Five Players to Watch for in the Green Bay Packers Preseason 2016

1. Kyle Murphy, OL

The Packers have a history of drafting left tackles and moving them around to different spots on the line until they find the right fit. They also seem to be starting a tradition of drafting players from Stanford, as they have selected three in the last two years. What they get with the 6,6″, 308 pound, Murphy, is a high character, high IQ player who likes to get physical and could provide a much needed boost to their run game. The Packers have a few big offensive lineman with contracts expiring, so it would make sense for them to let Murphy, who was one of offensive line coach Joe Campmen’s favorites even before the draft, prove that he’s got what it takes.

Kentrell Brice, S

Last year in college, Brice didn’t make the All-Star game and he wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine. His only chance to prove himself was his school’s pro day, which scouts attended to watch a couple of his teammates. The 5-foot-11, 210 pound, defensive back,  put on a show by ripping off a 4.4 40 yard dash, a 42 inch vertical, 11-foot-1 inch broad jump, and 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The Packers must have been thoroughly impressed by his sure tackling and nose for the ball, since they are giving him a chance to compete for time against one of the deepest most talented backfields in the league.

Trevor Davis, WR

With an already crowded receiving core, and anything but mind blowing stats (64 receptions, 1071 yards, and 7 TDs over 2 years) it didn’t really make sense to add a pass catcher to a team that had other more pressing needs. The one thing that Davis has that is lacking on the Packers squad is blazing speed (4.3 40 yard dash), on a decent frame (6-foot-1, 188 pounds), and 10 inch hands. The product of Cal gives Aaron Rodgers a deep threat, and brings possible help to the special teams unit. Ted Thompson likes the fact that Davis only dropped 2 passes last year, and has an eye for tracking the deep ball.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB

Where should I begin? Fackrell is long and athletic, has a non-stop motor, is a tackling machine with plenty of burst and bend, and a sure tackler at that, has speed, soft hands and agility to be successful in coverage, and is basically a coach on the field.  The only knock on the 25 year old rookie, is his age and an ACL. Digging deeper, you will see that even his age comes from a source of extreme humility, he wasn’t sure he could make it in the NFL even though everyone was telling him it was a sure thing. Keep an eye out, he might just be about to prove himself wrong in a big way.

Blake Martinez, ILB

Martinez is an odd duck, but in a highly intelligent scholar (Stanford), ferocious linebacker kind of way. He doesn’t eat junk, drink soda or alcohol, and he spends his spare time dissecting playbooks and asking Aaron Rodgers questions. He may not be fast on paper, but tight ends and running backs are about to find out how persistent he is. He piles up a ton of tackles and misses few to none along the way. He can stop the run as well as cover. This kid is a strategist and a student of the game, and is on his way to not only being a star, but an intense leader and role model for his teammates.

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