GREEN BAY PACKERS
Excellent signing by the Packers in offensive lineman Byron Bell. A veteran who can play 4 positions and has started at a few of them. Adds quality depth and he'll battle for a starting spot. The one position we really need to add to is Edge. We need another pass rusher for rotation, and we know both Perry and Matthews will miss time on top of that. Lots of cuts coming and some will be Cap related. Wonder if the Broncos would be interested in moving Shane Ray?
Yancey was pathetic last year. I believe if Dupree hadn't taken that vicious hit, he would have taking Yancey's place either on the roster or PS.
He's an average athlete and a body catcher. I thought Clark looked better than him.
Conventional wisdom says that all 3 WR's aren't making the roster. But...I think all three have higher upsides than Clark, Davis and Yancey. It will be interesting to watch.
Yancy no doubt. He lost 15 pounds from last year, obviously motivated. Spent last year working with the scout team often with 12. He is one to watch. I think Davis is toast. As it sits I'd bet 2 of the 3 drafted rookies make the team. That leaves Yancy, Clark and the other drafted rookie as most likely to win the last spot. As it sits.
No doubt Spriggs has disappointed, but many linemen take time to develop. I thought when he played later in the year before his last injury Spriggs had showed improvement. No reason he can't take a major step this year, and he has to. Murphy I was impressed with as the year went on before the injury. Left tackle is out of position for him but he held his own when pressed to play/practice at the position. He played guard, he played right tackle. I think right tackle is his best position, but recently read some football people believe he would be best inside with his overall makeup in our system. If Murphy takes a step forward he's starter material. Bulaga reports say is ahead of schedule, and he is great when healthy. I believe we start with Bulaga at RT, who we finish with is up in the air.
I saw Madison as a guard, maybe right tackle does better serve him. One thing is for sure, he will likely get a chance to practice at all 5 positions. Our coaches demand it. If you're going to back up you'd better be versatile.
Just my thoughts as an outside observer...GB must like their offensive line grouping. They only drafted one guy, Madison, and he was a 5'th rounder. No free agent vets were brought in.
Tells me this..Bulaga could be healthier than what we think.
Could be that they have a lot of faith in Murphy and/or Spriggs.
What I think? Spriggs has been a disaster. Hard for me to imagine him making a jump to a starting caliber lineman in the league. I can't remember being this down, this quickly on a second round pick. He's shown nothing and I mean nothing. And even before his injury, there was no apparent second year jump from him.
Murphy..liked him better than Spriggs, lack of footspeed makes me think he's best suited for RT. Did see the second year jump from him.
Neither of them at their best are as good as Bulaga at 85% of what he was a few years ago.
Wildcard is Bulaga's health and....Madison. I can't help but see a young Mark Tauscher in him...physically and in how he plays with that great footspeed. He's my dark horse candidate to lock down the RT position.
Also feel that Lucas Patrick showed pretty good last year...enough to be a backup guard/center kid.
Before he tore the ACL the first time there was talk of Bulaga moving to left tackle, before the emergence of Bakhtiari. I think he stays at right tackle with Murphy or Spriggs more likely to move inside for now if needed. They will practice there, GB loves versatility for their non-starting linemen. I really think McCray will win the job outright and earn it with good play. Evans right now an insurance policy they likely won't have to cash in. The rookie pick will push for the job too at some point.