With a few days gone since the conclusion of the 2015 Draft, we're learning more and more about each of the Green Bay Packers' new players. Likewise, we're also learning more about the roles that they're likely to play in 2015 and beyond.
Along with draft news, there are a pair of roster transactions to report. Well, one is a transaction and one is more of a non-action, but you'll get the point.
Packers release C Madsen | Packers.com
With Corey Linsley, JC Tretter, and Garth Gerhart all manning the position and Don Barclay available in case of emergency, center wasn't a priority, so the Packers made a little room for another rookie free agent.
Green Bay Packers' Nick Perry now in a prove-it year | ESPN.com
It would have been a shock if the Packers did pick up Nick Perry's fifth-year option, but the deadline has passed and he is officially in the last year of his deal. He and fellow pass-rusher Mike Neal will both hit free agency in 2016, barring any extensions.
Spare parts, specialization a focus of latest Packers draft | JSOnline
Bob McGinn breaks down each of the Packers' picks based on their potential impact in 2015, and their potential long-term impacts on the roster over their careers.
Michigan's Jake Ryan ready to contribute at ILB for Packers | Packersnews.com
The Packers' assessment of Ryan in coverage matches most of the scouting reports out there - he'll be better in zone than in man, but they do think he'll be plenty good enough to be a three-down player in time.
Green Bay Packers keep early expectations in check for top-pick CBs Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins | FOX Sports
The earliest opportunity for the Packers' first two picks to contribute will be in sub packages; and at this point, it would be a major shock to see anyone other than Sam Shields and Casey Hayward starting on the outside.
Powerhouse Christian Ringo — defensive tackle or defensive end? | The Advertiser
Though most of us project the 6'1" Ringo to the 3-technique end spot manned by Mike Daniels, his college coach Mark Hudspeth actually sees him as a 5-technique - Datone Jones' position. However, the Packers tend to prefer taller-framed players like Jones (6'4") and Josh Boyd (6'3") at that spot.
La'el Collins had dinner with Rex Ryan on Monday evening - Buffalo Rumblings
One question is why was Rex Ryan in Baton Rouge on Monday (unless he was visiting his brother Rob in New Orleans)? It probably should not be a surprise to see an NFL head coach take advantage of an opportunity like this, however. And yes, if Collins is cleared of any wrongdoing, the Packers will certainly be interested in him - they'd be crazy not to.