This is great news, as Cobb should easily be the No. 2 wide receiver in the Packers offense when healthy. Last season, Cobb averaged eight targets per game in contests where Aaron Rodgers was healthy—a 128 target pace. He averaged 13.2 PPR points in those games as well. Cobb is currently going off the board as the No. 40 WR in fantasy drafts.
Aaron Rodgers wants to play his entire career in Green Bay but understands the business, the quarterback told Peter King in King’s Football Morning In America debut column.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy wants to make sure Rodgers retires a Packer, saying Monday that signing the franchise quarterback to a long-term deal is a priority for both sides.
“Obviously, he’s an important player,” Murphy said, via Rob Reischel of Forbes. “He wants to be here, and we want him to be here. When both sides have a common interest, you get deals done.”
Don't expect Aaron Rodgers to hang up his spikes anytime soon. The star Packers quarterback may be coming off a season during which he broke his collarbone for the second time in his career, but he's still supremely confident that he's going to stick around in the league for a long time yet.
Rodgers is headed into his age-35 season, and if he gets his way, he'll stick around for at least five more years after 2018.
"I'd love to play to 40," Rodgers told NBC's Peter King.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones has been suspended for the first two games of the 2018 NFL regular season for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Jones will be eligible to return in Week 3 when Green Bay faces Washington.
With Jones out of the picture for the first two weeks, Green Bay’s three-man backfield is down to two. Jamaal Williams figures to start, but Ty Montgomery will likely come in on passing downs and could overtake Williams with a strong camp. Montgomery is the better runner, but Williams is solid between the tackles and in pass protection.
If the Packers have anything to say about it, that deal will be fairly imminent. CEO Mark Murphy, who previously pointed out how enthused he was with Green Bay's offseason, told WTMJ at the Packers SummerFest event he hopes a deal is done "soon."
The story said the running theory is the team wants to kick off camp with an announcement of a new deal.
Packers RB Aaron Jones has also focused on building up his body after dealing with knee injuries that dimmed some of the promise he showed early in the 2017 season. Running backs coach Ben Sirmans wanted Jones to focus on building his lower body and Jones said that he’s already seen a difference.
Jones said he got bigger all around, which will help in pass protection. Helping in pass protection could also get him on the field more, because, keep in mind, the Packers are planning a committee at RB this year so roles will likely need to be sorted out.
On June 4, Cobb participated in OTAs with media present. But then Packers veterans were excused from minicamp. But Cohen apparently ran into him at the airport, and Cobb was in the boot, which he described as “temporary” (as opposed to the dreaded permanent walking boots). Cobb did not say whether he had surgery or how or when the injury happened.
According to the story, the team apparently is not concerned about his availability for the start of the regular season, and is willing to ease him back in during training camp.
The one-year deal Seattle gave WR Brandon Marshall in May includes only $90,000 guaranteed, which is reflective of his age (34) and uncertain health as he comes off surgeries on his ankle and toe. The Seahawks' ideal scenario would have the 6-foot-5 Marshall getting back to full speed before the season and giving Russell Wilson the big target he lost when Jimmy Graham left in free agency. But if Marshall isn't progressing as well as hoped and/or if the Seahawks decide there's more value in keeping a younger receiver instead, they could move on relatively painlessly before the season begins.
A year after the Browns thrust then-rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer into a Week One starting role, the Browns appear intent to do the opposite with their latest rookie QB, keeping quarterback Baker Mayfield on ice for as long as possible.
If that’s the plan, Mayfield is making it easy for the decision makers to implement their strategy. Here’s an assessment of the competition, if there is one, between Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor, from Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “This is where I tell you that, based on the six practices of OTAs and minicamp that were open to the media, Mayfield did not look ready to compete with Taylor for the No. 1 quarterback job.”
Keep in mind it's only been six practices and things can change quickly, but as of now, it seems as if the deck is stacked in Taylor's favor, as the story put it.
Don’t expect any one running back to carry the load in Green Bay this season.
“The fact of the matter is we’re going to go running back by committee,” McCarthy told ESPN. “But if one of them would emerge as that full-time guy then you have to have that ability to...adjust to that."
Things can change quickly in the NFL. Just because the Packers are planning to do this now, in June, it doesn't mean that's how things will end up come September. However, it doesn't make fantasy life easy for those drafting sooner than later. In PPR leagues, we currently have Williams ranked as our No. 45 RB, Montgomery is our No. 51 ranked RB, and Jones comes in as our No. 54 ranked RB. Williams and Jones sport 10th-round ADPs, while Montgomery is being drafted, on average, in the 14th round.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that Packers running back Ty Montgomery "has been a mainstay on the field in certain key packages— including the no-huddle and two-minute drills—during offseason practices".
It was once thought that the converted wide receiver would return to his original position with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones both impressing as rookies in 2017. That does not appear to be the case, as the veteran Montgomery is in line for a significant role for 2018.
Playing with Aaron Rodgers in the no-huddle and two-minute offenses would net Montgomery plenty of receptions, and therefore, PPR value. He is currently the No. 46 running back off the board in fantasy drafts.
Jimmy Graham is the team's No. 1 tight end, so Lewis will play a complementary role to Graham and most likely be used in more of a blocking role. He did score five touchdowns last season, so there may be some moments for Lewis to be relevant, but he's probably not someone you'll want to target in fantasy drafts.
It's been a game of musical chairs at the wide receiver position by the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. First, the Raiders released Michael Crabtree and signed Jordy Nelson, then the Ravens signed Ryan Grant (only to void the deal because of a failed physical) and then they turned around and signed Michael Crabtree. The deal between Crabtree and the Ravens is for three years, worth $21 million, and includes $11 million in guarantees.
Crabtree has spent the last three seasons in Oakland, with the first two being his most productive. In 2015, he caught 85 passes for 922 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2016, he went for 89 catches, 1,003 yards, and eight touchdowns. This past season, however, he only caught 58 passes for 618 yards, but he still managed to score eight times. He will now become the No. 1 receiving option in Baltimore's offense.
Amidst all the news of free agent signings, one big name will be released—Packers WR Jordy Nelson.
From 2013 to 2016, Nelson was an elite fantasy receiver, averaging over 93 catches, 1,363 yards, and 11 touchdowns. But he had a down season last year (partly due to the absence of Aaron Rodgers), catching 53 passes for 482 yards and six scores. The soon-to-be 31-year-old WR was not in Green Bay's plans for the upcoming season.
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