The NFL trade deadline has come and gone and it was rather boring.
Sure Aqib Talib got traded (again), but the big sell offs many were expecting out of teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets never materialized.
This means the Green Bay Packers ended up standing pat, but that doesn’t mean general manager Brian Gutekunst didn’t make some phone calls. It’s important to remember that it takes two to make a trade and while Green Bay may have made some sincere offers, it’s all for nothing if the other side either wanted something unreasonable or just flat out rejected the proposal.
This means the Packers will not add any outside help at wide receiver or tight end as some thought they would. With Davante Adams almost ready to return from a turf toe injury, getting him back is almost like trading for a receiver except you don’t have to give up any resources.
That said, the results of the four games Adams has missed also likely gave Gutekunst pause as the Packers have gone 4-0 and the offense has continued to grow behind the running and receiving talents of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams as well some of the usual pinpoint accuracy from Aaron Rodgers.
The bottom line is at the trade deadline, Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur like the team they have and with a 7-1 record, it’s hard to disagree.
Now onto today’s curds.
Packers take a pass on deadline deals, shuffle kick-return lineup—PackersNews.com
The Packers technically did make a move on deadline day, but it wasn’t a trade. Cornerback Tremon Smith is on the roster while wide receiver/returner Darrius Shepherd and tight end Evan Baylis were released (though both could be brought back on the practice squad). Smith likely will take the return job from Shepherd after some questionable decisions on punt returns.
What You Might’ve Missed: Execution at its finest—Packers.com
In one last look at the Chiefs game, the Packers put a masterful final drive together than ran out the final 5:04 of the fourth quarter.
Packers could use open roster spot on Jace Sternberger or Ibraheim Campbell—Packers Wire
With the roster moves yesterday, the Packers’ roster sits at 52. Will it be a tight end or a safety who takes that final spot? Green Bay needs receiving help but with Darnell Savage hurting, the need to shore up the secondary could take priority.
Ken Whisenhunt out as offensive coordinator of Chargers—ESPN
Meanwhile, the Packers’ next opponent will have a new play caller after the Los Angeles Chargers somewhat surprisingly fired veteran assistant Ken Whisenhunt.
Minnesota Museum Holds Creepiest Doll Contest—Huffington Post
Thankfully the museum is near the Mayo Clinic which could prescribe some medicine to help with the nightmares these dolls will undoubtedly cause.