Turner Brings Stability to Packers Offensive Line

 

 

I want to acknowledge and thank our military service men and women, past, present and future on this Memorial Day.  A special thought goes out to those who served and are no longer with us.

Before delving into the topic at hand, I want to express my sadness at the passing of legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr.  Starr was an incredible man and that was known even from the little that many of us got to see of him over the past 40 years.  Some were fortunate enough to see him play.  Surely he was so much more to his family, by all accounts.  When I start to think about Starr as a player, I am immediately derailed by thoughts of the images of him in pictures with fans and players.  The man superseded the legend - not something many are able to do in their lives.  RIP Bart, and my condolences to the Starr family.

 

When the Green Bay Packers offensive signed lineman Billy Turner to a four year, $28 million deal, it was clear that the team sees him as a regular contributor for the foreseeable future.  Turner has seemingly made his presence felt already as he looks to stabilize the right side of the offensive line.

Aaron Rodgers was quick to praise Turner after organized team activities this past week.

“The guy I have to say I’m really excited about is Bill, at right guard,” Rodgers said after practice. “Just his presence in the huddle. He’s a big dude. He’s a no-nonsense guy but he’s also got a really dry sense of humor. He’s been a great addition to that group. As a quarterback, the protection is so important, as I look across the line, I feel great about that first five.”

Rodgers has definitely had his favorites over the years and he's not one to heap praise without purpose. That he had such a nice review of Turner this soon seems to bode well for the Packers offensive line.

Since moving on from veteran T.J. Lang after the 2016 season, the Packers have tried to plug Jahri Evans, Justin McCray and Byron Bell in at right guard. 

Evans was serviceable in 2017 but with no Aaron Rodgers, that didn't equate to much and he hasn't played since.  McCray held his own but wasn't solid enough to be a regular starter.  The acquisition of Bell last year was supposed to be an upgrade over McCray.  The results couldn't have been further from that.

The Packers have historically relied on the draft to acquire their talent on the line.  Dipping into free agency isn't new for general manager Brian Gutekunst but Turner is the first long-term free agent starter on the line the Packers have signed in recent memory.

When Turner was added, questions arose about what the team would do with tackle Bryan Bulaga or if Lane Taylor might be on the hot seat.  It is now clear that, at least for this season, Turner is the new starting right guard.

The Packers have long sought versatility on the offensive line and Turner offers that.  He spent much of his first five seasons at tackle and could kick out there should the Packers be dealing with injuries.  More importantly, if Turner does need to move, he offers a much better solution than relying on a young player who may or may not be ready.

With NFL teams focusing more and more on adding premier pass rushers, protecting the quarterback has become just as paramount.  Just looking around the NFC North and seeing the likes of Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen, the Packers and Rodgers need a solid front.

To see positive signs this early about Turner and the payoff that his acquisition could bring is a good thing.  If it carries over to the game field, it becomes a very good thing.

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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packerbackerjim's picture

May 27, 2019 at 06:04 am

If AR is happy, I’m happy.

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TheVOR's picture

May 28, 2019 at 09:38 am

Heard a local Sports show in Denver yesterday. Ex NFL Lineman Matthew McChesney (former Bronco, and Coach) was absolutely RAVING about Turner yesterday. Said he was an absolute steal by GB for his contract numbers, and said he graded out well at three different positions. Said he had worked with him in the past, and that Denver was stupid to not have resigned him. Went on to say essentially Denver signed a RT for more money, and the dude wasn't as good as Turner. That's good news..

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greengold's picture

May 29, 2019 at 09:11 am

Thanks, ThVOR. Love it!

I've felt the Turner signing was a steal as well. His last 8 starts in DEN, Turner allowed just 1 QB pressure and 0 sacks.

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Turophile's picture

May 27, 2019 at 06:37 am

.........and it isn't only Turner that adds talent to the Packers O line.

A 2nd round draft pick was also taken to add to the interior O line.

Read that last sentence again. NOT a college OT converted to play guard, but a true interior guy. On top of that, not a 4th or 5th rounder like Lang/Sitton/Linsley/Tretter, a SECOND rounder.

