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Door not closed on Pickett and Raji, but Mike McCarthy’s talking up Josh Boyd

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The Packers have four defensive linemen among the potential free agents on their roster and coach Mike McCarthy said that it isn’t practical for the team to keep all of them.

That could lead to an opening for Josh Boyd. The 2013 fifth-round pick played sparingly as a rookie, but McCarthy said that he thinks Boyd is big enough to play the nose (where he could replace Ryan Pickett) and flexible enough to play elsewhere on the line.

“I don’t want Josh to bulk up,” McCarthy said, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think Josh definitely has the flexibility. He’s shown he can play the nose. He needs to take a huge step, and I think he’ll be one of those players that does in his second year.”

Pickett is joined by B.J. Raji, Johnny Jolly and C.J. Wilson as impending free agents. McGinn thinks Jolly might be done because of the cervical disc injury he suffered last season and reports that there’s been “tepid” unofficial interest in Raji during the combine. Raji turned down an offer from the Packers last year that was believed to be worth around $8 million per year and then turned in a largely uninspired season on the Packers line.

That could lead him back to Green Bay on a lesser deal and McCarthy said that Pickett’s return has “not yet” been ruled out, but it seems that Boyd will be in position to grab a larger role however the rest of the line shakes out.

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41 Responses to “Door not closed on Pickett and Raji, but Mike McCarthy’s talking up Josh Boyd”
  1. amazingguy101 says: Feb 25, 2014 11:40 AM

    j jolly should be cheap enough to stick around for another year or so.

  2. packerbackernj says: Feb 25, 2014 11:42 AM

    I love my team, and my GM. But he sure has no luck drafting Oline and Dline. Hurt every single year, or just flat out busts.

  3. ma5terbla5t3r says: Feb 25, 2014 11:45 AM

    The Packers have no gaim. ViKINGS SB champs, Baby!

  4. packman331 says: Feb 25, 2014 11:58 AM

    I think calling Raji’s season “uninspired” is kind… and in a contract year? I loved the draft pick, but it seems the kid got comfortable

  5. shaggytoodle says: Feb 25, 2014 12:01 PM

    GB needs to find an explosive DL player. Cullen Jenkins helped that front 7 immensly. They need some to one like that, to get back to the SB.

    Even though the D still wasn’t great at tackling, the pressure he helped the rest defense put on forced a lot more turnovers than they have lately.

  6. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 25, 2014 12:01 PM

    “I don’t want Josh to bulk up,” McCarthy said. “That’s why I never share my donuts with him.”

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 25, 2014 12:04 PM

    “I don’t want Josh to bulk up,” McCarthy said. “Do as I say, not as I do.”

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:09 PM

    That’s too bad about Jolly. I wasn’t aware that his injury was that serious. And he played pretty well prior to that.

    It was a nice redemption story.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Feb 25, 2014 12:09 PM

    Pickett might be back but if he does, it will be closer to veteran minimal salary than his contract last year. The rest will walk or play for the Vikings, almost the same as being out of pro football.

  10. clarkisgod says: Feb 25, 2014 12:11 PM

    If BJ does come back, all I can say is thanks for making your value plummet.

  11. longtimefanhtr says: Feb 25, 2014 12:14 PM

    I don’t know if Raji didn’t like the Capers scheme but he didn’t play well. He’ll probably get more money than he is worth somewhere else. Pickett has been a good player but he’s getting old in the tooth. Boyd seems to have the motor Raji lacks.

  12. f1restarter says: Feb 25, 2014 12:16 PM

    Rick Spielman is paying close attention. Most of these guys the Packers get rid of will be starting for the Vikings next year over the losers they drafted.

  13. theleaguesbest says: Feb 25, 2014 12:17 PM

    Nothing to worry about. The Packers D-Line will be shored up and ready to be part of yet another Super Bowl win for the NFL’s greatest franchise.

