Cory's Corner: HOF Game may cost someone a job

When the Packers were dealt with a fifth preseason game, many players rolled their eyes.

An extra meaningless game is about as much fun as trying to get Super Glue off your fingers.

And after the Hall of Fame Game was canceled, an extra week of practice has been rendered meaningless, fans that purchased tickets for the first pro football action since six months ago were given a an impromptu “FanFest”.

But the worst thing from ‘Paintgate’ was the Colts and Packers that were on the bubble. Those guys needed every morsel of a fifth preseason game because with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, players are limited in terms of what they can do in pads.

A perfect example of a guy that this game really hurts is inside linebacker Carl Bradford. You remember him right? He was a fourth rounder in 2014, got cut in 2015 and was signed to a reserve contract on Jan. 18, 2016.

Bradford is literally hanging on to a roster spot by whisper. Even with Sam Barrington nursing his ankle injury, Jake Ryan, Joe Thomas and rookie Blake Martinez would still be in front of Bradford on the pecking order.

Another interesting name is wide receiver Ty Montgomery. Since coach Mike McCarthy hinted that he would like to keep “five or six” receivers, this game really hurts Montgomery. Even if the Packers really like the third rounder from 2015, is it worth it to keep a guy whose ankle injury has kept him out since Week 6 of last year? There has been no news of him coming back to camp and to make matters worse for him, Jared Abbrederis and Trevor Davis have really shined in camp.

So this wasn’t just the cancelation of the first preseason game. This was valuable reps being thrown away — which may ultimately cost someone a job.   

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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Nick Perry's picture

August 09, 2016 at 07:30 am

TT isn't going to give up on Montgomery, no way no how. He'll put him on the PUP List or even IR before cutting him.

If Montgomery is "Done" then is this another case of the Teams Medical Staff completely whiffing on the original diagnosis and should have shut him down right after the injury? I just find it amazing how many players MM tells us "Will be out a few weeks" and several weeks later the player doesn't seem closer to returning.

This was from an article on ESPN Wisconsin

The 2015 third-round pick said he has been cleared to run and even run some routes and added, “I pretty much do everything everybody else does except practice.”

That sounds like a perfect candidate for the PUP, Designated to return list to me, at the worst.

Nonetheless Monty's injury just sucks!!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 09, 2016 at 07:41 am

I agree. How the cancellation of the HOF game affects Montgomery is a mystery to me. I agree it affects fringe or bubble players, though even they will get plenty of chances.

The only persons who will lose a job over this are those who were involved in painting the field.

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staffordsneckfat's picture

August 09, 2016 at 08:58 am

Agreed, the cancellation of this game does not affect Montgomery whatsoever.

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dobber's picture

August 09, 2016 at 09:30 am

I think the cancellation of this game impacts guys who might be fighting for practice squad spots more than those trying to land on the bottom of the roster.

"The only persons who will lose a job over this are those who were involved in painting the field."

Presumably the guys painting the field were just doing their jobs. Someone else higher up blew this one.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 10, 2016 at 02:50 am

@Dobber: I concede all points.

Should have written some of those involved in painting the field - though I didn't mean to specifically implicate, or to limit it to, the guy(s) actually doing the grunt work.

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croatpackfan's picture

August 09, 2016 at 07:41 am

As I agree with you in most of your attitude and conclusions, I must say that Ty showed last season, in very limited number of chances, that he belongs and that he is huge talent. He can play almost everywhere - as running back, as slot receiver, as outside receiver as any kind of WR. So, if his injury really needs more time, I'm all for give him that time. If he needs more time to achieve pre-injury level, lets give him that time (and training!). As I read what scout(s) had to say about Ty, I can not agreed more - he is Randall Cobb, version 2.0 (larger, stronger). And, at the end, there was huge mistake in evaluation how severe was Ty's injury last season - made by Packers! So, as football is business, good-will of your organization means a lot on the market, too!

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Handsback's picture

August 09, 2016 at 07:45 am

Monty may start on IR with a possibility of return. I think he's good enough that Green Bay will want to be 100% sure he's healed before putting that ankle at risk.

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dobber's picture

August 09, 2016 at 08:56 am

If he goes, it will likely be PUP over IR. Saves the IR with possibility to return slot for someone else who gets hurt in-season.

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ray nichkee's picture

August 09, 2016 at 11:21 am

Montgomery will be on the roster and producing. Cowpie will be gone when the pack rolls out the ass whoopings.

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Nick Perry's picture

August 09, 2016 at 08:52 pm

Hmmm. Just reported that Montgomery, Barrington, and Cook will come off the PUP list and practice tomorrow. Once again foot is firmly in mouth eh Cow?

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dobber's picture

August 09, 2016 at 09:58 pm

You mean "hoof in mouth"...

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stockholder's picture

August 09, 2016 at 08:04 am

I'm agree that TT and MM don't give up on Monty. If he shows he can still run and separate, he will be the #3 WR. The biggest problem I still see is Adams. Not Janis, or Abbey or Davis. Adams is to one dimensional. He must show he can catch the ball! His $1,000,000 cap hit is not worth the wait. Adams needs to be with Carr, not A-Rod.

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staffordsneckfat's picture

August 09, 2016 at 09:16 am

Montgomery and Adams are different players. Montgomery operates best in the slot where he can use his size and quickness to get open and Adams uses his length to make plays down the field. I don't think you can just insert Montgomery in Adams' role in the offense. (Though it would be nice to see a WR beat a press just once this year...) The $1M cap hit is not really a significant factor, those rookie contracts are team friendly especially for a second rounder.

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stockholder's picture

August 09, 2016 at 01:35 pm

Your right they are different. My problem is that Adams has not made a catch down the middle above his shoulders. He was compared to James Jones and not jennings. But Jones could catch down the middle. Adams catches; are isolated catches. The 1 mil is a significant factor, in the pay scale of players competing with Adams. And we really could sign players better than Adams for that mil. ( If Adams did produce, 1 mil would have been a bargain. ) Adams had his chance. Put the best on the field regardless of draft status. Would anyone take Adams on their fantasy team? Adams is negativity now. The packers need Positive, up sided Wrs. Hands of Glue. The upside will be we can't lose!

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Tarynfor12's picture

August 09, 2016 at 08:34 am

" Paintgate " like this was a planned action to get potential players cut more easily. : (

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Bohj's picture

August 09, 2016 at 02:53 pm

I hate the "gate" tag on everything these days. Overplayed. Unoriginal. But there is something to be said about the exploitation of fans in the stadium that spent countless dollars on food and drink believing the game was simply delayed. Apparently, the stadium even had a countdown clock for an hour to pretend there was a delay. Not one fan was told they had cancelled until an hour later. That is truly outrageous.

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Handsback's picture

August 09, 2016 at 10:36 am

Monty's not gone, but after a major injury he's going to need some time. Green Bay could injury/waive him and resign him later if it's too serious but a possible total healing.

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dobber's picture

August 09, 2016 at 02:49 pm

"Green Bay could injury/waive him and resign him later if it's too serious but a possible total healing."

If that's true, then my question would be: why let him go and resign him when you can cover him on PUP or IR and not risk him moving on? He doesn't cost the team that much.

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dobber's picture

August 09, 2016 at 05:55 pm

"If he (Bradford) doesn't make the team it won't be because of a cancelled fifth preseason game."

Ding! Ding! Ding!!

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Archie's picture

August 09, 2016 at 04:08 pm

Adams and Montgomery need to be valuable players this year. If they are not, we probably won't be going to the Super Bowl. Adams has a lot to prove and any player that has been out nearly a year and is still not close to ready to go, is a big problem. He probably starts the year on PUP.

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