DeShone Kizer is entering his third year after a brutal rookie season in Cleveland and a disappointing pair of relief performances for the Green Bay Packers a year ago. Raven Greene will be in year two, having finished last year on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Both players should feature prominently for the Packers in training camp and preseason games this summer, however. Kizer will get plenty of opportunities to take hold of the number two quarterback job behind Aaron Rodgers, something he earned almost by default a year ago. For a player whose biggest claim to fame in a Packers uniform is a pair of turnovers to Khalil Mack, Kizer remains immensely confident about his abilities and his future as an NFL quarterback. However, focusing on his footwork and mechanics will be the key to making sure he is throwing the ball accurately, while understanding Matt LaFleur’s offense will be critical to making the right decisions and earning that backup job.
Meanwhile, Greene faced a frustrating finish to his rookie campaign, unable to run or work out much of his lower body throughout the early part of his rehab. However, he bulked up on top and looks to be a more physical, punishing safety through spring practices. A significant role seems to await him this fall, both on defense and special teams.
Let’s look at those two players and more in today’s curds.
Packers backup QB DeShone Kizer stays confident in face of constant change | Packersnews.com
2019 will mark the fourth different offensive scheme and head coach Kizer will have played in and for in the last four years, dating back to his final year in college. However, he does have a relationship with Matt LaFleur already, as the Packers’ new coach was his quarterbacks coach as a freshman at Notre Dame.
Raven Greene put in the work this offseason | Packers.com
With Josh Jones skipping OTAs and sitting out minicamp practices with an injury, Greene was the Packers' third safety and he also lined up frequently in a dime linebacker role. Bulking up this offseason helped with that, but he looks primed for a critical role on this roster.
Packers RB coach on Dexter Williams: ‘Should be built for this scheme’ | Packers Wire
Ben Sirmans sees what a lot of us saw in Williams when he was drafted: an Aaron Jones clone whose explosiveness will be a perfect fit for Matt LaFleur's zone run game.
Biggest Steal of the 2013 NFL Draft | The Draft Network
Is anybody going to argue with our beer-chugging, life-loving number 69 being that guy? Didn't think so.
10 NFL players entering make-or-break years - How each could leave in 2020 | ESPN
From quarterbacks in the final year of their contracts to players with ability but who haven't put it all together, here are some names who could be on the move next spring.
The 3 best and 3 worst team relocations in NFL history - SBNation.com
Interestingly, the Browns moving to Baltimore falls in both categories.
South Carolina woman charged after allegedly throwing a snake at a woman and stealing her car | myfox8.com
Thankfully the snake was not venomous. Regardless, that's a new carjacking method that I've never heard of before.