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May 18, 2018
Several training camp battles expected for the Packers’ offensive line

Several training camp battles expected for the Packers’ offensive line

The starting right guard job remains to be determined, but there figures to be stiff competition for other roles on the line as well. After a season that tested the Green Bay Packers’ talent and versatility on the offensive line, the Packers rather surprisingly still have a number of questions to answer on the unit as the 2018 season progresses. Leading off the list is the starter at right guard, where Justin McCray carries the early momentum. Last year’s starter was the successful veteran stop-gapper Jahri Evans, who provided stability on a line that featured at least two starts from...
May 18, 2018
Packers have thrived in the Rodgers/McCarthy era despite lack of blue-chip talent

Packers have thrived in the Rodgers/McCarthy era despite lack of blue-chip talent

Green Bay has been the most stable winning team in the NFC over the last decade, but has done it without many elite players. Brett Favre had Reggie White. Tom Brady has Rob Gronkowski. Joe Montana and Steve Young had Jerry Rice. Peyton Manning had (pick a Colts offensive player or a Broncos defensive player). Who does Aaron Rodgers have? When the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, they did so with just one All-Pro player: Clay Matthews. Since that season, the Packers have had two first team All-Pro seasons from Aaron Rodgers, which is its own kind of sick joke. They also got...
May 18, 2018
2018 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 41-50: young DBs look to earn roster spots

2018 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 41-50: young DBs look to earn roster spots

In the next installment of our roster ranking, we find a host of players in the secondary who will be jockeying for position on the depth chart and the roster this summer. In light of the NFL announcing its Top 100 Players of 2018 and with the Green Bay Packers finalizing their spring roster, Acme Packing Company is back this week to break down the team’s 90-man roster, player-by-player. Once again, here is our 90-Man Roster Ranking, this time for 2018. The rankings are a composite of individual rankings from several APC contributors. Today we’re looking at players 41-50 and cross the...
May 18, 2018
Friday curds: Unlike old days, Packers sign draft class months before training camp

Friday curds: Unlike old days, Packers sign draft class months before training camp

Few people miss the days of the prolonged rookie contract disputes. On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers reached agreements with their final two unsigned draft picks, second-round cornerback Josh Jackson and third-round linebacker Oren Burks. This represents the new norm, with every member of the draft class under contract months ahead of training camp. But in the past, the process tended to take much longer. Before the 2011 NFL collective bargaining agreement that effectively created a slotting system for draft picks, holdouts for first-rounders occurred every year. Now, such holdouts have...
May 17, 2018
Packers sign second-round draft pick Josh Jackson to rookie contract

Packers sign second-round draft pick Josh Jackson to rookie contract

Green Bay now has just one player left to sign. And then there was one. The Green Bay Packers have just one player from their 2018 Draft class who has not yet signed his contract as of Thursday. The Packers announced the signing of second-round cornerback Josh Jackson to his rookie deal, leaving linebacker Oren Burks as the only member of the draft class not to sign. (We promise that Burks’ appearance on the APC Podcast on Wednesday did not delay his signing.) As for Jackson, his compensation package is exactly in line with the estimates provided by Overthecap.com for the rookie pool,...
May 17, 2018
Packers roster rank, 60-51: Brett Hundley’s last chance in Green Bay

Packers roster rank, 60-51: Brett Hundley’s last chance in Green Bay

Acme Packing Company continues its countdown of the Packers’ 90-man roster with players 60-51. With veteran free agency essentially concluded and the 2018 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Acme Packing Company will once again rank and break down the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster. These rankings represent a composite of the individual selections from several APC contributors. Today, we continue by revealing players 70 through 61, a group almost exclusively comprised of talented, albeit unproven, prospects that have realistic paths to a spot on the final roster or practice squad. 60:...
May 17, 2018
NEW on the APC Podcast: Packers rookie LB Oren Burks joins the show

NEW on the APC Podcast: Packers rookie LB Oren Burks joins the show

Listen in to hear Green Bay’s third-round draft pick talk about how he fits into the Packers’ defense. This week, we have a very special edition of The APC Podcast. Alex is back in the studio after an offseason hiatus, but more importantly, the guys welcome Green Bay Packers rookie linebacker Oren Burks to the show! Oren discusses a number of topics related to his experience throughout the draft process, his impressions of Green Bay and the Packers’ coaching staff, his various community outreach projects, and much more. To stay up to date on the latest from us, follow the show on...
May 17, 2018
Thursday Curds: Packers take unconventional route by drafting two specialists

