Morning Buzz: False start on Packers' offseason program
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We’ll start with Ryan Wood kicking off our 10-part NFL draft position-preview series with a look at the quarterback position.
With the 14th overall pick in the draft, the Green Bay Packers have the luxury of watching the quarterback frenzy unfold before them.
This much is clear: if the Packers’ franchise-record streak of eight consecutive playoff berths had to end at some point, they picked the right year. Each quarterback off the board before No. 14 pushes a desirable defensive target closer to them.
That doesn’t mean the Packers will avoid plucking from the quarterback class. At the NFL scouting combine in February, mid- to late-round quarterback prospects said they interacted with Packers representatives.
Four days after the combine, general manager Brian Gutekunst traded cornerback Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns for DeShone Kizer, who will compete with Brett Hundley to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup.
It seems unlikely the Packers would carry Kizer and Hundley on their 53-man roster this fall. Even if they do, the Packers may prefer to stash a fourth quarterback on their practice squad. Such a pick would be a luxury, but perhaps one the Packers could afford with 12 picks.
“There should be a fourth guy there,” coach Mike McCarthy said at the combine. “I mean, think about it, why doesn’t every team have a minimum of four quarterbacks? That’s where I hope the game goes.”
Ryan also has a look at some late-round QB possibilities:
The Packers delayed the start of their offseason program:
Pete Dougherty thinks Marcus Davenport makes sense in the first round:
I spoke with Michael Cohen about the possibility of former Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant landing in Green Bay:
Elsewhere, Josh Norris and Evan Silva looked at which draft picks might fill the team’s pressing needs:
Shawn Wagner looks at the possibility of another late free-agent signing:
Dave Dameshek wonders if Aaron Rodgers is the best QB with the worst WR group:
Rodgers will receive a workout bonus the moment he’s in the building:
Bucky Brooks thinks Isaiah Oliver is a perfect fit for the Packers:
The Packers most likely won’t be lining up any free-agent visits today:
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky is taking things in stride:
Expect to see the release of the regular-season schedule later this week:
What sounds like an interesting new Packers podcast is on its way:
True throwback here:
Incredible footage from the first NFL title game here: