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Thompson says he won’t ‘prejudge’ roster

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 14, 2012 – 10:43 am

GM Ted Thompson said Tuesday morning that the 53-man roster for Week 1 is a long way from being decided with three preseason games still remaining. The Packers won’t make any cuts until after the third game, when the roster is reduced from 90 to 75 players. It comes down to 53 after the fourth preseason game.

“I don’t try to prejudge it,” Thompson said during his weekly training camp meeting with the media. “I let it go its course. Too many times you think, ‘This is probably going to happen,’ and all of a sudden somebody has a dynamite game and it’s completely different. So I let it run its course. We told these guys they have a chance to make our team and they still have a chance to make our team.”

Thompson also dismissed the notion that the signings of 31-year-old Reggie Wells on the offensive line and 29-year-old Cedric Benson, a running back with a checkered past, have signaled any shift in philosophy with how he goes about building a team. He emphasized that those signings were out of necessity due to injuries and questions about depth at those positions.

“A team is ever-evolving, and we felt like those were good moves at this particular time,” Thompson said. “We were very, very young at a couple of positions, like in the case of Reggie Wells, we’re very young in the backup roles (on the offensive line). Adding a guy with experience, we’ll take a look at him and see how he fits in, see if it’s a good fit. I don’t know if there’s any cosmic change in the way we like to do business.”

Particularly at running back, the injuries have piled up. When John Kuhn sustained an ankle injury Monday, the Packers were down to two healthy tailbacks (Alex Green, who’s on a snap count, and rookie Marc Tyler) and one fullback (undrafted rookie Nic Cooper).

“As we went further into training camp, we realized you never have enough horses,” Thompson said. “It’s a tough position to play. It’s a tough position durability-wise to stay out there. We think he can help that group out. What that means, whether he’s a starter, all that will be determined down the road.”

As for Benson’s off-the-field incidents over the years, Thompson said he spoke with Benson about them and came away confident that Benson is more mature now.

“I don’t want to talk about Cedric’s private affairs, but we had a conversation and I was comfortable he understands that maybe he made some mistakes in the past and maybe he’s more mature and farther down the road in terms of developing in that regard,” Thompson said. “We felt comfortable after that.”


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33 Responses to “Thompson says he won’t ‘prejudge’ roster”

  1. By Kenny on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    @BIG CHEESE: as long as Benson is “balling” that should be enough privates talk for PackerNation.

  2. By Bryan on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Dear TT,

    Please take a good look at Jeff Demps from Florida who passed on the draft this year to persue an Olympic dream where he excelled and won a silver medal. His focus is on football now and he is young, talented, dedicated, and CHEAP. Unrestricted free agent running back with lightning speed. Think Percy Harvin without the headaches. Bring him in TT.

    Sincerely,
    A loyal Packers fan.

  3. By ps on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Agree, but you know how it goes. Don’t get your hopes up.

  4. By Cody on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    consider maybe a change in WR with a guy like Jarret Boykin, he was great at Virginia Tech. He is a big guy with great hands. I can’t take another year of James Jones dropping big play balls!

  5. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I agree. I’m confused how a guy like James Jones continues to make the team. He can’t catch a ball. It happened again Thursday against the Chargers.

  6. By of the way on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    James Jones might not have the best hands, but he is improving. And he has so many drops because he’s thrown to a lot. He’s thrown to a lot because he gets open a lot. Other options wouldn’t even get a chance to not drop the ball. James Jones would be a number one WR on many teams, and no worse than number 2 on most.

  7. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think Jones will contribute to the Pack’s success this season. Rodgers has so many weapons at his disposal. Go Pack Go… 13 going on 14! ! !

  8. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    of the way@ How many years does he need to be in the league before he can catch. It doesn’t matter how many times he gets open if he drops the ball. Yes he can contribute, I’m just saying at this point in his career he should be able to hang onto the ball. He has stone hands. Reminds me of Bubba Franks. Made great plays occasionally, but some catches that should have been simple, he would drop. As far as he would be a number 1 WR one other teams, I’m certainly willing to let him do that. Randall Cobb has only been in the league a little while and is more clutch than Jones. Jordy Nelson makes Jones look like a high schooler… and I could go on and on. Go Pack Go…14th Championship here we come!

  9. By ps on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Get rid of Jones, get some running backs and d backs. Its pretty simple. Will see how Finley does too. Time to put up or shut up.

  10. By Michael on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think Jones does drop to many passes & he’s still on the team because A-Rod is good friends with him & wants Jones on his team!

  11. By Cranium on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Is it just me or does it seem that the Packer’s are one of the most injury prone teams in the league? It was a miracle two years ago that we made it to the Superbowl with so many guys out. Now this year we are at it again. Frustrating!

