On Tuesday, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel devoted a lot attention to running back prospects in the NFL Draft and talked to one scout that suggested the Packers could find a starter at running back in the middle rounds of April's big event. "You have the power-speed combo guys. That's what (Marcus) Lattimore would have been if he was fully healthy," the scout is quoted as saying. "And Kniles Davis, who blew up at the Combine, his junior year he looked a lot like that. These are guys who have the full complement of skills. It doesn’t necessarily equate to what round they’re going in. I know I can find a starter in this year’s draft rounds four through six, depending on what I’m asking that guy to do. Especially Green Bay. If history is any indication, in terms of percentage of runs, it’s not going to be a 60/40 run to pass. It’ll easily be the other way around." The problem with waiting until round four and later is that players come with more and bigger question marks. Players like Lattimore and Davis are fine backs when healthy, but that's precisely the problem. By waiting, you risk taking a back with a litany of injury issues or character problems. Of course, you take that risk at any position in the later rounds.
Appearing on a Milwaukee radio station on Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about his expectations for the Packers in 2013. "I think we're going to be a very formidable offense again and on defense if we can get healthy and get some of the guys back and going, we're going to be tough to beat," Rodgers is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. Nothing terribly interesting came out of the Rodgers radio interview. The one thing everything was waiting for him was a contract negotiations update, but Rodgers declined to comment on that.
More on Aaron Rodgers and his expectations comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Continuing with the Aaron Rodgers theme, NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com explores the possibility of Rodgers giving the Packers a "hometown discount" in his new contract. To put it succinctly, don't get your hopes up. "I know many of you think of him as the type of player who doesn't care about the difference between $15 million and $22 million," writes Seifert. "That might well be the case. But Rodgers would be naive to assume that the Packers or any NFL team would capitalize on the discount -- at least not in the desired fashion. There are no quid pro quos in the NFL, and if you don't believe me, look at what has transpired this offseason between the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady." If there's one thing fans can hope, it's that Rodgers agrees to structure his contract in such a way that it won't create salary cap Armageddon down the road.
Former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn met the local Oakland media for the first time on Tuesday.
A feature on Packers fullback William Henderson is written by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Cornerback Loyce Means was officially added to the Packers roster yesterday. More from the Press-Gazette.
NFC North blogger Andrew Garda of Bleacher Report takes a look at some first-round options for the Packers.
The Packers will overpay for Aaron Rodgers, says Jason Perone of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Video: Edward Fritsch, the newest member of the Packers Fan Hall of Fame, shares some memories with the Press-Gazette...
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 [email protected].
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