Inside the Huddle : Green Bay Packers

Steve BlessingerContributor IJune 12, 2008

Within a few short months the 2008 NFL football season will be here.  I want to focus on my favorite team the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have a steep hill to climb if they want to stay on top the NFC. With Brett Favre's departure, the team must move forward and showcase their new QB Aaron Rodgers

I have written an article on the new apparent, so I will not focus on him in this one. What I want to focus on is the team as a whole.

As many teams rebuild from Free Agency, Ted Thompson does it through the NFL Draft. Now this might irritate some fans; passing up proven players for potential. For one fan, myself, I must admit that the NFL Draft strategy has worked.

The glaring weakness the Packers face this coming year which I see is that the team must rely heavily on the running attack. The Packers have Ryan Grant which they got from Super Bowl champions NY Giants before the trade deadline last year.

Will Ryan Grant be able to perform like he did last year and stay healthy for all 16 regular season games, and possibly the playoffs?

Time will tell.  It always does.

Brandon Jackson is coming off his rookie year last year, which he started as the team's starting RB, until he suffered a knee injury that plagued him throughout the season. With his injury healed he is ready to go for Ryan Grant's backup.

The first selection for the Packers in 2008 Draft was picked not in the first round  but second to Jordy Nelson, a WR no less. Those were two things I didn't think would happen, because we have a stock pile of receivers already, making Nelson surprise pick.

However, I believe like prior drafts, Ted Thompson saw something that intrigued him to select him so high.

We will wait and see how this team does. It should be another exciting year.