  12. By MrReality on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Been gone for a while so this is my first time back in months. The first thing I notice is that there is a Big Cheese wanna-be spewing absurdities under the real Big Cheese’s name. The original Big Cheese knows football and especially knows the Pack. The pretender apparently gets aroused pretending to be something he’s not capable of being. And I’ll bet the name Head Cheese is more appropriate for this head case. Next time he’s in bed with his girl, boy, child, goat, hand, he’ll probably pretend he’s the real Big Cheese. Bet he was either abused as a kid or is abusing another kid himself, or maybe both. Maybe, if pathetic felons in prison are allowed to access the internet, this fake Cheese Head guy is Jerry Sandusky. No, Sundusky at least knows football. Fake Cheese, see a doctor. I’ll be looking forward to you using my name too..

  13. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    So MrReality walks into a bar, and gets the crap beat out of him, because he’s a whiney little dick. Unfortunately, they could only beat the crap out of him once, because afterwards he was clear. I am the one and only BIG CHEESE! All others are cheap imitations.

  14. By MrReality on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Stunningly brillant reply, Fake Cheese. Did you think of that all by yourself? Or did you get help from higher intelligence, like your goldfish? You remind me of one of those tiny french dogs that constantly yaps, says nothing, is only a hollow shell of it’s normal species and is harmless yet very annoying. You are french, right? Notice you intentionally avoid talking football. Have you ever seen a game? Suggestion, Fake Cheese. Sell your food stamps and use that money for lessons on integrity, character, and self respect. Also try being yourself and not some pathetic parasite.

  15. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Equally stunning reply, MrReality. So far in your two posts you haven’t spoken football either, other than to utter the word. Clearly you have nothing better to do than worry about me. So who is the pathetic one. Also, not that you would notice, but I have spoken football. Apparently when I have, you haven’t been able to tell the difference beteween this so called “original BIG CHEESE” and myself. Also, I’ve been on here for several years, so to say I’m not the original is highly suspect at best. maybe educate yourself before you try ripping on me as well. “Those tiny french dogs”? Wow! Intelligence at its best. “Hollow shell of it’s normal species”? Not even the right form of “its”. Parasite?? Try lightening the mood a little and stop being such a crabby-pants, Mr. Pediculus Pubis! Look it up, because I’m sure your too stupid to know.

  16. By Matt on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    James jones has his share of drops, yet he deserves a spot on the roster for sure. we have a great recieiving corps and he just adds to that threat. down the road he will probally be gone, but keep him until he runs out his contract. LIKE ANYONE ELSE OUT IN FA IS BETTER ANYWAY??? Benson is a great addition and he was cheap. Im no so worried at DB, tramon will be back, casey hayward has looked pretty good, davon house was looking good to, he will be ready for the season opener. with the addition of nick perry and jerel worthy we should have a much better pressure on QB’S this year which will take the pressure off the DB’S dont forget woodson is as safety!

  17. By MrReality on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll simplify my comments Fake cheese, just so you can understand. But you have to promise to use BOTH your brain cells when reading. Just curious, who else are you going to be today? Zorro? Richard Simmons? Mickey Mouse? Lady GaGa? God? And trust me, boy, stop complimenting yourself, there is no problem recognizing the Fake Cheese comments versus the original and real Big Cheese. I’ve been here for years, so has he. You are not the original. Not even close. Now go pretend to be someone else..

  18. By CHEESE Reality on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Better? Still no comments on football? I’m sure that you’re having a hard separating intelligence from your presumed football knowledge. So far I haven’t heard any from you. BIG CHEESE has knowledge of football for sure, but I don’t think it is superior to many people on here. Not to rip you BIG CHEESE, not my intention. I was just funning with you a little. Sorry to get your’s and MrReality’s feathers all ruffled.

  19. By MrReality on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Tonight’s game may determine if Colt McCoy goes to the Packers.

  20. By CHEESE Reality on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    McCoy would be a better option than Tavaris Jackson.

  21. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah headcheese, just funning with you a little. Go Pack Go….

  22. By SportsGosu on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Colt McCoy would make for an amazing back up… why are we talking about back up qb’s sooooo inconsequential to the playing of a football game.

  23. By MrReality on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Why talk about it? Because this is a Packers site and McCoy could become a Packer. Backups are inconsequential? Obviously you are new to football.

  24. By airpacker12 on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT OUR PROBLEM ISNT RB AS MUCH AS IT IS OUR O-LINE….THROWING THE BALL 50 TIMES A GAME IS GONNA GET YOUR QB KILLED…IM-NOT SAYING WE CANT TEAR UP THE REGULAR SEASON DOING THAT, BUT AS THE SEASON WEARS ON YOU LOSE STEAM AT THE TIME YOU NEED IT THE MOST….THE NOTION THAT YOU DONT NEED A VIABLE GROUND ATTACK IN TODAYS LEAGUE IS A JOKE;AND IF YOU DRINK ENOUGH OF THE TRICKY DOM COOL AID YOULL THINK THE GAME HAS CHANGED TOO. BUT LIKE IT OR NOT WITH A WEAKEND PASS BLOCKING O-LINE, NO-GROUND GAME AND A DEFENSIVE SCHEEM THAT DIDNT WORK LAST YEAR AND WONT THIS YEAR EITHER; SPELLS TROUBLE FOR THE PACK !DONT NEED NO IDIOTS TELLING ME IM OFF MY ROCKER; JUST REMBER MY SCREEN NAME AT THE HALFWAY MARK AND IF IM WRONG FIRE AWAY; I JUST KNOW FROM WATCHING THE LAST 5 GAMES LAST YEAR AND PRACTICE THIS YEAR IT DOSENT LOOK GOOD.. AND IF YOU TAKE ALL OF LAST YEAR INTO ACCOUNT THE ONLY REASON WE WON MORE THAN 1 GAME IS BECAUSE IN MY OPION WE HAVE THE BEST QB THAT HAS EVER PLAYED THE GAME !

