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roster is better than his predecessors. But even though he’s been on the job for less than a year Clay Matthews Jersey , it seems fair to conclude that his approach is different.He said the Packers would pursue every avenue for acquiring players, and Gutekunst has been true to his word. The Packers have been involved in trades, waiver claims, free agent bidding wars, and a host of other moves throughout 2018, both in the offseason and during the regular season.Have all of those moves worked out? No, but that’s true for every general manager. Not every trade or signing or contract extension is going to be a home run. But Gutekunst has been active and aggressive, and even if the results are still up in the air, it’s been fun to watch.Inside Brian Gutekunst’s new approach to shaping the Green Bay Packers’ roster | Packers NewsJim Owczarski dives deep on Brian Gutekunst’s in-season roster moves, sorting through the increasingly common roster churn the Packers have pursued this year.Justin McCray determined to do better against Bears’ Akiem Hicks | Packers NewsThe last time the Packers and Bears faced off, Justin McCray didn’t do so well. He gave up a bad early sack and was at least partly in the mix for blame on the hit that injured Aaron Rodgers’ knee. This time around, he’s vowing to do better. He’ll have his work cut out for him: Akiem Hicks has collected three of his six sacks this season in the Bears’ last four games.Turnover stats create crux of this Packers-Bears matchup | Packers.comKhalil Mack nearly won the last Packers-Bears game by himself by creating two turnovers Blake Martinez Color Rush Jersey , and with the Bears’ proficiency for creating turnovers seemingly growing by the week, it’s a fair bet taking care of the ball will be key.Aaron Rodgers on David Bakhtiari: ‘He has Hall of Fame potential’ | Packers WireHere is a list of tackles selected ahead of David Bakhtiari in the 2013 NFL Draft: Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson, D.J. Fluker, Justin Pugh, Menelik Watson, Terron Armstead, Dallas Thomas. Two of those players are now out of the league, and more than half of the rest have been converted to guard.NFL makes changes to Rooney Rule | Pro Football TalkSince the Packers are in the market for a new head coach, it’s worth paying attention to the league’s new requirements for interviewing a minority candidate. As long as they’ve had Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Green Bay Packers have largely used the top of the draft for help on defense.This might be the year for the Packers to shift priorities https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Dave-Robinson-Jersey , with one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks now at age 35. Coming off a second straight absence from the playoffs, the pressure has been put on new coach Matt LaFleur to use his strategic acumen for a boost for the offense.While finishing 6-9-1 in 2018, the Packers were 15th in the league in points, 12th in yards, 23rd in third down conversions and 13th in percentage of touchdowns scored on possessions inside the 20-yard line.In 2016, the previous season when Rodgers played in all 16 games, the Packers ranked fourth, eighth, second and 10th in those categories, respectively.Sure, the Packers could use a starting safety next to newcomer Adrian Amos, but is that more important than a top-flight tight end to boost the passing game?What about at wide receiver Aaron Jones Jersey , with the departure of seasoned slot man Randall Cobb removing an underneath complement to Davante Adams?While Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have shown promise at running back, but are they both durable and dynamic enough to be the one-two punch for the type of offenses that LaFleur has often had?Remember, the Packers swiftly signed three starters for their defense in free agency last month: defensive end Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith and Amos. They also devoted all of their picks of the first three rounds in the past two drafts to defense, highlighted by cornerback Jaire Alexander last year.So with four of the top 75 selections next week, general manager John Gutekunst and the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to prop up the offense.“There isn’t a grace period. This isn’t like other transitions where you maybe give a pass for the first year or two as you get acclimated to the system,” Rodgers told reporters last week as players began offseason workouts.“We have a veteran quarterback, veteran offensive linemen. We signed some big free agents for us, especially three on defense. There’s an expectation living and playing here that you’re going to compete for championships.”Here are some other key angles to follow during the draft next week for the Packers:FIRST THINGS FIRSTThe Packers have the 12th overall pick, their highest in 10 years since they made defensive tackle B.J. Raji the ninth selection. They also own the 30th overall pick, which came by a trade from New Orleans in the previous draft.The Packers started at No. 14 and moved down to No. 27 by netting two extra selections from the Saints. Then they moved back up to No. 18 to take Alexander in a swap with Seattle that sent three picks to the Seahawks and brought two back.CLEAR FOCUSWith Alexander, cornerback Kevin King (2017) and defensive tackle Kenny Clark (2016) the most recent examples Kenny Clark Color Rush Jersey , the Packers have used their first picks on defense in seven straight drafts. The only offensive player taken in one of the first three rounds in the past three years was tackle Jason Spriggs, the second-round selection in 2016 from Indiana.SKILLSETSThe Packers have not taken an offensive skill position player in the first round since Rodgers fell to them at No. 24 in 2005, giving them three years to groom him under Brett Favre until he took the job in 2008. They’ve only taken three offensive players with their first picks at all since then.Wide receiver Jordy Nelson went in the second round in 2008, when they traded their first-rounder to move down for extra picks. Tackles Bryan Bulaga (2010) and Derek Sherrod (2011) went in the first round.HAWKING TALENTThough Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis have returned, one of the Iowa tight ends would be tough to pass up with two picks in the first round. Both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are projected as first-rounders. With Bulaga, defensive tackle Mike Daniels (2012), cornerback Micah Hyde (2013) and cornerback Josh Jackson (2018), the Packers have a history of Hawkeyes players.UP FRONTGutekunst can’t neglect the offensive line, despite the presence of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari and free agent signing Billy Turner, who could start at either guard spot or even right tackle, where Bryan Bulaga has entered the final year of his contract. Alabama’s Jonah Williams is among the top-rated tackles likely to be available at No. 12.

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