'The times they are a changin'.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

Yeah, I think it was great that we spent a 2nd round pick on a backup interior lineman instead of wasting it on a backup QB.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:25 am

The next QB taken after the Packers picked in round 2 was Will Grier at the very end of round 3. Finley went at the top of round 4 and Stidham at the end of round 4. Seems like the Packers taking a QB in round 2 would have been a pretty significant reach.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 27, 2019 at 05:50 pm

Or....we could have taken Haskins with our pick at #12 instead of Gary, and then taken a LB instead of Jenkins. Or, if we hadn’t shot our wad on Savage we could have traded up to get Lock in the 2nd.

Look, I get it. Gutekunst is still in the “can do no wrong” period. But if Rodgers goes down, Jenkins isn’t going to make as much of a difference as a competent backup QB.

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IceBowl's picture

May 27, 2019 at 06:15 pm

Really folks,

What QB will be starting for us in the next 2-5 years?? I know we can't see the future, but any pick will be on the bench, and maybe, hopefully traded for some value while we still have contractual rights. (Mostly low picks, based on our history)

We lost many quality QB's for next to nothing while our starters were playing. (- we have dumped All Pros)

It is very unlikely any new QB will start if ARod can't play. While some rookies have a chance to start, they do not have ARod in front of them.

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holmesmd's picture

May 27, 2019 at 10:34 pm

And if he doesn’t “go down”, your argument is moot. Don’t sit in the worry chair my friend. Let the season unfold. Mitigating all risk or even much risk at all is a fallacy. Sh*t happens in all business operations and it often could not have been avoided, despite egos that state the contrary. Let’s let these young men compete and play ball. It’s a friggin game! These guys aren’t doing pediatric heart transplants to treat congenital anomalies. Perspective is good sometimes. Everyone knows what is at stake. If Rodgers goes down its HIS fault. With his knowledge, experience, and command of the game.... it’s extremely unlikely that he would go down because of an OL blunder. Get the damn ball out on time, stick to efficient foot work, and stop “not trusting” young receivers. If he does those things this season, he will be one of the least sacked QB’s in the league. GB’s O line is better than many. It has gotten deeper and better in the offseason IMO.

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zeroluv's picture

May 28, 2019 at 08:47 pm

Take your meds Old School and lay down. Let the men talk here. Thanks!

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greengold's picture

May 29, 2019 at 09:08 am

Can't keep ANY QB healthy without SOLID OL play. Very simple. Elgton Jenkins at pick #44 was a complete steal, considering he was the top rated pure C in the draft, their top rated pass blocking C in the draft, and PFF's #26 overall rated player on their big board. Jenkins was considered a far better pass blocker than Garrett Bradbury who was selected at #18 overall by MIN in the draft. Jenkins' ability to also play OG along with his pass blocking puts him over the top.

Jenkins should have been a 1st Round pick, and I would not be surprised to see him start alongside Bak this year. Very smart pick at 44 by Gutey.

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Rak47's picture

May 27, 2019 at 06:39 am

Personally I don't think 4 years, 28 million is a lot of money to pay for a quality offensive lineman. Especially when the lineman is versatile enough to play multiple positions along the front inside and outside. In fact if things work out with Turner over the next 4 years I would think they got a bargain.

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greengold's picture

May 29, 2019 at 09:15 am

That is great value for Turner if he keeps projecting upwards, which he has been. His versatility is key, however, I really like his coming in and taking over the starting RG position to start this season.

Add to this his zone blocking experience, with Lafleur wanting to run the ball more, and he seems like the perfect, veteran addition at a reasonable price.

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NickPerry's picture

May 27, 2019 at 07:25 am

I like the Turner signing a lot. It get's left out because of the 3 FA deals handed out the defensive players but it was every bit as important, maybe to some more so.

The thing I find interesting is Gute signed this guy early in FA so he obviously wanted Turner from the get go. How refreshing is it to go and get a O-Linemen early in FA who has the versatility Bill does AND go out and get Jenkins who was one of the best if not the best interiors o-lineman in this draft.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

I'm optimistic that he'll stabilize the RG position for the duration of his deal. More than anything else, he raises the talent floor on the OL.

