Don’t Forget, Matt Flynn, You’re Here Forever

After spending the last two years trying with no avail to make it as a big-city starting quarterback in Seattle in Oakland, Matt Flynn has accepted his fate as Aaron Rodgers Backup For Life. After washing out with the Seahawks and Raiders, it became readily evident that Flynn was only competent when playing in Green Bay, and would have no choice but to spend his life holding clipboards...
Via Kissing Suzy Kolber
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Packing The Stats: The Importance of Pre-Draft Visits

So it’s not exactly a busy week in the world of the NFL (try as they might to might to make it a year long sport), and there isn’t really anything going on until the draft; the Combine and Pro Days are essentially over, free agency has definitely hit that point where teams are now waiting to see what pieces they manage to pick up in the draft before signing anyone new and basically...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Grading Ted Thompson: Re-Signing James Starks

Running Back – Re-signed: James Starks – With the emergence of the Alabama Hamma’ Eddie Lacy, it’s easy to forget about the other guys in the Packers backfield. James Starks is among the forgotten even though his play last year, while scarce, was memorable.In his four years as a Packer, Starks has shown that he is a break-out threat whenever he gets the ball. He’s never...
Via Pro Football Spot
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Should the Packers target a top 10 cornerback in May’s draft?

Ted Thompson’s first highlight move of free agency was to re-sign whom many said was the most important piece for the Packers to make a deal with: Sam Shields. The deal came just days after reports came out that said the Packers would allow Shields to test free agency. That didn’t happen, a deal got done, and now the Packers have their best cover corner locked down for the next...
Via cover32 - Packers
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson: Evaluating the Draft, Part 8

It has been almost two years since the 2012 draft. At that time, Packers fans were collectively urging Ted Thompson to pick an outside linebacker and improve the defense. Thompson’s emphasis on improving the defense was evident, as the first six picks were defensive players.Here are the selections of the 2012 draft class:1st round- Nick Perry/LB/USC2nd round- Jerel Worthy/DT/Michigan...
Via Pro Football Spot
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers: Believe It or Not, Green Bay is Building a Championship Caliber Defense

Packer fans may find this hard to believe and may think I’m full of it — but the Green Bay Packers are building a championship caliber defense and despite struggles in recent years, it’s going to come to fruition in 2014. That may seem like a bold statement to make after the Packers finished 24th in points allowed and 25th in yards allowed last season, wile also forcing just...
Via The Packers Guru
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Fab Four: Kansas City Chiefs’ developmental players

No matter how you view the Kansas City Chiefs offseason thus far, the undeniable fact is that this team has lost much more than it has gained in free agency. After losing six starting caliber players–all who played a role in Kansas City’s success last season–the reality of the situation is that next seasons success relies not on the offseason additions that are made, but Andy...
Via cover32 - Chiefs
5 days ago  |  1 Comment

Packing the Stats: Who can the Packers find at pick 21?

In 2012, Greg Gabriel postulated an interesting hypothesis that teams use historical draft data to predict how many players at a certain position will get drafted.  I did this analysis in 2012 based on the draft board and draft selection of the Packers back then and thought it was a pretty interesting exercise.  Basically, a quarterback (regardless of the specific player) is more...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson Must Not Care Much About the Center Position

Packers Center J.C. Tretter It seemed to me to be a no-brainer. The Packers have no one on their roster with more than minimal NFL experience as  a center.  Before yesterday, there were 19 players on the NFL Free Agent Tracker listed at the center position. Surely Ted would be looking to bring in an inexpensive player with real experience at center in case the JC Tretter conversion...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back At ’11 Draft

They (whoever “they” are) say it takes three years to fairly judge an NFL draft. By that way of thinking, it’s now OK to look back and judge the class of ’11. GM Ted Thompson selected a whopping 10 players that April weekend. Nearly three years later, only four remain with the organization – each […]
Via Packer Update
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers: Top 5 First Round Prospects

The Green Bay Packers are a team that builds their roster primarily through the draft. And when I say primarily, I mean entirely. In fact, no team in the NFL has more homegrown players on their roster than the Packers.Ted Thompson is known as one of the better drafting GMs in the league today. However, much or most of his success has come from the second round and on, while the first...
Via Football Nation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Cannot Gamble At Safety

The Packers need to finally find a solution at the safety position.  Micah Hyde is one of a few options The Green Bay Packers have already made some moves in free agency to help bolster their roster and chances in 2014.  The addition of defensive lineman Julius Peppers made big headlines a few weeks back and indicated a shift in the team’s approach to improving on the past few...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers: Why Locking Up Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb Must Be a Priority

