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#11 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:48:03 AM(UTC)
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nerdmann said: Go to Quoted Post
This could be more possible than people realize.

Hard to say what the coaches are thinking, but a number of people in the know have suggested it.


Yes in the know... but in the know of what? Tongue (just kidding)


kiss football


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#12 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:05:48 AM(UTC)
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There's no way they cut Neal, to much raw talent and versatility. Probably one of our best pass rushers on the team.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:15:58 AM(UTC)
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Maybe somebody will offer a first round...just dreaming.
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:43:33 AM(UTC)
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Gaycandybacon said: Go to Quoted Post
There's no way they cut Neal, to much raw talent and versatility. Probably one of our best pass rushers on the team.


When healthy... when has that raw talent netted him production on the field?

The Neal decision, in my opinion, has to be focused on his health right now verses that risk that he can remain healthy. His track record has to be a chief concern in keeping him over a developing player without the same risk factor and track record.

Neal to me over his time here in Green Bay reminds me of that girl winks at you in the hallway but bolts at record speed when you approach to ask her out. Looks inviting but disappears when the rubber meets the road.
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:14:41 PM(UTC)
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Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
When healthy... when has that raw talent netted him production on the field?

The Neal decision, in my opinion, has to be focused on his health right now verses that risk that he can remain healthy. His track record has to be a chief concern in keeping him over a developing player without the same risk factor and track record.

Neal to me over his time here in Green Bay reminds me of that girl winks at you in the hallway but bolts at record speed when you approach to ask her out. Looks inviting but disappears when the rubber meets the road.


I could not agree more. Neal had 1 sack against IND in his first game back from suspension in a loss. He had 1 against AZ in a blowout win (31-17). 1.5 against CHI, with an incredibly shitty OL, and 1 against TEN in another blowout win (55-7). Nothing in 2 playoff games, but 1 assist on a tackle. He had 11 combined tackles in the 11 regular season games he played. Combined. 8 Total with 3 Assists.

Mike Neal has not really shown himself to be much of a sack artist. I mean, not at all. He is one player who needs to play insanely well these next two preseason games, IMO. But, we don't know how much they are looking to utilized him at LB. Capers may like to change looks with him in there, on the fly. That seems to be the only positive in this that might be keeping him around. Otherwise, I see Wilson and Boyd being better DL and Palmer and Manning being better LBs.
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:11:58 PM(UTC)
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play2win said: Go to Quoted Post
I would not be surprised to see Neal cut. We keep both Jolly and Boyd. Neal was an experiment that just is not panning out IMO. He is the most expendable of our DL group listed there. We keep 7.


I just don't see them cutting Neal. Ted Thompson drafted him high (although maybe he was high when he drafted him I don't know) and they held onto him through injury after injury so they must have seen something. Now that he appears healthy I just don't see them cutting him loose. I could see if he had shown absolutely nothing but he did show some flashes of why they drafted him when he played. At least as much as Jolly or Boyd.
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#17 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:23:00 PM(UTC)
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sschind said: Go to Quoted Post
I just don't see them cutting Neal. Ted Thompson drafted him high (although maybe he was high when he drafted him I don't know) and they held onto him through injury after injury so they must have seen something. Now that he appears healthy I just don't see them cutting him loose. I could see if he had shown absolutely nothing but he did show some flashes of why they drafted him when he played. At least as much as Jolly or Boyd.


Mike Neal isn't getting cut. Not even close, imo. He is very likely the Packers best pass rushing 'big man,' other than Datone Jones, who has yet to even play a preseason game. Yeah, he has issues with availability and consistency, but the talent is there, and he has contributed. Also, he's in a contract year, so if he disappoints again this season, he'll move on elsewhere with no ramifications for the Packers.

Neal provides some nice depth at a few positions (defensive end, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker). He undoubtedly has the ability to rush the passer. He just needs to stay somewhat healthy this season and he will more than earn his keep on this roster as a depth player. There's not player on the Packers defense that is very consistent, other than Clay Mathews, and even he is up and down sometimes. I just don't see any way that the Packers cut a relatively healthy Mike Neal. In fact, even if he gets injured again, he'll probably end up on injured reserve rather than being cut. Of course we would like to see more production from him, but at least he has the ability to provide the production. The same can't necessary be said for several other of the Packers defensive linemen, especially in the pass rush department.
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#18 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:14:57 PM(UTC)
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DoddPower said: Go to Quoted Post
Mike Neal isn't getting cut. Not even close, imo. He is very likely the Packers best pass rushing 'big man,' other than Datone Jones, who has yet to even play a preseason game. Yeah, he has issues with availability and consistency, but the talent is there, and he has contributed. Also, he's in a contract year, so if he disappoints again this season, he'll move on elsewhere with no ramifications for the Packers.

Neal provides some nice depth at a few positions (defensive end, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker). He undoubtedly has the ability to rush the passer. He just needs to stay somewhat healthy this season and he will more than earn his keep on this roster as a depth player. There's not player on the Packers defense that is very consistent, other than Clay Mathews, and even he is up and down sometimes. I just don't see any way that the Packers cut a relatively healthy Mike Neal. In fact, even if he gets injured again, he'll probably end up on injured reserve rather than being cut. Of course we would like to see more production from him, but at least he has the ability to provide the production. The same can't necessary be said for several other of the Packers defensive linemen, especially in the pass rush department.


I always thought the starting D-Line would be Datone Jones, B.J.Raji, Mike Neal.

Obviously they don't wanna move Pickett off the field so it spoiled my prediction.

If they wanna get pass rush from the base, they have to get Pickett and Wilson off the field. I hope they don't use Pickett/Wilson in every Base.

Datone and Neal would be dynamic on the field togetther
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#19 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:29:15 PM(UTC)
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If Jolly can keep the play from the St Louis game up and gets on the team, I wonder if Capers would go with a 3 man DL in nickel instead of the 2 DL stuff we've seen the past few seasons? I'm thinking it would be a 3-3-5, which I've seen some in this forum mention the past few months. Different combinations of Jolly, Daniels, Jones, Raji on the line with Perry and Matthews coming on the edges with Neal doing his DE-LB hybrid role thingy occasionally?

It sounds good in my head but not sure if it would work well on the field.
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#20 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:44:32 PM(UTC)
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Gaycandybacon said: Go to Quoted Post
I always thought the starting D-Line would be Datone Jones, B.J.Raji, Mike Neal.

Obviously they don't wanna move Pickett off the field so it spoiled my prediction.

If they wanna get pass rush from the base, they have to get Pickett and Wilson off the field. I hope they don't use Pickett/Wilson in every Base.

Datone and Neal would be dynamic on the field togetther



Capers uses the starting base more for run defense than pass rush. Though I do wonder if Raji might be better pass rusher if they let him rest more.

Might be interesting to see a run defense of

Pickett, Jolly, and Wilson

Fresh pass rush of Jones, Raji and Daniels

(Neal working time at both DE and OLB)
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