Morning Buzz: Packers creating holes on roster
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We start with a couple of former Packers players who decided to continue their careers elsewhere Tuesday. Both Eddie Lacy and Datone Jones signed one-year deals with the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, respectively.
The Packers, along with the Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, hosted Lacy on visits this week, mostly to examine his surgically repaired left ankle but also to talk about his conditioning and weight issues. According to a source from one of the teams Lacy visited, he weighed in at 267 pounds, 33 above his listed weight in Green Bay.
In a radio interview with KIRO in Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks "want him big" but that they will have a plan for him to stay in the 240-pound range. Carroll said he thought Lacy finished runs in a similar fashion as his former star back Marshawn Lynch and was excited to have him.
Tom also wrote on Jones landing with the Vikings:
Add outside linebacker Datone Jones to the list of Packers grabbing a ticket out of town. A source said he signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings that NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reported was worth $3.5 million and could reach up to $5 million based on incentives.
Jones probably will be asked to gain weight after losing 15 pounds in order to play outside linebacker. A first-round pick in 2013, Jones bounced around the defensive line for most of three seasons before moving to outside linebacker late in the 2015 season.
Jones could play defensive end or three-technique in the Vikings' 4-3 system.
It sounds like Jones is looking forward to getting after Aaron Rodgers:
It wasn’t all defections Tuesday, as the Packers did bring back cornerback Davon House.
Ryan Wood wrote on the two new tight ends and how their arrival came together.
The Lacy and House news came out so closely together that I jumped on Facebook Live to chat with readers about what it all meant over on our Facebook page:
Elsewhere, it was obvious that Packers players were watching the moves and non-moves by their team.
The speculation about what the Packers will do at the running back position has begun:
Rob Demovsky writes that the Packers have yet to address their biggest needs:
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has his post-start-of-free-agency power rankings up. The Packers check in at No. 6.
While Packers fans railed at Ted Thompson for initially taking his typical wait-and-see (and usually-do-nothing-but-re-sign-a-Don-Barclay) offseason, the unflappable GM didn't blink. Julius Peppers walked. Micah Hyde walked. Then Thompson pulled a surprise on the level of an Alyson Hannigan party revelation . Signing Martellus Bennett was a shocker, a splash move that doesn't mesh with Thompson's football DNA. He pulled it off big-time with Charles Woodson. Somewhat less so -- but still effectively -- with Peppers. Now Bennett. And the tight end goes from catching balls from Tom Brady to catching balls from Aaron Rodgers . Wow.
Cheesehead TV is trying to predict the Packers' draft board. Good luck with that.
Even though quarterback wins are in no way an actual statistic, this is interesting:
The Internet can be a funny place sometimes: