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June 25, 2017

Randall’s Role To Change

Let’s stop with all the nonsense. The decision makers in Green Bay are moving Damarious Randall to the slot cornerback position because they’ve come to the realization he can’t get the job done on the outside. It’s really as simple as that. Here’s what cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said about the move at last week’s

Players & Coaches

Rollins Ready To Rebound

A year ago at this time, I defended a third-year player coming off a poor season. Davante Adams proved me right by catching 70 passes for 997 yards and 12 TDs in 2016. Today, I’ll be defending another third-year player coming off a poor season – one whom I’m every bit as confident will prove

Scouting Report: Jahri Evans

As someone who begged GM Ted Thompson for years to add veteran free agents to fill gaping holes, I’m sure as heck not going to criticize his decision to sign Jahri Evans. That said, let’s just say the situation at right guard is still a bit iffy. That’s because after finally getting a chance to watch nearly every snap

Defending The Indefensible

Mike McCarthy was a guest on ESPN Milwaukee’s Wilde and Tausch Show last week, and much to the credit of the hosts, he was asked why he’s stuck with beleaguered defensive coordinator Dom Capers for so long. Here was his answer: “Well, going back to the Mason Crosby comment, and obviously applying that to the

Scouting Report: Jordan Tripp

Packers fans are among the most knowledgeable in the league, but even the majority of them had no clue who Jordan Tripp was when he signed with the team last December. Since that included yours truly, I decided to put the former Montana star under the microscope. What I saw on the All-22 was better than

Longshots To Keep An Eye On

Ted Thompson has given jobs to more unemployed young men over the past decade than Adecco, and that’s why so many of the top undrafted free agents choose to sign with Green Bay. Of the 15 such players who showed up for rookie minicamp on Friday, none has a better chance of beating the odds

Hill Of An Athlete

Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill will be fascinating to watch in the weeks and perhaps months to come – not to mention easy to root for. The 26-year-old dealt with one major injury after another in college and never gave up. And while his chances of making the roster aren’t good, it would be foolish to bet against him. The Packers will

Corners Are Key To D

The Packers have been a good defensive team exactly two times since Dom Capers took over as coordinator eight years ago. In 2010, the D finished 5th in yards and 2nd in points in a season that ended in the Super Bowl. And in 2014, the D surrendered only 19 points per game in the second half of a season

Rodgers Is A Great Deodorant

Forget Right Guard, the best deodorant in Green Bay is Quarterback. Marshall Newhouse at left tackle. Andrew Quarless at tight end. Brandon Jackson at running back. Don Barclay at, well, anywhere. Consistently bad defenses and special teams. Yep, Aaron Rodgers has been masking the stink for the past 8 seasons. If an extraterrestrial were to

Scouting Report: Ricky Jean Francois

As far as bang for the buck is concerned, Ricky Jean Francois could wind up being the best investment GM Ted Thompson has ever made in free agency. For a mere $2 million, the defense will be getting a hard-working and pretty darn good player. I’m in no way suggesting Jean Francois will produce like future

Spriggs Won’t Sit For Long

General manager Ted Thompson didn’t boldly trade up in the second round of last year’s draft to select Jason Spriggs only to have him sit on the sidelines until he leaves as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. The former Indiana star will eventually be the team’s starting right tackle – it just won’t be this season. That’s because of

Scouting Report: Davon House

Davon House can blame a scheme change for his problems in Jacksonville – a theory the lazy media seems more than willing to accept – but a study of the tape tells a different story. Green Bay’s kinda new cornerback wasn’t asked to play much differently in 2016; he simply didn’t play as well as

Ty Shouldn’t Be THE Guy

I don’t see Ty Montgomery as a true No. 1 running back, and as maybe the only person to project the former Stanford star as a ball carrier and not a ball catcher on the day he was drafted in April 2015, I think I have a pretty good feel for No. 88. I know

Scouting Report: Lance Kendricks

There’s a reason it’s important to watch tape – it’s the only way you can give a truly informed opinion on a player. For example, if I didn’t watch almost every snap Lance Kendricks played last season I would never have known the newest Green Bay Packer is such an effective run blocker. In fact,

Scouting Report: Martellus Bennett

General manager Ted Thompson was very close to re-signing Jared Cook on Thursday morning. Less than 36 hours later Martellus Bennett was the team’s new starting tight end. Hey Packers fans, welcome to the wacky world of free agency. Bennett, who turned 30 on the same day he joined the Packers, signed a 3-year contract

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Off The Field

Who’ll Be GM A Year From Now?

