Fantasy Football News & Views
Packers | Jake Hanson under contract Fri Jul 10, 05:15 PM
Green Bay Packers sixth-round draft choice C Jake Hanson signed a four-year contract with the Packers Friday, July 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Hanson was a four-year starter at Oregon and two-time All-Pac-12 second team. He could be on the spot in 2021 if the Packers can't afford to keep starting center Corey Linsley. With Kenny Clark and David Bakhtiari both hitting free agency next year, Linsley could be the odd man out.|
Packers | Jon Runyan to be used at OG Fri Jul 10, 05:07 PM
Green Bay Packers OG Jon Runyan Jr. will be used at offensive guard but could also be a candidate at offensive tackle in emergency situations.
|Footballguys view: If Alex Light doesn't cut it as a swing tackle, the Packers could try to get Runyan ready for the key depth job as a rookie.|
Packers | Alex Light has good chance to make team Fri Jul 10, 04:42 PM
Green Bay Packers OT Alex Light likely will make the final roster because the Packers do not have any backup offensive tackles with experience on the roster other than Light, according to PackersWire's Zach Kruse.
|Footballguys view: The Packers better hope David Bakhtiari and Rick Wagner stay healthy. They could look to the market for another swing tackle candidate if they don't like how Light looks in camp after he wasn't very good when he got on the field last year.|
Packers | Kamal Martin signs rookie deal Thu Jul 9, 04:29 PM
Green Bay Packers fifth-round draft choice LB Kamal Martin signed a four-year contract with the Packers Thursday, July 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Martin played through a knee injury before being shut down last season and he was not able to work out at the combine. He could be a name to watch if Christian Kirksey can't stay healthy for the third straight season.|
Packers | Equanimeous St. Brown may have edge for spot Mon Jul 6, 07:11 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown is considered the leading candidate for the No. 6 receiver job entering training camp.
|Footballguys view: Is there such a thing as an 'edge' for the SIXTH SPOT on the depth chart? At that end of the bench one bad preseason game or one missed practice might be enough to catapult someone ahead of you. Yes, St. Brown was a draft pick (sixth-round pick, 2018 NFL draft) so perhaps that gives him the aforementioned 'edge' but it's a fine line. We're still monitoring St. Brown in crazy deep dynasty dynasty formats.|
Packers | Aaron Rodgers benefited from screen passes Sun Jul 5, 07:33 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers accumulated 483 passing yards on screen plays in 2019 - the second-highest mark in the league - according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers is dangerous all over the field but in the first year under head coach Matt LaFleur the Packers were screen heavy. Not every pass they caught was a screen pass, but in 2019 the Packers had two backs (Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams) catch 88 passes combined. Expect that number to be similar in 2020.|
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Packers | Dexter Williams on bubble Thu Jul 2, 06:12 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Dexter Williams likely will be on the roster bubble during training camp because of the addition of RB AJ Dillon this offseason.Link to story
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Packers | Tyler Ervin has good chance to make roster Thu Jul 2, 05:28 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Tyler Ervin likely will make the final roster because of his value as a kick and punt returner, in the opinion of PackersWire's Zach Kruse.
|Footballguys view: 2019 sixth-round pick Dexter Williams appears to be on the outside looking in if this is true. Second-round pick AJ Dillon will make it difficult for the team to carry a fourth running back that isn't a major contributor on special teams.|
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Packers | Jordan Love signs rookie contract Wed Jul 1, 03:34 PM
Green Bay Packers first-round draft choice QB Jordan Love signed a four-year contract with the Packers Wednesday, July 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Love has a ton of talent but he needs time to develop as a pro. During his college career at Utah State, Love showed great mechanics and was incredibly bold as a passer down the field. He'll sit behind Aaron Rodgers in 2020 but he's pegged as the future franchise quarterback.|
Packers | AJ Dillon under contract Wed Jul 1, 12:51 PM
Green Bay Packers RB AJ Dillon tweeted a photo of himself signing his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, July 1. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Dillon is your prototypical power back who can grind down defenses as the game goes on. He makes his living between the tackles where he averaged around 5.0 yards per carry in 2019 for Boston College. Dillon is not a receiving threat, reminding some in the scouting community of former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs. He'll work as a reserve behind Aaron Jones in 2020.|
Packers | Bigger role for Tyler Ervin? Wed Jun 24, 10:22 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Tyler Ervin had three touches for 21 total yards after joining the team last season, but the Packers 'plan to utilize Ervin even more' in 2020, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: We can't see Ervin getting a fantasy relevant role. He's buried on the depth chart behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. Ervin is a return man and has the speed to work in space as a receiving back.|
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Packers | Equanimeous St. Brown back in mix Wed Jun 24, 10:00 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown was one of the players QB Aaron Rodgers mentioned when talking about important members of the receiving corps for 2020. 'I'm excited about seeing EQ back in the mix,' Rodgers said.