Throughout his tenure as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, Ted Thompson has been steadfast about how he builds a team — he believes in drafting, developing and keeping your own talent. It’s a wise philosophy that Thompson has followed since he arrived in Green Bay back in 2005 and its successful implementation is a big reason why the Packers have made the playoffs five...
Via The Packers Guru
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers prefer compensatory picks over unrestricted free agents

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has a formula for building his team, and he’s sticking with it. Thompson believes in building through the draft, not free agency, and that includes acquiring more draft picks by declining to sign unrestricted free agents. In the NFL, teams that lose more in free agency than they acquire get compensatory picks, and the Packers’ moves in free...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Is Aaron Rodgers’ work ethic in question?

The Packers still have money they could spend on free agents, why not go after DeSean Jackson? –Jay from Chicago The Packers still have money yes, but do they need a high profile and high priced wide receiver? No. We’ve seen throughout the years that receivers flourish in the Packers system, and we’ve seen time and again that when they leave they’re not as good or productive...
Via cover32 - Packers
14 days ago  |  2 Comments

Picking the Right Pivotman

General manager Ted Thompson just lost his starting center to free agency for the second time since 2012. Pro Bowler Scott Wells went to St. Louis two years ago and now steady Evan Dietrich-Smith is off to Tampa Bay. Will this latest defection come back to haunt the Packers like it did throughout the ’12 […]
Via Packer Update
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What we learned about the Packers in the last week

  This time of the year is mostly boring for football fans. The start of the free agency is over, most of the big and important free agents have signed with their old or new teams, and the NFL Draft is still more than a month away. Especially for Packers fans this part of the offseason is fairly dull because Ted Thompson rarely signs free agents with the exception of LB/DT Julius...
Via TopSportsReport
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers: Recapping the free agent signings

B.J Raji (#90) was among several free agents that resigned with the Packers Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has always had the philosophy of draft and develop, and patch the remaining pieces in free agency.  The one previous exception to that was when Thompson signed veteran defensive back Charles Woodson away from the Oakland Raiders.  Woodson was a key part during...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading Ted Thompson: Signing Julius Peppers

Defensive End – Signed: Julius Peppers – The most hyped free-agent move in quite a while from Ted Thompson, the signing of Peppers caught some fans off guard but proved that Thompson was actually willing to spend money in the off-season. Peppers was released by the Chicago Bears on March 11, much to the dismay of fans in the windy city. The people who write the checks for the...
Via Pro Football Spot
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Boast the NFL's Best Running Back Corps

As most Green Bay Packers fans would attest, the Ted Thompson-Mike McCarthy era has not come up roses out of sheer coincidence. Nearly a decade of diligent planning and sound decision making has bolstered the team as one of most highly-regarded organizations in the league. While the team has flourished through its “draft and develop” philosophy, some positions have given the...
Via Pro Football Spot
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: mock draft

  With only six picks in the draft this spring, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie does not have a lot of resources to work with to build a team the way he wants to. This explains his multitude of mid-range free agents such as Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith. The Oakland Raiders have holes across the roster and McKenzie has done a pretty good job putting serviceable talent...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson: Evaluating the Draft, Part 7

This will be the last draft that I will give a grade for. Up to this point, the lowest grade that I have given to a Ted Thompson draft (since 2005) has been a B-.Here are the selections of the 2011 draft class:1st round- Derek Sherrod/T/Mississippi State2nd round- Randall Cobb/WR/Kentucky3rd round- Alex Green/RB/Hawaii4th round- Davon House/CB/New Mexico State5th round- D.J. Williams...
Via Pro Football Spot
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft History Narrows Field at Cornerback

Green Bay's draft history at cornerback is remarkably cut and dried under Ted Thompson. In the first of several similar features that will take us to the draft, we examine the team's preferences to tell you who will be considerations in the first three rounds.
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Needs Remain The Same

Green Bay’s priorities in the draft haven’t changed after two weeks of free agency. General manager Ted Thompson still needs to find starting caliber talent at tight end and safety. I didn’t list inside linebacker only because the organization seems more than satisfied with the current slop players at the position. While re-signing Andrew Quarless […]
Via Packer Update
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers: Champ is Here

Ted Thompson is notorious for not drinking the free agency Kool-Aid. That’s not to say he doesn’t take an active role by looking at options during free agency. What Ted looks for is bargain bin deals like the $5 DVD bin at Wal-Mart. Movies that were once great, but now have been all but forgotten.Thompson signed Charles Woodson when nobody else wanted him and Woodson didn’t...
Via Pro Football Spot
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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