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Roadrunner23's picture

May 27, 2019 at 07:42 am

Glad to see they are BUILDING THE WALL through free agents and the draft. The offensive line is key to a consistent offensive machine with a 36 year old QB

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:03 am

You're right, a strong wall is very important.
The 3 Little Pigs story taught us that

It's such a shame that Senile Ted ignored how bad Spriggs was at that Senior Bowl.
He performed like a 7th round or UDFA talent, not a guy worth trading up to take. In round 2.

So many huge misses in rd 1 & 2 his last couple a drafts.
Hard to dig out from that.... but Turner & Jenkins should help a lot.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:15 am

It's easy to look back given 3 years of subpar play (and what appears to be little development under the tutelage of NFL coaching) and say that TT should've known better. The reason he didn't go in round 1 is that everyone knew he was a project. He was a lottery ticket they have yet to be able to cash. With a new coaching staff and an offensive scheme that better fits his athleticism, he's going to have a last chance to show he's not a total loss.

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IceBowl's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:55 am

EddieLeeIvory,

Everyone can draft really good players 3 years ago (or even last year to an extent).

Time to let that TT hate pass, and play with what we have now.

All GM's make mistakes.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:45 am

The question is: did the GM make a mistake or was the coaching staff unable to hold up its end? If he's passable in 2019, it argues that the staff blew it.

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IceBowl's picture

May 27, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Sorry dobber, my comment was more for EddieLeeIvory,

But to your question, MM and staff is mostly gone too. So, although your question is pertinent for the history books, I think we should use what we have now and move forward.

Ideally they work together, hand in hand. And it does look look like Guty has MLF & Pettine involved it the personnel decisions. (All the coaches I saw were happy with the new additions). A beneficial posture for the Pack to use. Collaboration!! Sink or swim together.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 27, 2019 at 02:01 pm

GUTE knew how thin they were on the O line last year. Bell's signing was more of 'break glass' move than anything else. It was shocking that most of the injured O linemen were not ready even for the regular season. Two whole draft classes wiped out in one year. That is not IAMGUTE fault that the medical staff either underestimated the time of recovery, or the players hid the extent of damage they took in 2017. Either way, it made a close to total rebuild on depth starting this year. For this organization, when it comes to injuries, all the luck seems bad.

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Coldworld's picture

May 27, 2019 at 12:56 pm

There is no need to berate TT for his medical issues. It’s clear he was in a real decline. TT is not at fault for his medical issues.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 27, 2019 at 02:10 pm

I hate to sound like a broken clock on this, but TT let Murphy know in 2014 that he wanted to retire, and expected to be replaced by 2015. It is still the biggest single question at 1265, is why Murphy did not move quickly to replace Ted at his request. The executive committee had to force Murphy to hire GUTE in 2018. I hope we fans hear the back story on this someday.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 27, 2019 at 02:33 pm

Agreed, TT got us a Super Bowl. Let's remeber him for his contributes.

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Rak47's picture

May 27, 2019 at 03:39 pm

What you're saying is absolutely true and correct Coldworld, however Ted should've recognized his own decline and stepped down from the job himself. If I'm responsible for a job I can no longer do I step away and thank those responsible for giving me the opportunity. How many players has Ted drafted himself that have had to do the exact same thing and step away from the game once they recognize they can no longer compete at an NFL level?

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Coldworld's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:39 pm

One would hope, but often people with that sort of condition don’t fully recognize it or are in denial. In such circumstances, it’s typically on colleagues to identify and leadership to address unfortunately.

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4thand1's picture

May 27, 2019 at 08:42 am

No team is going to be successful if they don't have the big guys up front on offense that can play. The Pack appears to have a very good line with depth, hopefully one of the best in the NFL. Keep 12 upright, open some holes, who knows how far this goes....................GOPACKGO!

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PeteK's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:07 am

We are solid right now, but Bulaga's injury history worries me. However, we have some interesting backup possibilities in Jenkins, McCray, Madison, Spriggs, Patrick. Even if one of those players makes an improvement , preferably Spriggs, it could be key to our offense.

