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 added Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon served as his team’s workhorse in all 3 seasons on campus, registering rushing lines of 300-1,589-14, 227-1,108-10 and 318-1,685-14. His 4,382 career rushing yards and 38 career rushing scores are both school records. Dillon crushed the Combine, running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at 6’0 and 247 pounds to earn a 97th percentile Speed Score. He also posted 96th and 97th percentile marks in the vertical and broad jumps, finishing with a 97th percentile SPARQ score. Dillon doesn’t look like an uber-athlete on tape, though. He needs a runway to hit top speed and has very little wiggle. He’s also a near-zero in the passing game, totaling just 21 receptions over the past 3 seasons. Dillon joins Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in Green Bay’s backfield. HC Matt LaFleur has been hesitant to make Jones a feature back — and this pick likely means that will continue. Longer term, it's worth noting that both Jones and Williams are set to become free agents next offseason.
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.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Packers are "expected" to sign WR Devin Funchess. The former Panther and Colt appeared in just 1 game for Indy last season before succumbing to a broken clavicle. Funchess would now join a Packers offense that saw Davante Adams dominate targets in 2019. Adams drew 127 in just 12 regular-season games. Aaron Jones ranked 2nd at just 68 looks, with Jimmy Graham behind him at 60. Graham has left for Chicago, and #4 Marquez Valdes-Scantling saw his playing time disintegrate late last season. In short, there's clear opportunity for Funchess. He should compete for the outside job opposite Davante Adams, with Jake Kumerow, MVS and Equanimeous St. Brown as current competition. We'll see what else the Packers add to the corps this offseason.
The Packers have reached a 2-year, $16 million deal with LB Christian Kirksey. That's clearly starter money for the former Cleveland Brown. It also makes you wonder whether Green Bay has decided to let veteran ILB Blake Martinez walk in free agency. Martinez figures to command at least as much on the open market -- and likely more. Kirksey should go back to being a solid-to-good IDP LB with the Packers, if he can stay healthy. Injuries limited him to just 9 of a possible 32 games over the past 2 years. We'll see about Martinez.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he's on track to play against the Seahawks on Sunday. Williams will work as Green Bay's #2 RB, but his return definitely puts a dent in RB Aaron Jones' touch projection.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday. That would seem to put him on track to play in next weekend's Divisional Round game. In their last 5 healthy games together, Williams has tallied 49 carries and 15 targets to Aaron Jones' 66 carries and 14 targets.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. That's a big boost for RB Aaron Jones. In the 1 game Williams missed earlier this season, Jones played 67% of the offensive snaps and compiled 182 yards and 4 TDs on 27 opportunities (carries + targets). He's a high-end RB1 for this weekend's plus matchup.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Lions this weekend, leaving RB Aaron Jones in a workhorse role. When Williams missed Week 5's game against the Cowboys, Jones popped off for 107 yards and 4 TDs (!!!) on the ground, plus 7 catches on 8 targets for 75 yards.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams was knocked out of Monday night's game in Minnesota with a shoulder injury. We'll see if he's able to play in this weekend's finale against the Lions. If not, RB Aaron Jones will be locked into a workhorse role.
Packers CB Kevin King (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Bears. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.
Packers CB Kevin King is inactive for today's game against Washington.
Packers CB Kevin King (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. He put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday before a full workout Friday. We'll check King's status Sunday morning.
The Colts are not planning to activate WR Devin Funchess (collarbone) from the IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The plate inserted into the break did not work out as hoped," Rapoport adds. "He hasn’t healed enough." Funchess is set to hit free agency this offseason. The Colts will move forward with Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson and Chester Rogers as their healthy WRs. We'll see when T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) are able to return.
Colts WR Devin Funchess will return to practice Wednesday for the 1st time since suffering a collarbone fracture in the season opener, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Funchess landed on IR after Week 1 but could be ready to return with QB Jacoby Brissett for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Funchess would return to a WR corps that's still missing T.Y. Hilton and rookie Parris Campbell. We'll watch his progress this week.
Packers CB Jaire Alexander (groin) and S Adrian Amos (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Panthers and available for IDP use.
Packers S Adrian Amos (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning to a limited Friday workout. We'd try to not use Amos, who isn't a special IDP option when healthy.
Packers WR Davante Adams (toe) is active for today’s game against the Chargers. He’s been out since Week 4 and remained limited in practice this week, so there’s elevated risk here. But it’d be tough to keep Adams on fantasy benches. We haven’t heard anything about his snaps being limited today.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Packers are "planning" on WR Davante Adams (toe) playing against the Chargers on Sunday. "They’ll likely put him through a workout to test it," Rapoport adds. So it sounds like a final decision might not come until just before inactives are announced around 3 pm ET. You can pencil Adams into fantasy lineups, but make sure to have a late-game backup option rostered just in case he ends up inactive.
The Packers are activating rookie TE Jace Sternberger off IR. The 3rd-round pick returns to a position that has found veteran Jimmy Graham disappointing for much of the season. Sternberger is worth stashing in TE-premium formats such as the FFPC. We'll see if he can carve out a meaningful role over the 2nd half of the season.
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