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Green Bay Packers’ younger generation making most of opportunities


Micah Hyde returns a punt for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Micah Hyde returns a punt for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Injuries are part of the game, this we Green Bay Packers fans  know.

But for reasons still unknown, it seems that injuries plague our beloved Green Bay Packers more than any other team. Thank Lombardi himself that we have the GM that we do to allow for enough depth at key positions to be able to survive as many injuries as we have.

The first and foremost of the injury concerns would have to start along the offensive line. The loss of Bryan Bulaga this preseason was huge and at the time, David Bakhtiari was a complete wild card as to whether or not he would hold up filling in. Through week 8, I’d say he’s done a hell of a job. Sunday night proved to be a test he passed with flying colors as Jared Allen didn’t even sniff a sack on Aaron Rodgers from the outside.

On defense, the linebacking corps has been hit hard as well as Nick Perry, Clay Matthews, and Brad Jones are all out. But how about the play of Jamari Lattimore and Andy Mulumba? They have played a huge role in making the defense suddenly stout against the run, even limiting the league’s best running back to a mere 60 yards Sunday Night. I’d call that a win in my book.

Now a seasoned vet, we should probably take a minute to mention the play of A.J. Hawk here while we have a chance. It’s nice to finally see shades of a fifth overall pick justified on the field.

Eddie Lacy‘s play has spoken for itself thus far. Once fans and management alike were able to get over the injury concerns he had coming out of Alabama, it’s easy to see this kid can certainly be something special in this offense.

Jarrett Boykin has filled in nicely for the injured James Jones as well. While he didn’t have a touchdown against the Vikings, he made a few key grabs, especially on third downs to keep drives alive.

Here’s to hoping Micah Hyde can keep special teams “special.” If he is able to keep returning punts (with any type of regularity) the way he did Sunday night, that will only add a dimension this team has been lacking in recent years.

So ultimately, here’s to you and your proven philosophy Ted Thompson. Thank you for providing enough depth to the point the team can survive as many injuries as they’ve had.

And here’s to hoping their level of play holds up.

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