Welcome to Packers Football 2022. Your Green Bay Packers will take the field today for the first official practice of training camp. Today will be chock full of reports on who looked good, who screwed up, etc.. Sure they’ll only be in shorts, but never mind, we’ll take it!
Dillonesque – I’m sure you’ve all seen the video by now of a GB police officer putting his hands on AJ Dillon (possibly because he didn’t know who he was or what he was doing there? IDK…). It’s impressive how calmly Dillon handled it all. My issue wasn’t with the initial collar tug – if the officer really didn’t know what was going on, then he was just doing his job. But then after getting an explanation and deciding to allow it, the angry and disdainful push in the back to Dillon was just wrong. My first reaction upon seeing that was that it would have triggered a very different response from many other players. Aaron Nagler spoke to a Packers player who expressed those same thoughts.
Are we being “Conned?” – Speaking of videos, I’d love to know whose idea it was to have Rodgers do a Nicholas Cage impression arriving at Lambeau. Was it Packers PR or Rodgers himself? My opinion of it would vary greatly depending on the answer to that question.
Study Hall – Almost every day something about the NFL comes out that makes us raise our eyebrows or shake our heads. So I shouldn’t be surprised. But who could have ever predicted an NFL team giving their QB a 46M/yr contract, as long as he agrees to study their upcoming opponent 4 hours a week? “Young man, you go to your room to study or you won’t get your allowance! And I mean it!” Insanity…
Injury bug already? Camp hasn’t even started and the Packers are already down two wide receivers – new acquisitions Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins. But have no fear! The Packers found a 6’5″ wide receiver to bring in from the USFL. You didn’t think they’d settle for a mere six-footer, did you?
No Raleigh, he’s gone – An offseason pickup that enticed many fans thanks to his supposed world-class speed, CB Raleigh Texada has been told to run himself out of town (so have S Tre Sterling and DT Hauati Pututau). Anyone else feeling a Packers – Kevin King reunion happening on the cheap?
Busy Brian – Gutey has been busy churning the bottom of the roster this week – always hoping to unearth a hidden gem somewhere:
7/26 Released DL Hauati Pututau, S Tre Sterling and CB Raleigh Texada.
7/26 Signed C Ty Clary, WR Osirus Mitchell and CB Donte Vaughn.
7/25 Signed S Dallin Leavitt.
7/22 Released TE Eli Wolf.
7/21 Signed TE Sal Cannella. (If only his last name was Monella)
A Top-Notch Triumvirate – While not officially announced yet, it’s been widely reported that the Packers have extended the contracts of the three Kings under Emperor Murphy. Now, I couldn’t tell you the names of front office execs at most NFL teams if my life depended on it – I’d just be dead. But purely speculating, I doubt any other team has three such people that are all so good at their jobs. I would continue to speculate that they are all at least top-ten in the league at their respective jobs, and the Packers have three such people in their organization. Terrific.
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