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Cullen Jenkins tries his hand at linebacker

C. Jenkins.jpgThe Packers coaching staff came up with a creative solution to their perceived lack of depth at outside linebacker.  Defensive end Cullen Jenkins took snaps standing up at Monday’s minicamp practice.

All 305 pounds of him.

We can’t think of any 3-4 defense end that has made such a conversion, but Jenkins welcomes the added responsibilities.

“You never know what you’re actually going to carry into the season, but we’re experimenting with different things. I feel pretty fast this year, and it’s pretty cool to be [playing standing] up, actually,” Jenkins told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette

Jenkins’ primary role will surely remain on the defensive line where he’s one of the more underrated players in football.  But the Packers like his versatility enough to have him rush the passer and drop back in coverage Monday.

The need for OLB help in Green Bay has been overstated in the media — Brad Jones makes a fine option — but Jenkins provides an interesting alternative as coordinator Dom Capers looks to expand his defense in 2010.

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  1. laxcoach says: Jun 22, 2010 11:30 AM

    Matt Roth went from DE to OLB. Granted, he’s a tweener, but he played DE for Saban in Miami

  2. PackFansLikeSheep says: Jun 22, 2010 11:32 AM

    This is pure desperation on the coaches part but it’s not their fault, Thompson refuses to spend any money on free agents and he wouldn’t even draft an OLB even though the Packers have no pass rush outside of Matthews, which is why they gave up like 50 some points in the wildcard game along with Rodgers choking in OT.

  3. Bob Nelson says: Jun 22, 2010 11:44 AM

    Those Packers are always innovating and trying something new in the offseason.
    Cullen Jenkins is a very talented athlete. He just has always been overshadowed by his brother.

  4. MrHumble says: Jun 22, 2010 11:47 AM

    Sounds like the Pack is trying to cover up their inefficiencies with a 305lb lineman……..not too smart. The 3-4 is designed to mainly stop the run while being less effective against the pass as LB’s are asked to cover WR’s and TE’s. The last time I checked, GB plays in the North which is primarily a passing division. All you need to do is look at last year’s games where the GB linebackers and secondary was carved up by the likes of good QB’s and passing teams. With Stafford emerging, Cutler in Martz’s offense and yes, BF in Minny, I see a repeat of last year for the Pack…a bunch of high scoring games and if the opposing team has a good base defense it spells trouble for the Pack. Not to rub anything in, but the 2 games against the Vikings last year should be proof enough. Vikes stymied GB’s running game, put pressure on AR etc.

  5. vikingguy says: Jun 22, 2010 11:51 AM

    In other news,..Brett Favre got up this morning,had a cup of coffee and took a dump.

  6. Kevin Greene's Golden Locks says: Jun 22, 2010 11:55 AM

    No this move isn’t out of pure desperation, Brad Jones will be the starting OLB opposite Clay Matthews this season. This is just another wrinkle added in by Dom Capers, and if Cullen is indeed used like this it will only be for 1 or 2 plays a game. Just like the Packers 1-5-5 “Psycho” package we used last year, its just another thing to throw at a QB to create chaos. (I’m lookin at you Cutler).

  7. Calistin says: Jun 22, 2010 12:06 PM

    Hardly desperation or a sign of anything. Simply taking a look at some things at a mini-camp.
    He wasn’t running w/ the 1′s, and would be more of a gimmick formation on obvious running downs, in order to get Jenkins, Jolly, Raji, and Pickett all on the field at the same time.
    Brad Jones filled in fine for Aaron Kampman last year, and had 4 sacks in limited duty. So this notion of no pass rush behind Matthews is asinine.
    Jenkins was 2nd in sacks, and had numerous hurries and knockdowns, this isn’t your typical 295 lb. guy, this boy can move.
    Kinda funny how Vikings fans wanna hijack any Packer thread and deny the Packers could ever be any good. It all boils down to fear, they all know w/o Brett Favre they are finishing behind the Lions, if any defense needs to be scared it’s the paper tiger Vikings, a lot of players coming off injury, and very little help from FA, or the draft, and no depth.
    You wanna see how to build a team w/ depth, look at the Packers. You wanna see how to build a perennial faliure, w/ no depth behind their again players, look at the Vikings.

  8. mattgso says: Jun 22, 2010 12:07 PM

    Capers and TT are a sneaky pair. They would do this just to put out some disinformation.

