The Green Bay Packers love their blindside tackles. This much has been demonstrated over and over again in the Packers’ draft picks, as the team almost exclusively drafts players with experience playing left tackle in college, regardless of the position they eventually will play in the NFL. In 2016, Kyle Murphy was a seventh-round pick out of Stanford who fit that model, and as he prepares for his second NFL season he’s learning the nuances of other positions along the offensive line.
This spring, the Packers did it again, drafting left tackle Kofi Amichia from the University of South Florida. However, unlike Murphy, Amichia will start out inside at guard, and he will likely be competing with Murphy for backup snaps behind presumptive starters Lane Taylor and Jahri Evans.
While Murphy works on expanding his role on the line, the Packers find one of their best plays of last season getting some national recognition. It was just a year ago that our pick for the top play of the season (also an Aaron Rodgers throw) won the ESPY for the best play of the year. Next week we’ll see if Rodgers’ arm makes it two in a row.
Kyle Murphy understands value of versatility | Packers.com
Like Don Barclay before him, Kyle Murphy played left tackle in college but is cross-training as a guard this season. It's not surprising that the coaching staff wanted him to expand his repertoire, since the team can only keep three or four reserve linemen at most.
Aaron Rodgers’ throw to Jared Cook is a finalist for ‘Best Play’ at ESPYS | Packers Wire
It was our pick for the Packers' number 1 play of 2016, and this throw is now in the finals for the ESPYs. It's going to be tough to beat the Julian Edelman catch from the Super Bowl, though.
Morgan Burnett named best active NFL player to wear No. 42 | 247sports.com
I'll be honest - I can't think of another player currently wearing 42 across the NFL. Still, that's a nice little note for Burnett, who should have opportunities to line up as a hybrid safety/linebacker once again in 2017.
No rest for Packers’ secondary vs. A.J. Green, Bengals | Packersnews.com
After matchups with NFC foes Seattle (at home) and Atlanta (on the road) in the first two weeks, the Packers host the Bengals in week three. Although it will be a tough matchup for the cornerbacks, getting pressure on Andy Dalton will be even more critical than usual - the Cincinnati QB saw his passer rating drop from 91.8 overall to 57.1 when he was pressured last season.
Will Mitch Trubisky be on the sidelines early in season? | NFL.com
The Bears have said they’re committed to Mike Glennon as their starter for 2017. Analyst Steve Wyche says the Bears should start Trubisky immediately if he’s deemed ready, but former NFL receiver Reggie Wayne thinks they should wait until their week 9 bye to evaluate the situation.
Logan Ryan paid off his brother’s $82,000 student loans as a birthday present - SBNation.com
Even better? The memo note on the big cardboard check he presented to his brother: "F*ck Student Loans."