This part of the offseason is usually dominated by roster previews and stories about some of the lesser-known players who could see their roles expand during the upcoming year. While that may not appeal to casual fans, the more serious football consumer can still find interesting nuggets to enjoy.
Accordingly, Friday's Cheese Curds are packed with pieces about players on the backend of the Green Bay Packers' roster that you normally don't read about. Some may end up as practice squad members or off the team come September. However, a select few will find themselves on the Week 1 53-man roster.
Without further delay, here are the curds:
[Insert "wrong" Joe Thomas joke here]
With that out of the way, let's discuss Thomas' potential. He played only four snaps in the Packers' 2014 preseason opener before an injury put him on the shelf, overshadowing what had been a surprise success story during training camp. Thomas doesn't have great measurables (undersized, below average speed and burst), but his feel for the position made him a standout. Green Bay has found success with similar linebackers before, most notably Desmond Bishop pre-hamstring tear.
Thomas isn't a lock to make the 2015 Packers by any means, but a strong showing in his second training camp could convince Ted Thompson to retain him into the regular season.
The headline may be overwhelmingly long, but it does accurately describe the contents within. Kyle Sebetic spent his first training camp in the NFL with the New York Giants, but was waived before the start of the regular season. After a brief spell on their practice squad during the middle of the year, Sebetic once again found himself on the outside looking in. Now he hopes to find a more permanent home with Green Bay, the team of his youth.
Draft pundits who were critical of the Packers after last weekend's proceedings pointed to the error of Green Bay's 2004 draft class. Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas, of course, headlined that class. Both were athletic cornerbacks with promise, but ultimately underwhelmed with consistently poor play. Neither lasted three seasons in Green Bay.
Certainly, it's possible that Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins fail to live up to expectations. However, Thompson's track record with cornerbacks suggests a rosier outlook than that of Mike Sherman, the architect of that dreadful 2004 class.
From the moment the NFL announced its four-game suspension for Tom Brady, it was assumed that the decision would be appealed. The NFLPA requested a neutral arbitrator. Instead they receive Roger Goodell, the same man who handed down the ban in the first place.
While the CBA allows for Goodell to handle appeals, it's important to note that his decisions could be overturned by a court of law. Whether Brady's appeal moves outside the NFL remains to be seen, however.