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#1 19-07-2019 08:48:10

Date d'inscription: 16-07-2019
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Over two weeks Kentrell Brice Color Rush Jersey , Acme Packing Company will break down the Green Bay Packers’ 2018 roster position-by-position, providing our grades for each spot and looking ahead to free agency. Today, we continue with the tight ends.When the Green Bay Packers signed two veteran tight ends last offseason, visions of productive “12” personnel sets danced in the minds of many fans. While many could not expect the same level of chemistry between Aaron Rodgers and his new weapons as the franchise quarterback had with previously released Jordy Nelson, there was a sense that those connections would eventually form.As seen in the roster grades earlier this morning, that simply did not happen. The Packers’ tight end group was especially abysmal in 2018 as their additions fell well short of expectations. This unit is one that should feature plenty of new arrivals once again before next season, but here is a rundown of Green Bay’s newcomers last season.Jimmy GrahamHow acquired: Signed March 16 as unrestricted free agent; 3-year, $30 million contract with $11 million guaranteed signing bonusRegular Season Stats: 16 games, 12 starts; 55 receptions for 636 yards (11.6-yard average), 2 touchdownsAPC’s Peter Bukowski put it best earlier this week when he said “cutting Jordy Nelson was the right call for the Packers; the error was overpaying for Jimmy Graham.” Green Bay tried to rejuvenate its passing game by adding a player they thought would create mismatches with his athleticism and re-kindle his Pro Bowl self in a green and gold uniform. Unfortunately for the Packers, Graham struggled to separate from defenders, displayed a remarkable decline in athleticism and quickness, and dropped a lot of catchable balls. Once a major red zone weapon, Graham found the end zone just two times in 2018 and was rarely a threat up the seam as this author had hoped. Signed solely for his skills as a receiver, Graham left something to be desired in all phases of his game despite satisfactory numbers on paper.Reports leaked Tuesday that Graham is expected to remain in Green Bay next season, largely because of the money he is still owed. It would not be surprising to see the Packers part ways after the 2019 season when the dead cap money would be much lower and they can develop a suitable replacement for the position. Perhaps the new coaching staff can restore a resemblance of the receiving threat Graham once was, but optimism will be far lower heading into next season.Marcedes LewisHow acquired: Signed May 24 as unrestricted free agent; 1-year, $2.1 million contract with $500,000 signing bonusRegular Season Stats: 16 games, 4 games started; 3 receptions for 39 yards (13.0 yard average), 0 touchdownsThe late signing of Lewis was seen as a potentially shrewd business deal. A fairly durable veteran with a fair level of red zone success in his career https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Geron … son-Jersey , Lewis was lauded for his in-line blocking. His signing in particular provided some belief that the Packers could discover dangerous two-tight end sets much like many of their playoff-contending counterparts.While Lewis lived up to his billing as a blocker, his promise as a receiver was overblown. Whether it was his fault or the coaching staff’s, Lewis was targeted just four times over the course of 16 games. In fact, his usage was so minimal that when he was targeted it caught the defense by surprise, such as his 30-yard catch-and-run on third down against Miami.Although his former offensive coordinator in Jacksonville now has the same title in Green Bay, Lewis figures to be leaving town in 2019 as a free agent. A surprisingly forgotten man, the addition of Lewis should have offered the Packers so much more. GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike McCarthy knows his job is on the line.The Green Bay Packers‘ 13th-year head coach acknowledged he is aware that the team’s 4-5-1 record has led to questions about his future.But he insisted he and the team are focused on next week’s pivotal NFC North matchup with the Vikings in Minnesota, and not the uncertainty surrounding his job security.“That’s the job. That’s the way this business has gone,” McCarthy said Friday. “We set a standard here the past 12 years, and it’s our responsibility to play to that standard. That’s the way we approach it.”The 27-24 loss in Seattle on Thursday left the Packers 0-5 on the road and third in the division behind the Chicago Bears (6-3) and the Vikings (5-3-1). A seemingly softer portion of the schedule follows next week’s showdown with Minnesota, but a loss in that game could put the Packers in a hole too deep to climb out of.McCarthy has had teams rally late in seasons past, including in 2016, when quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously said the team could “run the table” over the final six weeks. After starting 4-6, the Packers won eight straight games to win the NFC North and advance to conference title game, in which they fell to the Atlanta Falcons.That was Green Bay’s fourth NFC championship game under McCarthy, who led the 2010 team to the Super Bowl title. His Packers made the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons before missing the postseason last year, when Rodgers missed nine-plus games with a broken right collarbone.“I have great confidence. I’ve been in this position before, so I have confidence in how we do things,” McCarthy said. “You have to react — there’s no doubt about that — but you can’t overreact. So, you’ve just got to stay in tune with the specifics and the details of why we’re not getting it done in those situations.”The Packers have lost three of their last four games Oren Burks Jersey , despite being in position in the fourth quarter to win on the road against the Rams, Patriots and Seahawks.“We’re not going to turn on each other or nothing. We love each other and we stick together as a team,” defensive back Tramon Williams said. “Is it frustrating? Yes, it’s very frustrating to come out on these types of losses when you know you should be winning these games.”Against the Seahawks, the Packers had a 21-20 lead with 9 minutes left and were facing third-and-5 at Seattle’s 12-yard line when Rodgers was sacked, forcing them to settle for a field goal to make it 24-20.Seattle responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive. When Rodgers missed an easy third-down throw on the ensuing possession, McCarthy opted to punt on fourth-and-2 with 4:20 to go. Green Bay never got the ball back.“It’s tough losing on the road. It’s tough losing by one possession. Obviously, I’m frustrated, not just by the last throw but some other stuff that we could’ve done better out there,” Rodgers said. “This is an important, obviously, six-game stretch left. I still believe we have a lot to play for.”McCarthy said Friday that he still felt it was a “solid decision” to punt in that situation, and that his decision not to challenge a 34-yard Russell Wilson-to-Tyler Lockett completion that set up the go-ahead touchdown was based on not having a clear replay to look at in the coaches’ booth. But he acknowledged both calls were open to second-guessing.“Frankly, those are the kind of decisions that keep all of us up,” McCarthy said. “Now that I’m standing here and I know what the result is of them running out the clock, you go, ‘Oh, yeah, I wish I would’ve went for it on fourth-and-2.'”“My first reaction was to go for it,” he added. “But we talked it over game management-wise and that’s the decision I made.”

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