Packers Morning Buzz: Bashaud Breeland move demonstrates difference under Brian Gutekunst
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's look at the importance Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is placing on building depth at cornerback.
It’s been enlightening to watch Brian Gutekunst’s first season as the Packers’ general manager. If he’s done nothing else, he’s gone the extra mile to build his cornerbacks corps.
In Week 2, Gutekunst claimed one cornerback (Deante Burton) off waivers for the 53-man roster and signed another (Will Redmond) to the practice squad. Both had traits that had to intrigue Gutekunst – Burton was a big cover man (6-2, 230) who’d won a spot on Atlanta’s 53-man roster in Week 1; Redmond was a former high third-round draft pick (No. 68 overall in 2016) who’d been injured for most of his first two years.
Two weeks later, Burton is gone (to make room for Aaron Jones) while Redmond remains. But either way, Gutekunst cleared roster and practice-squad space for a first-hand look even though he’d used his first two draft picks (Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson) and free agency (Tramon Williams) to build up the cornerback position in the offseason.
Then this week Gutekunst signed Bashaud Breeland to replace Davon House (shoulder), who landed on injured reserve. If Ted Thompson were still GM, he’d have just elevated Redmond from the practice squad. But Gutekunst went outside the organization for an experienced 26-year old with a pedigree and an injury red flag.
You can read Pete's whole column here:
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