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Report: Packers Safety Josh Jones Wants to Be Traded

Josh Jones, a second-round pick just two years ago, is skipping the Packers’ OTAs because he’s hoping to force a trade, a source told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Jones has been working out in Florida with a trainer after he left the Packers’ offseason program about a month ago.

The source said Jones, who was the 61st overall pick in the 2017 draft, believes it would be best for both him and the Packers if they parted ways.

Jones has been in and out of the lineup during his two years in Green Bay, starting 12 games over two years. The Packers opened last season with former undrafted rookie Kentrell Brice and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety. Even after Clinton-Dix was traded midway through last season, Jones was bypassed for a starting job when the Packers moved Tramon Williams from cornerback to safety. It wasn’t until after Brice sustained an ankle injury in Week 10 that Jones finally got his first start of the season in Week 11.

Jones had originally reported to the Packers for the start of offseason workouts on April 8. The Packers made a significant commitment to the safety position in the offseason when they signed former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos to a four-year, $36 million contract in free agency and then used the 21st overall pick in the draft on Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr.

The source said Jones has asked Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst to let him go or trade him, but to this point, the Packers have not acquiesced.

Packers Ink Six 2019 NFL Draft Picks, 11 Free Agent Rookies

The Packers have agreed to contract terms with six 2019 NFL Draft choices and 11 rookie free agents.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst announced the signings on Friday.

The Packers picked up former Michigan linebacker Rashan Gary with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft. Green Bay also added Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. with the No. 21 overall pick in the draft. Both of those players received four-year deals with a fifth-year option.

Green Bay also agreed to terms with fifth round pick and former Texas A&M defensive lineman Kingsley Keke, Ka’dar Hollman (CB, Toledo), Dexter Williams (RB, Notre Dame) and Ty Summers (LB, Texas Christian).

The Packers’ group of undrafted rookie free agent signings includes: Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Bolton, Iowa State wide receiver Matthew Eaton, Colorado cornerback Kabion Ento, Ole Miss cornerback Javien Hamilton, Duke tight end Davis Koppenhaver, Virginia Tech tackle Yosh Nijman, Arkansas linebacker Randy Ramsey, Baylor linebacker Greg Roberts, West Chester cornerback Nydair Rouse, Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins and Oklahoma State guard Larry Williams.

reen Bay also reported for the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday. OTA off-season workouts begin on May 20. The Packers start mandatory minicamp on June 11.

Packers Grab Michigan DE Rashan Gary with the 12th Pick in the NFL Draft

The Packers went defense in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, taking Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick.

And a scouting report on Gary

Strengths:

Freak athlete
Fast edge rusher
Ideal size
Excellent combination of height, weight, length, speed and athleticism
Fast off the edge
Very good in pursuit
Speed to power rusher
Pursuit run defense
Good play recognition
Ability to redirect
Closing speed
Burst to get upfield
Has strength
Strong to get off blocks
Active hands
Uses hands and feet at the same time
Versatile to play a variety of techniques
Fits a 3-4 or 4-3 defense
Huge upside; best football is ahead of him

Weaknesses:

Lack of production in college
Can be more disruptive than productive
Shoulder injury from junior year
Was streaky at times
Could use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL

Summary: Coming out of high school in New Jersey, Gary was one of the top recruits in the nation and some recruiting outlets had him as the No. 1 player in the country. He was a huge signing for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. While Michigan had some good talent returning on its defensive line, the true freshman Gary was able to earn some playing time and chipped in 27 tackles with one sack. As a sophomore, Gary broke into the starting lineup and had a quality debut in his first year of extended playing time. As the season progressed, Gary showed improvement and ended the season with an impressive performance against rival Ohio State. He totaled 56 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2017.

In 2018, Gary totaled 43 tackles with 7.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He missed three games with an AC shoulder joint sprain and sat out Michigan’s bowl game. At the combine, Gary had a fabulous workout, showing off his freakish combination of size and speed. A 6-foot-4, 277-pound defensive lineman running a 4.58-second 40-yard dash is incredible, and that time was faster than a lot of the top running back prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft. Along with running fast, Gary showed his quickness and athleticism in the field work.