  25. By Zaedon on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    James Jones is not even close to the biggest culprit when it comes to dropped passes. Here is a list of dropped passes from 2011 for Packer receivers. I can see the 3 or 4 drops by a guy per season, but I think once you go 5 and up it’s huge! In a perfect world you like to see 0, but that’s just not going to happen. Jermichael Finley had so many game changing drops that one could point to him as the reason the Packers were not undefeated, and loss to the Giants.

    Jermichael Finley – 14
    Donald Driver – 8
    James Jones – 6
    Greg Jennings – 5
    James Starks – 4
    Jordy Nelson – 3
    Randall Cobb – 3
    John Kuhn – 3
    Ryan Grant – 3

    Source: http://jerseyal.com/GBP/2012/01/20/green-bay-packers-4-stats-that-sum-up-2011-12-struggles/

  26. By duh_puck on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nice work Zaedon. It’s hard to argue with the numbers, although what I really wanted to see was % dropped. Did the math and it works out like this:

    Finley – 20.3%
    Driver – 17.8%
    Kuhn – 16.7%
    Jones – 13.6%
    Grant – 13.6%
    Starks – 12.1%
    Cobb – 10.7%
    Jennings – 6.9%
    Nelson – 4.2%

  27. By EJ on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Last nites game showed me a bad running game and a bad defense that got worseduring the offseason

  28. By packrat on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    How about the QB who is going to back up A Rod? Harrell is terrible. Reminded me of Brian Brohm. If TT and MM decide to let Harrell be the back-up QB, we’re in big trouble. If A Rod gets hurt and misses a significant amount of games, forget about the Pack going into the play-offs this season. Colt McCoy on his only series showed that he can be a winner in a very good team like the Packers. If I were TT, I’ll offer Holmgren James Jones for McCoy straight up.

  29. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    For fans who have missed other pre-season games, multiple turnovers are happening in every game. These games are designed to weed out who will, and who will not be active on the roster. It’s pre-season for crying out loud. The Pack have lost to the Browns in pre-season the past three years. When week one of the regular season comes, things will be much different. I believe in TT, MM, and the Mighty Green Bay Packers.

  30. By airpacker12 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    YUP ITS PRESEASON I GET THAT BUT THE PROBLEMS WE HAD LAST YEAR IS STILL HERE;THE REASON WHY THE DEFENSE CANT TACKEL IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO SPEND MORE TIME ON TEACHING NEW JOB ASS. THAN ON FUNDMENTALS AND EXACUSION !TRICKY DOMS PLAY BOOK IS TOO BIG ,THO I WILL SAY IT WAS NICE TO SEE THEM RUN MORE BASE D LAST NIGHT ! ALSO BEEN IMPRESSED BY M DANIELS ,LIKE TO SEE HIM RUN WITH THE FIRST UNIT MORE…PERRY LOOKS LIKE WALDON TO ME ; BUT MY BIG QUESTION IS WHY THE 5 AND 10 YARD CUSIONS BY THE CB ? REMBER WHEN DOM GOT HERE 4YRS AGO IT WAS A BLITZ HAPPY D WITH BUMP AND RUN CONERS ;WE REALLY NEED TO GO BACK TO THAT STYLE D AGAIN ! I BELEAVE NO DEFENSE THAT IVE EVER SEEN WORKS WELL IN PREVENT MODE, ONLY ATTACK MODE……………….

  31. By Danram on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers need to find a way to keep Jarrett Boykin. He’s played well so far this pre-season and he would add some needed size to the Packers’ WR corps.

    Aside from 6’3″ Jordy Nelson, all of GB’s other wideouts are in the 5’11”-6’0″ range. Boykin, at 6’2″, 220 lbs. would fit in well.

    He might not be the fastest WR, but he’s smart, runs good routes, has long arms with huge hands and catches everything thrown his way. He’s also a good downfield blocker with the size to take on opposing LBs and strong safeties.

    Green Bay would be smart to make him their #6 WR to go with Jennings, Driver, Nelson, Cobb and Jones.

  32. By airpacker12 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    DANRAM I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF MOSS AS WELL…. I THINK WE WILL TRY TO STASH HIM ON PRACTISE SQUAD…BUT HES FLASHED ENOUGH ALREADY TO HIDE EM….

  33. By rlt on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    If this qb gets cut, pick him up and release Harrell.

    Ryan Lindley, Arizona

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