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sonomaca's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:27 am

If Bulaga goes down, Turner goes to RT, and Jenkins/McCray/Madison goes to RG. That’s why they wanted Turner so badly.

That said, he’ll be a downgrade at RT, so they desperately need to develop a RT. Light, Spriggs, Nijman. This has really got to be a priority.

Also, if Bakh goes down, does Bulaga go to LT and Turner to RT?

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NickPerry's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:39 am

Nijman is a project BUT that kid could be something if he's got some athletic ability to go with that size. I admit I don't know much at all about him other than he's HUGE!

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Coldworld's picture

May 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Maybe De Beer as well. Light and Pankey maybe offer more than McCray or Patrick. Plenty of competition for depth.

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greengold's picture

May 29, 2019 at 09:47 am

Nick Perry, Yosh Nijman was considered by most scouts to have the finest measureables of any offensive lineman in his entire draft class. How he went undrafted? He has metal rods in both legs when he grew too fast and couldn't support the weight. That never stopped his productivity.

Yosh Nijman is 6-7 324 34"arms. Ran a 4.81 40, 30.5" vertical, 9-6 broad jump, 4.50 short shuttle, 7.29 3-cone... along with 27 reps on the bench. I believe his 40, vertical, and short shuttle were tops and his 27 reps near the top of his class.

Experience starting both LT and RT. Allowed just 12 total pressures (10 hurries, 1 QB hit and 1 sack) in 334 pass blocking snaps at Virginia Tech. All this kid needs is more coaching on his footwork and hand use.

Add Nijman into our OL competitions in camp, and I think he will surprise many as a competent backup at both OT positions. I believe adding Turner, Jenkins and Nijman this offseason completely transforms our OL into a more powerful, reliable unit.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

Can't agree more: IMO a true OT should have been on the shopping list for this draft. Bulaga has--arguably--never had the quickness to play LT. He's always struggled with speed. This is a significant part of how he went from a potential top-10 pick (and first OL picked in his draft) to the 20s. The question on a fill like that (moving Bulaga to LT, Turner to RT, insert backup interior OL) is whether moving 3 guys around from the starting orientation generates a better OL configuration than leaving them put and inserting a single, perhaps lesser player, at LT.

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Coldworld's picture

May 27, 2019 at 01:01 pm

I would not be surprised if Turner took left if needed.

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jannes bjornson's picture

May 27, 2019 at 02:05 pm

Have to hope Bhaktiari doesn't take a serious hit. Gutekunst is about one draft behind in the recovery post-Ted, for the total reload, so getting Turner was a big move to limit risk. hopefully Madison shows something in the OT position in addition to guard. Spriggs is a guy lucky to get out of training camp.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:05 am

You said "if Bak goes down".
That's a great point. He is taken for granted. Everyone just assumes he will keep avoiding injury & odds are it will hit him too.

We're screwed when that happens as seen in December 2015 when Arizona bludgeoned Rodgers all day long at a game I had a 3rd row seat to experience his pain.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 11:32 am

I wouldn't say "everyone" was assuming he's indestructible. There's been an undercurrent of uneasiness over the depth at LT here since the draft. Still, many teams struggle to find one serviceable LT, much less a quality backup. There were a couple candidates to be 'plug-n-play' OTs (more RTs than LTs) still on the board at 30 and 44, though, and I wish they'd taken one.

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Coldworld's picture

May 27, 2019 at 01:10 pm

That is the point. Good LTs don't fall from the sky often. Gute clearly focused on what they saw as an existing deficit. Not really sure we would have got anyone with starter potential and ready to play later. Nijman is an outside hope to be serviceable this year, but he looks to have real potential. I’ve heard suggestions De Beer might be a viable prospect too, but I really don’t know. This year we may be be looking at Turner first up at either tackle spot and Jenkins/Spriggs next.

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CoachJV's picture

May 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm

I think you would make as few moves as possible. I think you'd leave Bulaga at RT and just move Turner to LT... at first anyway. If it doesn't work out, then you switch them.

