Packers Xs and Os: The Randall and Rollins “Mirror” Defense

When Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson selected defensive backs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins with his first two picks in the 2015 draft, fans began to immediately wonder if they were safeties or cornerbacks. Discussions quickly popped up that they would play cornerback. Then slot cornerback. Then back to safety. Then as hybrid […]

Ted Thompson and the “Moneyball” Approach to Roster Management

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has told reporters that he doesn’t play moneyball when building and turning over his roster. Translation: Ted Thompson most definitely plays moneyball. We all know it because he’s not afraid to let players walk away if the contracts don’t add up to his perceived value to the team. […]

Ted Thompson and the “Logan’s Run” Approach to Roster Management

Another NFL draft has come and gone, and Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson infused his roster with a youth movement by adding eight young players to the training camp squad. The key words above are “youth movement.” Thompson has consistently fielded one of the youngest NFL teams, if not the absolute youngest, since […]

Packers 2015 NFL Draft – Sixth Round Pick: Kennard Backman, Tight End, UAB

With their sixth-round pick (213th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Kennard Backman, tight end, UAB. PLAYER DETAILS:  Kennard Backman Tight end UAB 6-3/258 lbs CAREER NOTES (from UABSports.com):  Has made 25 starts at tight end in his first three UAB seasons … athletic tight end who will be again be counted on […]

Packers 2015 NFL Draft – Sixth Round Pick: Aaron Ripkowski, Fullback, Oklahoma

With their sixth-round pick (206th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Ripkowksi, fullback, Oklahoma. PLAYER DETAILS:  Aaron Ripkowski Fullback Oklahoma 6-1/257 lbs CAREER NOTES:  Scored 5 career touchdowns in 46 games and 17 starts … rushed for 13 yards and had 41 yards receiving … known as a true fullback […]