  14. packman331 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:19 PM

    amazingguy– McCarthy has been saying that Jolly’s neck injury is career threatening…. at the same time he has been optimistic around Finley being able to play. Don’t count on Jolly

  15. freeigwebuike says: Feb 25, 2014 12:30 PM

    They’re not closing the door on McCarthy either, but it’s only because he’s so fat they can’t get it shut.

  16. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Feb 25, 2014 12:35 PM

    Well at least we won’t have to watch raji shaking his finger after making the rare tackle for a loss. Mind you he does that when Adrian Peterson is running for 200+, but hey, ya got him once so every dog deserves his day!

  17. GenXJay says: Feb 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    josh boyd has flaccid fingers. He’ll fit right in on that knuckle-less defense.

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    I’ll never forget Raji’s touchdown dance during the Packer’s NFC Championship beatdown of the Bears on the way to their 13th World Championship.

  19. leatherface2012 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:47 PM

    since dom capers doesnt have anything to do with conditioning on o-lineman as mccarthy said yesterday, why even have a dline? the corners and safeties grab enough

  20. leatherface2012 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:50 PM

    according to pack fans, the packers will win the division for the next 7 to 10 years, rodgers never gets injured. mathews has never missed a game.etc etc etc .i can hear it already when rodgers hits 45 or so, “dont pay him that much, he’s getting a bit old”

  21. leatherface2012 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:51 PM

    Rick Spielman is paying close attention. Most of these guys the Packers get rid of will be starting for the Vikings next year over the losers they drafted

    next year? so they are bypassing the 2014 season?

  22. ariani1985 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:52 PM

    Oh what a circus they run! Mccheesburger should try figure out why they have lost in the first round of the nfl playoffs for the past 5 years.

  23. leatherface2012 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:53 PM

    so the packers pick 32nd. good thing the draft has depth

  24. calbrown6 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:55 PM

    I’m from Wisconsin and remember the Bart Starr, Paul Horning, Carroll Dale days. Love the Packers. But McCarthy needs to just shut up and put a team out there that can run deep into the payoffs. If Green Bay doesn’t make the playoffs, or they go out in the first round, then look for McCarthy to go By-By!!!!

  25. purpleguy says: Feb 25, 2014 1:02 PM

    It would be a shame if Jolly’s career is over now that he got his life back on track.

  26. logiclevoicesays says: Feb 25, 2014 1:04 PM

    With a defense that good they can afford to let these guys walk. Having said that, there’s nothing to say that after a bit of sizzurp that Jolly might be able to play through the pain.

  27. shaggytoodle says: Feb 25, 2014 1:06 PM

    If you’re going to fire someone you need to replace them with someone better. That person isn’t out there right now, but canning him without bringing in someone better is how good teams regress. Look at teams like dallas.

  28. jhtobias says: Feb 25, 2014 1:07 PM

    I love pickett the man has heart and can still stuff the run please retain him if at all possible.

    The queens are happy since they wanted to draft Raji anyhow in 2009 now they can have him on the roster. Well not as happy as the packers that he turned down 8 million a year.

    Lets give Dante Jones a year, Daniels is coming on strong Worthey who knows . Josh Boyd wait and see ..

    Raji can go bye bye he has so much talent and if he played with half the heart hawk has he could have been all pro.

  29. shaggytoodle says: Feb 25, 2014 1:12 PM

    If you’re going to fire someone you need to replace them with someone better. That person isn’t out there right now, but coaches without bringing in someone better is how good teams regress. Look at teams like Dallas and Indy when Dungy left. Its also how teams improve though, like KC and Zona

  30. aldante66 says: Feb 25, 2014 1:32 PM

    Pickett is old and looked it all of last year. Jolly’s career may be in the tank due to his latest injury and Raji has had his face pushed into the dirt the past three years. If they lost all three of these guys, it would not be the end of the world that’s for sure.
    No one wants Raji or Pickett and Jolly is probably done as a football player.

