10:21 PM EST, Tue February 25, 2020
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NFL Combine 2020: RB, OL, ST measurements & weigh-in results

NFL Combine 2020: RB, OL, ST measurements & weigh-in results

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via The running backs run the gamut from small and nimble to big and lumbering to everything in between. As the first group of players met with the media today at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, another batch of draft prospects was getting measured in for their full weigh-ins. The running backs, offensive linemen, and specialists all went through their first measurements of the week, and there were a few notable numbers coming from the measuring tapes. The running back position has perhaps more variance in size than just about any other position on...
7 hours ago
Matt LaFleur discusses QB evaluations, plans for 2020, and Packers’ young playmakers

Matt LaFleur discusses QB evaluations, plans for 2020, and Packers’ young playmakers

Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via The Packers’ head coach addressed a number of topics on Tuesday from the Combine. When Matt LaFleur looks at a quarterback, there’s not just one thing or one recipe for a good player at the position. On Tuesday at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, the Green Bay Packers’ head coach talked at length to national and local media, and one of the more lengthy and revealing comments he provided involved the qualities he looks for in a signal-caller. “There’s so many levels to this,” LaFleur noted, prefacing his response by warning media...
9 hours ago
Brian Gutekunst says Packers aren’t trying to catch anyone, just get better

Brian Gutekunst says Packers aren’t trying to catch anyone, just get better

Brian Gutekunst wants to keep the Packers in Super Bowl contention in 2020. | Photo by Dylan Buell/ He’s excited about the Matt LaFleur’s team in Year 2, voiced confidence in the linebackers already on the Packers and likes this draft class at receiver. So how does Green Bay’s GM push this team forward? Mike McCarthy may be in Dallas, but the Packers still aren’t anyone’s underdogs. To hear Brian Gutekunst tell it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, they aren’t worried about catching the 49ers, or any other team. It’s not about matchups, but about growth....
11 hours ago
Cheese Curds, 2/25: Prospect Watch begins as Combine starts in earnest

Cheese Curds, 2/25: Prospect Watch begins as Combine starts in earnest

Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Prospects will rise and fall in big ways as Combine testing gets underway As far as I’m concerned, there’s no single event that more accurately summarizes the NFL than the Combine. Sure, the Super Bowl gives you the glamour and excess that you’d expect from the world’s most decadent sports league, but the Combine gives you that and showcases the entire league’s propensity to make sweeping, consequential decisions based on, at best, unreliable evidence. Careers will rise and fall this week based on fractional seconds in the 40-yard...
14 hours ago
NFL Combine 2020: Tuesday live thread, BG & LaFleur pressers, & more

NFL Combine 2020: Tuesday live thread, BG & LaFleur pressers, & more

The interesting part of the Combine kicks off today, as the media interview cycle begins and coaches & GMs speak. The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine technically began on Sunday, when the first group of draft prospects arrived in Indianapolis. But today, Tuesday, is when the fun really gets underway. Today marks the first day of media availability for this year’s draft prospects, as the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will hold their interviews this morning. The fun gets underway early today, with the first batch of players coming out at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. Following three hours...
Feb 24, 2020
NFL Combine 2020: Weigh-in measurements for QBs, WRs, & TEs

NFL Combine 2020: Weigh-in measurements for QBs, WRs, & TEs

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports A few big names stand out among the receivers for their big and small measurements. As the 2020 NFL Combine gets underway this week, the first group of players are beginning their gauntlet of interviews, measurements, and physical drills. That group consists of the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends. Before their media availability on Tuesday and on-field work on Thursday, Monday was weigh-in day for all of these players. Results of the weigh-ins for all three groups of players is presented below, along with a mention of a few of the outliers at...
Feb 24, 2020
How the Packers can cash in on some compensatory draft picks in 2021

How the Packers can cash in on some compensatory draft picks in 2021

Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Embracing some street free agents this year could net the Packers a couple of extra draft picks next spring. In 2019 and 2020, the Green Bay Packers were shut out of the compensatory draft pick process. Brian Gutekunst’s first two offseasons as general manager in the preceding years brought a number of big-name and big-contract free agent signings to 2165 Lombardi Avenue, with Jimmy Graham arriving in 2018 and the Smith Bros. et al last spring. As a result, the Packers have had to stick with their own draft picks in the past two selection...
Feb 24, 2020
Is conventional wisdom right about “premium positions” and what does it mean for the Packers?

Is conventional wisdom right about “premium positions” and what does it mean for the Packers?

