Only time will tell if Brian Gutekunst’s approach to building the Packers’ roster is better than his predecessors. But even though he’s been on the job for less than a year, it seems fair to conclude that his approach is different.
He said the Packers would pursue every avenue for acquiring players, and Gutekunst has been true to his word. The Packers have been involved in trades, waiver claims, free agent bidding wars, and a host of other moves throughout 2018, both in the offseason and during the regular season.
Have all of those moves worked out? No, but that’s true for every general manager. Not every trade or signing or contract extension is going to be a home run. But Gutekunst has been active and aggressive, and even if the results are still up in the air, it’s been fun to watch.
Jim Owczarski dives deep on Brian Gutekunst’s in-season roster moves, sorting through the increasingly common roster churn the Packers have pursued this year.
The last time the Packers and Bears faced off, Justin McCray didn’t do so well. He gave up a bad early sack and was at least partly in the mix for blame on the hit that injured Aaron Rodgers’ knee. This time around, he’s vowing to do better. He’ll have his work cut out for him: Akiem Hicks has collected three of his six sacks this season in the Bears’ last four games.
Khalil Mack nearly won the last Packers-Bears game by himself by creating two turnovers, and with the Bears’ proficiency for creating turnovers seemingly growing by the week, it’s a fair bet taking care of the ball will be key.
Here is a list of tackles selected ahead of David Bakhtiari in the 2013 NFL Draft: Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson, D.J. Fluker, Justin Pugh, Menelik Watson, Terron Armstead, Dallas Thomas. Two of those players are now out of the league, and more than half of the rest have been converted to guard.
Since the Packers are in the market for a new head coach, it’s worth paying attention to the league’s new requirements for interviewing a minority candidate.