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May 1, 2017

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

Players & Coaches

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

Tale Of The Tape: Bennett vs. Cook

The Packers surprisingly swapped tight ends over the weekend. Hours after breaking off talks with Jared Cook, the team signed Martellus Bennett. So is this an upgrade, and if so, how much? Here’s a comparison of the players based on watching a lot of tape from last season: BLOCKING: Cook will never be as good

Line Would Miss Lang

Since the offensive line functioned just fine without one Pro Bowl guard, it’s easy to assume it would do the same without another Pro Bowl guard. Well, you know the old saying about what happens when you assume. Unless GM Ted Thompson signs a proven veteran or uses a high drat pick at the position,

Guion Should Be Gone

I didn’t think Letroy Guion was worth bringing back even before Tuesday, so imagine my surprise to find out the team was sticking with the veteran nose tackle even after he was suspended for the first 4 games of next season for PEDs. Since 2014, the 29-year-old former Florida State star has more suspensions (2)

Notes: Latest On Lang

T.J. Lang wants to stay with the Packers, and the Packers want to keep the Pro Bowl guard. Now the two sides need to compromise to make it happen. The player will have to take a less money, and the team will have to spend more than it wants. Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported over the weekend

Perry By The Sack

Nick Perry is going to be a fascinating player to watch in the next few weeks. How much should Green Bay or any team pay a 3-4 outside linebacker who’s averaged only 6 sacks per season, but had 11 in 2016? The answer would be around $10M per if you believe last season was a glimpse into the

Murphy Should Be Tried Inside

Assuming either T.J. Lang or JC Tretter leaves in free agency, the Packers will be very thin at guard heading into the draft. One option to reinforce the position would be to move tackle Kyle Murphy inside. The former Stanford star has never played the position before, but it could be the best spot for

Off The Field

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

Don’t Overlook Lawson

None of the credible mock drafts – if there is such a thing – I’ve read recently have Carl Lawson going in the first round. But I’ve seen Takkarist McKinley, T.J. Watt, Taco Charlton and Charles Harris all listed as possible No. 1s, and while it’s true those four outside linebackers either have flashier stats or better measurables than Lawson, none

Mixon, The Player, Is Terrific

How a general manager views Joe Mixon depends on which of two videos he considers the more important. If it’s the one where the former Oklahoma star punches a young woman in the jaw, then he won’t even consider selecting the running back in the upcoming draft. If it’s the one where the 228-pounder runs through and

Free Agency: Quick Takes III

Free agency is slowing down in most places around the NFL, but not in Green Bay (can’t believe I just wrote that). In the past 10 days, general manager Ted Thompson re-signed two of his own and finally secured a defensive lineman he first flirted with four years ago. Here are my quick takes on what’s

Block, Forrest, Block

It’s difficult to imagine GM Ted Thompson passing up an edge rusher or a corner with the 29th pick in next month’s draft, but he might at least be tempted to do just that if offensive lineman Forrest Lamp is still available. That’s how good a player the former Western Kentucky star is, and how

Free Agency: Quick Takes II

Free agency is less than a week old, but the Packers already look like a much different team than the one that played in the NFC Championship game. GM Ted Thompson has re-signed a few players, bid adieu to a few others and welcomed home an old friend. Here are my quick takes on what’s

Free Agency: Quick Takes

Free agency is only a couple of days old, but the Packers already look like a much different team than the one that played in the NFC championship game. GM Ted Thompson has welcomed a few players back, bid goodbye to a few others and swapped tight ends. Here are my quick takes on what’s

Tough Decisions Await Thompson

It’s probably a good thing Ted Thompson decided to stick around for at least one more year because the Green Bay Packers will be facing some incredibly tough decisions in the coming days and weeks. The team’s most talented free agents (Jared Cook, T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, JC Tretter and Eddie Lacy) all come with

Previews & Reviews

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

Positional Analysis: Guard

This is the seventh of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (D): Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang were the starting guards seven months ago. As of today, Lane Taylor and Don Barclay are atop the depth chart. That’s like going from Simon and Garfunkel to the Captain and Tennille. And while

Positional Analysis: Offensive Tackle

This is the sixth of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (A-): Last September, GM Ted Thompson signed left tackle David Bakhtiari to an extension worth $12 million per. Amazingly, he got a bargain. That’s how well the 25-year-old played last season. The former Colorado star was terrific in pass protection,

Positional Analysis: Wide Receiver

This is the fifth of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (B): Jordy Nelson was a good, not great No. 1, Davante Adams was a good, not great No. 2 and Randall Cobb was a good, not great No. 3. Nelson put up impressive numbers (97 receptions for 1,257 and