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Green Bay Packers Ready For Training Camp

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Green Bay Packers Stride Into Training Camp

Prior to the beginning of training camp, the Green Bay Packers look like a Super Bowl contender once again. General Manager Ted Thompson came away from the 2017 NFL Draft with essential, moldable talent on offense and defense. Both sides of the ball will have some new faces roaming the field following a few free agent signings to fill in the gaps. The biggest concern the Packers have heading into training comes on the defensive side of the ball.

Offseason Whoas

Ted Thompson made a few of the best moves in this year’s draft. Generally, it is a good sign when your team leaves the draft with three more picks than the average organization. More importantly is how a team utilizes those draft picks.  An early trade saw the Packers relinquish their first round pick and it only cost them time. The trade allowed Green Bay to pick Kevin King day two and led to the fourth round Vince Biegel. Additionally, Thompson moved back in the fifth round to pick up another seventh round pick. That move only cost the Packers three spots, but that seventh rounder turned into Devante Mays.

Thompson was able to finesse the draft in order to fill holes essential to strengthen Green Bay. While his roster needed a running back, TT used his first four picks to bulk his defense. Green Bay added a player at every level: defensive tackle, safety, cornerback, and outside linebacker. The release of Sam Shields and Micah Hyde left the secondary void. Cornerback Kevin King and safety Josh Jones were Thompson’s first two picks. Both will have the opportunity to show they are deserving of the pick once camp gets rolling.

Small Town, Big Agents

Green Bay Packers fans can expect to see a few new faces when training camp kicks off July 26th. After the offseason saw T.J. Lang sign with the Detroit Lions, the Packers signed Jahri Evans on the eve of the draft. Evans has been All-Pro a handful of times and started every game last season on the number one offense. According to Pro Football Focus, he graded 20th last season among guards in pass protection with a rating of 84.4.

Jared Cook quickly became a fan favorite in Green Bay, but left for Oakland following an impressive postseason. However Green Bay quickly found a solution in the likes of Martellus Bennett. The six-foot-six tight end posted seven touchdowns and 701 yards on 55 receptions last season with the Patriots. Additionally his 79.8 rating from Pro Football Focus ranks 10th among tight ends, one spot ahead of Cook.

Davon in the House

Quentin Rollins and Damarious Randall via Lambeau_Ladies Instagram

The cornerback position is highly competitive for the Packers right now, and the re-signing of Davon House intensifies that competition. House returns to Green Bay with a slew of experience to share with his fellow cornerbacks. However, it will be interesting to see if King and House will become the starters on the outside as training camp develops. Although, nothing is a given with Quentin Rollins and Damarious Randall healthy once again. Not to mention Ladarious Gunter returning to camp, poised with experience after racing up the depth chart last year. The battle for position in the Packers secondary is one of the most heated heading into training camp.