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sonomaca's picture

May 27, 2019 at 04:25 pm

Anyone know who took backup reps at LT in OTA’s? That’s something I’d be watching very closely in training camp. If you think about it, the situation at RT is actually in better shape than LT, what with Turner able to kick over.

You need a different kind of cat at LT, a big, quick, refined cat.

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dobber's picture

May 27, 2019 at 05:03 pm

Meee-ow?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 28, 2019 at 06:59 am

At 30 there were some LT candidates, maybe even some plug and play types. McGary (31), Jawaan Taylor (35), Greg Little (37), Cody Ford (38), and Dalton Risner (41) all qualify. I agree completely about tackles being available had we stayed at 30, but FS was probably even more of a pressing need than OT. Now, despite all the hype Savage has gotten on packer blogs (and the Kollmann video is very persuasive), I didn't have him as the #1 FS. I don't think there was a consensus #1 FS among the pundits/media. It may be that at least two GMs had Savage as the best FS.

I don't see anybody left I wanted much at #44. Scharping (55) didn't do it for me, and then a long wait until Pipkens and Edoga went back to back at 91 and 92. Then Bobby Evans at 97 and Cajuste at 101 (late 3rd). No tackles were taken in the entire 4th round, and just one, David Edwards at #169, was taken in the fifth.

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sonomaca's picture

May 28, 2019 at 08:34 am

Nijman and de Beer both played RT in college. Don’t think Light is seen as a LT, either. Spriggs seems to be the only one. Maybe he’s shown massive improvement that we don’t yet know about.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 28, 2019 at 03:21 pm

tgr, as you pointed out GUTE just had too many holes to fill, especially at the skill positions in this draft. With the NFL tilting so hard to the pass game, many of current players on last year and this years drafts became projects, more than ready players in the offensive line. College teams that run pass heavy offenses like Wisconsin, their O linemen get a heavy look, even if they are not plug and play types. Without the skill demanded by pro football in the pass game, we are seeing more HC go to a run and shoot type offense to take the pressure off their O linemen. But with defenses already adjusting (see packer draft) that is at best a band-aid. At this rate, the O line will be be classed as a 'skill position', with the pay rates in the league adjusted accordingly. Somebody, not just the LT, is going to be paid WR money. Well done Rodger, every O lineman thanks you. (And every owner hates your guts......:)

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4thand1's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:23 am

Remember..............thank a veteran today and every day.

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NickPerry's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:42 am

To all the CHTV Staff and those fellow Packers fans and family who post and/or read CHTV and have severed our Country... Thank you for your service!!

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ShooterMcGee's picture

May 27, 2019 at 10:13 am

Served our country my friend.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 28, 2019 at 02:54 pm

My daughter thinks Nick's closer to the truth. (The curse of being a Marine brat.........:)

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Since'61's picture

May 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

Those 5 guys on the OL make it all go regardless of the quality of the skill players around them.

On this Memorial Day we not only remember the great Bart Starr but also take a moment to remember those who have given that last full measure of devotion for our lives and our freedom.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. “
From the poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Bunyan

Thanks, Since ‘61

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IceBowl's picture

May 27, 2019 at 03:21 pm

Since '61,

It is very nice you (and others) acknowledged those that have given us EVERYTHING!!! I join you in your well wishes. (And thank you if you served)

They deserve daily accolades. Every time you walk into "your" bank, a library, "your" school, "your" job, "your" church, and practice "your" political affiliation, and your right to relish "your" heritage/your ancestry. Your right not to practice communism, stalinism, fascism or have a dictator. I imagine I have forgotten another 100 blessings those dead soldiers could remind me of. All of those freedoms live with them, their families and were given to us.

I am a little disappointed CheeseheadTV didn't offer even a little blurp mentioning the Honor they deserve. Oh well, I don't run the world.

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Since'61's picture

May 27, 2019 at 07:28 pm

Ice Bowl - I appreciate your comments. It was a privilege to serve. Thanks, Since ‘61

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IceBowl's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:28 pm

Since '61,

It was a privilege to serve, and WOW, what a country they/we have created/enabled!! So glad the younger citizens can enjoy their lives/freedom.