  9. Sarge says: Jun 22, 2010 12:13 PM

    If Kampman couldn’t make the switch, what makes Capers think Jenkins can do it?

  10. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 22, 2010 12:14 PM

    # MrHumble says: June 22, 2010 11:47 AM
    Sounds like the Pack is trying to cover up their inefficiencies with a 305lb lineman……..not too smart. The 3-4 is designed to mainly stop the run while being less effective against the pass as LB’s are asked to cover WR’s and TE’s. The last time I checked, GB plays in the North which is primarily a passing division. All you need to do is look at last year’s games where the GB linebackers and secondary was carved up by the likes of good QB’s and passing teams. With Stafford emerging, Cutler in Martz’s offense and yes, BF in Minny, I see a repeat of last year for the Pack…a bunch of high scoring games and if the opposing team has a good base defense it spells trouble for the Pack. Not to rub anything in, but the 2 games against the Vikings last year should be proof enough. Vikes stymied GB’s running game, put pressure on AR etc.
    ———–
    You either don’t understand football or can’t read. If you knew anything about Capers 3-4 defense it’s that he’s constantly using different sub-packages on a game by game basis to catch opponents off guard. See: Big Okie package from last year. The best thing about the 3-4 defense is to give the QB different looks that he hasn’t seen before and confuse him. That’s exactly what they are experimenting with right now. It worked well last year when he dropped surprised QB’s by dropping lineman like Jolly back into coverage and he ended up with an INT for crying out loud. The more wrinkles they have the better the defense will be and that’s the idea in year two of a 3-4 defense.

  11. Old_Style says: Jun 22, 2010 12:14 PM

    Desperation? Inefficiencies? More anti-Packers bs. Injuries screwed the Packers last year, especially during the meetings with MN. Psycho, exactly…It’s Green Bay’s second year in the 3-4 and now it is a problem if they add more packages?
    If you look at the analysis from last year the problem wasn’t LOLB, it was the middle, which Thompson addressed. The Packers and Vikings have both beaten each other over the years, & the series is nearly even. At least the NFC North should be pretty entertaining for the next few years.

  12. GBfanForever says: Jun 22, 2010 12:28 PM

    Jenkins is a stud with pass rushing ability. They have to find a way to better utilize him. This is good news

  13. mike says: Jun 22, 2010 12:31 PM

    Yes the vikings are a much better team. I mean they let Cleveland score 20 points on them vs the packers letting them score 3. They let the lions score 23 points on them vs only scoring 12 pts vs the packers.
    They let the Bears score 46 points on them while the Packers only allowed the bears to score 29 pts and won both games.

  14. LarryBird18 says: Jun 22, 2010 12:32 PM

    Rogers has 17 wins in 2 full seasons since favre.
    Talk about a let down huh?
    Green Bay has a bad team/organization.
    This kid has put up numbers and the team still fails…..

  15. Contra says: Jun 22, 2010 12:41 PM

    Good luck with that transition. Hope it works out for you guys!
    Signed,
    Vikings Offense

  16. packers4life says: Jun 22, 2010 12:55 PM

    I would much rather have Cullen Jenkins stay at right defensive end. He was clearly a force at the spot last year and was one of the reasons why the Packers finished with one of the top defenses last season which makes him one of the most underrated players in the league.

  17. TheRedBengal says: Jun 22, 2010 1:02 PM

    One name…Levon Kirkland

  18. ShimSham says: Jun 22, 2010 1:05 PM

    In 2008 before getting injured Jenkins looked better coming off the edge than even Kampman did. Jenkins has a lot of experience rushing the passer from the edge and it’s good to see him get more opportunities to do that in 2011. Obviously he’ll stay at RDE for the most part, but in third and long situations his ability to get to the passer will help a lot. The only time he really got to do this last year was when we rushed three and no one can do much when there’s that much extra help to block you.

  19. Randomjim says: Jun 22, 2010 1:06 PM

    If it was Childress trying this out all the cheezboneheads would be ripping him, saying how confused he is & doesn’t know what he is doing. But McCarthy, well he is just being “sneaky” & “inventive”. Hypocrites!

