Seriously, right? The guy was busy this spring, got work done. I don't understand the "Is Ted slipping?" questions, other than people put too much stock into his podium demeanor, which he deems to be the least important part of his job by a mile.
I think you'd have to start with Jamaal Williams. Call it whatever you want -- a lead running back, a power runner, a workhorse -- but the Packers had to find one in this draft. They think Williams' style fits that role, and complements Ty Montgomery nicely. The Packers would like to maintain Montgomery's versatility and still move him around some, because he's a matchup problem all over the field. They needed a downhill, between-the-tackles running back, and they expect Williams to give them that.
I think you just hit the crux of what the past few days meant for the Packers. Drafting Josh Jones in the second round was a potentially seismic shift for their defense. I thought the most interesting thing anyone said all weekend was Ted Thompson allowing for the possibility the Packers roster got "a little bit stale" in recent years. Translation, to me, was an admission he was late to react to where the league is heading in terms of the hybrid safeties playing subpackage linebacker to provide better coverage in passing situations. I think Mike McCarthy has recognized this for a while, and he was eager to say his defense will play more DBs on the field this fall. Because, McCarthy said, you have to play more DBs on the field with how the game is played now. When you see the Packers taking a second-round safety already having HHCD and Burnett on the roster, you might've been surprised. But Josh Jones gives them that hybrid safety possibility, and should make the Packers much better covering the underneath middle of the field.
I mean, it has to be Kevin King. He's the first pick, he's at the greatest position of need. Don't sleep on Jamaal Williams though. Could be the starting running back by the time September comes.
I don't know the answer, but that surprised me a little bit too. Could end up being a nice seventh-round pick.
Guessing Don Barclay wouldn't be the "surprising" answer you're looking for. Pretty hard to answer. That's the thing about surprise cuts... they're usually a surprise.
Players will tell you every year could be their last year if they don't "bring it," so to say yes would kind of be obvious. But the Packers like Cobb a lot.
If he started actually answering questions, that might be the time for concern.
Great measurables, hasn't proven they'll translate into being a great player. Packers need to coach him up, but there's a lot there to coach up. For a late Day 2 pick, I don't see one problem with it. He could bust, but there's no doubt he has upside.
It wasn't a writer saying he thought that; it's what the Packers envisioned. Sure, it's still a possibility, if Damarious Randall leaves his 2016 struggles behind. Josh Jones could be a possibility too. They like Jones' pass-rush ability.
Packers seemed pretty clear over the weekend they see him as an outside linebacker first. He was drafted to help their edge rush.
Packers have always been fine at tackle; they have three good ones. Interior was an issue. Jahri Evans greatly alleviated the need there, though their depth can still be thin inside. They'll want Kyle Murphy to make a jump and probably get a look at guard. They have Don Barclay if needed.
I think it's more the Packers wanting to clear the path for the players they just drafted at the position, opening up more practice reps for them and a better chance to develop.
There's a reason he's been released everywhere he's been. Talented player, but an unreliable runner. Never know where he's going. Again, they drafted three running backs for a reason.
Still waiting on those to come in, but to answer your question: they won't. There will be no comparison to T.J. Lang's contract. Would I rather have Evans at his price than Lang? Probably, if only because it's the guard position, which isn't a primary position on the roster.
I'd certainly do it. Not that they should overplay Aaron Rodgers and Co., but last preseason was not enough prep time, and they suffered because of it.
See, I think they did address their inside linebacker position with Josh Jones.
I don't think that's necessary. They're roughly $20M under the cap, plenty of room for extensions.
I think they're quite high on Hundley, but they're realistic about what he means to them. He'll never be their franchise starter. His purpose is to reap assets in a trade. If that could be accomplished this spring, they'd be open to it (and, yes, the Kizer interest was connected to Hundley being shopped). If not, they'll showcase him this preseason and trade him in a year.
I'm still not sure the Packers have No. 1 perimeter receiver, but boy they have a lot of weapons in the middle of the field. And McCarthy has made it clear he wants to attack the middle of the field. Other areas are depth: unproven guys behind Matthews and Perry at OLB, interior O line. And the CB position should always be considered a need until proven otherwise, but you can't say Ted Thompson hasn't tried to address it this offseason.
Sure sounds like that's a real possibility. Played left tackle in college, so the Packers probably think he gives them some pass pro inside. Hard to know what to think of him. Great athleticism, but wasn't invited to the combine. He'll be a raw project, but there seems to be a lot to work with for a sixth rounder.
Peppers was a situational rusher, not a run stopper. Jones gave them some of that, not much of anything else. The Packers have decent run defenders on the inside. Jake Ryan is a solid linebacker against the run. Both safeties, Ha Ha and Burnett, are good against the run. The big issue clearly is pass coverage.