|Footballguys view: The Packers have Davante Adams as their top wide receiver and then there's a group of guys, including St. Brown, who are vying for position in the pecking order. With the addition of Devin Funchess, plus guys like Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard, St. Brown has his work cut out for him if he wants to earn a role. Impressing Rodgers will certainly help, especially since St. Brown missed all of the 2019 season due to an ankle injury he suffered in the team's third preseason game.|
Packers | Montravius Adams facing uphill battle? Sat Jun 20, 06:49 PM
Green Bay Packers DT Montravius Adams likely will need a strong training camp in order to make the final roster.
|Footballguys view: Adams was arrested this offseason and he hasn't done much since Ted Thompson took him in the third round last year. He might have trouble catching on anywhere if the Packers give up on him.|
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Packers | Oren Burks may need solid camp Sat Jun 20, 06:41 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Oren Burks could be a possible cut candidate if he does not perform well during training camp, in the opinion of PackersWire's Joe Kipp.
|Footballguys view: Burks was supposed to bolster the Packers pass defense, but his role has actually gotten smaller since his rookie year. If Burks can redeem himself, oft-injured Christian Kirksey might be the only thing between him and opportunity to become relevant in IDP leagues.|
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Packers | Josh Jackson not a lock for roster Sat Jun 20, 06:40 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Josh Jackson could be a possible trade or release candidate if he fails to show improvement during training camp.
|Footballguys view: The 2018 #37 overall pick took a step back last year and didn't start or record a pass breakup. The Packers appear to be souring on him with two years left on his rookie deal.|
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers good on deep throws Mon Jun 15, 05:34 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers recorded 1,222 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions on passes of traveled at least 20 yards during the 2019 regular season and postseason.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers is so good on these throws because he's always looking to attack. He's got a gunslinger's mentality and loves to challenge defenders deep. The Packers could have done more this offseason to upgrade his WR corps, but Rodgers will make the most of what he has to work with.|
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers ruthless downfield Sun Jun 14, 07:18 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 1,222 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions on passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield in 2019 (including playoffs), according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers is ruthless all over the field, but what makes him truly elite is his ability to attack downfield with great success. He has the athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet, and Rodgers always has his eyes looking for open receivers.|
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Packers | Cole Madison not guaranteed spot Sat Jun 13, 06:29 PM
Green Bay Packers OG Cole Madison will need to earn a roster spot during training camp since the team added two guards in the 2020 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Madison was a fifth-round pick in 2018, but took a year off for his mental health (the suicide of his friend, Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, is believed to be part of the reason he needed this), and then tore his ACL in practice last year. He'll have an uphill battle to make the team.|
Packers | Jake Hanson could be future starter Sat Jun 13, 06:18 PM
Green Bay Packers C Jake Hanson could take over the starting center job as soon as the 2021 season if the team is not able to re-sign C Corey Linsley next offseason.
|Footballguys view: Hanson started 49 games at Oregon and ended up going 208th overall in the late sixth round of this year's draft. He projects as a possible starter in a zone running game like the one the Packers run with a lot of experience and smarts in adjusting protections and being the leader of his offensive line.|
Packers | AJ Dillon came in early Wed Jun 10, 10:13 AM
Green Bay Packers second-round pick RB AJ Dillon came to Green Bay in early May to begin working and studying the playbook.
|Footballguys view: Dillon is a huge power back from Boston College that could take over in the Packers backfield if the team doesn't re-sign Aaron Jones. This season is the final year of his contract, but Jones agent says he's been in consistent contact with the team. In 2020, Dillon will back up Jones and get some work in short-yardage and perhaps even goal-line situation.|
Packers | Billy Turner top option at RG Sat Jun 6, 07:49 PM
Green Bay Packers OG Billy Turner likely will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting right guard job, but he will have to compete with OGs Lane Taylor, Lucas Patrick and Cole Madison.
