As 31 NFL owners gather in Arizona this week, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy heads there as well as the team’s primary representative for the NFL’s Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting is sure to generate some headlines for the league as a whole — between rules changes, Robert Kraft’s ongoing legal saga, and preparations for the NFL Draft, it should be a fascinating few days.
For the Packers, particularly the team’s personnel department, the focus has shifted from the chaos of free agency to the excitement of the 2019 NFL Draft. Pro Days continue and player visits will begin soon, as the team weighs its options with two first-round selections. Given some of the rumblings about quarterbacks, general manager Brian Gutekunst should be feeling good about getting an impact player with the 12th pick (and possibly the 30th as well), and there are any number of different directions he can go.
Still, for the next few days we’ll be keeping a close eye out to see if the NFL makes any adjustments to instant replay or overtime — after all, rules changes are usually the biggest item to come out of these meetings. And with Murphy being one of the members of the Competition Committee, which largely dictates the direction the league goes on these changes, any comments from him should shed some light on the likelihood of approving any of the tweaks.
Inbox: There’s plenty to sort out this week | Packers.com
Wes Hodkiewicz is on board with the "Big Bob" Tonyan nickname, and he promised to get a question in about the young tight end at this week's meetings.
What to expect at the 2019 NFL’s Annual League Meeting this week - SBNation.com
The league meeting officially gets underway today in Arizona, and between rules changes, Robert Kraft's situation, and replay tweaks, there should be plenty of news coming out in the coming days.
For versatile Za’Darius Smith, there’s more than one route to the quarterback | Packersnews.com
We’ll hear a lot about Smith’s ability to rush from the interior in the coming months, and I still think that the likelihood of him sliding inside on passing downs means that the Packers will still draft a pass-rusher highly in April.
Categorizing the Packers’ draft needs following free agency | Packers Wire
We carried out a similar exercise last week in Walkthroughs, but this piece sorts the Packers' needs into tiers. My one gripe is that I think that thanks to Bashaud Breeland's departure, cornerback becomes a secondary need (no pun intended), not a tertiary need.
NFL draft news, rumors: FCS QB buzz, Gruden loves Lock? | SI.com
The Raiders -- and Jon Gruden in particular -- are apparently in "love" with Missouri QB Drew Lock as a prospect. For the Packers, the more quarterbacks come off the board in the top 11 picks, the better.
'Grateful' Gronkowski announces retirement | ESPN
I expected that Rob Gronkowski would come back for 2019 since he didn't retire quickly after the Super Bowl. Now this brings tight end to the top of the Patriots' need list, and they could be in play for one of the top options near the end of round one.
Angry at being booted from Bryan Adams concert, St. John's woman stabs boyfriend in face | The Chronicle Herald
There were apparently issues brewing for a long time, but not getting to hear Adams perform "Cuts Like a Knife" evidently was this woman's last straw.