To put it mildly, the Green Bay Packers have had underwhelming special teams units over the past few years. This offseason, Mike McCarthy is hell-bent on changing that, as Shawn Slocum has departed and been replaced by Ron Zook, McCarthy has given up playcalling to help out more with those units, and free agency has seen a few key players on those squads depart.
The latest departure took place yesterday, leaving the Packers impressively thin as far as depth on special teams is concerned. A few important members remain on the market, however, and may be important signings for Green Bay as the next few weeks go along.
Packers free agent LB Jamari Lattimore agrees to terms with Jets | JSOnline
The Packers are losing a key depth piece and a critical member of their special teams units with Lattimore's departure.
Special considerations | ESPN Wisconsin
As mentioned above, the special teams are going through major changes. Sean Richardson was tendered as a Restricted Free Agent and should return, but many of the main contributors are either gone (Brad Jones, Davon House) or still on the market (Jarrett Bush).
Kuhn not alone in offseason wait | Packersnews.com
Few fullbacks - only three - have signed during this year's free agency period. John Kuhn is among many still waiting for a contract, though he signed about this time last year as well.
Offseason programs crucial for Khyri Thornton, Carl Bradford - Green Bay Packers Blog - ESPN
Those two players are among the Packers' so-called "redshirt" class that needs to develop over the offseason programs that begin on April 20.
Quarterback guru George Whitfield explains why he chases QBs with brooms - SBNation.com
Hey, don't slam brooms. They're critical pieces of equipment in at least one sport, why not in football too?
Unblocked Pressure: 2014's Top Players | ProFootballFocus.com
Clay Matthews averaged just under one unblocked quarterback pressure per game, ranking second in the league to only J.J. Watt.
Finally, we have this news from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly, who discusses a Miami Hurricanes prospect scheduling a meeting with Green Bay staff:
UM tight end Clive Wafford has a meeting set up with the Steelers and Packers today, after his Pro Day. Mike Tomlin attended Miami's Pro Day— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) April 1, 2015
Walford (the correct spelling) is widely considered one of the top tight ends in this year's class, and should go on day two of the draft.