  20. brasho says: Jun 22, 2010 1:06 PM

    To the moron that said Matt Roth made the same conversion… duh…. 4-3 DEs almost always switch to OLB in the 3-4, especially if they are the least bit undersized.
    This isn’t a huge deal, the Ravens typically line guys up all over the place in their 4-3/3-4 hybrid, the Pats too.
    As for his weight, 305 may sound like a lot, but the Steelers had an ILB that regularly played around that weight in the 90′s with Levon Kirkland who was listed at 275 but was probably neer within 20 lbs of that mark.
    If the Pack can get Jenkins in standing up along with 3 down DLinemen, then basically it is just another wrinkle to get 4 300 lbers in the lineup from a 3-4 look… I’m sure he would still be playing an under position at OLB and would rarely have any assignments that involve him playing off the LOS.

  21. raiderUfan says: Jun 22, 2010 1:16 PM

    TheRedBengal says:
    June 22, 2010 1:02 PM
    One name…Levon Kirkland
    Good point

  22. laxcoach says: Jun 22, 2010 1:25 PM

    “To the moron that said Matt Roth made the same conversion… duh…. 4-3 DEs almost always switch to OLB in the 3-4, especially if they are the least bit undersized.”
    Roth played DE in the 3-4 under Saban (who drafted him) and with Cameron/Capers.
    Moron.
    He made the switch to OLB under Sparano/Pasqualoni in 2008. He never played with his hand off the ground prior to 2008.

  23. Hanspard says: Jun 22, 2010 1:26 PM

    A few years ago the Raiders ran a 4-3 with Tyler Brayton and Grant Irons at OLB. Both were in the 280 pound range.
    I mean….it was a total failure…..just sayin’……moving a DE who is a non-tweener to OLB has happened before.

  24. mixman34 says: Jun 22, 2010 1:38 PM

    HAHAHAH silly packers. Isn’t the definition of insanity to fail at the same thing repeatedly?
    They screwed themselves last year. Should have known Kampann wasn’t working out in the scheme (hell, WE all did) stuck him in for about 5 games and sucked then got hurt. As such they got next to nothing for him.
    Although as a Vikings fan… love the move.. HAHA

  25. nerd says: Jun 22, 2010 1:39 PM

    Yo, Randomjim, MM is an offensive mastermind. Chilly’s only skill is nuzzling Favre’s groin.
    As for Jenkins, the dude is very athletic. And much more coordinated than Kampy. Remember, there are plays were 335 lb BJ Raji will fall back into pass coverage from the nose tackle position. These guys are big but they’re fluid.
    These alignments are also NOT the base defense.

  26. Old_Style says: Jun 22, 2010 1:48 PM

    Chilly not confused? how about 12 “men” in the huddle, after a timeout, with 19 seconds to play. This isn’t even a bash on the queens, but the guy seems in over his head a lot of times.

  27. green&bold says: Jun 22, 2010 1:50 PM

    If you find yourself thinking Jenkins is going to be playing OLB other than a play here or there on a gimmick D, then you should do the world a favor and walk your ass into oncoming traffic.

  28. footballrulz says: Jun 22, 2010 1:50 PM

    Isn’t the definition of insanity to fail at the same thing repeatedly?
    No, that would make Favre insane (See NFCCG’s).
    The definition is doing the same thing & expecting different results. That’s Childress.

  29. snowbum says: Jun 22, 2010 1:59 PM

    # mike says: June 22, 2010 12:31 PM
    Yes the vikings are a much better team. I mean they let Cleveland score 20 points on them vs the packers letting them score 3. They let the lions score 23 points on them vs only scoring 12 pts vs the packers.
    They let the Bears score 46 points on them while the Packers only allowed the bears to score 29 pts and won both games.
    —————————————-
    How many points did Arizona score?
    Regular Season Average
    Packers 18.6 Points per game
    Vikings 19.5 Points per game
    You are right, 0.9 points per game is something to be proud about.
    Post Season Average
    Packers 51.0 Points per game
    Vikings 17.0 Points per game
    That doesn’t look like you are making a very good argument.

  30. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Jun 22, 2010 2:11 PM

    The mad scientist, Dom Capers, cooking up a few more schemes for the season. Love it. The 3-4 was very good to the Pack in ’09. It will be a monster in ’10.

