Yes it would be, it's the reason the NFL in the offseason outlawed landing on the QB with the full weight of your body.
It's too early write off Jones as a bust, but at this point I'm not sure he'd be the replacement for Clinton-Dix. Jones seems better suited to be one of those undersized ILBs. It's a long season, let's see how it plays out. Jones had a pretty quiet training camp, which has to concern the Packers, he just didn't make many plays -- in fact, none that really jumped out to me. So I don't blame you for wondering. But there's a lot of season to go, so let's see if anything has changed by December.
McCarthy today said Aaron Jones will play this week but in a "secondary" role. I didn't see whether he said anything about Burks, but I'd think Burks would play -- two weeks ago he did individual work, last week started doing team stuff too, so that usually means they're ready to go the week after. Don't know if he said anything about Josh Jones.
I'm torn on that, but push to shove I'm saying no. The problem is, he's 29 and wants a new contract, which means a significant investment in guaranteed money. At that age, he could go downhill fast, even like in a year or two. So you're giving up a high pick and a lot of guaranteed money -- he's in the last year of his contract, so you don't trade for him unless you're willing to extend his deal. There's some real risk there because of his age. I'm not positive on this and need to ask some scouts, find out what they think about his longevity. He is a really good player, though he had that bad leg injury two years ago. A second-rounder? Maybe, but again, you have the financial investment to think about too, depends on how much fully guaranteed money we're talking. Definitely an idea worth kicking around, but I don't think I'd give up a first-rounder for him.
They're really weak at receiver.
If I'm the Packers, I'm really concerned about the pass rush and feel pretty good about the secondary. The Rodgers injury was a disaster averted, and it looks like he'll be able to play through it while he heals, and play well. Allison has emerged as a good No. 3 receiver. Jimmy Graham is an upgrade at TE. Aaron Jones adds a dynamic element to the run game now that his suspension is over.
Good question, I'd guess yes for at least a couple or few more weeks.
This references to the first question of the chat about the Packers wearing white at home. Thanks Vetrev.
I get what you're saying, it's just that there are so many judgment calls, just like in the NBA. What's holding and what isn't? They can grab the jersey but have to stay in the framework of the body and not get their hands on the shoulders, but often they do and sometimes it's called and sometimes not. What's PI and what isn't? They allow hand fighting and bumping, but only to a point. There's something of an arbitrary feel to some of these calls. But some of that is an effort to let the guys play (the hand fighting and bumping of WRs-CBs, the use of hands for pass blocking). It's such a passing game now, there are so many plays where contact between WRs and DBs come into play. I don't know a good solution. All I can say is, remember what it was like with the replacement refs?
OK, going to have to call it a chat here, shooting for 1 1/2 hours, went just over that. But just want to thank everybody for coming by and sharing your thoughts, questions and criticisms, it's good to hear it all and find out what you're thinking. Great questions as always, lots for all of us to think about between Sundays. As for Rodgers' injury, it does take away a big-play element of the offense, he does some amazing things outside the pocket and throws the ball on the run as well as anybody who's ever played. But I will say, it's not all bad. He can sit in the pocket and play well too, and sometimes not having the luxury of escaping and trying to find something better forces him to just take what's there and move on. There are times when that seems to help the rhythm of the passing game, as it did in the second half against Chicago. Don't get me wrong, it's still better when he can escape, at least well enough to avoid the quick sack, which he can't really do right now. But it's not like it ruins the offense that he's lost a lot of his mobility, he can still play more like Brady and be very effective in a little different way. With that, we have to wrap this up. But thanks again to everyone for coming by, way more questions than I can get to. Look forward to chatting with you again next week. Until then, take care.