|Footballguys view: Turner fits well in an offense that wants to lean more run-heavy. He got a 3.3 million dollar roster bonus this offseason, so the Packers obviously think of him as a starter quality even though he struggled in pass protection last year. They have youth at the position behind him to perhaps get cheaper next year, and multi-year starter Lane Taylor to push him in camp.|
Packers | Alex Light may be swing tackle Fri Jun 5, 08:04 PM
Green Bay Packers OT Alex Light appears to be the leading candidate for the swing tackle job entering training camp.Link to story
Packers | Jon Runyan signs rookie deal Fri Jun 5, 05:14 PM
Green Bay Packers sixth-round draft choice OT Jon Runyan Jr. signed a four-year contract with the Packers Friday, June 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The son of the former Pro Bowl Eagle tackle could kick inside to guard in the NFL. He has good football acumen but needs to develop strength and refine his technique to make it in the NFL.|
Packers | Tramon Williams could return Mon Jun 1, 08:07 PM
Free-agent CB Tramon Williams (Packers) is a player the Green Bay Packers have considered re-signing this offseason, according to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.Link to story
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Packers | Simon Stepaniak signs contract Mon Jun 1, 03:02 PM
Green Bay Packers sixth-round draft choice OG Simon Stepaniak signed a four-year contract with the Packers Monday, June 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Packers | Rashan Gary may receive bigger role Sat May 30, 07:01 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Rashan Gary is expected to receive more snaps this upcoming season so he can take some pressure off of LBs Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith.Link to story
Packers | Vernon Scott signs Sat May 30, 03:19 PM
Green Bay Packers S Vernon Scott signed a four-year rookie contract worth $3.37 million Saturday, May 30.Link to story
Packers | Lane Taylor resturctures deal Sat May 30, 10:31 AM
Green Bay Packers OG Lane Taylor restructured the final year of his current contract Saturday, May 29. He will now receive $1.5 million, including a $100,000 signing bonus. The move has freed up approximately $3 million in salary cap space.Link to story
Packers | Adrian Amos healthy Fri May 29, 05:56 PM
Green Bay Packers S Adrian Amos said he has completely recovered from the pectoral injury he suffered during the NFC Championship game. He said he did not need surgery to repair the injury.Link to story
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Packers | Aaron Jones wants to stay with Packers Wed May 27, 04:20 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones said he wants to spend his entire career with the Packers. Jones' agent said the two sides have talked about a new contract and will continue to negotiate.
|Footballguys view: A fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract. He's got a cap hit around $2.2 million in 2020. A new deal would likely make him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. The Packers selected Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft and he's a big-bodied banger but not the all-purpose threat that Jones is.|
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Packers | Allen Lazard kind to his quarterback Tue May 26, 09:43 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard corralled 35 of his 43 catchable targets and scored three touchdowns in 2019, contributing to a passer rating of 115.6 when Aaron Rodgers threw in his direction. The passer rating mark ranked ninth in the league among receivers and tight ends with at least 50 targets.
|Footballguys view: The big-bodied former Iowa State receiver had a breakout season in 2019 with 35 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns. He needs to be more consistent with his targets and his role within the offense to be more fantasy relevant. We'll see if he can win the no.2 job opposite of Davante Adams. He'll compete with free agent signing Devin Funchess and 2019 disappointment Marquez Valdes-Scantling for playing time.|
Packers | Jonathan Garvin officially signs Tue May 26, 05:11 PM
Updating a previous story, Green Bay Packers seventh-round DE Jonathan Garvin officially signed a four-year contract Tuesday, May 26. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
Packers | Little middle ground for Aaron Rodgers in 2019 Sun May 24, 04:56 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers led the league with 109 pass attempts behind the line of scrimmage and ranked second in attempts of at least 20 yards with 102. Conversely, he finished 15th in attempts between zero and 10 yards (236) and 18th on throws between 10 and 20 yards (100).
