For yet another year, the Green Bay Packers focused on their defense in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. They did so after spending big on free agents on defense, demonstrating a commitment to improving the personnel on that side of the ball to help give coordinator Mike Pettine more tools to work with that would fit his scheme.
However, this came despite plenty of predictions that the team would pursue wide receivers, tight ends, or offensive linemen early on in the draft. And although they did draft players at two of those positions on the draft’s second day, the primary investment this offseason remained on the other side of the football. So what does it all mean?
It means that the Packers like their wide receiver group enough that they did not feel the need to reach for a player at that position in the draft or to overpay for one in free agency. It means that they are high on Aaron Jones as their starting running back and that they do truly feel that Jimmy Graham has at least one more useful year left in him.
And, as we see in today’s curds, it means that they trust their new head coach to get Aaron Rodgers and the offense back to their once-lofty heights. Take a look at that analysis, along with an in-depth preview of one of the defensive draft picks and much more.
Packers confident one major addition will revitalize offense | Packersnews.com
Not surprisingly, that addition is head coach Matt LaFleur. The team focused on defense early and their only major personnel adds were on the offensive line, so it’s clear that the team is high on its receivers and running backs.
Pick profile: Ka’dar Hollman never gave up on his dreams | Packers.com
Hollman had a long, circuitous road to the NFL that included unloading Dunkin Donuts trucks and writing letters to practically every Division I program. Finally, after he worked hard to improve his SAT score, Toledo offered him a spot as a walk-on. Then, two years, later, he went on scholarship and claimed a starting job, and now he's a Packers draft pick.
Best fits of the 2019 NFL Draft | Pro Football Focus
First on this list is the Packers and Darnell Savage, as the speedy safety should be an ideal complement to Adrian Amos and will give Mike Pettine a fun piece to move around the defense.
8 NFL undrafted free agents who can stick with their new team in 2019 - SBNation.com
The Packers didn't get a player on this list, but there are a couple of interesting names here. One is Nate Trewyn, the UW-Whitewater center who landed with the Buccaneers. The other is a Scottish punter/kicker with 4.6 speed who can hit from 70 yards away in practice.
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Ballentine and his former college teammate, Dwane Simmons, were shot on Saturday night -- Ballentine is now expected to make a full recovery but Simmons was killed in the incident.
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The good news is that she's not allergic to bee stings and will be fine. But that's some truly impressively bad luck.