Tag:Atari Bigby
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:39 pm

Packers sign Peprah, let Bigby go

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mike McCarthy wasn’t the only member of the Packers to sign a new contract late this week. GM Ted Thompson announced Friday that the team inked safety Charlie Peprah to a new contract just before the CBA expiration. Peprah started 11 games last season after rookie Morgan Burnett was lost for the year with a knee injury. He was second on the Packers with 23 postseason tackles.

According to FOX Sports' Adam Caplan, Peprah’s deal is worth $2.3 million for two years. The 28-year-old former Giants fifth-round draft pick has progressed mightily once he gained consistent first team reps. His athleticism and versatility make him a good fit in Dom Capers’ defense.

This move spells the end for Atari Bigby in Green Bay. Bigby, a fierce hitter who flashes natural playmaking instincts, has unfortunately been unable to stay healthy in recent years. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bigby was one of five key Packers who weren’t tendered. (The others were G Jason Spitz, WR James Jones, FB Korey Hall and RB Brandon Jackson.)

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:24 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 8:45 am

Green Bay Packers defensive roster breakdown

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Perhaps the most fascinating thing if you look (at a glance anyway) at Pittsburgh and Green Bay is that they've built their teams "properly." (AKA "the opposite of Dan Snyder.) They draft smart, and they sign smarter. At least that's what we're lead to believe, right?

Andy and I set out to check the roster breakdown for both teams. En route, we* managed to figure out not only where they're coming from, but what they'll do for their respective teams in the Super Bowl.

Name POS Acquired Scouting Report
Ryan Pickett
Drafted 29th overall 1st Round 2005, STL; 2006 FA
Tough guy to move in the trenches; never gives up on a play.
B.J. Raji
Drafted 9th overall, 1st Round 2009
Did not truly come on until late in the year, but once he did…wow. Haloti Ngata of the NFC.
Cullen Jenkins
UDFA 2003
Incredibly nimble for a 300-pounder. Can rush the passer (eight sacks on the season despite missing time and fighting through a calf injury) and also anchor against the run.
Howard Green
Drafted 190th, 6th Round, 2002, BAL; FA 2010
Ate himself out of New York but offers some power whenever one of the starters needs some oxygen.
Clay Matthews
Drafted 26th overall, 1st Round 2009
Skims the edge with astonishing speed. Can change directions and hunt down the ball in the blink of an eye. (OK…in 10 blinks of the eye. But blink 10 times in a row and you’ll realize that’s still incredibly quick.)
A.J. Hawk
Drafted 5th overall, 1st Round, 2006
Fundamentally sound system player, but not enough of his tackles come near the line of scrimmage. Plus, you don’t draft “fundamentally sound system players” fifth overall.
Desmond Bishop
Drafted 192nd overall, 6th Round, 2007
Green Bay’s most dynamic inside linebacker. Instincts aren’t dazzling, but very good at reacting to what he sees. Gets downhill with alacrity.
Erik Walden
Drafted 167th overall, 6th Round, 2008, KC; FA 2010
Plays because he’s a better athlete than all of the other “non-injured” outside linebackers.
Frank Zombo
UDFA 2010
Can make the play that’s right there in front of him, but that’s about it.
Tramon Williams
UDFA 2006 Hard to believe he went undrafted given that he’s such a natural talent. Ball skills have flourished now that he’s comfortable with one-on-one technique.
Charles Woodson
Drafted 4th overall, 1st Round 1998, OAK; FA 2006
Matthews is fantastic, but this is still Green Bay’s most valuable defensive player. His versatility is what makes Dom Capers’ defense thrive.
Charlie Peprah
Drafted 158th overall, 5th Round 2006
Not bad, but completions seem to occur most often in his area of the field.
Nick Collins
Drafted 51st overall, 2nd Round 2005
Excellent range. Has a knack for sniffing out the ball when in attack mode. Very good tackler, too.
Sam Shields
UDFA 2010
Undrafted rookie has terrific speed. Less than two years of cornerbacking experience explains why he sometimes struggles to feel-out his safety help.
Atari Bigby
UDFA 2005
Was looking like the next big thing until injuries derailed much of his 2010 season.

*Scouting smarts credited to Benoit. HTML and research credited to Brinson.

*Classification is really unfair for him.
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:17 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 2:18 pm

Week 17 injury report analysis Part II

Posted by Andy Benoit

Because a handful of teams have nothing to play for in Week 17, deciphering the injury report can be a very inexact – and, frankly, pointless – science. Thus, we’ll only bother analyzing the injury reports from games that carry playoff implications.

Giants @ Redskins
C. Webster (US Presswire)
The Giants will be without explosive WR Hakeem Nicks (broken toe). Center Shaun O’Hara, who has struggled mightily in his first two games back from an ankle injury, is out again this week (foot). Rich Seubert will fill in (the Giants this year have been better with Seubert at C anyway). CB Corey Webster missed practice all week with bad ribs. Fortunately for New York, the Redskins, aside from Santana Moss, don’t have a single wideout worth fearing.

The Redskins had a CB of their own miss practice all week: Carlos Rogers (calf). Everybody else had full participation, in part because all of the big-name players who are banged up have already been written off (see Haynesworth, Portis, Landry, etc.)

Vikings @ Lions

Okay, okay, so this game doesn’t have any playoff implications. But being a member of the media, I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to once again tell you about Brett Favre. He’s doubtful with a concussion.

