Hey folks, welcome to our weekly live chat. I'm filling in for Pete Dougherty this week. Let's get to your questions.
That will certainly be one of the things to look for when the Packers begin OTAs later this month. I'm curious how much the second-year cornerback will do. He should be able to participate, but I'd guess the Packers will play it cautious with him until training camp.
Considering we have no idea who will start at right tackle, you could say that. Really, right tackle is the pressing concern. I think the Packers will probably be OK at right guard. They have Justin McCray, Lucas Patrick and Cole Madison as viable candidates there. But at right tackle, Bryan Bulaga probably won't be ready for the start of the season, and Kyle Murphy and Jason Spriggs are coming of serious injuries of their own. I'd guess the Packers will go with whoever has the better training camp between Murphy and Spriggs until Bulaga returns mid-season, but that's not ideal. A lot of unknowns at that spot.
Well, first things first, it's a subpackage league. So you'll see a lot of nickel and dime, no different than before. If history serves, Mike Pettine will throw in more four-man fronts than Dom Capers, but he is multiple between 4-3 and 3-4. Regardless, it's going to be a lot of sub defense, because that's what everyone in the NFL runs. More than formation, it'll be interesting to see what kind of wrinkles Pettine works into the sub. Dom Capers' blitzes became too predictable. With Pettine, I'd expect a lot of movement before the snap, trying to keep the offense from predicting where pressure is coming from.
Currently, it's TBD behind Corey Linsley. Dillon Day and Austin Davis are listed as centers on their roster, but Lucas Patrick and even Justin McCray have gotten reps there. The Packers got away with having no legitimate backup center behind Corey Linsley last season, because Linsley was the only lineman to play every snap. That's never something you can bank on, though. So developing depth there will be important.
Before the draft, I thought Dez Bryant made a lot of sense for the Packers. But that ship sailed when they drafted three receivers on Day 3. They'll expect at least one of the three to emerge as viable weapons this offseason, joining Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison. My guess is J'Mon Moore will be that guy, but there's a really, really, really long way to go.
I don't think Kevin King's shoulder had anything to do with drafting two cornerbacks, though it should be a concern. That King's shoulder has required two surgeries in the past few years is a red flag. Much more pressing, though, I think the Packers were concerned about the rest of their cornerback depth chart, and I think they liked what they were getting from a talent/value standpoint from Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson.
If any QB shows serious promise in three years, you can't rule it out. That doesn't make it likely, especially for Tim Boyle or anyone else currently on the roster.
The first guess is because a viable option that gives them real value hasn't emerged. Takes a trade partner to trade, and someone worth signing to that money to dish it out. Bottom line, I think the Packers are all in to win every year they have Aaron Rodgers. If there's a move that can increase their chances in 2018, Brian Gutekunst will make it. If not, he's not going to jeopardize 2019 and beyond for a move that doesn't actually help in the here and now. That's the balance any GM faces.
I thought cornerback and edge rush were their two biggest needs, so I don't fault them for drafting that position aggressively. I do think they'd been better off for not waiting until their last pick to draft an edge rusher, and not drafting a right tackle was surprising. The Packers haven't gotten much production from the third round in recent years (Ty Montgomery is the one exception recently), and they're going to need Oren Burks to produce enough to break that trend, or else it won't look good that they traded back into the round to not draft a pass rusher.
It's always possible, but it's unlikely they'll find an impactful TE. That depth chart is what it is: Jimmy Graham, Lance Kendricks and ?.
They've already seen how he throws Week 15 last year. He threw it just fine, as expected. His interceptions were more a byproduct of rust after missing half the season. There won't be any lingering issues there.
I've said this all offseason: safety is not a pressing need on this roster.
Because they didn't draft an edge rusher, mostly. Nobody on the Packers roster saw their status upgraded more during the draft than Reggie Gilbert, with Vince Biegel being a close second. Those guys are not only going to make the team, but the Packers need them to actually produce.
Definitely not the looks, although I do have more hair than Pete.
Well, I think you're definitely going to see Jaire Alexander, and most likely Josh Jackson as well, play a lot of snaps. Oren Burks probably gets snaps as a sub linebacker, and I'd be surprised if J'Mon Moore didn't work into the WR rotation early. Cole Madison has a chance to start at RG. How any of the rookies will do is nothing more than a guess, but those are the opportunities that exist this offseason.
Justin Vogel lost his job as soon as the Packers spent a fifth-round pick on JK Scott. That Brian Gutekunst actually drafted a punter might've been the biggest shock of the draft, and considering the Packers didn't select an edge rusher until their last pick, that's saying something. Look, Justin Vogel was really good last year. He was inconsistent, but he showed a lot of potential. It's no surprise a Browns front office with a couple former Packers executives swooped him up.
It all depends on the players. Dom Capers' defense was really good in Year 1 back in 2009, but he also had a young Clay Matthews. No matter the scheme, Packers defense needs difference makers. I would expect improvement though.
Our columnist, Pete Dougherty, projected $110 million guaranteed. That figure makes sense to me. I would guess his AYP will be around $31M.
There's no way to know until he punts up here in the cold. The Packers clearly have no reservations about him, though.
I think Brian Gutekunst picked his guys, just like Ted Thompson picked his guys, if that's what you're wondering.