|Footballguys view: Rodgers does a good job of attacking all three levels of the field as a passer. He was a QB1 for Fantasy GMs last year and should perform at a similar level this season.|
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Packers | Jonathan Garvin under contract Sun May 24, 03:23 PM
Green Bay Packers seventh-round draft choice LB Jonathan Garvin signed a four-year contract with the Packers Sunday, May 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Packers | Davante Adams tops on verticals Fri May 22, 01:05 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams was Pro Football Focus' top-graded wide receiver on vertical routes in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Adams and QB Aaron Rodgers are fun to watch. We'll see Adams stretch the field again this year, so he could be tops on these type of routes in 2020.|
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Packers | Red zone was good to Aaron Jones in 2019 Thu May 21, 10:44 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones scored a league-high 14 touchdowns inside the red zone in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Jones was money for the Packers last year. He should continue to be a primary force for the team near pay dirt. However, rookie RB A.J. Dillon might get some goal-line carries due to his size and power.|
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Packers | Montravius Adams arrested for marijuana possession Thu May 21, 06:57 PM
Green Bay Packers DT Montravius Adams was arrested Tuesday, May 19, and charged with three misdemeanors, including possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He was also charged with driving with a suspended, canceled or revoked registration and driving without insurance. Adams was released on a $2,964 bond.Link to story
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Packers | Chandon Sullivan nearly impossible to beat Wed May 20, 11:13 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Chandon Sullivan surrendered only six completions for 74 yards and did not allow a touchdown on 21 passes thrown in his coverage in 2019. The 28.6 percent cate rate Sullivan allowed in his coverage was the lowest for any defensive back who was targeted more than five times.Link to story
Packers | Jaire Alexander held up well in Year 2 Wed May 20, 10:08 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Jaire Alexander allowed only 47 percent of the passes thrown in his coverage to be completed and finished second in the league with 16 pass breakups, according to Sports Info Solutions. The catch rate Alexander allowed was the third-lowest mark in the league by a defensive back who was targeted at least 80 times.Link to story
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Packers | Jamaal Williams flashed sure hands in 2019 Mon May 18, 10:30 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams hauled in 39 of his 45 targets last season. The resulting 86.7 catch percentage ranked second in the league among all running backs with at least 40 targets, according to Sports Info Solutions.Link to story
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers aired it out in 2019 Sun May 17, 04:48 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers attempted 88 passes that traveled at least 20 yards in the air in 2019 - second only to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (102) - according to ESPN's Matt Bowen.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers wanted to make big plays happen with his arm last year...and pretty much every year of his pro career. The Packers didn't add talent around him in the wide receiving corps during the draft so he'll be trying to go deep with the same players around him as last year pretty much.|
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Packers | Matt LaFleur reiterates support of Aaron Rodgers Sat May 16, 10:41 AM
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur reiterated that QB Aaron Rodgers is the leader of the Packers. 'This is Aaron's team. He's our leader. He's our captain,' LaFleur said.
|Footballguys view: There has been rampant speculation about the relationship between the two since the team selected QB Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Sure, Love may be the quarterback of the future but he would be better off developing behind Rodgers for at least two years. This is Rodgers team, and it would've been nice to see the Packers add better receiving weapons around him as they try to make another run at a Super Bowl in 2020.|
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Packers | Aaron Rodgers fared well minus Davante Adams Tue May 12, 08:16 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 68.6 percent of his passes, threw for an average of 313.7 yards and sported a 10:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the four games last season WR Davante Adams missed due to a high-ankle sprain. In 12 games with Adams, Rodgers was a 59.9 percent passer, threw for 228.9 yards and sported a 16:3 TD-to-INT ratio.
|Footballguys view: Hopefully Adams is not hurt this season. The Packers failed to add WR talent for Rodgers in the draft, and now he'll rinse/repeat with most of the weapons he had last year. We'll see how far the Packers go, but in fantasy leagues Rodgers is still a QB1 in 2020.|
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Packers | Jace Sternberger ready for larger role Tue May 12, 04:05 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Jace Sternberger is looking forward to the opportunity to play a larger role within the offense in 2020 after Jimmy Graham signed with the Chicago Bears in free agency. 'That's one thing that we've all discussed, that I will have the opportunity for my role to be bigger,' Sternberger said. 'It's all how I handle it and what I can prove. It goes back to me and this opportunity. I'm just really excited about it, and I'm just definitely ready for it.'
|Footballguys view: Sternberger, a third-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2019, has the talent to be a quality starter in this league. He appeared in a small handful of games as a rookie due to injury and was only targeted with one pass in the regular season (that was not completed). Sternberger is not much of a blocker but he's a fine route-runner and can create after the catch. He's not a burner by any means but he does get open with savvy and guile. The second-year pro could be a fine underneath target for Aaron Rodgers in 2020. He's off the radar in fantasy drafts right now, but keep this guy on your waiver wire speed dial. The talent and opportunity are there for him to sneak into that TE2 range.|
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Packers | Josiah Deguara to have a fullback role? Fri May 8, 05:53 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Josiah Deguara also will play a fullback role that is more of a hybrid of the two positions. 'We will try and emulate some that stuff in terms of how the 49ers use (Kyle) Juszczyk,' LaFleur said.