General manager Ted Thompson’s contract expires after the 2018 NFL Draft, so the next 10 months should be filled with rumors as to who’ll be running the team a year from now. Here’s my list of possibilities, from most likely to least likely: TED THOMPSON – Assuming both his health and his team remain good, it’s

The Ultimate Diss

People under the age of 40 don’t know how tough it was to be a Packers fan in the 1970s and 1980s. Back then, a first-round pick actually chose to play in the Canadian Football League. Yes, exactly 37 years ago today, Bruce Clark signed with Toronto instead of Green Bay. It was the first

Roster Spots At A Premium

The Green Bay Packers are one of the deepest teams in the National Football League, so there won’t be a slew of legitimate openings on this season’s roster. Barring injuries, the following 23 players are all but guaranteed to be part of the final 53: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Ty Montgomery, Aaron Ripkowski, Jordy Nelson,

Walden Would Be Solid Insurance

Depth at outside linebacker was an issue even before Monday’s surprising news that fourth-round draft pick Vince Biegel underwent surgery on his right foot last week. Now it would be downright negligent of general manager Ted Thompson not to sign a veteran before players report to St. Norbert’s College in late July. Even if Biegel is cleared to return in time for the start

Best Packers In Past 40 Years

As the NFL Network runs down its list of the top 100 players for 2017, here’s my updated list of the top 25 Green Bay Packers since 1977 (feel free to comment): 25] CB Al Harris (2003-2009) – One of Mike Sherman’s few good personnel decisions, the former backup with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia brought much-needed cover skills

Time To Lock Up Linsley

Now that the dust has settled on free agency and the draft, general manager Ted Thompson should think long and hard about extending the contract of center Corey Linsley. Prior to the start of the regular season would be the perfect time to lock up the present and hopefully future starting center of the Packers. As well as

If I Were The GM

I hate when a year or two after the fact people say they would’ve drafted this guy instead of this guy. It’s too easy. So I decided to pick along with GM Ted Thompson and make my selections right before he made his. These were my picks: Round 2 (#33): The only cornerbacks I would’ve taken

Big Talents, Bigger Questions

Reuben Foster, Sidney Jones and Joe Mixon are three of the most talented players in this year’s draft. They will also be three of the toughest decisions facing general managers starting on Thursday night. All three come with major risks, which will make their plights among the most interesting to watch later this week. Foster

Phillips Could Be A Steal

While studying one player prior to the draft, oftentimes you stumble across a player you like even better. That happened to me a year ago while watching Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett. In a game against Maryland, edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue jumped off the tape and instantly became one of my favorite day 2

Thompson Has A Type

While it’s difficult to predict exactly which player Ted Thompson will draft in the first round of next week’s draft, it’s not all that hard to figure out which players will be among the possibilities. Green Bay’s longtime general manager has a definite type. Of the past 9 players drafted by Thompson in the first

10 Undervalued Players In Draft

I‘m not going to lie and say I have a good feel for every prospect in the upcoming draft. Heck, there are more than enough people who do that on a daily basis. But of the 50 or so players I’ve studied, here are 10 who for a variety of reasons are being a bit

Packers Shouldn’t Sit At 29

Ted Thompson has traded up or down in the first round exactly twice since taking over as Green Bay’s general manager in 2005, and both times were extremely successful.  He moved back and grabbed Jordy Nelson in ’08, and he went up to get Clay Matthews a year later. It’s time for Thompson to do it

Ted Doesn’t Know Linebackers

Considering he played the position for a decade in the National Football League, you’d think Ted Thompson would know a good linebacker when he sees one. But that hasn’t been the case. Here’s a look at the longtime general manager’s hits and mostly misses at linebacker since returning to Green Bay in January 2005: HITS

