On Sunday, former NFL replacement referee Lance Easley (he of the infamous “Fail Mary” game) acted as umpire for the charity softball game of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, which included several opportunities for Easley to further upset Packers fans. During the event, Easley posed for a picture with wide receiver Golden Tate with his arms raised as if he were calling a touchdown. On top of that, Easley also supposedly signed an Aaron Rodgers jersey, according to a caption of a photo posted to Instagram. And if that weren’t enough, it was also recently learned that Easley is publishing a book now available for pre-order on Amazon. Easley is cashing in on his 15 minutes of fame, all at the expense of the Packers.
Lance Easley is still sticking to his guns that he made the correct call too. In an interview published in the Everett, Wa. Daily Herald, Easley is quoted as saying, “The NFL upheld it, I’ve looked at plenty of video, I’ve talked to my replay guys, there’s nothing to turn it over,” Easley said. “The fact is, if you want to say that the defender had control of it in the air—which is loosely used, because really process of a catch you have to have two feet, or another body part, and control the ball when you touch the ground in bounds—the ball could have come loose anywhere in that process for a second, which nobody can really see even with all the cameras, and if it did, then it’s a loose ball but it didn’t touch the ground, so if they’re both on it, it goes to the offense. So it was just one of those calls. It’s just a play that will live in NFL history.”
Linebacker Clay Matthews was named the second most important Packer of 2013 by FoxSportsWisconsin.com. “Matthews is what makes the Packers’ defense go,” writes Paul Imig. “He’s disruptive against the run and is an elite pass-rusher. Even though he only played in 12 games last season, Matthews still finished fifth in the NFL in sacks with 13. Six of those sacks came in the first two games when the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears mistakenly thought that Matthews could be stopped with one-on-one blocking. After that, the rest of the NFL took note and would often double- or triple-team him.” There’s no doubt the Packers need Matthews to be a pass-rush threat for them to succeed. Now they just need someone else to complement him.
As part of the continuing series, tackle Bryan Bulaga was named the third most important player.
As part of a separate series, Jeremy Ross and Mike Neal are respectively named the 20th and 19th most important Packers of 2013 at ESPNMilwaukee.com. I don’t doubt that Ross has the potential to help the Packers, but ranking him in the top 20 is awfully high for someone who’s not even a lock to make the team.
The NFL made official the six players eligible for Thursday’s supplemental draft. “Unlike the televised April draft, the supplemental is carried out via e-mail among teams,” writes Rob Rang of CBS.com. “The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year, contact the league with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them. Any team that uses a supplemental draft pick would then lose the corresponding selection in the next year’s draft. Should a player not be drafted he is free to sign with any team following the conclusion of the draft.” Considering the connection between the Packers and cornerback Damond Smith, it’s worth keeping an eye on Thursday’s draft.
More on the supplemental draft comes from ProFootballTalk.com.
AllGreenBayPackers.com asks when cornerback Davon House will crack the starting lineup.
Projections for second-year cornerback Casey Hayward are published at Acme Packing Company.
Video: Lance Easley talks about his call from last year’s Packers-Seahawks game with the local Fox affiliate in Seattle…
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email email@example.com.