In an interview with Fox Sports Wisconsin, now third-year tight end D.J. Williams expressed his desire to have a larger role with the Green Bay Packers. “I want to be the starting tight end,” Williams is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. “I would expect them all (the rest of the Packers’ tight ends) to say the same thing. That’s our room and how it goes.” Despite putting up big statistics in college, Williams only has a total of nine receptions in his first two NFL seasons. There’s an opportunity for increased playing time with Tom Crabtree leaving in free agency, but Andrew Quarless will return from injury in 2013 and the Packers could add another tight end in the Draft. If Williams wants to start, he’s going to have to make a big leap and earn it.
Running back DuJuan Harris was also recently interviewed, this article appearing in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where he talked about how his past few months have gone. “This off-season is the same way I’ve been treating it – not really thinking about what’s going to happen in the future,” Harris is quoted as saying by reporter Tyler Dunne. “I still look at it like this. I’ve been cut twice. I know how it feels. So I’m just taking it day by day. Nothing is guaranteed. I try not to think about the future.” Harris appears to be taking a wise approach to his role and job security with the Packers. He also mentioned how people already have him penciled into making the 53-man roster, but he’s not taking anything for granted. Good for Harris, he’s saying all the right things.
Lombardi Ave. picks up where Walter Football left off in a report about NFL Draft prospect Barrett Jones of Alabama and how a lisfranc injury could land him on the PUP list to open the season. “For months, those following the Green Bay Packers have pegged Jones as the perfect first round choice for the team,” writes Raymond Rivard. “The versatility he showed at Alabama impressed a lot of the experts who projected him as a first round selection.” Granted, the report from Walter Football is listed in the “rumor mill,” but it’s not exactly coming out of left field seeing as Jones has not participated at either the NFL Combine or the Alabama pro day. The question is, how much do you downgrade a player who might miss the beginning of his rookie season but still could go onto a long and productive career?
Over the weekend, both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Green Bay Press-Gazette took a look at general manager Ted Thompson and the Packers’ approach to free agency. Both are worth reading if you haven’t gotten to them already.
Another popular topic is the Packers’ salary cap and there are multiple pieces appearing at AllGreenBayPackers.com, Acme Packing Company and Packer Report all taking a look at the salary cap and the contract situations of Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
Acme Packing Company takes a look at the safety position in Green Bay heading into the NFL Draft.
Packer Report has a profile on New Hampshire defensive end Jared Smith.
Brian Carriveau is the author of “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.