On Tuesday at the Scouting Combine, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged that his team has an opponent lined up for joint practices again in training camp. Last year, the Packers welcomed the Houston Texans into town, but LaFleur was unwilling to name the team who will apparently be heading to Green Bay this year.
Over the weekend, however, that team was revealed in a media report, as the Cleveland Browns are expected to be heading up in August.
It’s an interesting fit, and one that is fascinating given the recent departures from Cleveland’s front office. John Dorsey, Eliot Wolf, and Alonzo Highsmith — all former Packers personnel executives — all left the Browns organization in the past few months. Who knows if this would still be happening if any or all of them were still employed, but the fact remains that two of the oldest franchises in football will be facing off on the practice field in a few months.
While that major organizational decision is out of the way, a more personnel-focused plan must go into place. LaFleur has said that he thinks the Packers need a third running back who they can trust with the football, and that player does not appear to be on the roster right now. Plus, with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams heading for free agency next year, the time may be right to invest in the position a year before it truly becomes a need.
One way to do that would be to work on a contract extension for Jones. That appears to be in the works, but the team probably still needs to draft or sign a player at tailback. Today’s curds feature one option for that that should make a certain large group of Packers fans very happy.
Green Bay Packers planning to host Browns for joint practice sessions in camp | Packersnews.com
Unless something unexpected changes, the Browns and first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski will be in Green Bay this August.
Report: Packers, RB Aaron Jones have mutual interest in contract extension | Packers Wire
Both sides should have mutual interest -- Jones to help solidify his financial future and the Packers to get a deal done before Jones has another huge year and prices himself out of their plans.
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor just the kind of 'big, powerful guy' Packers need | Packersnews.com
If the Packers don't sense that a deal is imminent or feasible by the Draft, however, they could well be in the market for a running back. Could Taylor be that guy? One scout thinks that he would be a perfect back for the Packers' offense.
Inbox: The possibilities are endless for the Packers | Packers.com
Brian Gutekunst has gotten creative in how he has used his draft capital in the past, moving up in the first round twice and back once. Expect the unexpected again in April.
Packers Prioritize Cory Littleton at Linebacker | SI.com
From Joe Schobert to Nick Kwiatkoski and now to Littleton, Green Bay is reportedly in on all of the top off-ball linebackers in this year's free agent class. Though this particular report has no sourcing in it at all, so take it with a grain of salt.
2020 NFL Scouting Combine winners/losers: C.J. Henderson zips - NFL.com
Florida's Henderson had a great day of workouts on Sunday and probably solidified himself as a first-round pick.
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No matter how cold your winter has been, odds are you haven't been kept out of your house by an ice and wind storm that has covered up all of the entrances and knocked out all your power lines.