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GREEN BAY http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-davon-house-jersey , Wis. — From 2010 through 2016, former Packers general manager Ted Thompson signed two unrestricted free agents.Packers CoveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Packers rookie Gary’s biggest critic is himselfTop Tweets: Former Badger TJ Watt has impressive four-year transformationPHOTOS: 2019 Green Bay Packers training campPackers’ Rodgers, LaFleur ironing out offense, building chemistryPlayers to watch at Green Bay Packers 2019 training campLaFleur: Offense still a work in progress as Packers open campPackers release defensive tackle Mike DanielsGreen Bay Packers 2019 training camp primerPackers’ Rodgers not ranked as a top-5 quarterback in Madden 20On Thursday, the Packers announced the signing of four such players.Second-year GM Brian Gutekunst wasn’t shopping from the bargain bin, either, in trying to improve a team coming off its first back-to-back losing seasons in a quarter-century. Rather, Gutekunst dived headfirst into the initial wave of free agency by signing outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos, and offensive lineman Billy Turner. They each signed four-year contracts worth a combined $182 million, $57 million of which is guaranteed.Gutekunst, however, disagreed with the notion his aggressive foray into free agency was aimed at putting the Packers back among the NFL’s elite teams while quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains in his prime.“I don’t think so,” Gutekunst said. “I think, obviously, this is Green Bay, Wisconsin. We’re in a win-now mode all the time. I thought we needed to add to our defense significantly and I think these guys will. So, I don’t think it’s any different than it ever has been.”Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith replace the longtime starting tandem of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, who are free agents. Matthews had 3 1-2 sacks last season while Perry had 1 1-2 sacks and was released earlier this week before being paid a $4.8 million roster bonus.Za’Darius Smith had a career-high 8 1-2 sacks last season for the Baltimore Ravens while Preston Smith had four sacks last season for the Washington Redskins. The new teammates met when Za’Darius Smith, a junior college player at the time, was on a recruiting trip to Mississippi State, where Preston Smith was an established star.“We really got cool when we actually went to the combine,” said Za’Darius Smith, who wound up playing at Kentucky. “He’s a Smith and I’m a Smith, so we were right behind each other (during drills). Got a chance to communicate, but one thing he did tell me, he was like, ‘Z, we’re going to do great things in this league.’ I kid you not. Now, we’re playing together.”Za’Darius Smith Womens Tramon Williams Jersey , who tied for 10th in the league with 25 quarterback hits, frequently moved from the edge to the inside on passing downs for the Ravens. He figures to be used in the same way by Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.“We are both versatile players,” said Preston Smith, who has 24 1-2 sacks in four seasons. “I see him play and he can rush inside and outside. I can do the same if needed. We both play fast and physical and violently. And I like his play style and I feel we will complement each other, and we’re going to do some great things here in Green Bay.”Amos comes from the archrival Chicago Bears. Last season, he had career highs of two interceptions, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 73 tackles. He’s gone from not being in the starting lineup to open the 2017 season to one of the NFL’s highest-paid safeties.“In NFL terms, that’s how you show who wants you,” Amos said. “People can say they want you and people can say they have enough or don’t have enough, but that’s the way they show you they want you, by getting you.”Turner started 11 games last season at Denver due to injuries. The Packers have a void at right guard, but neither Gutekunst nor Turner would say that will be his position. Gutekunst hopes Turner’s athleticism will be a good fit for new coach Matt LaFleur’s outside-zone running game.“I’m an offensive lineman, but I don’t think that I move like an offensive lineman,” Turner said. “I use my athleticism to my advantage, and it works well for me. Being able to move in space well and to run off the football and move guys around in the run game, I think, was part of the reason why Green Bay liked me, and it was part of the reason that I picked here.”None of the free-agent signings has earned postseason accolades. Gutekunst believes the arrow is pointing up. Turner is 27, the Smiths are 26 and Amos is 25. All four were drafted in 2015.“I do think that’s an important point, that we did want guys that we thought that their best football was ahead of them,” Gutekunst said. “I think all four of these guys probably had their best seasons last year and they were trending in the right direction.” Brian Gutekunst locked down nearly every starting spot for 2019 after his free agent splurge, but Green Bay has long-term questions at a handful of key spots. The draft could bring answers."Just call Brian Gutekunst “Radio Shack.” Packers fans had questions. He had answers. Outside linebacker loomed as a gaping need on the roster; Gutekunst got not one, but two big-money players. Safety doomed the Packers over and over last season; Gutey snagged the best value on the market. He also found a legitimate option at guard with swing tackle capabilities. Maybe he overpaid, but the Green Bay GM found a competent player to fill in a spot that was among the worst in football. And although each are close to earning their NFL AARP card, two legitimate starting caliber tight ends return to stopgap the tight end position. It’s hard to find a spot on the roster where the Packers don’t have a reasonable plan in 2019. Kick returner, maybe? That’s not to say there aren’t places where Green Bay can’t improve. Dean Lowry showed he can handle a starting role on the defensive line, but the Packers tried to upgrade from him last offseason. Mo Wilkerson may be back, but