fourth-round pick. Obviously, choosing Tretter in the fourth round was a sign the Packers thought he could be a starter at some point.

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30 Comments on "Seven Packers Backups Who Could Compete for a Starting Spot"

  1. lars

    Bostick, Worthy, Barrington and Richardson will only challenge if/or because Thompson steadfastly refuses to sign FA’s to improve the team. Jones and especially Hawk are TT favorites and in Hawk’s case will make over $5 million next season (Jones 4 m). Maybe by 2016 Barrington will be allowed to play, much like Bishop was held back until an injury in 2010 forced him into the lineup.

    Don’t know what people see in Bostick or Quarless, but GB needs to draft a TE in the first few rounds to replace Finley. Worthy is the same guy he was in college…plays when he feels like it and runs hot and cold.

    Boyd, absolutely. Jones underwhelmed in his rookie season to say the least. His first round status guarantees that he will “challenge” much like Justin Harrell clone Derek Sherrod will get one last chance to proved he isn’t Marshall Newhouse in a skirt.

  2. Phatgzus

    Jones was benched in favor of Hawk on passing downs? So you’re saying there was one ILB out there on passing downs, inevitably making the formation a Quarters or Dime package? Well Hawk’s been the lone backer in those formations since he became a starter and it’s not because he’s the most talented LB out there-if that were the case Matthews would be out there (and in theory I’d prefer that)-it’s because he’s the captain and QB of the defense, that’s just how systems in GB and much if not all of the League operate.

    • Phatgzus

      All that to say, Jones is pretty good in coverage, at least vs. TEs-he doesn’t get beat all that often and when he does it’s usually on a good throw-now if only he were as good at stopping the run and rushing the passer.

  3. Buster Bluth

    Coming to a theatre near you. The Expendables. Directed by Ted Thompson and starring; Ryan Pickett ( at this years salary)
    JerMike
    James Jones
    EDS
    Marshall Newhouse
    Seneca Wallace
    MD Jennings and
    CJ Wilson

      • gort

        B.J. Raji started every game and didn’t record any stats for a bunch of the games. Jerel Worthy was only active for 2 games and had a tackle. WooHoo – sounds like we found a starter, or at least a contributor, in JW.

  4. E. Wolf

    Fuck me that’s a lot of holes to fulfill. I disagree re Stoneburner. I’d love to see him get a chance.
    Also, please note the theme of injuries in relation to Datone Jones and Worthy. Alas, nothing will be overhauled, nothing will change, and the injuries will continue.

    • Phatgzus

      And unfortunately that’s not just a recent trend (Harrell, Neal, Perry); not sure what it is but TT just can’t seem to find D-(or O) linemen that are able to stay healthy.

        • Phatgzus

          I’m also disappointed with the training staff, as most Packers fans likely are, but I dunno what they could’ve done to prevent the injuries to Worthy, Perry, Jones, Harrell’s ACL, Sherrod, or Bulaga. As for the medical staff, they botched Sherrod’s surgery, no doubt about that, but Worthy seems to have healed damn proper, not sure about Bulaga, Harrell, or Neal.

          • E. Wolf

            Ankle sprains, hamstring pulls are, from what I understand, in part attributable to training and condition. I have heard both about ACL tears–that it is and is not.
            Regardless, to be “first” in injuries there out of four years is prima facie evidence that they are doing something wrong.

          • Phatgzus

            I don’t believe full tears can really be averted, their magnitude mitigated, perhaps; it doesn’t take much to sprain an ankle ligament, unless it’s a high-ankle sprain. I can’t disagree with the cumulative number of injuries, I was just speaking in regards to the lines-it seems like a lot of bad luck be it a collection of poor genes or merely unavoidable collisions at awkward angles or something else altogether seemingly more unrealistic (like the Universe being a pissed off Vikings fan).

        • gort

          The Pack ended with 15 on IR and the Eagles ended with 5 on IR. The medical / training staff can’t prevent the contact injuries, but we had way too many non-contact injuries. This is not a recent issue. We have recent history of being near the “top” of the league in quantity of guys on IR. That must change.

  5. Nacho dan

    I heard there’s a mannequin in the pro shop there taking a long look at. Should be an upgrade if they sign it during a sale.

  6. Abe Frohman

    I’d add Mike Daniels to this list. He’s not a starter.

    If Hayward comes back healthy and Williams is cut, I could see 29 as a starter.

    What happened to Lattimore, too? He was beastly for a while in the middle.

    Hopefully TT is doing a self assessment here. Both his protégés in Schneider and Dorsey have followed more in the Ron Wolf mold and used FA wisely to build very strong programs in a pretty quick timeframe. In the early rounds, I’m tired of getting guys that are switching positions, have question marks next to their name, an injury history, etc. Either trade out of the round, or reach a little bit and draft a guy earlier. Look how much shit Phil Emery took for taking Kyle Long – who is now going to the pro bowl.

  7. K.L.

    I’m tired of all these subpar defensive draft picks. It would help us so much if we could just find an all-pro defensive player like Matthews. Preferably one that can be a leader and fire up the defense. Our defense’s competitive fire has been non-existent ever since Woodson left.

    • Moolla

      I need fire, fire, fire is what I need
      hey hey
      Well I need fire, fire, fire is what I need
      hey hey
      And I said I need fire, fire, fire is what I need
      And if I share with you my story would you share your fire with me

  8. Vijay

    None of these scenarios scream “inspired” moves by Ted (assuming it plays out like this).

    We will be lucky to even win the Division next season following this tract.

    • Phatgzus

      I know! Don’t you just hate it when you get stuck behind a tract of farmland, those tectonic plates are SOOOOOO damn slow, and the digestive tracts are no better, they’re always backed up, must be because we’re cheeseheads; tractors are sons of bitches as well.

  9. T Pack

    I disagree. If we stay healthy & Rodgers is back to normal 12 wins should be automatic. That easily can take the division.

    As far as injuries go- There are a myriad of reasons they happen. I am pretty positive our staff isn’t doing anything too different than every other medical staff. Not like they are training them using some new age method.
    Playing out of position, not reading plays correctly, over compensating & just bad luck most likely contributes to all the injuries.

    We draft ok, come back healthy we should be ok for next season.

    • E. Wolf

      We “led” the League in injuries three out of the past four years. Some flukey stuff, like Rodgers, Cobb, Finley, even NIck Collins. But we have ankle sprains, ACL tears, and above hamstring pulls up the ass.
      I do not know what it is, but I know something is wrong. This is why we need some sort of audit and investigation into the medical and training staff.
      Fer chrissake they failed to diagnose that guy who was released that the Browns picked up, who only then found the ACL tear or whatever it was.

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