NFC North Know-It-All: Green Bay Packers Training Camp Preview


Jun 11, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy works out during organized team activities at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally here. Training camp time. Now Bears fans, you should know it’s important to focus on the NFC North as a whole rather than just zeroing-in on the Bears. Here’s a preview at the Green Bay Packers training camp. It’s important to keep a eye on the Packers because it’s quite possibly that both sides of the ball might have a makeover. With the running back position and defensive secondary position being the two most important to watch out for.

Who’s in?

Fresh out of the draft, running backs Eddie Lacy from Alabama and Johnathan Franklin were picked by the Green Bay Packers to renovate the running back position.

Also out of LA, first-round draft pick Datone Jones from UCLA joins the Packers defensive line.

Who’s out?

Packers lost key offensive contributors Greg Jennings to the Vikings and Donald Driver to retirement.

Safety Charles Woodson walked his way to Oakland, leaving the Packers secondary a young, hot mess.

The Packers also decided not to sign inside linebacker Desmond Bishop that decided to head to Minnesota. Bishop has publicly stated he’s looking for a revenge of the cheeseheads.

2012 Rewind

The Packers won the NFC North with an 11-5 record, earning them a matchup with the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card Round.  After beating the Vikings 24 to 10, they headed to San Fran, where Colin Kaepernick owned them and sent them packing.

Key Questions to be answered in Training Camp

Who will win the battle at running back? Starks, Harris, Franklin or Lacy?

How will the reshuffled offensive line take shape?

Who will replace Charles Woodson?

How do the wide receivers shape up without Greg Jennings and Donald Driver?