Tom Silverstein did one yesterday, but I think the daily podcast is on hold until we replace Michael Cohen. Hopefully that will be soon.
I'm thinking that's a real possibility. No sign of it yet, but that has to at least be a possibility.
Interesting question. It would be tough, the game has changed so much. But from what I understand from people who were around then, he was pretty fast. No 40 times available, but it sounds like he ran well. According to Pro Football Reference he was 235 pounds, but you never know if that was his real playing weight, it might have fluctuated throughout his career or even during the season. Maybe he'd have had to bulk up and be a defensive end (he was 6-3). I have to think there would be a place for him in the game, I just don't know whether he'd be an every-down linebacker. Maybe he would, like I said, I heard he ran pretty well, and he'd also be helped by today's training and diet. But coverage is such a big part of the game for ILBs now. Would he be another Luke Kuechley or Ray Lewis? I'll have to remember to ask around about that.
I think I'm in the minority here but I lean more toward your thinking, that he was going to have a limited role because of coverage. Look, he's in his third season, so he'd accrued a lot of knowledge and experience. He provided veteran depth that they don't have elsewhere -- all the other backup ILBs are really young. They'd rather have him than not. But if needed they can get veteran help off the street, and they always can move Matthews in there too. I'm pretty sure Burks was going to be getting a lot of snaps with Martinez in nickel anyway. Ryan had speed issues in coverage, as you note. But I"m thinking his loss is felt only if they have multiple injuries at ILB, which of course is a real possibility.
Kinda tough to cut the roster without seeing any preseason games, and I haven't gone through it yet so not sure how the position breakdown might go as far as numbers. Your question on snap predictions is a tough one. McCarthy said he expects Bulaga to be ready for the opener, so even if Spriggs is the No. 2, which I'd say is a really big if, he might not play at all. Rollins is kind of a man without a position -- he's been playing some nickel LB (basically a nitro position) and slot, but all the talent added at CB is pushing him down the depth chart. Davis has a chance at minimum to play a lot on special teams. Especially with Michael Clark abandoning his football career, I'm going to guess that Davis gets the most snaps of the three. I'll also guess that two of the three make the final roster.
If you mean, should he be on an NFL roster? Yeah. If you mean, will he get several sacks if he gets his share of snaps? Not sure there. He had a strip sack of Boyle in one team drill but hasn't jumped off the field as a rusher from what I've seen. But as mentioned earlier, they've also done one-on-ones only once also, so not a lot to go on.
I do. Jones is a dynamic guy with the ball in his hands, Williams is a tough runner between the tackles and functions fairly well in the passing game. Montgomery is a change-of-pace guy as far as giving the defense a different look with a guy who's really more of a slot receiver than RB. Still not sure what they have in Mays, he's a solidly built guy (230 pounds) and runs with some power and speed. But they don't tackle to the ground in camp, so you want to see him more in the games to see if that size carries over into broken tackles and extra yards. But yeah, they seem fine at running back from what I see, much better than a couple years ago.
Perry had ankle surgery (he gave no details about the procedure) so he hasn't yet passed his physical.
Kinda sounds to me like Cushing was breaking down physically, he had a lot of injuries.
Can't say Byrd or anyone else has caught my eye, don't know if the Packers see it differently.
From what I understand that's only for camp.
Spriggs will make about $900K this year, Murphy $630K, so the difference isn't that great, though they're not in the business of just giving money away. It doesn't have to be an either/or thing, there's plenty of room on the roster for both if both warrant keeping.
Burks has looked OK. No INTs or anything like that, but I remember a red-zone play where Rodgers scrambled and Burks had good plaster coverage in the middle of the field, I think Rodgers ended up throwing the ball away in Burks' vicinity because nobody was open. He's tall -- a solid 6-3, kind of stands out among the ILBs because of his height, and it sure looks like he runs well in coverage. I have to think he would have played a fair amount even if Ryan's season didn't end with the ACL tear.
I've seen him at practice, looked the same as last year from what I could tell.
He looks good physically and when I've watched him his effort has looked fine. Looked to me like he had a good day in practice yesterday, knocked down a Rodgers pass, stopped a wide run in goal line. Has the makings of a good signing.
Interesting idea, if he's ever on the trading block the Packers would be crazy not to go hard after him. I'd have to think about what would be worth giving up if I were the Packers. But looking from the other side, if I'm Oakland I'm not sure I'd do the deal you offer, even though it's a lot. Mack is one of the, what, five best defensive players in the league? Tough to give up a guy that good, especially so early in his career. Those are the kind of guys who win games. Unless things just fall apart with Oakland and they can't work out a deal and he decides to sit if he doesn't get a new deal or isn't traded, then they'd have to consider moving on. Interesting deal you propose. That's a talented guy who could help turn around a defense, so it would be shocking if the Raiders didn't eventually re-sign him. But you never know. That's going to have to do it everybody, have other duties to get to, lots going on. But thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts/questions, very much appreciated. Keep checking back to PackersNews.com for the latest news, we update constantly. We'll do this again next week, so until then, take care.