The Packers wrapped their offseason activities Thursday, concluding their final mandatory minicamp practice and officially kicking off the long wait for training camp.
It’ll be six weeks before we get any hard and fast Packers news (barring any unexpected free agent signings or headline-making activities by players during their month and a half of down time), but that doesn’t stop the media grind: it’s opinion season.
The time between the end of official offseason workouts and the start of training camp is fertile ground for rumors, theories, and outright speculation, and given the fact that there’s nothing happening on the field to really contradict what anyone says, almost anything goes.
But that’s not to say some opinions aren’t worth more than others. Today, we’ve got a look at several high ranking members of the Packers organization and what they think about the team’s offseason and the season ahead.
As far as Packers opinion-havers go, it’s hard to do better than Brian Gutekunst. Aaron Nagler snagged the Packers’ GM for some one on one conversation about Gutekunst’s first offseason at the helm.
Like his predecessor, Gutekunst largely plays things close to the vest, but he did reveal one nugget about his role with the team: he expected to have the authority to hire and fire the team’s head coach. Our Jason B. Hirschhorn is on the story.
Though his seat may be (at least hypothetically) warmer than ever in Green Bay, Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy likes what he’s seeing from his team.
The Packers didn’t do much this offseason to upgrade their outside pass rush, but new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine doesn’t seem concerned. He likes what he sees from his defensive line group, even calling out second year tackle Montravius Adams for his offseason contributions.
You know we’re heading into the real dog days of the offseason when the deep dives start coming on punt and kick returners. Sure, it’s important and could be what makes or breaks a couple guys’ attempts to make the roster, but hoping people get invested in punt and kick return reps in a non-contact practice in June (especially when Quinten Rollins is one of the guys taking them) is a big ask.
The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association, which is a thing that exists, welcomed Aaron Rodgers to their annual trade show as a featured speaker this week. According to the IDDBA website, Rodgers was scheduled to speak on “how to be a great leader despite what life may throw at you.” They seemed happy to have him!
Nelson’s house hit the market a little over a week ago, and tomorrow you can get a look inside the 3,600 square foot property in Suamico. An open house is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The five bedroom, four bathroom property will set you back $379,000, which seems like a fair enough price at $109 per square foot. But Jordy: a carpeted bathroom?