  31. J Dub says: Jun 22, 2010 2:12 PM

    Hey Mixman34,
    Speaking of insanity and failure….do you who the only QB in league history is to end each of his last four seasons with and INT? Do you know who the QB is in the NFL who has won 4 playoff games in 13 years while maintainting an average QB rating of around 70 in that span….and do you know who pondered passing when he should have just run the ball?
    Hey pot, this is kettle……
    Yup, your lord, savior and coach Brett Farkle.
    Enjoy 2010 loser. Keep hoping that bumpkin will bring you and your loser franchise to the promised land….oh, have you seen the wizzonator?

  32. Ruvell100 says: Jun 22, 2010 2:27 PM

    I love the different looks this Capers D brings to the table. Obviously, OBVIOUSLY he will be the RDE in our base packages and 95% of the sub packages, but there is nothing wrong with adding a little wrinkle here and there.
    In fact, Jenkins rushed from a stand up position for a period of time during the Steelers game. Got to Roethlisberger too, before he was tackled from behind in yet another in a long series of no-calls that always seem to go Pittsburgh’s way.

  33. jahrasta311 says: Jun 22, 2010 2:43 PM

    I don’t know which is more unintelligent, this post or the first comment comparing Colon Jenkins to Matt Rothstein.

  34. The Polish Rifle says: Jun 22, 2010 2:53 PM

    Viking fans really dumb down this country. It’s time to start snuffing out the stupid.
    Help control the viking fan population, have your viking fans spayed or neutered.

  35. pervy harvin says: Jun 22, 2010 3:13 PM

    LOL!!! Capers is such a mental midget. How did the Kampmann Project work out?? Have fun trying to take out AD you fat ,slow turd Jenkins!
    What next?? Aaron Rodgers going to be a kicker? His hacky sack kick vs. the Cards looked promising…..you guys are so desperate to beat the Vikings!!! LOL Oh yah, Rodgers has a mangina….

  36. ACDC84 says: Jun 22, 2010 3:18 PM

    “We can’t think of any 3-4 defense end that has made such a conversion, but Jenkins welcomes the added responsibilities.”
    Though Jenkins plays end in the team’s 3-4 defense, he is traditionally more of a 4-3 end, which can be a fairly different type of player.

  37. TheBaySay says: Jun 22, 2010 3:52 PM

    green&bold – exacatictly, homes!
    pervy – guess d-coording in the nfl must be the easiest job in America. The “mental midget” seemed to catch on to it pretty fast last year. Sounds like AD isn’t too happy over there in East Dakota. Team Swiss Miss has its own migraine headaches to deal with, bucko.

  38. Ruvell100 says: Jun 22, 2010 3:58 PM

    “LOL!!! Capers is such a mental midget.”
    —————
    Aside from his haircut, the man is a defensive genius. He is one of the pioneers of the modern 3-4. I realize the Vikings realized a season sweep of the Packers last year aka the greatest thing to ever happen to the Vikings, but all that did is make them 3-5 against MM since Childress has been around. You don’t own the North, you rented it the last 2 since it’s the first two times you’ve won it since it’s existence.

  39. pervy harvin says: Jun 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    @ Ruvell100-
    Dom Capers a genius? No. Overrated? Yes. He hasn’t proven anything yet. I’m shocked by the analysts who see Capers as some incredible talent. Did ANYONE happen to see who the Packers played last year? They had to have one of the easiest schedules in the league. Did ANYONE happen to notice the teams the Packers BEAT have a total winning percentage of… .356 The REAL Packers defense was on display against Pittsburgh (O-lay) and the Cardinals (what a scorching! LOL) in the playoffs. They beat two teams with a winning record all year — Ravens and Cowboys…and the “Boys” really aren’t all that good…(unless they’re playing Philly or a depleted Saints team) much like the Packers defense isn’t really all that good. So, Dom…stash the genius award and PROVE that you’re worthy of the false title so many give you!!! Oh yah…we own the North and my bass is bigger than yours! LOL

  40. badfish69 says: Jun 22, 2010 4:57 PM

    Hey Viking morons.
    Show me one quote from anyone even close to having the ability to make a decision on personnel that says this a permanent move.

  41. WaffleStomp says: Jun 22, 2010 7:15 PM

    Keep Chilly in his dress, ordering from that lamenated chinese menu in his hand, while Favre really leads the team.
    Your coach doesn’t even have control of his own starting QB. What a Freaking joke.
    And I love all of the stupid Rodger bashers out there. Viking fans would drool over the prospect of having a solid franchise Quarterback for the next 10 years.
    Don’t lie and say you wouldn’t. You are the same fools who said you would never take a QB like Favre, when he played for Green Bay. Not only have you clamored for him, you are willing to wait around and kiss his ass just for the privlege.
    Viking fans make laugh (and puke).

