One of the positives that the Green Bay Packers have displayed over the last several years has been an aversion to taking penalties. Since 2010, when they went on to win Super Bowl XLV, the Packers are regularly one of the least-penalized teams in the NFL, and that trend continued in 2016.
As reported in one of today's Cheese Curds, the Packers finished among the ten best teams in the NFL in both total number of penalties called against them and in penalty yardage. Granted, the defense struggled down the stretch and maybe an extra grab here and there would have helped them avoid a big play or two. Regardless, the fact that the team is remaining disciplined is a positive, and it's clear from the numbers that this is a point of emphasis for the coaching staff.
Meanwhile, as we continue to look ahead to the NFL Draft, we find some encouraging reports of the makeup of this year's draft class. Specifically, depth is one of the key storylines this year, and we have a curd talking about how that depth might impact draft strategies for teams across the league.
2016 Packers by the numbers | Packersnews.com
According to Bob McGinn, the Packers dropped a whopping 13 interceptions last season. Other interesting items here include the Packers finishing fifth in fewest penalty yards, with David Bakhtiari setting a career-low with just five penalties.
Packers could use another WR, even with Jordy Nelson back in form - ESPN
The Packers started the 2016 season with seven wideouts on the 53, but Jared Abbrederis' release and Ty Montgomery's position switch led to a call-up for Geronimo Allison, who had a big role over the second half.
Grimes on Tony Canadeo: He ran a lot like Jim Taylor | Packers.com
It's time for a history lesson, as halfback Billy Grimes discusses his brief tenure with the Packers and Canadeo, his tough teammate who was a terrific all-around player.
2017 NFL Draft defined by depth at numerous positions | The MMQB with Peter King
This year's draft class is viewed by scouts as one of the best and deepest groups in recent memory, so the Packers should be able to get plenty of good players even into day three.
Atlanta Falcons to promote Marquand Manuel to defensive coordinator | ESPN.com
That's former Packers safety Marquand Manuel, who was in Green Bay for the 2006 season.
Colts release D’Qwell Jackson - SBNation.com
Jackson is 33 and was suspended for a few games in 2016 after being found in violation of the PED policy, so don't expect the Packers to kick the tires on him. His biggest plus is that he has rarely missed a game due to injury, not that he's an exceptional player.
Jerry Jones unsure how to resolve Tony Romo situation - NFL.com
Jones should have a handful of suitors looking to trade for Romo, as the group of quarterbacks available in the draft and free agency are less than inspiring.