Yeah, I'd think he'll play some. He's been in the league a long time, has played in a 3-4, should acclimate to the defense relatively quickly. He's 33, I think, so his physical skills are diminishing. The Packers have to hope he's got one more decent season in him -- last year he had six sacks. If he could do that again, he'd be helping them a lot. I don't know if he has another season like that in him, though.
I'd go the other way and put more resources into that position. I realize you can't force these things, and if you have a high grade on a guy when your pick comes you need to take him. But, for instance, I still wonder if they could have drafted an outside rusher in the third round rather than M. Adams, that felt like a luxury pick. So no, I don't think they need to change the defense; I think they need to spend more high picks at that critical position. They really haven't done that.
Not really. Maybe there's a diamond in the rough that someone will cut, but teams generally aren't letting go of good pass rushers. The guys available probably will be old or not that good. They still have scour the waiver wire, because you never know. And it wouldn't be a surprise if they find someone who can make their roster. But there's still a big step between that and finding someone who actually makes some plays.
For starters, no team is going to trade for Cobb's contract.
I think he's changed some. He's seen how making targeted signings has helped teams like the Patriots, that you can do that without wrecking your cap or abandoning draft and develop.
So if you're the Jets, what receiver would you take for Richardson? Cobb's contract is too big. The Packers aren't trading Nelson or Adams. If you were the Jets, would you trade Richardson for Allison or one of the drafted receivers? If Richardson is still a good player, I doubt it. Also, Richardson had 1 1/2 sacks last year. So is he worth acquiring? I'd have to ask around on that. Plus he's in the last year of his contract, so it could end up being only a one-year rental. Remember, Cobb could be gone next year, and Nelson is nearing the end, so the Packers will have to replace those guys soon.
That's in the eye of the beholder, I'm sure. Hundley didn't do a lot against Denver, so that didn't help his stock. Now, Denver is a really good defense, but I think it would have taken a better performance to get somebody to trade for him now. He'd be coming in cold, not knowing the offense, camp is over, so learning time is over. Pretty tough to make that work. He can help his stock during the season if he has to fill in for Rodgers and plays well.
Guessing Hill, but that's just a guess.
Yeah, he does hold the ball too long sometimes. I'm still curious to see him in a real game, when there's more game planning and all that. But the Packers don't want that, because that means Rodgers was injured.
He has what the team called groin "tightness," not a groin pull.
Yeah, I'm sure that's what happened with Sitton. Happened with Cleveland and Joe Haden today -- they released him after trying to trade him for a few days. As you note, it's tough to get a team to give up something when it thinks it will have a shot to claim him on waivers or, as in Haden's case, sign him. (If a player has more than three years of service and he's cut now, he skips waivers and can sign with anyone. If he has three years or fewer, then he goes on the waiver wire first.
No, I think Hawkins has made the team. I think it comes down to one spot for Gunter or one of the two undrafted rookies, Pipkins or Brown.
I read last week that he's not doing well out there, maybe even in danger of getting cut because at least a couple other guys are ahead of him. So he might not even play much in that game, assuming he's on the team. But yes, I'm sure they've already talked to him about their scheme and personnel, etc.
I'm sure he is. Detroit did what it had to do. If you don't have a good QB, you don't have a chance in this league. I know Stafford hasn't won a playoff game, but he's a good player and at least gives them a chance to have a good team. So you pay. Saw he'll be making about 15 percent of the salary cap, which is within the norms of the league historically. Someone will pass him soon, in fact I'm guessing the Packers will extend Rodgers next offseason and he'll blow by Stafford.
That is an indicator, and he was on the ground a couple times early last week before leaving with the groin tightness. Could be a sign, something to keep an eye on, but could be nothing. Let's see how he looks in the first few real games.
I could see the Packers picking up an interior lineman on waivers. Not saying it's a given, but I'm sure they'll be looking hard.
No, it was plenty warm that night. Yes, both QBs are practice-squad eligible. Not sure what's going on with Spriggs. I was talking with an agent about another subject and then we discussed Spriggs, and he said sometimes guys just max out before you expect. So maybe it's that. Maybe he's not as good an athlete as it appeared coming out. But it's still to early to write him off. I remember Mike Wahle playing really poorly at left tackle in a real game, I think it was at Detroit, and it looked like he was a bust (he also was a second-round pick). They eventually moved him to guard and he ended up being a damn good guard. So we still have to wait and see. But it really is a surprise to see Spriggs struggle so in his second season.
I disagree. Allison is a really big target, good length and all that, and has some chemistry with Rodgers. And he's starting to show some run after the catch. Janis is faster, but Allison is better in my opinion.
He'll probably make it but it's not a given. He's a tall, talented guy. But he has been inconsistent, and maybe they'll like someone who gets cut.
No, I'd be shocked if they kept only two TEs.
I wouldn't. They should be good enough at RB with Montgomery and the draft picks. That's why they drafted those guys.
Contracts can make it difficult. Teams are getting rid of guys for a reason, and if he has a big contract, other teams don't want to absorb that for a guy who's not worth the money. Also, teams generally don't part with good players, there are so many injuries in this league that you need depth. And it's not like baseball where you just plug a guy into a position. There's timing and knowing the scheme and all that, that takes a little while to learn.
11: Six cornerbacks and five safeties is my guess.
I hadn't heard that. If true, yeah, I could see them bringing him back at the right price.
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Not crazy, but in the end I just don't see how you pay a backup OL $6M a year, that's just too much. Yes, it's really nice to have, but it's too expensive with all your other costs. You just have to draft well so you and hit on a pick like Tretter every few years, so you get him for four years at his rookie contract. That's my opinion.
I wouldn't rule it out, but he's only in his second season, so it's unlikely Thompson would cut a third-round pick after only one year plus a camp. Fackrell also is on pretty much all the special teams. But that's the kind of thing Belichick has a history of doing.
He hasn't run great, but he's the best of the rookies in pass protection and catching the ball. That's really important.
I find it hard to believe he'll come back at this point.
Good point, unless they think he could drop the weight quickly.
Guys in the first round usually get at least three years, second and third at least two years. But I think I remember Belichick cutting a CB he picked in the second round after the guy's second camp. Can't think of his name but he played in college at Virginia, it was only a few years ago if I remember right.
OK, went overtime, so many good questions tried to get to as many as I could. Thought I'd end here just as a reminder that at PackersNews.com and JSonline.com have the roster builder. Give it a shot and have some fun cutting the roster, see what you come up with. The Packers probably will let go of some guys Friday -- though they may not announce them, names still will get out when the players and agents tweet about it to let the rest of the league know they're available. Then the rest are Saturday. So take your shot and compare it to what the team does. Thanks again everybody, always a pleasure. We'll do it again next week, and every week. Take care.