Are offensive tackles like Bryan Bulaga really still premium position players? Some new data casts doubt. | Photo by Al Pereira/ Brian Gutekunst will likely look for long-term solutions at linebacker, offensive tackle, and receiver this offseason. Positional value data can help determine how to structure their search. When Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going,” she wasn’t talking about NFL teams. Then again, she wasn’t not talking about them. To figure out where the Green Bay Packers need to go, they must first...
Feb 24, 2020
The Packers should have an eye on the future at running back in 2020

The Packers should have an eye on the future at running back in 2020

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Both Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones are scheduled to enter contract years in 2020. More so last season than any other since joining the roster, Aaron Jones was a consistent staple of the Green Bay Packers’ offense. The third-year back finally received the touches craved by fans and media personnel alike and he rewarded them by becoming one of the NFL’s most productive backs. Jones finished the season with 19 total touchdowns while breaking the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time as a pro and averaging 4.6 yards per carry. A stellar season, however, leads to...
Feb 24, 2020
Monday Cheese Curds: 2022 Draft location still undecided; Crosby’s return provides continuity

Monday Cheese Curds: 2022 Draft location still undecided; Crosby’s return provides continuity

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Crosby’s return leaves the kicking game without any question marks for the next few years. Amid a bit of a social media firestorm this weekend, one thing has become clear: the Green Bay Packers are still trying to bring the NFL Draft to the greater Green Bay area. The team confirmed its interest in hosting the draft in 2022 or 2024 on Saturday, reiterating that the team has submitted bids for the event but that the NFL has not yet decided on locations for those two years. Smaller markets seem to be the trend for the Draft in the next few years. After this...
Feb 22, 2020
Packers re-sign Mason Crosby to three year contract extension

Packers re-sign Mason Crosby to three year contract extension

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports The Packers brought back their veteran kicker after the best year of his career. In 2019, the Green Bay Packers got a career year out of 35-year-old kicker Mason Crosby. Last season was his 13th in the NFL after the team drafted him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and he went 22-for-24 on field goals. That made 2019 the first season of his career when he connected successfully on over 90 percent of his field goals, finishing at 91.7%. Now, the Packers have rewarded Crosby with a new contract. On Saturday afternoon, Crosby's agent Mike McCartney...
Feb 22, 2020
Could the Packers go all-in on small ball defense?

Could the Packers go all-in on small ball defense?

Grant Delpit as a third safety would open up the Packers defense and allow them to worry less about who is playing LB. | Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Mike Pettine loves to play sub-package defense to the point it’s no longer fair to call it that. Green Bay’s base defense is nickel or smaller and it’s not hard to imagine Brian Gutekunst adding pieces to make that easier. It would never work. The run game still matters. You can’t play small and win the NFL. And jump-shooting teams can’t win titles. Sports truisms are inherently time-sensitive. No matter the sport,...
Feb 22, 2020
XFL Week 3 Open Thread: Game times, TV channels, odds, & more

XFL Week 3 Open Thread: Game times, TV channels, odds, & more

Photo by Robert Rosamilio/NY Daily News Archive via Here are the details for all four games of the XFL’s 3rd Week. The XFL season is in full swing and frontrunning teams are beginning to emerge. While betting odds have been in place since the first game, things are finally starting to fall in place for each team and performance is finally something that can be predicted with a bit of accuracy. Saturday at 2pm ET the Houston Roughnecks are traveling to face off against the Tampa Bay Vipers (+6). The over/under on the game is 45. You may recognize a few former Packers in this game....
Feb 22, 2020
2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profiles - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

2020 NFL Draft Prospect Profiles - Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The LSU receiver broke out in 2019 due largely to his intelligence, but a big Combine workout could push him up draft boards. As the 2020 NFL Combine approaches — the first batch of players begin arriving on Sunday — it’s time to take another look at a few key draft prospects for the Green Bay Packers. GM Brian Gutekunst is sure to take a long look at the wide receivers in this draft class, and today we profile one of the most productive players at the position in the 2019 season. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU Height: 6-foot-3Weight: 192 poundsYear:...
Feb 21, 2020
Packers will wait on making decision about Jimmy Graham’s future

Packers will wait on making decision about Jimmy Graham’s future

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports If the Packers do release Graham, they will not do so for another few weeks. The Green Bay Packers are in a less-than-favorable situation against the salary cap for 2020, holding around $23 million in expected cap space. Contract extensions for some big-name players await, including Kenny Clark and David Bakhtiari, while the team will also likely look to spend some money in free agency this summer. One of the most obvious options to free up more cap space would be for the team to release tight end Jimmy Graham. That move would free up $8 million against the...