The Packers signed QB Blake Bortles. The 29-year-old has attempted just 2 passes over the last 2 years after 5 mostly disappointing seasons in Jacksonville. The real takeaway here, of course, is that Green Bay might be preparing to be without disgruntled QB Aaron Rodgers. We'll continue to monitor the situation.
The Packers picked RB Kylin Hill in Round 7 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Hill broke out in 2019 with 242-1,350-10. But playing under new HC Mike Leach in 2020, the 22-year-old’s progress came to a halt. While he opened eyes with 23 catches (15 at Kentucky; 8 at LSU), Hill made only 3 appearances and totaled just 15 carries. He received a 1-game suspension before getting deactivated for 2 because of “personal issue,” per Leach. He promptly skipped the remainder of the season to prep for the draft. When right, Hill uses his 5’10, 214-pound frame effectively as an inside/outside runner. His 4.51-second 40 time shows good enough speed, while his 36-inch vertical (68th percentile) and 122-inch broad jump (72nd percentile) show the burst. Those traits -- plus clear pass-catching ability -- made Hill 1 of our favorite RB sleepers. Landing in Green Bay offers clear pass-catching upside in the wake of Jamaal Williams' departure. We'll see how he fares this summer. For now, Hill makes for a solid upside shot to take late in dynasty rookie drafts.
The Packers finally added a WR for Aaron Rodgers, grabbing Clemson’s Amari Rodgers in Round 3. Rodgers’ college career was disrupted by a March 2019 torn ACL. He unbelievably made it back for the 2nd game of that season -- just about 6 months after the injury -- but was noticeably limited. He bounced back to set career highs across the board in 2020 with 77 catches, 1,020 yards and 7 scores. All 3 marks led the Tigers. The 5’10, 212-pounder is at his best after the catch, with good vision, enough wiggle and strong contact balance. The concerns: he doesn’t create a lot of separation, has a small catch radius and is subpar in contested situations. Rodgers tested as an average athlete at Clemson’s Pro Day, including a 4.52-second 40 time. There was some pre-draft talk about him moving to RB, but the Packers announced him as a WR. Rodgers doesn’t look like a difference-maker in the NFL, but this is a solid landing spot as long as Aaron Rodgers sticks around. Amari has a chance to win the slot receiver job right out of the gate.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst didn't mince words when discussing the Aaron Rodgers situation on Thursday night. "No, we’re not going to trade Aaron Rodgers," Gutekunst said. "He's our quarterback. He's our leader. We've been working through this for a little while now. I just think it might take some time. But he's the guy that makes this thing go." We'll continue to keep a close eye on this, but Rodgers seems less likely to be dealt this year with the 1st round of the draft behind us.
In a decision clearly pandering to disgruntled QB Aaron Rodgers, the Packers spent Pick 29 of the 2021 NFL Draft on Georgia CB Eric Stokes. The former Bulldog defensed 22 passes over 3 seasons and grabbed 4 INTs in just 9 games last year. Stokes then ran a 4.29-second 40 at his pro day. He figures to compete for Kevin King's starting job opposite Jaire Alexander.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is "disgruntled" with the organization and has told some that he doesn't want to return to the team, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It seemed like this relationship had been mended, but Rodgers is reportedly still upset about Green Bay's decision to take QB Jordan Love in the 1st round of last year's draft. "As we've stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond," GM Brian Gutekunst told ESPN. "Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team." We'll see where this goes. The 49ers reportedly called the Packers on Wednesday night to inquire about Rodgers' availability but were turned away.
Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Rodgers' discontent stems from an inability for him and the Packers to agree on a new long-term contract. "No deal is done, and he’s not happy now," Rapoport adds.
The NFL owners officially approved a 17-game schedule for the 2021 season. It'll be an 18-week season, with every team still getting just 1 bye week. There will be 3 weeks of preseason in August, rather than 4. Fantasy leagues will need to decide whether they want to add another regular-season game, expand the playoffs by a week or simply end the season in Week 16.
The Packers have tendered TE Robert Tonyan at the 2nd-round level, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That means if another team signs the restricted free agent to an offer sheet, Green Bay could match the offer or get a 2nd-round pick from the new team as compensation. We'll see whether any team likes Tonyan enough to go after him.
The Packers have agreed to a new 4-year deal with RB Aaron Jones. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says it's a $48 million pact, including a $13 million signing bonus. (We'll see about further details.) Reports had continued that Green Bay wanted to keep Jones around, and this likely indicates he wouldn't have found bigger money on the open market. Jones figures to remain the lead back. AJ Dillon will continue to find limited work available in his 2nd season. Dillon could see his role grow, though, with Jamaal Williams heading to free agency. We'll see how the whole backfield settles out.
Packers President Mark Murphy didn't mince words when discussing QB Aaron Rodgers' standing with the team in a Tuesday radio interview. “I’ll say this: There’s no way in heck that Aaron is not going to be on the Packers," Murphy said. "I mean, he is going to be the MVP of the league, might have had his best year ever. He’s our unquestioned leader and, you know, we’re not idiots.” Rodgers made headlines when he said he was unsure of his Packers future after the loss to the Bucs last weekend, but it always seemed unlikely that he'd play anywhere else in 2021. Rodgers' contract makes it easier for Green Bay to move on during the 2022 offseason.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers "fully sounded like someone who doesn't know if he'll be the QB here next season," The Athletic's Matt Schneidman tweeted after Rodgers' press conference following the loss to the Bucs. Here was that quote from Rodgers that's causing a stir: “A lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included.” That could mean a lot of things, of course. Rodgers is coming off an MVP-caliber season and still has 3 years left on his deal, so it'd be a surprise if Green Bay decides to move on. But it was also a surprise when the Packers traded up to select QB Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of last year's draft. We'll track this situation all offseason.
Packers CB Kevin King (back) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. He turned up questionable after missing Friday's practice with a back issue but appears good to go.
The forecast for tonight's Titans-Packers game calls for temperatures in the low 30s with snow and winds of 10-15 mph with gusts of 25-30 mph. Those are less-than-ideal conditions for the passing games, but we're still expecting plenty of points in this one. The game still has a big 53.5-point over/under. We'd stick with all the regulars from these teams in fantasy lineups.
Packers TE Jace Sternberger sustained a concussion in Sunday's game against the Eagles. He's been a fantasy non-factor this season playing behind TE Robert Tonyan.
Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) is active for today's game against the Eagles. He's a high-upside sack threat vs. a Philly team that has allowed the most in the league.
Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Smith sustained an ankle injury in Thursday's practice and then sat out Friday -- a worrisome progression for his game status. We'll keep an eye on reports for Smith over the weekend and check his status Sunday afternoon.
Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) is active for tonight’s game against the Bears. He’s a boom-or-bust fantasy play, especially at less than 100%.
Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Achilles) is questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Bears. He injured his Achilles on Thursday and then didn’t practice on Friday — so he seems to be on the doubtful side of questionable. Valdes-Scantling’s absence would make WR Allen Lazard a more intriguing Week 12 fantasy play.
Packers CB Kevin King (Achilles' tendon) is active for today's game against the Colts.
Packers WR Allen Lazard (core) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He’s expected to be on a snap count and isn’t a viable Week 11 fantasy play.
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