there’s no guarantee he’s healthy. Furthermore, Mike Daniels will be a free agent in 2020. Blake Martinez joins Daniels looking for a deal a year from now and it’s not at all clear Oren Burks can assume his role as the linchpin inside. Even if he can Quinten Rollins Jersey White , they’re an ILB short at least in terms of playing in base or having any kind of depth. Tramon Williams, if he’s still on the team, likely won’t be the team’s starting safety beyond 2019 and Adrian Amos can’t play both safety spots simultaneously, even if he can play either safety spot. Josh Jones struggles playing deep and has only been slightly better close to the line of scrimmage, marking safety as perhaps the most pressing need on the roster. If No. 1 on the list is not safety, it’s right tackle, where Bryan Bulaga doesn’t have a contract beyond this season. He could wind up getting an extension if he can stay healthy. If Billy Turner tuns out to be (no pun intended) the right tackle of the future, the hole at guard re-forms in earnest.Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis form a solid duo with complementary skillsets for this season, but neither should be part of the plan in 2020 or beyond, which means the Packers probably need not one, but at least two more tight ends. Big Bob Tonyan’s development would be gravy and even if he does take a step forward, Matt LaFleur’s offense requires multiple tight ends. They don’t have a starter for 2020. Suddenly, a team without obvious roster gaps in its starting lineup in 2019 looks awfully thin in 2020. With bigger cap hits coming for Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith (henceforth known as the Acme Sackers), the Packers have to nail this draft to fill needs moving forward. Providing those players with the opportunity to learn behind quality veterans should only aid in their development. With that in mind, here are several appealing options for the Packers at these long-term gaps on the depth chart, keeping in mind the athletic profiles Green Bay generally prefers.Safety 30. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson,Florida Oddly, while there aren’t any players at the position worth taking at 12, there could be as many as ten worth taking in the top 100 picks. Gardner-Johnson is my S1 and could still be available at 30. His speed, coverage ability in the slot, and improved tackling making him an ideal fit next to Amos. Johnathan Abram would be another name to watch here and either could be targets if they traded down from 12 into the teens or early 20s.44. Juan Thornhill, Virginia Athletically he has every tool the Packers could want plus experience in coverage (having played cornerback in addition to safety), and he showed playmaking instincts with 13 interceptions in three years at UVA. Darnell Savage from Maryland also fits into this range with a similar athletic profile and playmaking ability. 75. Amani Hooker, Iowa The Packers love Iowa players, particularly defensive backs and Hooker maybe be able to go from yellow and back to yellow and green like his former running mate Josh Jackson.Defensive Line 12. Ed Oliver, Houston Perhaps the new favorite in the clubhouse for the 12th pick at Acme Packing Company HQ, Oliver brings a more athletic, higher upside version of Mike Daniels and could be a sub-package maven next to Za’Darius Smith inside. If he falls to them, run the card to the commissioner. 30. Jerry Tillery, Notre DameNot exactly a Packers “type.” but an impressive athlete with length and strength who profiles ideally as a five technique in a 3-4 defense. He can use his length to control blockers Dean Lowry Jersey , but has pass rush to get a push on early downs as well. 114. Rennell Wren, Arizona State This draft is slim pickings for players likely to appeal to Green Bay and also be available where they’re picking. Wren is an intriguing prospect who seems to be gaining steam through the pre-draft process and fits the kind of athletic profile this front office prizes. Tight End 17* Noah Fant, Iowa I’m cheating here, because I don’t believe any tight end is truly in play at 12 for the Packers. Between Hock and Fant, though Hockenson is the more well-rounded player, Fant’s supreme physical gifts could make him more appealing long-term. Tight ends with his movement skills just don’t come around very often. In this scenario, it’s a trade-down with the Giants who move up for a quarterback. 44. Irv Smith Jr., Alabama My favorite scenario on this list. Despite some underwhelming agility numbers in Indy, Smith Jr. ran 4.6 and showed off his fluidity in drills to underscore what he puts on tape. As a 20-year-old who can block, catch, and make plays after he hauls it in, ISJ offers the ideal draft-and-develop blueprint for a tight end who may only play 30% of snaps in 2019, but may need to play 90% in 2020.185. Foster Moreau, LSU Don’t be surprised to see BG double-dip at the position and target Moreau in the late rounds. While at LSU, he caught just 52 passes in his career, but showed off impressive athleticism at the combine. We’ve seen relatively unproductive college tight ends blossom in the NFL simply by virtue of athletic gifts. Moreau has the upside. Right Tackle 12. Andre Dillard, Washington StateDon’t scoff. Dillard offers the best pass blocking in the class and could easily slide inside to guard if necessary. More likely, he would be the right tackle of the post-Bulaga era. In a few years, when Bakhtiari ages out of dominance, he can slide back to his more natural left tackle, where he has a chance to be among the best in football. 30. Chris Lindstrom, Boston College Few players in recent vintage at the position are more Packers-y than Lindstrom, an ultra-athletic college tackle who can play guard. In fact, BC would slide him inside in certain situations and he handled Clemson’s tough interior defenders with aplomb. 58.* Kaleb McGary, Washington Another cheat. Green Bay could package their third-round pick with their fourths to move back in the second round and snag a player like McGary. At 6’7 317 pounds and with outstanding athleticism, he could be tackle or guard for the Packers.
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