Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson recently promoted Eliot Wolf. Thompson insisted that the promotion had nothing to do with a succession plan. But with a flexible young dynamo like Eliot Wolf ready and waiting in the wings, is there really any reason to wait?
If the Green Bay Packers are to have a successful 2016 season, it will likely have been fueled by a talented group of second year players led by top picks cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.
If one would take a poll of Green Bay Packers fans as to what position general manager Ted Thompson should choose in round one of the 2016 Draft there is a good chance that inside linebacker would top the voting. The chances of that happening however are slim.
With an eye toward the future Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson pulled one of his many surprises on draft day 2015 when he selected Oklahoma fullback Aaron Ripkowski in the 6th round. The payoff from that selection will likely come as soon as this season.
Green Bay Packers place kicker Mason Crosby is one of the few "must keep" free agents. In fact he may be the only ‘no-brainer’ left in the entire group. The reasons for keeping Crosby are pretty basic. Good kickers, which Crosby certainly is, are hard to find.
Since the Green Bay Packers lost Finley to a neck injury almost three years ago their production from the tight end position has varied between adequate and poor - and Packers general manager has failed to replace Finley's big play ability in the tight end position.
The Green Bay Packers have traditionally been in the top tier of NFL teams when it comes to available cap space in the Ted Thompson era. But with several high-priced contracts kicking in this year it will be difficult to maintain that status in 2016.
During Mike McCarthy's season-ending news conference he described the emotions of yet another crushing season-ending play when he fired back that his staff and players “do not possess a losing mentality around here”.
The Green Bay Packers are not strangers to large point-spreads in recent NFC games and shouldn’t be discounted as upset winners on Saturday. Once the two teams take the field the odds mean nothing. Where the smart money is riding on the Cardinals the Packers have the means to pull off a victory.
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