Bears @ Packers

Unless something utterly unexpected happens with the NFC South games, the No. 2 seeded Bears will have nothing to play for Sunday. We’ll see what that means for playing time. Everyone on the roster is healthy, with the exception of WR Earl Bennett, who was limited in practice with an ankle.

The Packers will be without DE Cullen Jenkins (still nursing a calf), FB Korey Hall (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee) and SS Atari Bigby (groin). Bigby, a promising hard-hitter, has battled injuries all season long.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons

Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 6:28 pm

Hot Routes 11.24.10 giving thanks for football

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Will the Jets be able to re-sign both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes after the season?

This just hasn’t been Atari Bigby’s year. After sitting out most of the season with an ankle injury, the Packers safety is now battling a bad hamstring.

The Ravens will wear their black jerseys against the Bucs, but much to the chagrin of “people with too much time and not enough on their mind”, they won’t confirm what color their pants will be.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the NFLPA this week sent out lockout warnings to leaders of communities that have NFL teams.

The Bengals signed another talented cornerback this week. (Talented, but, unfortunately, non-accomplished.)

Ndamukong Suh apologized to Cowboys running back Marion Barber for pulling his hair. Then Suh offered to trade his snack pack in exchange for Barber’s apple juice and string cheese.

Al Davis is up to his old tricks: the Raiders signed ex-Bronco Jarvis Moss this week.

Randy Moss spent Tuesday passing out turkeys to more than 70 West Virginian families.

Mike Singletary is on the hot seat in San Francisco. Eric Branch of the Press Democrat kindly points out that Singletary faces the coach-killing Packers on December 5.

LaDainian Tomlinson says Mark Sanchez is the reason he’s a Jet.

In honor of facing Tom Cable and the Raiders, Tony Sparano is holding off on a quarterback decision until Sunday.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:57 am

Bigby, Al Harris still out for Packers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although he was eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list last week, the Packers did not activate SS Atari Bigby and he will not play today. Coach Mike McCarthy already had ruled out CB Al Harris, who’s missed the entire season on PUP as well, from playing in today’s game vs. the Jets.

With the team still missing rookie S Morgan Burnett, who tore his ACL earlier this month and is out for the season, the unspectacular Charlie Peprah will start at strong safety against a New York offense that’s only thrown two interceptions this season.

Bigby and Wilson began practicing last week, and originally, Wilson wanted to be back in time for last week’s game vs. Minnesota. But he’s still recovering from a 2009 season-ending knee injury, and apparently, he’s not 100 percent ready to play.

Bigby impressed coach Mike McCarthy enough where he was teetering on his decision as late as Friday. But the team made no roster moves this weekend, meaning Bigby won’t play.

Bigby and Harris will have to be added to the active roster by next week, or they’ll be ineligible to play this season.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:04 pm

Welcoming back key safeties

Posted by Andy Benoit

Week 7 is the week players can come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Thus, the best ball-hawking safety in each conference – Darren Sharper of the Saints and Ed Reed of the Ravens – both returned to practice on Wednesday.
So will they play Sunday?"I wouldn't rule it out and I wouldn't say it's a definite," Sean Payton said of Sharper, according to Kristian Garic of WWL.

Sharper’s assessment was, "Yeah, if it went on my gut, I'm ready to play."

Of course, it doesn’t go on his gut – it goes on his surgically-repaired knee. The Saints want to see how that knee responds to a few days of practice. New Orleans has been OK without Sharper, ranking seventh in total pass defense. However, they have just four interceptions on the season.

The Ravens managed to produce the NFL’s third-rated pass defense during Reed’s absence, but, obviously, they’ll be even better off with the future Hall of Famer on the field.

Reed is coming off hip surgery, and he still has some nerve impingements in his neck and shoulder areas. He’s sore but expects to play against the Bills.

"I've been working out tremendously hard to come back from this surgery," Reed told Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. "Like I said, I'm feeling good, but I've still got some things in there. We're going to play ball when we're out there."

The Packers also got their safety, Atari Bigby, back this week. He was on PUP with an ankle injury. Mike McCarthy has not said whether Bigby (or Bigby’s teammate, Al Harris, who is also off PUP) will play Sunday night.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:05 pm

Packers lose safety Burnett for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has announced that third-round rookie safety Morgan Burnett is out with a torn ACL. The underclassman from Georgia Tech injured his knee in the second quarter against Detroit. M. Burnett (US Presswire)

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote Sunday, “How Burnett was injured is just as much of a mystery as the injury itself.
Burnett was last seen on the field with 11:39 left in the second quarter after Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best fumbled, and it was recovered by the Packers. (But) Burnett was not in on the fumble. He did get involved in the post-fumble scrum, so it's possible he tweaked a knee as someone pulled him off the pile.”

Burnett had been filling in for an injured Atari Bigby (the hard-hitting Bigby is on PUP after August ankle surgery). Coaches loved the youngster’s playmaking potential, though he had been somewhat up-and-down in coverage reads.

Still, the loss hurts. Because untested Charlie Peprah has been fighting a quad injury, former Ravens corner/safety Derrick Martin replaced Burnett Sunday. Martin is versatile and experienced, but his lack of athleticism is noticeable (see Calvin Johnson’s second touchdown grab from Sunday).

The Packers hope to get Bigby back October 18. Cornerback Al Harris is also eligible to come off PUP then. If Harris can contribute, the Packers, will at least have some depth to work with. That’s all Dom Capers needs for his diverse coverage schemes.

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