Packers Morning Buzz: Trying to find an undrafted gem
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We’ll start with Rich Ryman’s look at the ongoing saga between the Chicago Bears and Packers fans on the sideline at Soldier Field, especially a couple in particular.
Whether Van Ehrenkrook was the cause for the jersey ban or the Bears' sensitivity to promoting the other side got to be too much, the Bears began warning fans in advance about apparel.
His co-workers, who were all Bears fans, said the Bears added the prohibition because of him. The co-workers called it "Chris' rule."
Von Ehrenkrook became a Bears season ticket holder in 1982 because getting Packers tickets was difficult. A friend was moving from the area and, the Bears, who at the time were pretty awful and had not yet begun their climb to a Super Bowl XX victory in 1986, allowed fans to transfer tickets to non-family members.
Von Ehrenkrook, who is 58, moved to the Chicago area with his family in the early 1960s, when the Packers were the toast of the NFL and the Bears were mostly not. He was young and the Packers were really good, so he imprinted.
Beckman, who lives in Green Bay, had a similar, though not identical experience. He tried to use Bears personal seat license reward points to get onto the field before a Packers-Bears game in 2016 and was denied. He believes that was a violation of his free speech and equal treatment of the laws rights because he contends Soldier Field is a public, not private, facility.
I chatted with readers via Facebook live yesterday afternoon:
Looking around the NFL, here are nine rookies who could make an instant impact:
Who’s ready for the 2019 draft?
Elsewhere, Pro Football Focus is a fan of the Packers draft:
Ben Fennell looks at Valdes-Scantling:
DLIneVids looks at Mike Daniels:
Your newest punter grew up a big Packers fan:
Jason Wilde writes on Josh Jackson:
The Packers Hub has a draft review:
The Power Sweep looks at Oren Burks:
Cheesehead TV checks in on Jordy Nelson:
Which undrafted free agents have the best chance to stick?
Here are some highlights of the draft class: