Packers Morning Buzz: Jon Gruden gushing over former Wisconsin fullback Alec Ingold
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 Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News writing about homecoming for Raiders fullback and Green Bay native Alec Ingold, a three-sport star at Bay Port High School before going on to play at Wisconsin and then signing with Oakland as an undrafted free agent.
A 24-21 win over the Bears in London gave Ingold another taste of the spotlight as it included a cut-block of Khalil Mack for a Josh Jacobs touchdown and making tackle Akiem Hicks go backwards as if on roller skates. Ingold finished it off by leaving his feet like a flying squirrel for a lead block to get Jacobs in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
“It just happened,” Ingold said. “Just saw a lot of guys on the ground and at that moment I was like, `We’ve got to get Josh in the end zone here.’ So I tried to get in somebody’s way.” ...
Ingold first caught Jon Gruden’s eye at the Senior Bowl. Ingold played for Gruden’s “North” team in Mobile, Ala., and during the game laid out Stanford linebacker Bobby Okereke near the sideline. Gruden, who goes to bed dreaming of fullbacks, tight ends and power football, enthusiastically greeted Ingold after the play.
Gruden has liked what he’s seen from Ingold as a pro even more.
“He was really ticked off he didn’t get drafted,” Gruden said. “If I’ve done anything right since I’ve been here coaching the Raiders it was the recruiting call I made to Ingold.”
You can read the entire story here:
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