  42. packers4life says: Jun 22, 2010 7:57 PM

    “They had to have one of the easiest schedules in the league.”
    The Vikings pretty much played the exact same teams you idiot.
    “and the “Boys” really aren’t all that good…(unless they’re playing Philly or a depleted Saints team) ”
    So wait, when the Vikings beat the the Cowboys, you losers brag about it but when the Packers beat them, you call them ‘a bad team’? Talk about being hyprocritical.
    “Oh yah…we own the North and my bass is bigger than yours! LOL”
    Oh yeah the Vikings ‘own’ the North. They have won, what, two division titles since 2000?
    “The REAL Packers defense was on display against Pittsburgh (O-lay) and the Cardinals (what a scorching! LOL) in the playoffs”
    You do realize your lousy Viking squad got their asses kicked so hard by that same Cardinals tram, they couldn’t sit down for a week, don’t you? Oh yeah let’s not forget to mention the magnificent performance they put on against Carolina and Chicago. The Vikings defense made Matt Moore look like Peyton Manning one week and made Devin Aromashodu look like Larry Fitzgerald the next.

  43. pervy harvin says: Jun 22, 2010 8:38 PM

    packers4life says: The Vikings defense made Matt Moore look like Peyton Manning one week and made Devin Aromashodu look like Larry Fitzgerald the next.
    ————————————————–
    Difference is scrotum neck is that we were bluffing, leting people think our D sucks setting them up for the playoffs….Pakers D just plain sucked!!! Ask Brett ” Scorched yo’ ass” Favre….

  44. AxeSpray says: Jun 22, 2010 11:02 PM

    Difference is scrotum neck is that we were bluffing, leting people think our D sucks setting them up for the playoffs….Pakers D just plain sucked!!! Ask Brett ” Scorched yo’ ass” Favre….
    ^ Were the vikings bluffing when favre threw an interception aswell? Cause if so, then you got us!

  45. Philtration says: Jun 22, 2010 11:08 PM

    # vikingguy says: June 22, 2010 11:51 AM
    In other news,..Brett Favre got up this morning,had a cup of coffee and took a dump.
    =====================================
    And before he flushed he looked down into the bowl and said “Presto! Another Packer fan!”

  46. packers4life says: Jun 23, 2010 12:00 AM

    “Difference is scrotum neck is that we were bluffing, leting people think our D sucks setting them up for the playoffs….”
    Haha are you serious? That’s the best you can come up with? Wow. I thought I’d never say this but I have met Bear fans smarter than you and alot of them are pretty stupid.

  47. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jun 23, 2010 12:55 PM

    Ruvell100 says:
    I love the different looks this Capers D brings to the table. Obviously, OBVIOUSLY he will be the RDE in our base packages and 95% of the sub packages, but there is nothing wrong with adding a little wrinkle here and there.
    In fact, Jenkins rushed from a stand up position for a period of time during the Steelers game. Got to Roethlisberger too, before he was tackled from behind in yet another in a long series of no-calls that always seem to go Pittsburgh’s way.
    ____________________________________
    For once we agree. The 3-4 has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for us. It’s versatile, and it’s unpredictable. It gives us quite a solid advantage in the division.
    Last year, we didn’t really have the right talent to run it properly, and we still made it 2nd in the league. This year, well.. we still don’t have the proper talent–thanks Ted, but I have faith
    Capers can keep us competitive defensively.
    Also, the Steelers comments couldn’t be more accurate. Six rings: Two gift-wrapped by the league, three due to steroid use, and the other one, the Vikings.. Enough said.

  48. mixman34 says: Jun 23, 2010 1:31 PM

    J Dub Wizzonator!? You mean that dude from 10 years ago? What about him?!

  49. runtheball says: Jun 23, 2010 4:55 PM

    Karl Mecklenburg. He could play all of the front 7 positions in the 3-4 or 4-3. A J Duhe may have played some LB as well.

  50. This Just In: says: Jun 29, 2010 2:23 AM

    The headline could read Jenkins Ties His Hands and the results couldn’t be much worse. Not all his fault though, his GM lives alternatively.

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