Jenkins' exit delivers double whammy to Packers' pass rush

Posted Nov. 10, 2011 @ 4:34 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

It's pretty simple. The loss of one of the league's most accomplished inside pass rushers in Cullen Jenkins has weakened the Packers' pass rush — in more ways than one. Not only have Jenkins' replacements (Jarius Wynn and C.J. Wilson) consistently struggled to fill the bill but his absence has had an adverse effect on NT B.J. Raji, who is seeing a lot more double-teams and getting a lot fewer sack opportunities (only two, after registering 6½ sacks in a breakout 2010 campaign). The master plan after Jenkins moved on to the Eagles was for second-year pro Mike Neal to move into the starting lineup in his place. But Neal has yet to play this season because of a knee injury that daily team observers tell us seemed to come out of nowhere before the season opener against the Saints. Neal finally got back on the practice field on a limited basis this week leading up to the Monday-nighter vs. Minnesota.