Hadn't thought about that. Yeah, I could see that, just to completely take him out of harm's way.
No. Would you do that deal if you're the Raiders? I wouldn't consider it.
Hey Tim, sure looks like Bryant is just going to wait for injuries in camp and have a needy team chase him. Think about it. If Adams were to sustain a bad injury, if I'm the Packers I'd look hard at signing Bryant.
Could be that at the end of training camp they sign a veteran QB who's still out there. We'll have to see how these guys do.
Signing Graham went a ways to help at WR (even though he's officially a TE). But I could have seen them go after a guy like Watkins or Robinson, even if the price was really high. That would have meant parting ways with both Nelson and Cobb, but so be it. I really thought they'd sign one of the top CBs. So a big question will be whether Williams still has enough left to play good football at age 35. I can't disagree that they could have done more, at some real financial risk. I really thought they might. They're counting on Pettine, improvement from last year's rookie class and at least one of the rookie CBs this year to really help them.
He punted one day in OTAs. Looked like he has a real live leg. He has an Aussie punt for field-position punts. Made a good early impression, which is better than not making a good impression. But the pressure will be a lot greater in camp and preseason games. Definitely looks like he has ability.
I think because he could/would have said no. Despite all those games missed and coming off an ACL, they could end up needing him. They didn't make any big move to replace him at RT, and even if he misses half the season he's insurance if nobody pans out at RT. If he said no and they cut him, that insurance would have been gone.
I'd think it's unlikely. You can never say never on these things, but don't forget Graham, they're expecting a fair amount out of him this year. He's basically a glorified receiver. Their thinking is someone will emerge from Allison/Clark/Davis/draft picks.
Can't say I'd be surprised if any or all made the roster. Especially because injuries are likely to open up a couple roster spots by the time camp ends. I'm thinking at least one of the three makes it at minimum.
I have to think a Thomas trade would be too costly for Gutekunst. It would be a short-term, win now move that would cost a high draft pick. I could see them going after Bryant if Adams gets hurt, or if the guys going for the spot opposite him bomb.
There is a difference, even if not a great difference. But sure, compensating qualities such as long arms or great jumping ability or uncommon speed add into the picture.I think Alexander was 5-10 1/4, so he's only a 1/4-inch under that Mendoza line. But I think the big-picture history of scouting suggests that there's good reason for having those size-speed standards and not deviating from them often.
Yeah, you'd have to think so. A big part of camp is preparing for the first four games, and Jones is going to miss half those, so that has to affect the snaps those guys get in camp. Jones is the far more dangerous runner but looks like he might have durability issues, so they might have to limit his snaps anyway.
I really don't know. He only practiced a few days last year in camp, got hurt, then didn't play much during the season, and when he did play he didn't distinguish himself. So I really don't know if he's going to be a factor. They used a high pick on him (third-rounder) in part because he showed some interior rush ability in college. They need all the pass rush they can get. He's had a year in their program so should hit the ground running in camp. But I honestly have no idea what kind of player he'll be this year.
I thought it was a good move. Nelson was an excellent player for them and helped them win a lot of games. But it looked like he was declining fast. Maybe he'll have a pretty good season in Oakland, but I don't blame the Packers for parting with him. Better a year early than a year late, and all that. They've got some young talent. I would have tried harder than they did to sign Watkins or Robinson, but as you suggest, you can argue they basically replaced Nelson with Graham. Nelson would have been mainly a red-zone guy this year, and that's where Graham figures to make a difference. Graham's just a lot bigger guy and pretty athletic even at age 31. So that looks like a net gain. Lewis can block whereas R. Rodgers couldn't, and it's like Rodgers was making plays in the passing game.
Won't know about Cobb's status until tomorrow's first practice. Not sure who will be in the slot if he's not practicing, could be almost anybody. They can play Montgomery there, and during the season that might be the way they'd go, but not sure they will in camp. In the offseason McCarthy sounded pretty adamant that Montgomery is a running back.
Don't know if I'd go that far. When they won the SB, Williams was young and really athletic, and Shields was a world-class athlete as far as speed and explosiveness, and Nick Collins was a big-time athlete at safety.
Allison's limitation is speed -- he ran a 4.67 at the 40, that's pretty slow for a WR. But he's got good size (6-3) and showed a pretty good chemistry with Rodgers even as a rookie. Adams never was a burner but ran faster than Allison, has exceptional leaping ability (39 1/2 inches) and put up monster numbers in college, so he'd produced in a big way. I get your point, going into his third season Adams was looking like he might be a bust, and then he broke out. He's really good running routes and creating some space on his breaks and getting off jam coverage, all important stuff. Allison has some ability and his size really helps, but I don't think he's as talented as Adams. But if I had to bet right now, I'd bet on Allison being the starter opposite Adams.
I'd think zero. Murphy is 63. I'm sure the NFL's next commissioner will be much younger than that.
I think I remember seeing a link on Twitter that showed Neal is now a real estate agent, can't remember where, maybe someplace in Indiana?
OK, this will have to be the final question, time to start working on the first column of 2018 camp. I'm thinking there's a decent chance seven WRs will make the final roster again. If those young WRs flash ability in camp/preseason even if they don't play that great, the Packers might be taking a big risk that somebody would pick one of them up if he were cut. I'd think it would be tough to keep more than three WRs on the practice squad, and even that would be a lot, especially if there are seven on the final roster. Could end up being Adams, Cobb, Allison, Clark, and then three from the group of the three draft picks plus Trevor Davis. Thanks again everybody for coming by and sharing your thoughts and questions. We'll be doing this every week from here on out. Take care.