|Footballguys view: Deguara's fantasy value is obviously capped by this information but it is also very important insight into the offense Matt LaFleur wants to build, one that isn't going to maximize Aaron Rodgers numbers.|
Packers | Jordan Love could sit two years Thu May 7, 08:27 AM
Green Bay Packers first-round pick QB Jordan Love was likely taken without any intention of starting in 2020 or possibly 2021, according to MMQB's Albert Breer. Most scouts Breer talked to believed Love was raw to the point where two or three years of runway to becoming a starter would be beneficial.
|Footballguys view: Love needs to sit two years as he continues to develop as a passer. The rookie first-round pick from Utah State has nearly perfect mechanics as a thrower but he tends to take a lot of chances with the football. Love will attack a defense vertically and there's not a window he doesn't want to throw into. He needs to sharpen that skill set if he wants to be an effective starter in the pros.|
Packers | AJ Dillon a bit of a physical marvel Tue May 5, 11:41 PM
Green Bay Packers RB AJ Dillon weighed 247 pounds last spring prior to his final year at Boston College and reportedly only had five percent body fat, according to former position coach Brian White.'It's amazing, when you see him with his shirt off, he's got this little skinny waist and these huge shoulders, and these legs of tree trunks that are beyond anything you've ever seen,' White told Packers.com.
|Footballguys view: Dillon is big, powerful and loves to initiate contact. He is tough to bring down and knows how to win collisions. There's not a lot of nuance to Dillon's game, and he sometimes looks for a defender rather than watching for a hole or a cutback lane. We'll see how he works into the Packers backfield in 2020.|
Packers | Treyvon Hester joins Green Bay Fri May 1, 12:28 PM
Free-agent DT Treyvon Hester (Redskins) on Friday, May 1, signed with the Green Bay Packers.Link to story
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Packers | GM pushed for Jordan Love selection Thu Apr 30, 10:36 PM
Green Bay Packers first-round selection QB Jordan Love (Utah State) possesses 'a rare combination of (Brett) Favre's gunslinging, (Aaron) Rodgers' ability to process the game and Patrick Mahomes-like athleticism,' ESPN's Rob Demovsky suggested Thursday, April 30, in regards to why general manager Brian Gutekunst drafted Love.'He's a very natural thrower, can make all the throws, he's a very good athlete, he has the kind of size we look for. I just think there's some rawness to him, but I just think he's got everything in front of him. And we really like the guy. We think he's a really good kid, wanted to work, and he just kind of fits with our culture. ... '(Head coach Matt LaFleur) was on the (phone) line with us and understood where I was coming from. I think it was one of those things where, again, with a second-year head coach, I certainly wasn't going to give him a player he didn't want. It's not something we anticipated. It kind of fell to us, and we were excited about that. I know a lot of people will look at this as not a move for the immediate, and I understand that, but the balance of the immediate and the long term is something that I have to consider, and that's why we did it,' Gutekunst said.
|Footballguys view: The Packers wanted an upgrade to the backup to Aaron Rodgers and they wanted a quarterback they could groom as an eventual starter. Love fits the bill and has high upside if he fully develops. His mechanics as a passer are nearly perfect, he's got a strong arm and Love is athletic. He is wild as a passer and takes a lot of chances with the ball. We'll see if he can dial that back while maintaining his aggression as a passer learning behind Rodgers.|
Packers | GB closes on three UDFA signings Thu Apr 30, 06:32 PM
Undrafted free-agent TE Jordan Jones (Prairie View), QB Jalen Morton (Prairie View) and RB Patrick Taylor (Memphis) officially signed three-year deals with the Green Bay Packers Thursday, April 30. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Patrick Taylor was teammates with Antonio Gibson in college at Memphis. While Gibson was the WR/RB for the team, moving all around the field, Taylor was the grinder for the Tigers...when healthy. A left foot injury suffered last year caused him to miss most of the 2019 season. As a runner, Taylor is swift and has prototypical size. We like his vision and timing as a runner and will keep an eye on him in deep dynasty formats.|