News broke late last night that the Green Bay Packers had signed former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Byron Bell via Bell’s Instagram account.
Packers fans are likely waking up this morning wonder who Bell is and what he is being brought in to do.
Simply put, he’s a right tackle being brought in to compete for the starting job while Bryan Bulaga continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered late last season. With Jason Spriggs, Kyle Murphy and Adam Pankey already on the roster, Bell gives Green Bay at the very least more veteran depth along the line.
One would have to think the competition is mainly between Bell, Spriggs and Murphy though Spriggs is coming off his own knee injury. Packers fans are still very leery of him as well after he struggled badly when healthy. Murphy is raw but could be a dark horse in the competition.
That leaves Bell who started two games in Dallas last year when All-Pro Tyron Smith was injured.
Regardless of outcome, GM Brian Gutekunst added veteran depth to a position that is traditionally been very young under his predecessor.
There’s more on Bell’s signing plus how a former Packer doesn’t endear himself to his new town in today’s cheese curds.
Packers signing potential starter in tackle Byron Bell—PackersNews.com
Bell might not be good enough for a long term solution should Bulaga not play well after yet another ACL tear, but he provides more competition in camp which has been Gutekunst’s goal since taking over earlier this year.
Success hasn’t changed Justin McCray’s mindset—Packers.com
Bell’s potential next door neighbor on the offensive line impressed the Packers and their fans in his play last season as an undrafted free agent, but McCray is taking nothing for granted.
Packers defensive line looks to rise to another level—Packers.comp
Daniels, Clark, Wilkerson and Lowry sounds like a law firm. The Packers hope they’re the ones laying down some Justice come the fall.
Damarious Randall has the most retweeted tweet of any NFL player, ever—Pro Football Talk
Damarious, I have some advice. When you play in Cleveland, NEVER bet against LeBron James. Judging by your salary, you’ll have as much trouble covering that bill as you have had covering receivers.
76ers GM caught up in shocking Twitter burner scandal—New York Post
This led to some interesting discussion. I’m guessing a lot of NFL GMs have similar accounts but they don’t tweet from them. I’m sure Gutekunst is on Twitter but I can’t help but chuckle at the thought of Eliot Wolf teaching Ted Thompson how to use Twitter.
Have fun with this one in the comments below.