After the Green Bay Packers’ first open public practice of the year at Organized Team Activities on Tuesday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers answered some typical post-practice questions outside his locker. Though too early in the workout period to make a true judgment call, Rodgers shed light on a few storylines regarding the team’s young roster and positional battles.
As we await a healthier showing at OTAs this week, here are three notable themes that emerged from Rodgers’ comments.
There is still some bitterness with the departure of Jordy Nelson and Dez Bryant should not be counted on to be a member of the Packers’ roster next season.
Sometimes tone tells the whole story.
Tracy Walker was easily the strangest pick the Detroit Lions made in the 2018 NFL Draft. Walker was completely off the radar of many draft analysts, yet the Lions’ war room was thrilled when they got him in the third round.
General manager Bob Quinn explained their excitement by mentioning Walker’s versatility as a big reason why the selected him.
“Tracy’s a versatile guy, like I talked about, that can play the deep part of the field. He can come down and cover man-to-man,” Quinn said. “So he’s got a lot of things going for him on top of special teams.”
But his versatility doesn’t just end with being able to play man or deep zone. Pro Football Focus tracked every snap that he played in his last year with Louisiana, and he played just about everywhere on the field:
#Lions rookie DB Tracy Walker was a versatile defender in college.
Should the Los Angeles Chargers re-sign Antonio Gates?
Matthew Stanley: Yes, the Chargers should re-sign Antonio Gates. However, it won’t completely solve things. It will help, but he most certainly will not replace what the team expected to get from Hunter Henry.
Richard Wade: Reflexively, I want to say “yes,” but I’m not convinced that bringing back Gates is actually the right decision. He’s the greatest tight end in franchise history, but he is well past his prime and I don’t love the way that Philip Rivers still occasionally locked in on him last season.
Jamie Hoyle: No, I don’t think the Chargers should re-sign Antonio Gates. It seems like an easy fix but I don’t think it actually fixes anything.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced that Tony Gonzalez would be the 2018 inductee into the team’s Hall of Fame back in late January.
Tuesday, the Chiefs added a date via their official social media account.
Gonzalez, 42, will be honored at halftime of the Chiefs’ Week 15 home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 13.
“Tony Gonzalez is the greatest tight end in the history of the National Football League and one of the greatest Chiefs of all time,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in January. “In his 12 seasons in Kansas City, he revolutionized his position, and his record-breaking performances and commitment to the Kansas City community made him one of the most beloved players in the Chiefs Kingdom.