  31. valhallavictory says: Feb 25, 2014 1:34 PM

    These guys are key elements in a continual wildcard round playoff bust team.

    Irreplaceable

  32. purplezimmerpride says: Feb 25, 2014 1:43 PM

    Definitely need to get these guys signed and in Vikings purple. It will go a long way to help improve our NFC North Worst defense and we should be able to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

  33. gbmickey says: Feb 25, 2014 1:46 PM

    At least 4 or 5 poor bitter Viking posters chime in with fat jokes. One even uses the same lame donut joke from yesterday. Really? This is the best you guys can do? I guess when you have a last place team with no help coming in a way of qb, an incompetent GM making the decisions, there is not much is there?

  34. brewdogg says: Feb 25, 2014 2:50 PM

    Maybe Raji just needs a change of scenery. It has happened before…. He has a lot of talent, and his rookie year was great, but he seems to be complacent. Perhaps the shock of being relatively unwanted and a position coach that will ride him will coax the best out of him.

    Perhaps a scheme change would be of benefit, too. He never struck me as the take-up-blockers behind-the-scenes kind of guy that a 3-4 needs. Being a NT in a 4-3 might inspire him.

    Regardless, I am in agreement with many of the Packer fans on here in that he probably needs to go elsewhere. Pickett might still be viable in a limited role. I would probably try to keep him for another year or two, especially if the Pack believe Boyd is ready for a larger role. However, they cannot just trust in the guys on the roster and whoever they draft to fill the void. They should be looking to the FA pool for at least one guy.

  35. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 25, 2014 3:08 PM

    Really? Vike fans making fun of McCarthy because he’s a little overweight? Have you seen your OC’s neck? Seriously, he should get that checked out – that’s one weird skin condition.

  36. purpleguy says: Feb 25, 2014 3:49 PM

    Face it folks, there isn’t a coach in the NFCN that’s gonna win any beauty contests — Zimmer looks like a plumber, MM’s fat, Trestman is cadaver-like, and Caldwell looks like a bug-eyed sleep-walking zombie.

  37. wozzmann1955 says: Feb 25, 2014 4:05 PM

    A team that had Dennis Greene as the coach would know about obesity

  38. axespray says: Feb 25, 2014 4:11 PM

    Didn’t Coach say we were gonna be running more “hybrid 4-3/3-4″ schemes?

    so we won’t be asking our Dline to “hold up blocks and let a slow a## AJ Hawk run in and whiff on a tackle” type of defense…

    We’re gonna be running that “shoot into the backfield and get a sack or tackle for a loss” type of scheme…

    or not, idk.

  39. deltaoracle says: Feb 25, 2014 4:23 PM

    Pickett will probably be back at close to the minimum. Raji, after almost unbelievably turning down an early season offer of $8 million/year, is almost surely gone. Daniels is good but too small to play regularly. They need D. Jones to step up and have to hope Worthy comes back and shows something. Won’t be surprised if they take one of the Notre Dame DLinemen in first round of the draft if they’re still available.
    Pack is “lucky” that they need help at all levels of the defense; whoever’s there in the first couple of rounds will fit a need.

  40. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:23 AM

    The jolly story was nice, but its all they had on that side of the ball other than daniels and matthews. Not sure what happened to that d-line rotation over the years but they had one of the best in the league for a while.

    Rodgers has been rodgers, but your 4th world championship was because of the defense in 2010.

  41. fubar000 says: Feb 26, 2014 1:09 AM

    Vikes fans are all angry and bitter that their franchise will never even remotely come close to being half the franchise that Green Bay is so they google our team online and bash the players, coaches and anything they can think of to feel better about themselves…And while they do that Green Bay fans are enjoying who we got and discussing who can complement our team to continue our tradition of being SB contenders next season. All Vikes fans could think to talk about is us and being fat? Their fans epitomize their team’s inability to stay focused (on themselves) that’s why they are good at losing out.

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