Last year at this time, Green Bay Packers fans were probably pretty excited about J’Mon Moore. At the start of OTAs, he looked to have a leg up among the trio of rookie wide receivers that the Packers had just drafted, if for no other reason than that he was the first one to come off the board.
But as the spring clicked over to summer in 2018, Moore — a fourth-round draft pick — found himself behind fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling and sixth-rounder Equanimeous St. Brown, as well as career practice squadder Jake Kumerow. In an interview this week, Moore explains some of the reasons why that was and why he is hoping for a clean slate with the Packers’ new coaching staff.
Meanwhile, across the NFL there was a big piece of news breaking on Monday night. There is suddenly a huge name available on the open market for teams that need help on the defensive line, as Gerald McCoy is on his way out of Tampa Bay. The former third overall pick will be looking for a new team for the first time in his NFL career.
Here’s what’s going on around Green Bay and the NFL as OTAs are getting underway.
Packers' J'Mon Moore foresees fresh start in Matt LaFleur's system | Packersnews.com
The "small things" were a problem for Moore, who mentions assignments, audibles, and trust with his quarterback as areas he did not comprehend last year. Unfortunately, those sound like bigger things to this writer, particularly when your QB is Aaron Rodgers.
There’s still room for Josh Jones in the Packers defense | Packers Wire
Zach Kruse wrote this a few days ago. It's not included here to poke fun at Zach at all; rather, Jones might have been better off reading it before deciding not to show up for OTAs this week.
Buccaneers release Gerald McCoy after nine seasons in Tampa Bay | SI.com
McCoy's sudden appearance on the free agent market is a bit stunning, as the nine-year vet has made six Pro Bowls and totaled 54.5 sacks. It might be tempting to think about a Packers line of McCoy, Kenny Clark, and Mike Daniels, but the former Buc will probably draw plenty of interest around the league from teams with more cap space than the Packers.
The NFL had a tiny signing spree in mid-May. Which moves will matter? - SBNation.com
The moves coming after the compensatory pick deadline weren't massive in terms of star power, and there are still a few big names without homes, but these signings could have a significant impact in 2019.
NFL-NFLPA joint agreements to protect health, safety, wellness of players - NFL.com
This agreement certainly sounds the first step towards the NFL accepting marijuana as an acceptable medical treatment for its players.
Jordan Harold: Ex-Missouri DL says he'll pass rush for hot wings | SI.com
Harold apparently did something similar to get a walk-on spot at Missouri, where he worked his way up to becoming a starter and going on scholarship. Good luck to him!