Wayne Larrivee talks Packers as training camp approaches
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Image by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Wayne Larrivee is in Milwaukee this week filling in for Lance Allan on TMJ4, so he was able to join Sports Central in studio on Wednesday night.
With training camp right around the corner, it's getting to be that time to start looking at who the Packers' big competition is going to be in the NFC North this season. Wayne likes the Vikings as a sleeper this season, and noted it's pretty obvious where the Packers and Bears needed to improve this off-season.
"They both are trying to improve defensively, because they weren't able to stop anybody, either one of those teams, when it counted last year," Larrivee said.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Packers, Wayne noted he has been told a lot that inside linebacker looks like it could be a week spot for the Packers.
With A.J. Hawk coming off what Wayne called a good season, the pressure may be on the other starting middle linebacker to deliver on a regular basis.
"A lot of people think inside linebacker is a deficiency, and if Brad Jones is inconsistent it will be a deficiency," Larrivee said.
Nick Perry is going to be entering his third NFL season, and this may be the one where the Packers are able to find out if they truly have someone they can depend on in the future.
First round picks tend to have a lot of potential, so Perry will be given opportunities to shine. He will have to deliver eventually, though, and Wayne said this may be the year to do it for Perry.
"He's a first round draft choice. Those guys get a lot of chances," Larrivee said. "But I think they have to find out can this kid really make that change from defensive end to college to outside linebacker in the pros? Can he do that?"
Based on what he has seen this off-season, though, Larrivee is a fan of what he sees. The big obstacle for the Packers, though, is staying healthy.
"When watching the Packers in the OTAs," Larrivee said, "if they can just stay healthy, I think they have a very good team."