Cheech Posted January 30, 2019 Share Posted January 30, 2019 Last year the Packers were last in running attempts per game under MM. That number is clearly going to go up under La Fleur. While I've seen quite a few people having us go after a slot player in UFA, I don't see it. With more offensive plays going to our running backs, targets and snaps are likely to decrease for our receiving crew. Adams, Allison, MVS, EQ and Kumerow might not scare anyone in MM's offense, but a little more creativity with La Fleur at the helm could bring some explosiveness back to the offense with the athleticism that is already present in the WR room. A late round draft pick to compete with Lazard and Moore is likely as well. The other concept that I keep coming back to is what @AlexGreen#20 has consistently explained on defense - while we want to put an emphasis on acquiring edge talent (it is a need) we have to remember that Pettine likes to have a nasty interior DL and then uses overload blitzes where he's sending one more player on one side of the line than they can block. It absolutely does reduce the need to have elite edge rushers and puts much heavier emphasis on interior DL and DB/S type players that can cover in the slot as well as blitz effectively. Guys like Ibrahiem Campbell (112), Tony Brown (287), Eddie Pleasant (86), Jermaine Whitehead (221), and to some extent Breeland (300+) and Greene (43) are going to play - even if we find a starting free safety to fill the 900+ snaps left by HaHa and Tramon at free safety. Brice and Josh Jones combined for over 1,100 snaps at SS as well. The need to improve the secondary is just as important as the need to improve the talent at EDGE. Packers Cuts: Nick Perry, Tramon Williams Packers Free Agents Retained: Brashuad Breeland - Breeland isn't a perfect DB, but he competes at a high level and he really started to come on late in the season. He can play multiple positions at a fairly high level. Ibrahiem Campbell - Like others have said, I really liked what I saw from Campbell in limited action. I think he understands Pettine's defense well and can play 500 - 600 snaps effectively. He shouldn't break the bank, either. Clay Matthews - Much of this depends on his contractual demands. He shouldn't ever be asked to play 800 snaps. IF he comes at a reasonable deal and is willing to play both inside and outside LB, I think he can still provide some value. Jake Ryan - Will get a 1 year deal for the minimum. All RFA's - (I realize now that Campbell is a RFA?) As much as we like to hate on Brice, he played injured last year and he should at least be brought back to compete for a spot. Allison is a no-brainer, IMO. All exclusive rights FA's. Unrestricted Free Agency: Safety: I'm not sure Gute makes a huge splash here, but I'm quite certain we'll see a player like Jimmie Ward, Adrian Amos, etc. in the 2nd wave of free agency. EDGE: If money is going to be spent this off-season, this is where it will be. I think Barr is the perfect fit with his ability to drop as well as rush. I think he'd be excited to see more opportunities to rush the passer under Pettine. TE: Maxx Wiliams - Comes in as a blocking tight end. AJ Derby - Gute takes a flier on a bottom of the roster-type. NFL Draft: Round 1, Pick 12 (12th overall) - DT - Jefferey Simmons OR Rashan Gary - I think one of these guys are going to drop. If so, the value is just too good to pass up. Round 1, Pick 30 (30th overall) – EDGE - Jachai Polite OR Monteaz Sweat OR Byron Burns OR Ferrell - Again - I think one of these guys will fall to 30 (probably not Burns or Ferrell). Gute will gladly take one of these four pass rushers to pair with Barr. Round 2, Pick 12 (44th overall) - TE - Noah Fant OR Irv Smith Jr. Yeah - hopeful thinking here. Iowa players always fall. Best guess would be Irv Smith Jr. here. Round 3, Pick 12 (76th overall) - IOL - Gary Bradburry - IOL is solidified. Might have to use a day 3 pick to move up a bit? Round 4, Pick 12 (108th overall) - DB - Amani Hooker - Pettine would quickly fall in love with a guy he could move around quite freely. Round 4, Pick 16 (112th overall) – RB - Bryce Love or Karan Higdon Round 5, Pick 12 (140th overall) - CB - Montre Hartage Round 6, Pick 12 (172nd overall) - WR/LB/OL - best available Round 6, Pick 22 (182nd overall) - WR/LB/OL - best available Round 7, Pick 12 (204th overall) - WR/LB/OL - best available There are some guys that I'd love to see if they fall - David Montgomery would be a wonderful addition to the backfield, but I think he'll go in the top 50 picks. I would really like to see Sutton Smith if he's still available after the 3rd round. QB (3): Rodgers, Boyle, Kizer - I think Boyle overtakes Kizer in LF's system. RB (4): Jones, Williams, Love, UDFA FB WR (6): Adams, MVS, ESB, Allison, Kumerow, (Lazard OR Moore OR Rookie) Maybe a simplified offense helps Moore play to his athletic ability? TE (4): Fant, Graham, Williams, Tonyan OL (8): Bakhtiari, Taylor, Linsley, Bradburry, Bulaga, Spriggs, Light (McCray OR Rookie) DL (6): Clark, Daniels, Simmons, Lowry, Lancaster, Adams EDGE (5): Barr, Polite, Matthews, Fackrell, Gilbert ILB (3): Martinez, Burks (Ryan/Rookie) Matthews, Josh Jones, and Hooker can all play snaps here as well. CB (6): Alexander, Breeland, King, Jackson, Brown, Hartage S (5): Amos, Hooker, J. Jones, Campbell, Brice/Green/Rookie UDFA Specialists (3): Crosby, Scott, Bradley I don't like that I don't have a true FS on the roster. I'd like to see Brown and Breeland given a shot there in training camp. But with the nasty front 7 that Pettine now has, we could see a lot more two-deep coverage with Hooker/Campbell/Amos/Breeland patrolling the back end. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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