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Youth Jimmy Graham Jersey
12-21-2018, 04:25 AM,
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Cole Madison’s absence is opening up a roster spot for other Packers linemen Since Ted Thompson took over as the Green Bay Packers’ general manager Youth Jimmy Graham Jersey , the Packers have rarely cut players drafted in the fifth round or earlier before week one of their rookie seasons. In fact, it has happened just three times in the 13 seasons since Thompson took the rains.In 2007, wide receiver David Clowney failed to make the cut after being selected 157th overall. 2009 saw pick #162, offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, miss out on the roster, though he had a productive stretch with a handful of teams through 2015. Then last year, DeAngelo Yancey made it three when the 175th overall selection missed final cuts, landing on the practice squad instead for the entirety of the 2017 season.That history is what had us at APC convinced that offensive lineman Cole Madison was all but assured of a roster spot this fall. New GM Brian Gutekunst selected him with the first pick in the 5th round, number 138 overall, and with the team working him in primarily at guard — a position that is a question mark on the right side at the very least — it was logical to assume that he would be locked in. In fact, he was a unanimous selection to make the team by all of the APC contributors who submitted roster predictions in July.Fast-forward to August 6th and we are nearly two weeks into training camp with no sign of Madison. He did not report for camp due to personal issues, and comments from Gutekunst last week suggest that no return is imminent: With language like “personal matter” and “concerned” in those statements, it’s clear that something significant is going on with the young player. If there are serious issues that he is facing, Packers fans should wish him success in dealing with whatever problems he may be facing.However, the team needs to continue moving forward to define its 2018 roster, and the longer that Madison is away, the better the chances are that another offensive lineman will get the roster spot that was effectively earmarked for the rookie. In a way, Madison’s absence could balance out with the unexpected early return of Bryan Bulaga from the PUP list.With Bulaga back, veteran tackle Byron Bell may have seen his shot at a roster spot diminish. The swing lineman can provide depth at both tackle and guard, but the quality of his play has been lacking in the last year or two. However, his versatility could indeed be of value to the Packers, since he is theoretically able to play four positions on the line.Arguably, however, the Packers are set at tackle with Bulaga’s return and a pair of third-year pros — Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy — as backups. That could mean that the team would feel more comfortable keeping a dedicated interior lineman on the roster. Perhaps Lucas Patrick, Kofi Amichia, or Dillon Day would get a better shot at the team this summer than previously expected. APC had Patrick as the ninth lineman on the roster for the fall, but Amichia, Day, and even rookie Austin Davis all got at least one vote.We hope that Madison is able to work through his issues regardless of his ability to contribute on the football field. However, another player will need to step up into his spot this summer, and Packers fans should start to get a better idea of who is taking a step forward in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.NFC North 2018 Previews: Detroit Lions by the numbers The Detroit Lions, man. Say what you want about the Cleveland Browns — at least they are hilariously bad. The Lions may be the single most boring team in the league. They lose to good teams, they beat bad teams, they finish in the Jeff Fisher Zone almost every season, and they just never, ever seem to get over the hump. This season returns mush of the roster from last season with a few key differences, and a new head coach in Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Will any of this work? Will the Lions actually do something interesting? Will Matt Patricia fix a middling, blah blah defense? Well鈥ffenseThe Lions’ offense never seems to live up to the sum of its parts. They were undeniably good last year, scoring 410 points, and Marvin Jones and Golden Tate formed one of the best receiving tandems in football. Jones is particularly underrated, finishing 2017 3rd in DVOA and serving as one of the league’s premier deep threats. Tate is one of the best slot receivers after the catch Tramon Williams Jersey , and if Kenny Golladay can build on a promising rookie campaign and stay healthy, the Lions may have one of the best sets of wideouts in the NFL.Matthew Stafford is still a good, if not great quarterback. Once a compiler of fantasy counting stats, he’s become more efficient under Jim Bob Cooter, who retained his position as offensive coordinator. Stafford finished 11th in DVOA in what was a bit of a down year for quarterbacks. Russell Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes last year, and Stafford finished 4th with 29. 