With just eight days left until the final cut-down from a 90-man roster to the regular-season 53, the Green Bay Packers have no shortage of interesting position battles at the back end of the roster.
One of the most intriguing decisions the team will have to make involves the young outside linebackers. With fourth-round pick Vince Biegel still on the PUP list for the time being, there appear to be just four players at the position guaranteed roster spots. If Biegel is cleared to practice next week, he would most certainly be a fifth, but the Packers may still want to keep a sixth player just in case.
Along with the OLB spot, big decisions loom at fullback, wide receiver, offensive line, and cornerback, among others.
Meanwhile, a big deadline has come and gone for a Packers legend, and for the first time in 20 years he has made it to the final round of voting for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The news came down on Thursday, and Jerry Kramer actually missed three phone calls from the President of the Hall before he found out the good news.
We’ve got news stories on those items and much more in today’s curds.
One cut won't make Ted Thompson's decisions any easier | Packers.com
That "one cut" refers to the single deadline to go from 90 players to 53, rather than having a 75-man roster for a few days in between. That just means that the personnel department and the coaches will be working extra hard next Friday and Saturday morning to trim 27 players off the roster.
Clay Matthews gives telling admission about Packers’ pass rush | Packers Wire
In a rare moment of transparency, Matthews quietly acknowledged that the depth behind him and Nick Perry is a bit lacking, and the two veteran starters need to be healthy and be the primary sources of pressure to take pressure off the young players.
Packers legend Jerry Kramer ready to ‘blow the doors off’ Hall of Fame | Packersnews.com
Kramer spoke to Ryan Wood about his long wait, how he found out about his being named a Senior Finalist on Thursday, and his plans for if he does indeed get inducted.
No nicknames in court: Meet judicial intern Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix | ESPN.com
Ha Ha went by his given name when interning at the Brown County Courthouse for a month, an experience he is using to advance his understanding of the criminal justice system as he keeps working towards his degree.
2017 draft exceeds economic impact projections for Philadelphia - NFL.com
Estimates put the impact at just shy of $100 million for the Philly area, and even half of that would be a huge benefit for Green Bay if the Packers end up hosting the draft in 2019 or 2020.