Thursday Curds: Packers take unconventional route by drafting two specialists

The Packers did something in the 2018 NFL Draft that they hadn’t done in 29 years. How does one really scout a specialist? That’s one question that is dominating the discussion about Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst’s first NFL Draft at the helm of the franchise. He selected a punter and a long snapper at picks 172 and 239, respectively, and now the team must figure out how to use those players. However, doing that is easier said than done. As we’ll learn in today’s curds, special teams coaches aren’t often well-versed in the finer points of kicking, and it...
May 16, 2018
Packers start as slight underdogs to win NFC North division in 2018

Packers start as slight underdogs to win NFC North division in 2018

However, Green Bay has shorter odds to make it to the Super Bowl than the Vikings do. With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a nationwide ban on sports betting this week, sports fans can expect to see the practice legalized and legislated in various states across the country in relatively short order. As such, the odds on various events in sports may become a bit more relevant than being simply a curiosity. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada released odds on each NFL team to win their division in 2018. The Green Bay Packers are always one of the favorites in early betting...
May 16, 2018
The 2018 cornerback draft class is a referendum on the Ted Thompson method

The 2018 cornerback draft class is a referendum on the Ted Thompson method

One of the biggest flaws of the Thompson era was banking on developmental corners to hit. “Feel,” is one of those esoteric words we use in sports that lacks a clear meaning and describes something we otherwise struggle to quantify or even articulate. And yet for some positions in the NFL, it’s an essential trait for success. The way the modern NFL looks, no position requires feel more than cornerback, where instincts and spatial awareness are essential qualities for a good player. Think of all the ways Charles Woodson added value to the Packers’ defense with nuance and...
May 16, 2018
Jaire Alexander’s 4-year rookie deal worth $12.1 million, per report

Jaire Alexander’s 4-year rookie deal worth $12.1 million, per report

The Packers have just two draft picks left to sign after Jaire Alexander agreed to a contract. NFL teams and draft picks have less to negotiate under the 2011 collective bargaining agreement than in decades past, which leads to quick agreements on contracts. That trend continues this year, with the Green Bay Packers signing first-round selection Jaire Alexander to a four-year, $12.1 million deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The agreement includes a $6.8 million signing bonus and a fifth-year team option. Alexander, the No. 18 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, averages...
May 16, 2018
2018 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 70-61: Can Tim Boyle win No. 3 QB job?

2018 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 70-61: Can Tim Boyle win No. 3 QB job?

Acme Packing Company continues its countdown of the Packers’ 90-man roster with players 70-61. With veteran free agency essentially concluded and the 2018 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Acme Packing Company will once again rank and break down the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster. These rankings represent a composite of the individual selections from several APC contributors. Today, we continue by revealing players 70 through 61, a group almost exclusively comprised of talented, albeit unproven, prospects that have realistic paths to a spot on the final roster or practice squad. 70...
May 16, 2018
Wednesday Curds: What personnel groups will Mike Pettine use in Packers’ defense?

Wednesday Curds: What personnel groups will Mike Pettine use in Packers’ defense?

3-4, 4-3, 2-4-5, 3-3-5, we expect to see it all from the Packers’ defense this fall. The Green Bay Packers’ defense under Dom Capers utilized a base 3-4 scheme in name, but in name only. The team essentially lined up in a 2-4-5 (or 4-2-5, depending on how you view the edge rushers) as their base defense, pulling a down lineman off the field in favor of a fifth defensive back on most snaps. With Capers out of the picture, Mike Pettine brings a wealth of experience running 3-4 defenses, but his last season was spent working with the Seahawks and their 4-3, cover-3 scheme. That experience...
May 15, 2018
Despite receiver-heavy draft, Dez Bryant makes sense for the Packers

Despite receiver-heavy draft, Dez Bryant makes sense for the Packers

Drafting three receivers shouldn’t stop Green Bay from pursuing the ex-Cowboys star to fill a critical hole in their starting lineup. Green Bay Packers fans may soon be saying what Cowboys fans have been saying for years: Dez caught it. Former teammate-turned-analyst Jason Witten said in an interview he believed Dez Bryant would sign with the Green Bay Packers, one of the teams initially mentioned in connection with the Cowboys star. Brian Gutekunst should make this happen. With little word from the Bryant camp over the last few weeks and a draft featuring three receivers for the...
May 15, 2018
Jaire Alexander signs rookie contract with Packers

Jaire Alexander signs rookie contract with Packers

The Packers locked up their top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to his rookie deal. The Green Bay Packers are down to just two unsigned members of the 2018 draft class. On Tuesday, the team announced that first-round pick Jaire Alexander has signed his rookie deal. Because the Packers selected Alexander in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the contract will be for four years with a team option for the fifth year (2022, in this case). The value of that fifth-year option, however, is determined by draft position; since Alexander was not selected in the top ten picks, that option number will...