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I bleed green more's picture

May 27, 2019 at 10:06 am

I remember going to Milwaukee for my physical. It was late 60s and having to Marine uncle's I knew what was coming. I made it back others did not.

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IceBowl's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:12 pm

I bleed green more,

" I made it back others did not." (late 60's) That's the Vietnam War.

I don't know your branch or assignment, but regardless, what a blessing. Good for you.

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Since'61's picture

May 27, 2019 at 09:48 pm

I was a medic in The ‘Nam. Like you I was very, very lucky to make it back. Stay well brother. Thanks, Since ‘61

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IceBowl's picture

May 29, 2019 at 08:01 pm

Since '61'

You say ..... "I was a medic in The ‘Nam."

That just throws me. I can not imagine.... anything/everything you had to deal with. Congrats and Honors SIR. You are one of a few.

I hope your luck (certainly not to be discounted) continues.

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Jack_Vainisi's picture

May 27, 2019 at 12:52 pm

They've clearly improved their depth with Turner, Jenkins, and, hopefully, Madison. Disappointed they didn't draft an OT. I can only hope Spriggs steps up. I think he's slowly improved. I think Light is a darkhorse as a T-G reserve.

Turner has not been a long term starter. Taylor had a bad year and is questionable as an outside zone blocking fit.

Nevertheless, I'm hopeful they'll be reasonably healthy and at least end up with two good starting guards.

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Lphill's picture

May 27, 2019 at 06:25 pm

Some here have said that the offense did not improve much since last season , well the O line is improved and the defense could very well be a top 10 or better , this creates more opportunities for the offense , new plays , new coach etc...

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Todd Nicholas's picture

May 27, 2019 at 08:44 pm

Kind of both sides of the fence with this signing anybody else realize he's been in the several years with only 1 positive grade believe he's been in league 5 or 6 years then gets his 1 positive grade in a contract year

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 28, 2019 at 07:56 am

Turner played for North Dakota State. He needed a lot of technique work and acclimating to the NFL level. He played just 17 snaps as a rookie in 2014. Turner played 764 snaps in 2015 but really wasn't ready. He played 97 snaps in 2016 and was waived by Miami, and Denver picked him up off the waiver wire, where he played just 40 snaps. Turner didn't play much early in 2017 and went on IR in mid-October with a broken hand after just 46 snaps. He played 824 snaps for Denver in 2018, again ending up on IR with a broken leg.

Turner has improved each year. He doesn't have a lot of mileage on him despite having been in the league for 5 seasons. He has had some injuries.

Denver didn't have a good OL in 2016, 2017 or 2018, so...

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Grandfathered's picture

May 28, 2019 at 11:09 pm

Yeah, but when his hand and legs weren't broken, he played ok.

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Bryan Chisholm's picture

May 27, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Can't remember the last time I've heard Rodgers speak on a O-lineman like that.. not even Bahk or Bulaga (although, i could've missed it). Which is encouraging, but has he really seen that much already for him to be so impressed?!

I really can't shake the fact that he was supposedly horrible with the Dolphins, and was nothing special with the Broncos and is with his 3rd team in 5 years.. and here we come slinging him a multi year deal... But I find solace in the fact that I'm not a NFL scout or GM.. hell, I'm not even Russ Ball.. this is what they get paid to do.. at the end of the day, what's done is done.. he's a packer now. Give'em hell Billy..

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Lare's picture

May 28, 2019 at 09:42 am

Every OL is starting off on a fresh slate with the Packers new scheme and new offensive system. What they've done in the past isn't as important as what they'll do in the future.

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greengold's picture

May 29, 2019 at 09:58 am

Bryan, figure it takes -most- OL from any draft 2-3 years to develop into the body type required to handle the position as a starter. Billy Turner looks to be right on schedule.

That's what amazes me about who we've acquired. Turner and Jenkins could start on just about any OL in the NFL right now. Nijman already has the body for LT/RT, and just needs the coaching. However, watch his highlights and you will see him STONE Clelin Ferrell and many other Power 5 Conference players. Huge player at 6-7 324, with speed and agility. I think we're going to be great there.

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