The Case For Signing Hankins

And then there was one. Over a month after unrestricted free agency began, former Giants defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins is the last top-tier player still on the open market. It’s time for general manager Ted Thompson to make his move. While the defensive line isn’t a glaring weakness for the 2017 Packers, it’s hardly a

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Previews & Reviews

Observations From The Offseason

The Packers concluded their offseason program with last week’s three-day minicamp. GM Ted Thompson spent the past few months replacing veterans lost to free agency and fixing the secondary, with an eye on getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. The new-look roster will reconvene in five weeks for training camp. Here

Draft Review: Roster Analysis

With the draft now history, here’s a position-by-position look at the Packers’ 90-man roster: QUARTERBACK: Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf believed in drafting a quarterback every single year, but once again Ted Thompson didn’t adhere to his mentor’s philosophy. With Brett Hundley likely to be moved next offseason, it would’ve made sense to spend

Production Rules On Day 3

It took about 40 hours and three rounds, but GM Ted Thompson finally drafted players who produced better in pads than they did in shorts. Vince Biegel and Jamaal Williams won’t win any beauty contests, but they’ll help the Packers win games. In my opinion, Biegel’s tape is very similar to T.J. Watt’s, who went

Defense, Defense, Defense

There’s no question the Packers will be faster on defense next season. Whether they’ll be better remains to be seen. Friday’s draft picks – Kevin King, Josh Jones and Montravius Adams – posted some of the best 40 times at their respective positions at the Combine, but none of the three looked nearly as good playing

Packers Pass On Day 1

General Manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round in 2008 and drafted wide receiver Jordy Nelson at No. 36. Packers fans can only hope things work out nearly as well nine years later. By sending the 29th pick to Cleveland late Thursday night, Green Bay will now be on the clock when the

The Green Bay Packers Select…

Trying to predict what general manager Ted Thompson might do with the 29th pick in the first round will be a lot easier after pick No. 28 is announced later tonight than it is right now. But that’s not going to stop me from giving it a shot. OK, I’ll start by removing the players who will likely be off

Positional Analysis: Safety

This is the 14th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (B+): Few teams have a better pair of safeties than the Packers. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix went to his first Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro in 2016. Meanwhile, Morgan Burnett quietly had the better season. The veteran from Georgia

Positional Analysis: Cornerback

This is the 13th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (D): Losing Sam Shields to a concussion in week 1 devastated this position. Youngsters Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and LeDarius Gunter simply weren’t ready for the move up the depth chart. How shaky are things heading into the draft? So

Positional Analysis: Inside Linebacker

This is the 12th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (C-): Aside from Clay Matthews in 2014, Jake Ryan put together the best season by a Green Bay inside linebacker in years. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that the former Michigan star was still only

Mocking The Packers

I‘ve never been a fan of mock drafts, but football fans love them. So here’s my first effort at predicting what will happen later this month in Philadelphia. The Packers pick 29th, and while general manager Ted Thompson always talks about taking the best player available, the reality is he’s going to try to fill

Positional Analysis: Outside Linebacker

This is the 11th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (B): Nick Perry finally played like a No. 1 pick in 2016 after four mostly pedestrian seasons while Clay Matthews continued to battle injuries and Father Time. That’s been the story at this position since the team switched to the 3-4 in 2009 –

Positional Analysis: Nose Tackle

This is the 10th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (C-): Journeyman Ricky Jean Francois was signed last month, but the coaches would like Kenny Clark to be the starter in the middle of the D-line. Last year’s No. 1 pick had an ordinary rookie season until turning it up a notch

Positional Analysis: Defensive End

This is the ninth of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (C+): Seven-year vet Mike Daniels is the only quality end on the roster, but considering how rarely the Packers line up in their base defense (136 times in 1,239 snaps), that’s probably enough. The former Iowa star was a bit inconsistent last

Positional Analysis: Center

This is the eighth of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (B): Corey Linsley returned from a hamstring injury just in time to rescue the Packers. The former Buckeye moved off the PUP list and into the starting lineup in week 10 after JC Tretter suffered a sprained knee. The O-line

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