The Packers had a head-scratching draft, trading up for QB Jordan Love in the 1st round and taking power-back A.J. Dillon in the 2nd. They didn't draft a single WR, despite being 1 of the neediest teams in the league at the position. GM Brian Gutekunst said it's all part of the plan to be a run-leaning offense. “I think [HC Matt LaFleur has] talked to you guys repeatedly about how much he’d like to run the ball and have the pass work off of that,” Gutekunst told reporters on Saturday. Green Bay ranked 18th in run rate last season -- and it sounds like we should project them to run it more in 2020. It's all bad news for Aaron Rodgers, who might not sit in QB1 territory when release our initial projections next month.
The Packers traded up to select Utah State QB Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. This comes 15 years after Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers to sit behind Brett Favre. Love is much more project than NFL-ready prospect. He has prototypical size (6’3, 224 pounds), a big arm and tested as a 76th percentile athlete at the Combine. “He has the most physical upside of any of [this year’s QBs],” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. But Love is coming off an ugly 2019 campaign that saw him post a 62% completion rate with 20 TDs and 17 INTs. His 70.6% adjusted completion rate ranked 67th among draft-eligible QBs, according to Pro Football Focus. He also ranked 101st in PFF’s turnover-worthy play rate. In his defense, Love was much better with a stronger supporting cast back in 2018, tallying a 64% completion rate with 32 TDs and just 6 INTs. There’s big ‘bust’ potential here. But if Love hits, his combination of arm and athleticism will give him exciting fantasy upside. He’ll obviously sit behind Rodgers for now. Rodgers is 36 years old and has 4 years remaining on his current contract.
The forecast for today's Packers-Giants game calls for a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain. Winds are expected to come in at 10-20 mph. Aaron Rodgers and Co. are used to this type of weather. But Daniel Jones told ESPN's Jordan Raanan that he's never played in snow. Keep that in mind when making lineup decisions.
Packers WRs Geronimo Allison (concussion, chest) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (knee, ankle) are active for today’s game against the Raiders. It’s a plus matchup, but both guys figure to be operating at less than 100%. Their availability is obviously good news for QB Aaron Rodgers, though.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers revealed this week that he suffered a tibial plateau fracture and MCL sprain in his left knee in last season's opener. Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin that the "indent" fracture to the top of the shin bone was "very painful." Rodgers re-injured the MCL in Week 5 on a hit by Lions LB Christian Jones. Rodgers said the injuries limited his mobility "for a good part of the season." Rodgers previously had the ACL repaired in that knee (in high school) and had arthroscopic surgery on the joint after the 2015 season. This time around, he avoided surgery. Instead, Rodgers said he had "a series of shots" this offseason and that the knee now feels fine. Barring any offseason setbacks, Rodgers should be a 2019 bounce-back candidate.
The Packers have hired Matt LaFleur as their new HC. The 39-year-old was a hot name as an OC candidate around this time last year after working under Sean McVay in Los Angeles in 2017. LaFleur's 1 season in Tennessee was underwhelming on paper, with the Titans finishing 25th in total yards and 27th in points. But he was dealt a bad hand at QB between an injured Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert. That likely also played a part in Tennessee being the 2nd run-heaviest offense in the league and 10th slowest in situation-neutral pace. Hopefully LaFleur brings a more aggressive, up-tempo attack to Green Bay. Consider the hire a risk/reward proposition for Aaron Rodgers and Co.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Lions to be checked for a concussion. We'll update his status when we learn more. QB DeShone Kizer is in for Green Bay.
Update: Rodgers has been diagnosed with a concussion and is done for the day. It's his 3rd documented concussion.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told reporters on Wednesday that he'll play against the Jets this weekend. Green Bay was eliminated from playoff contention last week, and Rodgers injured his groin. But he'll get back out there anyway. "I'm super competitive," Rodgers explained. He'll be a lower-end QB1 for Week 16.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he injured his groin on the final play of the 1st half of Sunday's loss to the Bears. He played the 2nd half but admitted that the groin "bothered [him] a little bit." It sounds like something Rodgers would play through if Green Bay was still in the playoff hunt. But they were officially eliminated with the loss in Chicago. HC Joe Philbin said Monday that he plans on Rodgers playing against the Jets this weekend. We'll see if those plans change.
The Packers have fired HC Mike McCarthy. It ends a 13-year stint in Green Bay. The team has underachieved recently, though -- especially considering they're quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers. Today's home loss to the Cardinals was the nail in the coffin. Joe Philbin will take over the interim HC. The move is unlikely to have a significant fantasy impact.
The forecast for today's Cardinals-Packers game calls for a 100% chance of snow and winds of 20-30 mph. Those are tough conditions for the passing games -- especially the Cardinals, who play their home games indoors. QB Josh Rosen shouldn't have been in your plans anyway, but WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are shakier plays now. Aaron Rodgers looks like a lower-end QB1 in this spot. RB Aaron Jones and the Packers defense are elite fantasy plays.
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