No, he signed a three-year deal in the offseason. Agree, he's played well so far this season.
I believe it's six weeks, not six games, so yes, starting next week they have a three week window for him to begin practicing. And once he starts practicing, they have another three-week window to determine whether to activate him or put him on IR.
Last year if I remember right they used Hyde a lot on Witten. Maybe they'll do that again this time, perhaps play Hyde at nickel instead of Randall or Rollins just for that reason.
He wasn't on the injury report yesterday, so yeah, I'd think he's ready to go.
Dallas runs the ball well enough that they might have to bring up that extra guy more often than not.
Haven't seen anything there or heard anything worth knowing. He has a high ankle sprain and has been out a couple weeks, so like the Shields situation, if he didn't practice Wednesday then I'd bet against him playing. He didn't practice Wednesday.
I'd say no. Part of the deal since Harlan hired Wolf as GM has been that the GM has final say on all personnel matters, and that the president will stay out of that. From what I can tell Murphy has adhered to that philosophy with Thompson, he let's Thompson run the football end of things. Murphy has said in the past that he's told Ted they have the resources if he wants to be more active in free agency, but I don't think he'd ever instruct him to go for it. I have to think they discuss such things, and Murphy might encourage or at least bring up other possibilities, but from what I see he has great trust in Thompson and leaves those decisions to him.
Yeah, I think the book on him is that he has a big leg but has suffered from inconsistency. We saw the big leg in the preseason game at KC, since then not so much.
He's still available, though they generally don't go back to former players in these situations. Not saying they absolutely wouldn't, but I can't remember them ever cutting a guy who had punted or kicked for them in the regular season, and then bringing him back later. Maybe I'm forgetting someone, but I don't remember it.
That could be part of it. It does seem they do less of the rub routes and bunch formations than other teams. In previous seasons (though not last year) they might have had more talent at WR, so they didn't need to. But maybe with their current WR corps they need to do more of that to get guys open.
As far as I know he's healthy. He's played well enough, but I thought he might emerge as a star this year. There's a lot of season left, so that still could happen but hasn't so far.
I thought we saw a lot of that in the first half against Detroit, wondered if that would be a turning point. It didn't prove to be, but maybe the Giants benefited from Ben McAdoo knowing Rodgers and the Packers' offense so well. But I'm wondering the same thing you are.
Yes, and in fact my column for this weekend will address that topic. I had a long talk yesterday with a scout who has watched a couple Packers games on tape, and he shared some of his thoughts, which I'll share with you this weekend.
I wonder the same thing. He played less against Detroit, then had 60 snaps against the Giants, though the offense had 81, so he played about three-quarters of the game. My guess is we'll see more of those guys in the coming weeks, but I thought that last week and really even last season. Adams has played OK the last couple games, but I still think he has some real limitations and that those other guys need to play more to see what they can do.
That is a legit way to look at it. You think back to '11, they mowed through the first 3/4 of the season, then leveled off and got knocked out in their first playoff game. In '14, they started 1-2 but by the end of the year were extremely healthy and had found themselves, and they were five minutes away from going to the Super Bowl. So what matters most is winning enough games to get into the postseason. Next is having a good arc to the season, where you're playing well late in the year. The one thing that's a little different with this team is that the offense issues go back to this time last year. But if these early starts and stops lead to them finding their identity and rhythm later in the year, then yeah, the big thing will be that they were winning games while getting to that point. I have to think they're a pretty good team but am not yet sure how good. The defense appears improved, but they need more spurts like the first half against the Detroit to convince that their offense is finding itself.
I think no matter what way you slice it, they've played really good run defense, and that at minimum they're good at that part of the game. But I get your point, this game is different and will be kind of the ultimate test, the league's best OL and a really talented young back.
I suspect that has something and maybe a lot to do with those guys not playing much, and I agree, at a certain point maybe you have to live with a couple wrong routes a game if those guys at least can get open more often. I don't know exactly how much sway he has, and maybe the coaches are on the same page as him as far as that goes.
OK, this will have to do it, we've gone overtime but so many good questions, which I could get to more. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts. Not sure about how much 4-3 they'll be able to play, the Cowboys' normal offense is 3 WRSs, 1 TE and an RB, so Capers usually matches that with nickel. If he doesn't, that would mean an LB covering the slot receiver, and that's a terrible matchup. But we'll see, you never know what wrinkles Capers might have planned. Thanks again everybody, and remember we'll be back chatting next Thursday, same time, same place. Also check back with PackersNews.com regularly, we're regularly updating it throughout the day. So long.