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June 23, 2017

Datone Jones

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

$izing Up Free Agents

Free agency begins in 22 days, and the Packers currently have 11 players ready to hit the open market. After taking into consideration age, performance and contracts around the league, here’s what I think a fair deal for each player would look like: OL DON BARCLAY – The human turnstile can line up at all

Packers Keep Hope Alive

It wasn’t pretty, but the Packers did what they had to do on Sunday at Lambeau Field. A 21-13 win over Houston evened their record at 6-6 and guaranteed at least one more meaningful game in a season that has been a struggle from the start. As has often been the case throughout the past

Looking Ahead To Free Agency

With Eddie Lacy, Nick Perry and 40% of the starting offensive line due to become unrestricted free agents next March, general manager Ted Thompson could be facing his most challenging offseason since the Summer of Favre in 2008. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, so things can and obviously will change in the next four months, but

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. JAX

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Jaguars: 1) Damarious Randall was the Packers’ best player on Sunday. The former No. 1 pick from Arizona State was terrific in coverage and more than adequate against

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. OAK

The Green Bay Packers improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Once again, I watched the tape so you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw: —I’m a big Corey Linsley fan, but it’s impossible not to be impressed by JC Tretter,

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. CLE

The Packers opened the 2016 preseason with a 17-11 win over the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. I watched the tape so you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw: —Undrafted rookie guard Lucas Patrick did a solid job, especially considering he was playing with a club on his broken right hand. The former Duke star

Get Ready For Neal 2.0

Datone Jones might be loving the move to linebacker in June, but I doubt the team will be loving the move in December. As was the case with Mike Neal three years ago, this looks like a decision made more out of necessity than desire. I’m not suggesting Jones will be a flop. Given some

No Option With Jones

For the third consecutive year, the Packers are expected to decline the fifth-year option on a former No. 1 pick. And while the decision on defensive end turned outside linebacker Datone Jones won’t officially be made until next month, there’s no chance GM Ted Thompson will pay the former UCLA star $7.5 million in 2017.

Jones Joining The Herd

Mike McCarthy announced that Datone Jones will be moving to the elephant position next season. As was the case with Mike Neal, another former defensive end turned hybrid outside linebacker, I fully expect Jones to be able to make the transition. But also like Neal, I’d be kinda surprised if the results were anything but

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