OK, let'd dive in. I guess I'd say ILB Greer Martini from Notre Dame has stood out most so far. He's worked on the No. 1 KOR and KOC units and taken some snaps with the No. 2 defense.
You're referring to fifth-round pick Cole Madison, still no reports on why he hasn't shown up for camp, no indication what's going on with him.
The time to do that would have been the offseason, then they could have made some moves -- draft, free agency -- to replace him. It's too late for that now. They need him this season, the money saved by cutting him wouldn't do them any good. That's one of the reasons I was surprised they didn't draft an OLB high, because of the health issues with Perry and Matthews, they need another talented guy in that rotation in case of injuries.
Close call between Valdes-Scantling and Moore. Actually, Jake Kumerow has looked better than all three of the draft picks, he's off to the kind of start that's giving him a real chance to make the roster.
Subject to change based on what happens in camp, this looks very much like the last eight years. With Rodgers healthy they'll probably win 10 to 12 games. I'd put it at 11 if I had to pick now, but let's see how some of the younger guys look, whether anyone looks improved enough to make a difference, or whether any of the draft picks makes them better immediately, maybe Alexander, for instance.
No info on that, McCarthy didn't have a press conference today so he wasn't available for an update. Brice observed practice yesterday though he had a pronounced limp, his injury has been announced as an ankle. That he could attend practice is a good sign as far as the injuries severity, but a bad ankle injury still can keep a guy out a while, for instance a high ankle sprain can be several weeks.
There's a decent chance they've diminished that much, but I can't say for sure, haven't asked any scouts about them. Bowman was an outstanding player but he's 30 and had that horrible knee injury a couple years ago. Timmons is 32, that's old in this league for a linebacker. Players age fast in the NFL. Also, the Packers might feel OK about the young guys, at least for now, and want to see how they do in camp for the next couple weeks before deciding whether to sign somebody. But if Gutekunst decides he needs reinforcement, those are two guys to at least keep an eye on.
Correct, no practice today. Ryan's rookie contract runs through 2019, so there's no reason not to bring him back to camp next year. The game is getting harder and harder for inside linebackers because there's so much coverage for those guys, the guys who are more run stoppers like him are becoming one-down players. But there's no reason to not at least bring him to camp.
There have been more than usual, but no. You never know on any given throw what he's working on -- maybe he's trying something new, or making a throw he wouldn't in a game just to see if he can make it work, or working on timing with a specific guy. One of the INTs also was as the clock ran out in a two-minute drill. It might be a sign the Packers are a little better in the secondary this year. Alexander's interceptions was impressive, showed real explosiveness breaking on the ball. It's only one play, but it looks like he's got some ability. Neither of the backups has jumped out. They've had a few good throws each, but they're also pulling the ball down and running a fair amount. The preseason games will be huge for these two.
Then they'd have to sign a veteran or trade for somebody, and they always have the option of moving Matthews to ILB, too.
It's stronger is some places. The two draft and Williams have improved the quality of talent at cornerback, the defensive line is deeper than it's been with the Wilkerson signing and Montravius Adams not getting injured on the second day of camp, like he did last year. Adams is off to a solid start, has shown some pass rush ability, at least against backup OL. But the OL depth looks shaky, same for tight end depth. And they're really young at receiver.
I'm not sure if Jackson looks slow -- I haven't watched many of the WR-CB one-on-ones but am told he's been not just beaten, but beaten badly a few times. He is physical and handsy, and I wonder if he needs to be less handsy downfield, he might get hit with some penalties. He's been called for a couple in camp, though the refs working for practice are local refs, not NFL refs, so you don't know if the NFL refs would have called it. He does have pretty decent size. Haven't seen a lot of ball skills yet, but that was a strength in college. Don't have enough to go on with the draft picks at receiver. Valdes-Scantling has a lot of talent, he's tall and can run, but he's dropped a couple also.
Tom Silverstein wrote about Chris Odom, who's playing kind of an OLB/elephant position, he's off to a good start in camp. I think I recall Gilbert knocking down a pass and getting a couple pressures in team drills. They've done one-on-one pass rushing and blocking only once, so not a lot to go on from that. Fackrell beat Bakhtiari on his first one-on-one of camp, that was kind of a shocker. Can't say he's jumped out to me though.
I'm not sure. Maybe the biggest reason is we're down a person. Michael Cohen left for The Athletic, and that happened just before camp started. They're working to replace him quickly, but it still could take a couple weeks. So you have one person fewer tweeting, and he tweeted a lot in camp. I don't tweet much at practice, because if you tweet during the middle of a period you miss a couple plays, and I'd prefer not to miss the plays. That could be part of the reason. Ryan Wood and Tom Silverstein tweet a fair amount, but basically a third of the tweeting is gone while we're a person short.
I want to see a couple games first, but I'm not seeing them keeping both, they'd both have to play really, really well to warrant that. Kizer has more overall talent (livelier arm, bigger guy and just as mobile) but you can see Hundley has more command of the offense. Neither has done much in practice so far to wow anyone. I guess I still lean Kizer because he has more talent, but Hundley probably has played a little better so far, at least outside looking in. Boyle was as good as them the first few days but didn't do anything yesterday.
I don't think I fully understand it either, but they break the offense and defense down into teaching segments based on, I think, personnel groupings, blitz (and blitz reactions), down and distance, and position the field. There might be other segment criteria, too. No one has ever explained it to me in detail, but like on the first day of camp the defense did a lot of work in its base 3-4 personnel, and since then we haven't seen nearly as much of it. I think McCarthy has eight installs, so basically it takes eight practices to run through the entire playbook, or at least the bulk of it.
We've all seen that criticism, though McCarthy strongly disputes that notion. I can't say that I'm astute enough to pick up on those things in practice, I'm trying to keep track of personnel. I don't know that there's been any more or less of, for instance, of stacked receivers, which is one way to scheme that supposedly helps receivers get open, bunch them at the line of scrimmage. When Montgomery is in there seems to be more shifting and empty backfield stuff. Probably will be able to see that better in games with a bird's-eye view of the action.
I'd have to say Alexander, just from a talent standpoint. He looks very quick, plays hard, confident player. First-to-second-year jump, King and Adams. King's been beaten some but also has made some plays on the ball. Adams did nothing last year so had nowhere to go but up, but he's flashed a little. It's early, so take it for what it's worth.
I'm wondering too, they could do that, have what you'd call a pure power rush, sort of the opposite of NASCAR. I asked McCarthy that in the offseason and he said no. But I still wonder if it's possible. With the lack of depth at OLB and depth for rushers on the DL, they have some options for different rush combinations than they did in the past.
He is bigger but I'm not sure his play has improved more than marginally. The first day in pads he took almost all the snaps at RT with the No. 1 offense because Bulaga still is on PUP, but the next day Murphy and Bell began rotating in with him some.
That is correct. Ron Wolf used to say over and over, you can make a mistake on a player, but don't compound it by keeping the mistake. They draft guys for a reason so usually give them a little longer leash, especially if they're drafted in the first three rounds. But yes, you keep the better player.
You can't watch everything, so there's plenty I've missed. I haven't watched him much, but he's getting regular reps and I'd think he has a shot at making the roster. They've definitely upgraded the talent at CB, so it's a battle. But he's young and inexpensive and showed some coverage skills last year.