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RB Green rounding into form

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 20, 2012 – 5:30 pm

For all the talk surrounding new RB Cedric Benson’s preseason debut Thursday night, the game in Cincinnati will be another important step for RB Alex Green as well.

Coming off of reconstructive knee surgery, Green has been on a snap count throughout training camp but has managed it well with no setbacks to speak of. He got three carries in the preseason opener in San Diego and then four in last week’s game vs. Cleveland, averaging 4 yards per tote in the second game. He had one 5-yard run that nearly ruptured into a longer gain, but Green was tripped up.

With the status of James Starks (turf toe) uncertain at this point for the start of the regular season, the starting job for Sept. 9 could come down to Green or Benson. Green is getting closer to being able to handle a larger load, according to his position coach, Alex Van Pelt, and he looks to continue making progress.

“I think he’s getting stronger every day,” Van Pelt said. “As he feels more confident in his knee and the work he’s getting out there, I think you can see the explosiveness and the pad level and what he brings as a runner. You can see it in practice, and hopefully it will translate over this week to the game.”


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19 Responses to “RB Green rounding into form”

  1. By airpacker12 on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    WOW THATS NEWS TO ME THAT ANYTING TO DO WITH OUR GROUND GAME IS ROUNDING INTO SHAPE ? SPARE US WERE INJURED COOL AID TOO ….. WITH ALL THE HIGH DRAFT PICKS IN THE LAST 5 YEARS SPENT ON THE O-LINE, WHO HAVE YOU DEVELOPED INTO THE NEXT MAN UP ? THE THING THAT SCARES ME THE MOST IS JEFF SATURDAY(PRO BOWLER) COMMENT THAT COACH CAMPEN IS TEACHING HIM NEW FOOTWORK….I GOT A BETTER IDEA, HAVE RB EGAR BENNETTE GO FROM COACHING THE WR TO O-LINE COACH AND MOVE CAMPEN TO WR COACH ! WORTH A SHOT RIGHT ! LOL

  2. By why on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    I WANNA TYPE IN ALL CAPS TOO

  3. By Kenny on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    I like Green’s potential and glad he seems to be on track with the rehab off the knee injury last year. I still believe he will make his biggest splash next season provided he doesn’t get hurt again this season. However, having him contribute in a platoon role this season will be a welcome addition.

  4. By aaron on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    green is going to be the next full time, 3 down back for GB.. and it could happen by the end of this season. the guy has everything it takes, he’s the fastest we have, the shiftiest, and at 225 lbs, the most powerful.. and on top of that he can pass block and catch out of the backfield.

  5. By Tarlam on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Santa, is it possible to get my Christmas present in September this year? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease?

  6. By Steevo on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Our running game is most certainly a work in progress yet. Starks appears to be injury prone so he can’t stay on the field. He also really hurt himself with that fumble in the first preseason game. It seems that Bensen will need some more time to learn our offense and build some chemistry with the O-line guys. Green is coming back from a season ending injury last year and hasn’t proven he is totally healthy yet. I’d say none of that adds up to anything you can count on at this early stage of the season.

  7. By christian on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever they do I agree they MUST get their running game in order. If they need a two back system like in 99 so be it. If they can’t break off a run of 20 yards or more at least once a game dind another running backs coach. This is absurd.

  8. By Disappointed on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have watched the game vs the browns a few times and I don’t think the issue is the o-line. The backs are not in synch with hitting the correct hole or timing the opening of holes. This is most visible when Tyler was in hhe game. Perhaps Benson or Green can get it together.

  9. By rdschwalm on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s face it, the packers are uninterested in the ground game, and thus will not be spending money or time to get it fixed.McCarthy eevn said as much wearlier this Spring: “Offence is important, not necessarily the running game.” The signing of Benson was merely to satisfy the fans and to at least let their opponents know that they are performing perfunctory exercises to establish a ground game. I feel so sorry for Aaron Rodgers: no defence and no ground game. If the Packers keep this up, watch for Rodgers to take Free Agency really seriously!
    Lack of ball security and lack of form tackling are two fundamental tenants of football on which any high school coaches spend an inordinate amount of time. It must be instinctive at the pro level.

  10. By Lou on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Best plan is to use Cobb like Darren Sproles if you aren’t serious about running the ball. What a night mare for D-Coordinators that would present. The key is the O-Line, based on commitments to all but the older center they should be as potent as Flanagan, Rivera, Wahle, Clifton, and Taucher and you should be able to pound the ball with Benson like Sherman did with Green when you are ahead late in the game. Time to make the big investments in the O-Line pay off and time to put a Red Cross jersey on the slow footed Starks and put him in permanetn “sick bay” (ala Justin Harrell and Mike Neal).

  11. By ps on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Rumor has it that Maurice Jones Drew may come available. That would be a great fit.

  12. By Rory on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    Ditka the Bears still suck and I thought you graduated from 2nd grade already. It scares me that my Packers drafted two guys form the WAC last year and the WAC won’t even be a league next year. I am from New Mexico and I hope Urlacher retires this year and coaches at NM next year. But seriously….

  13. By Boris on Aug 21, 2012 | Reply

    I like see him MJD in Packers Country

  14. By Christopher strike on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    thought about that too about MJD. What a pick up that would be. I say give starks this season to get back some sort of health, then see if he can finish the season healthy. otherwise look to someone else

  15. By tsimnuj99 on Aug 22, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see the 9ers pound on Green Bay in the season-opener.

  16. By aaron on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    @tsimnuj99… you mean with their vaunted secondary and killer offense?

  17. By drom9090 on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    The only round I’ve seen so far in the Packer run game had been “in circles”. MJD probably won’t be happy or maximally productive with just 10-15 carries a game, so that’d mean cutting into Air Rodgers time. On the other hand, Packer hospitality and a Championship probably soothes all wounds.

    It sure would be nice tho to see the air and ground offenses competing equally for touchdowns. Maybe then the Pack could even afford for the D to take another year off.

  18. By mrtundra on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    Right now, I’d feel better with Grant or Saine running the ball over Green or Starks. I want Green to get healthy and I want Starks to protect the ball when he gets it.

  19. By gbpfan4life on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    the road to the super bowl runs through the o-line. savy vets like a-rod and c benson make the o-line look better than they actually are. a-rod flushed and running too much. c benson vision seeing the cut back lanes only after the play design broke down down has us looking past the forest to see the trees on where improvement is needed. even if our defense stays the same or improves just a little the fact remains, our offense is still our BEST DEFENSE. keeping a-rod vertical with our vertical passing game coupled with c bensons running gives our offense better balance to score huge points, and play clock management keeping opposing offenses off the field. rest of league start calling 911 were coming!

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