The NFL Scouting Combine is officially underway, and while the "action" doesn't really begin until Thursday, teams are getting their first extended in-person looks at the players in Indianapolis. Our fearless leader Evan "Tex" Western will have his boots on the ground throughout the event.
In the interim, there's plenty of Green Bay Packers news by the standards of mid-February. Let's dive in.
The decision to cut tight end Brandon Bostick had been known for a few days, but the Packers also released the last of their seventh-round wide receivers from the 2013 draft. The other, Charles Johnson, has become a starter with the Minnesota Vikings. It's interesting to ponder how things might have been different for both receivers had Johnson's ACL tear been properly diagnosed before the Cleveland Browns claimed him later that season. Like Dorsey, he probably spends the season on injured reserve. As a result, the Browns never get a chance at him, and he possibly wins a job this season. Perhaps Dorsey never ends up with a spot on the practice squad as a result. Johnson may have helped out early on during Jarrett Boykin struggles and before Davante Adams stepped in as the third receiver.
Most fans think of Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga when they consider the cap space the Packers have this offseason. However, the team must also consider inking new deals with Mike Daniels and other soon-to-be free agents. Daniels won't come cheap, but extending him now rather next offseason will save Green Bay some money.
There's not much to judge from Carl Bradford's rookie season, but he might play a significant role in 2015. Both A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones are expected to be released sometime this offseason, and Bradford will be given the chance to win one of the two spots at inside linebacker during training camp and the preseason.
Tony Pauline is considered one of the most plugged in voices in draft circles. He says the Packers might turn to Colorado State offensive tackle Tyler Sambrailo if Bryan Bulaga departs in free agency.
This article was included merely as a discussion point about throwing at the combine. There's so little to be gleaned from quarterbacks tossing passes to foreign receivers, yet every year this is treated like a major issue. If how a player looks in these drills sways a team, those scouts and personnel execs won't be in work for very long.