"He's a difference-maker", Rodgers said of Thomas. "He's such a spark for us so we will be able to get him involved in all phases". It's going to be tough.
"I know a lot of you guys are saying that the window is closing, " said defensive end Cliff Avril one day during training camp. "We know we can't tackle him up high". During an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle in the spring Carroll was adamant that the team will make it a priority to run the ball more often this season. He underwent surgery to fix his ankle and - after a full calendar year of inquisitions about his figure - opted for a fresh start with the Seahawks.
Lacy left in free agency during the off-season, signed a 1-year deal that included incentives for weight loss. Coach Pete Carroll has said multiple times when Lockett returns to play he will be full go in all aspects, including as the kick returner for which he got selected to the Pro Bowl two seasons ago as a rookie. "Your work, my work, whatever it is, you try to be the best, be the best you can". "He's been building, recovering first, rehabbing". After all, they open against the Rams, who are missing their best player, holdout DT Aaron Donald. It was uttered by Aaron Rodgers when the Packers were mired in a 4-6 funk and referred to the team practically needing to win out to make the playoffs.
Time will tell, but all signs point to either Rawls or Lacy, with Prosise being rotated in.
"Well", Zimmer said, "I think we're continuing to get better players". "So yeah, happy that he saw it the way he did and he took the stand the way he did to support his guys". He went on injured reserve after just three games in 2016 with a torn meniscus. The running game got off to a slow start in the preseason, but picked up toward the end of August. Green Bay ended up converting a wide receiver to running back last season.
The Pack forced six Seattle errors on their way to a 38-10 blowout.
-Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy vs. Packers' run defense.
Those losses will force newcomers to play major roles. That's really where we're focused at.
"We've had time to, on a personal note, communicate in the postseason". "Just this morning, I was talking with Ricky Jean about how he feels like the locker room is and the team and the leadership and kind of what things have worked in his past".
Can the Packers improve their pass defense?
"With the quarterback being a mess and the running back situation, everybody being banged up, we were just unable to find it". The reality is that virtually no one on the Packers' roster ever has tackled Lacy to the ground - at least not intentionally.
JE: It nearly feels like a cop-out to pick Tennessee because they're really getting so much hype. While clarity for a season that lasts 17 weeks isn't going to come in Week 1 - sometimes it doesn't come until December - it's fair to label the Packers and Seahawks as prime contenders. If those things happen, the Packers have a chance to fix their broken pass coverage and develop a more consistent pass rush, two things badly needed for a defense that finished 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 26th in opponent passer rating - killer stats in a passing-dominated league.
But either way, the punishing style remains.
"They're both great organizations", he said. "I feel like the way the Packers have done with Coach McCarthy - I think we've had a very successful setup here".