Yes, it very well could play into his thinking, though I sometimes wonder just how sure teams can be even about the top of the draft a year out. But I'm sure it's something they consider.
Could be, Taylor held up OK at LT for a game last year. I wouldn't feel great about playing McCray at RT, he's a battler but really belongs at G. I don't see both Murphy and Spriggs getting cut. If I had to bet now I'd bet on both making it, but you can't rule out Spriggs getting cut. Still three big preseason games to play.
I have to think they'll be better in coverage with King, Williams and Alexander. I still wonder about the pass rush, though maybe Pettine and Wilkerson will make a difference there.
JB, ya gotta have patience. I had to look up several things. You want a decent answer or a fast BS one? I'm sure others are wondering the same. On some answers I try to look up relevant info. That's one of the reasons I got for two hours if at all possible, because sometimes it takes a while to answer a question.
More likely the latter but never say never, even Thompson made some trades at or just after final cuts. I believe acquiring Ryan Grant was one.
That could have been part of it, definitely a possibility. Either way, I didn't see any problem with it. Players get this stuff from coaches all the time, but I think it helps if it sometimes comes from a teammate who's actually done it, a guy who's a good player. The message has more credibility. So regardless of his intent, it was probably helpful. Not something you want to do a lot, but on occasion it can have some impact.
He's looked pretty talented when he's been on the practice field. Not saying he doesn't get beat, but he made plays on several passes where you could see his length and athleticism.
This is from a story our Tom Silverstein did on Kumerow about a week ago: At the pro day in Madison, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, posted a 31-inch vertical jump, benched 225 pounds 15 times and had an impressive three-cone drill time of 6.9 seconds.
I doubt there's anyone on the street who could help. They'll probably have to wait until final cuts to find somebody who might help them.
Hard to tell from the practice field. I suspect the difference is more in meetings. Rodgers has said that Philbin has brought in some new protections and line calls. And I'd think Philbin's biggest impact will be as a sounding board for McCarthy. He has the most credibility on the staff, and willingness, to disagree with McCarthy and perhaps get him to change his mind on some things, or at least promote a healthy dialogue. Pettine seems like a much different guy than Capers -- Pettine's not a big yeller on the practice field, but he seems a little more in the thick of things. If his press conferences are any indication, he's probably a little more direct with players in meetings and more about mind-set. That doesn't necessarily mean better or worse, that will have to be proven on the field.
Yeah, there's a lot of truth to what you're saying. I'm guessing they'd say three is enough.
Doesn't seem like it. I guess the one area it shows up is on deep balls, he doesn't have that gear when he gets downfield. But running all the shorter routes he appears fine to me, and Rodgers keeps bringing up his name as someone the young guys should emulate as far as practice habits.
It's looking like we're going to see all kinds of combinations of DL and OLBs with Pettine, more than we did with Capers.
It's against NFL rules for scouts to attend other teams' training camp practice. I don't know if it's done or not -- whether teams routinely send unofficial scouts (maybe a high school coach they know, or a former scout or someone like that) to pick up anything. I haven't heard it's a common practice, but I can't say they don't do it. I do think if they were caught the penalty would be stiff.
When Randall said that the day after the final game, it seemed like he was talking about defensive backs, though I'm not sure who in particular he meant. I have heard that he and Clinton-Dix weren't fans of each other, but I don't know if that's who he was talking about. I think Clinton-Dix's public comments after the season were more that the defense forced him to play in a safe mode because of coverage issues in front of him, and that he didn't get the freedom to try to make more plays.
Last year Rodgers played one series in the second preseason game and two in the third. I'd guess this year will be similar.
No, JK Scott is the holder. Almost all teams have their punter hold on kicks. The only exception I can think of is, just last week I read that New Orleans is trying Taysom Hill as its holder.
Carroll had a lot of other issues too. Immature and temperamental.
OK, have to call it a chat, but thanks again to everyone for sharing your thoughts and questions, very much appreciated. Always enjoyable talking with you. Gilbert has moved ahead of Fackrell, and from what I've seen, very much deservedly so. I'd think he'll get some regular work in the rotation. Perry is still on PUP but has been doing more intense work on the sideline the last couple practices, so he might start practicing as soon as next week. But even so, I'd think early in the season he won't be playing full time, which would suggest Gilbert will be part of the rotation. With all those defensive linemen, there also are a lot of combinations of DL and LBs Pettine could use for his defensive fronts. Fackrell has height/length and straight-line speed, but he still looks like he's having problems getting off blocks. As Eric Baranczyk pointed out in our post-game film review last week, Gilbert is better at using his hands and feet to get away from blockers, whereas Fackrell seems more to get stuck on guys once they get their hands on him. And that does it for today. We'll be back again next week to talk about the Steelers game and any other developments, or whatever else is on your minds. Until then, take care.