OK, let's get started, already a long backlog of questions. I'm inclined to agree with you but wonder if the Packers will keep Hill on the 53 because they're concerned another team would pick him up. I don't think another team would put him on its 53, but they might not want to take the risk. I probably would, though, depending on the breakdown at other positions.
I'm not seeing it. His role probably will be lessened because of the two tight ends and Montgomery and all that, agreed. But they really like Cobb's toughness, and he still can make plays. Yes he's overpaid relative to production, but he also helps give them quality depth. What if they lose Nelson or Adams or Bennett or Kendricks? Then they'll wish they had Cobb. Now, next year is a different story (he has one more year left on his contract). But that's next year. They want to win a Super Bowl now.
That will be one of the big questions at their final cut. Remember Allison is suspended for the first game, so he won't count on the 53. That will allow them to keep essentially a seventh receiver for the first week. Assuming Nelson, Cobb, Adams, Davis and Janis as givens, that's five. So there's room for at least one more among McCaffrey, Yancey, and Dupre. And you might think I'm crazy, but I wouldn't completely rule out Michael Clark. I'd argue he has the highest upside of the four, though he's obviously really raw. But his ability to catch jump balls is kind of special. A lot to work with there. I know it seems like another team might pick up one of these guys, but remember that most teams have their young guys that they like also. Last year I thought someone would claim Allison after the Packers cut him, and no one did. If I had to bet, I'd bet they keep either McCaffrey or Yancey, and put the other plus Dupre and Clark on the practice squad. Thompson and his scouts will really have to do their homework on this to be sure they don't lose a guy they like.
He hasn't made plays on the ball in coverage like he did in the offseason practices that were open to reporters in May and June. But overall he still looks explosive and fast and physical. He also missed close to a week because of a foot-ankle injury (he got stepped on). He's behind Burnett in the nitro but gets his share of snaps with the No. 2s. I'd still guess he's going to end up playing a decent amount this season, somehow, some way.
With how much rosters turnover every year because of the cap -- I think it's usually about 18-20 new players a season -- I don't think that's necessary. Nothing wrong with having extra bites at the apple. If you cut the guy, you cut him. At least you got a look at a player you liked. Those trades up usually cost a lot. Maybe he'd do one deal like that, but I'd be inclined to use the extra picks. There's a decent chance those guys will make your team.
It was a greater risk than I realized. I don't know what their medical report was on him, but the Jones fracture is a big concern. That's why they're taking their time bringing him back, it's been 3 1/2 months since surgery and he still hasn't practice. It's a slow healing injury because of poor blood supply, and very susceptible to rebrake. Foolish to draft him? Not sure I'd say that. But I don't know enough about his medical report coming out. Didn't hear anything before the draft that it was a big concern.
Haven't heard much of anything. He has an ankle injury. Didn't practice yesterday, obviously won't play this week. Don't know his status for the opener.
The Packers signed Brooks today.
There are several moving parts, no question. Remember Allison won't count on the 53 at final cuts, so that allows some wiggle room for a week. So they could keep six receivers and still it would be like keeping seven. They could keep seven and then cut one when Allison returns, also. Definitely three TEs. Big question of whether they keep three RBs or four. Mays is the bubble guy there. Kerridge is close to making it too but just don't know if they'd keep two FBs, he could be a practice squad guy.
That he made it through the Seniors Committee, so it's a straight up or down vote, is a big thing. The committee will present a strong case, they do a lot of homework and will make a strong argument. The last time he was an up or down vote was 1997. A lot of the full committee (there are 48 voters) has turned over since then, so I'm guessing several people who voted against him are no longer on the committee. His case will be new for many voters, that should work in his favor. I'd think his chances are really good, but there are very few players you can be absolutely sure about.
I'm sure there are some backups out there who are good rushers. Denver's second-round pick, DeMarcus Walker, flashed some ability as a rusher. I don't think it's asking too much to have a good No. 3 rusher.
Jones jumped out most in the offseason, King in the last couple weeks. I don't want to go overboard, but I'm really intrigued by Michael Clark's upside even though he's really raw. I think there's a lot to work with there long-term, but he was a basketball player who only played college football for two years, and before that hadn't played since like his freshman year in high school. Year 2 players, Lowry overall, Clark as a run defender. Randall played a good game last week.
Yeah. Montgomery is a decent-sized back (216 pounds), but if I were the Packers I wouldn't play him full time, and there isn't much reason to think they will. That position takes so much pounding, unless you have a truly elite guy you don't want to play just one RB most of the time. Aaron Jones showed something last week.
Still looks to me like Janis is pretty far down the priority list as a WR. Allison looks like the No. 4 when he returns, and at least to me it looks like Davis is ahead of Janis in the WR rotation as well. He'll get a shot sometime or other because of injuries, but his main role is covering punts and kickoffs, and returning kickoffs.
Looks like a pretty good bet, yeah. He's not as good a run stopper as Daniels, Clark and Lowry, but he holds up in there OK.
Doesn't sound like they're among the teams interested from the report I saw. They appear to feel pretty good about their young CBs -- with how Randall and Rollins have bounced back, and King's potential.
More the latter, I think, but they want guys at as many positions as possible because those guys basically are the deep bench. But, for instance, they could have three WRs on the practice squad this year, because that's where they have some young prospects worthy of trying to develop.
Sorry, the last answer is for the previous question. As for Gray, he looks like an NFL-caliber player to me. I'd think practice squad this year, but he's a guy worth trying to develop. Big and tough and competitive. Needs a lot of refining as a pass blocker.
I've never thought about that, but it's a good point. The owners keep the roster size down to help keep payroll down, but that's something worth considering if the data shows a lot of missed games from concussions.
Because he's still a talented guy, and their hands were tied. If I were Matthews and they asked me to take a pay cut, I'd say no, release me. What are they going to do? The only other outside rusher they have is Perry, and you have to have rushers to win in this league.
Price is better against the run, Ringo is the better rusher. But Ringo isn't so good a rusher that you just have to keep him. If it's one or the other, I'd lean Price, especially if they think Montravius Adams will be back from his foot injury relatively soon.
I think so. Murphy looks pretty solid to me and might be able to play guard (his primary position is RT), but after that, major question marks. Barclay is hurt and nobody else has stood out.