29 is, simply, not that many, and in 2014, 29 touchdowns would have ranked 10th, just ahead of Jay Cutler. So, while Stafford had a good year relative to the rest of the league, the league itself was a bit down in terms of scoring via the pass, and his 10 picks, while certainly not terrible, look a bit worse when combined with his 11 fumbles. In any case, Stafford isn’t really the issue with the offense, many teams would take him in a second, and he’s absolutely good enough to win a title. The problem with the Lions’ offense is all about the run.Drew Brees had a career-low 23 touchdown passes last season, but the Saints scored 38 more points than the Lions. The reason for this is that the Saints scored 23 rushing touchdowns, ranking first in the NFL in that category, while the Lions tied for 21st with 10 rushing touchdowns. Even though Stafford outplayed Brees in many way, the Saints’ ability to punch it in in several different ways was a huge advantage. I generally don’t really care much for the running game, but the place it can make the most impact is in goal-to-go situations. The Lions simply couldn’t deliver any value at all running the ball. The Lions’ line excels at keeping Stafford upright, but they get almost no push in the run game, and a stable of substandard backs don’t help matters. Ameer Abdullah received the majority of carries in 2017, and while he’s extremely athletic, he’s a bit undersized, and seems to lack vision. Theo Riddick is an excellent receiving back, but not someone you can count on for valuable carries, and Tion Green was just a guy. Enter LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson. While the fundamental problem for the Lions in short yardage is the line, Blount is at least capable of winning a one-on-one battle for a yard or two. The real reason to be excited is Johnson, an athletic, potential 3-down back out of Auburn. While it’s unlikely that the Lions will suddenly turn into a dominant running team, it’s also unlikely that they’ll be worse than last season, and if they can grind out a few more short yardage first downs and touchdowns, and just not put Stafford into terrible situations, the offense can take a step forward.As long as Matt Patricia leaves the offense alone, they’ll be fine. The big question on this team is the defense.DefenseNick Perry, the talented, but perpetually injured outside linebacker for the Packers , recorded 7 sacks in 2017. That’s not a great total, but it’s even worse when you consider that he mostly fattened up on a truly horrific Seattle offensive line, and the Bears. In context, Nick Perry was pretty terrible last season, even when he was on the field. Ziggy Ansah, who was franchised for $17 million this offseason, is more like Perry than most would like to admit. Ansah had 12 sacks last season, but 9 of them came against the Bengals, the withered husk of Eli Manning, and Brett Hundley. Ansah isn’t the elite edge rusher he’s paid to be, and while there is still potential there, he’s not going to anchor a defense. Washington allowed the most points in the NFC last season with 388, and the Lions allowed the 6th most, with 376. The fact is that the Lions were a few bounces of the ball away from allowing the most points in the league, and while they did finish a respectable 19th in DVOA, their 19 interceptions and 13 recovered fumbles (out of 19 total fumbles by opponents) are the main reason for that respectability, and it is unlikely to happen again. Darius Slay, who is a very good corner, had 8 picks last season while never having more than 2 in any previous season, and while he did get Matt Ryan and Drew Brees for 3 of those, the remainder came against DeShone Kizer, Brett Hundley, Jameis Winston, and Mitchell Trubisky. The Lions also had no ability to stop the run, ranking 28th in DVOA, and nothing has changed in terms of personnel to suggest a quantum leap forward for the defense. They’ll rely on the defensively-minded Patricia to inject some life into the defense, but that’s going to be a tall order given upgrades to common Lion opponents and a bizarre draft that saw the team take only two defensive players, one of which was a safety. It’s likely the Lions once again field a bottom-third defense, and fail to support the offense. OverallThe Lions just keep on Lionsing. Patricia may work out, but Belichick disciples have a spotty record at best, and the front office doesn’t seem to realize what the team’s weaknesses actually are. There are some good pieces on the team, but if they’re going to roll with this level of defense, Stafford is going to need to compete for an MVP, and while he’s a nice quarterback, he’s simply not in that league. The Lions should finish third in the NFC North due to the presence of the Bears, and while the offense will keep them in games, that’s all it will do. If your defense needs an overhaul, you can’t just slap a band-aid on it.

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