Gary has the potential to be a dangerous edge rusher against the pass. He is surprisingly fast for a big defensive end and is able to bend and dip underneath blockers, with rare speed to close on the quarterback. Sometimes, Gary has a delayed reaction in getting started, but he has tremendous speed to dart by tackles and achieve penetration. He has a serious burst to get upfield and can eat up space in a hurry. Along with his speed, Gary has quality size to him with the strength to get off blocks. Gary has active hands and is able to use them at the same time as his feet. He does well using his speed to get upfield, chops the tackles’ hands off of him, and then bolts around the corner to pressure the quarterback. Gary needs to develop more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. It would be good to see him add more rip, club and swim moves.

Check out the Complete 2019 Green Bay Packers Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Packers fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Packers slate!

Sept. 5 at Chicago Bears (Thu) 8:20
Sept. 15 Minnesota Vikings 1:00
Sept. 22 Denver Broncos 1:00
Sept. 26 Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 6 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25
Oct. 14 Detroit Lions (Mon) 8:15
Oct. 20 Oakland Raiders 1:00
Oct. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs* 8:20
Nov. 3 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25
Nov. 10 Carolina Panthers 1:00
Bye
Nov. 24 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25
Dec. 1 at New York Giants 1:00
Dec. 8 Washington Redskins 1:00
Dec. 15 Chicago Bears 1:00
Dec. 23 at Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 29 at Detroit Lions 1:00

Could Aaron Rodgers Talk Jordy Nelson Into Coming Out of Retirement?

Fomer Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons earlier this offseason, but could be swayed if there’s a call made by a certain Packer quarterback to come back.

During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Nelson said, “it probably would be hard to say no” if Aaron Rodgers called him and asked him to un-retire and play for the Packers in 2019.

It would be amazing if Nelson would return, but then again clearly he’s not the same player that he was before he tore his ACL.

Nelson caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns in his first run with the Packers before he left for a forgettable season with the Oakland Raiders.

He will turn 34 years old later this offseason.

Packers GM Mark Murphy Feels QB Aaron Rodgers Will Adjust to New Staff

For all but the last four games of the 2018 season, Aaron Rodgers‘ entire tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback came under one head coach, Mike McCarthy.

After four games under interim coach Joe Philbin, Rodgers will begin this coming season with Matt LaFleur as his new coach.

How Rodgers reacts to the first-time head coach could dictate his level of success.

“He has to embrace it,” Packers president Mark Murphy told Rob Demovsky of ESPN on Tuesday at the NFL combine. “And I think he is. I hope he adapts well. I’m excited. I know he’s excited. I’ve had some discussions with him.”

Rodgers has not spoken publicly since Murphy hired LaFleur, the former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, on Jan. 7. Rodgers also hasn’t met in person with his new coach, either. But they’ve had several conversations, according to Murphy, since their initial phone call on the day LaFleur was offered the job.

Rodgers’ relationship with McCarthy became a point of speculation last season, when McCarthy was fired with four games left in his 13th season as head coach. Their partnership appeared to sour for good when Rodgers bashed the Packers’ offense after their 22-0 win over the Bills in late September.

The day after McCarthy was fired in December, Rodgers was asked if he thought he had anything to do with McCarthy’s dismissal and said: “I hope that’s not the reason.”

Murphy acknowledged that Rodgers needs to buy in to LaFleur’s coaching and the changes he plans to implement on offense, especially because at age 35, Rodgers’ window to win another Super Bowl might be starting to close.

“He’s driven,” Murphy said. “He wants to win championships, and I think he knows that he’s got only so many years left. I’m excited. I think he and Matt, I think that relationship is going to be crucial. He’s the head coach, but he’s the playcaller.”

“There’s no question, with as much change as we have, there’s going to be an adjustment, but I’m optimistic,” Murphy said. “I think we’ll see improvement.”

Packers Would Like to Bring Back Former WR Coach Luke Getsy

The Packers want to bring back former wide receivers coach Luke Getsy, whose outstanding work with the receivers during his time here and familiarity with quarterback Aaron Rodgers would make him a good fit, Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report.

Getsy left the Packers after the 2017 season to accept the offensive coordinator’s job with his mentor, Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead.

The Packers are hoping there’s enough mutual interest to lure Getsy back into the pro game and are expected to talk to him soon. More than likely, the Packers had to get permission from Moorhead to interview the 33-year-old Getsy.

Getsy spent four years with the Packers (2014-17), starting as an offensive assistant and working his way up to receivers coach in 2016. He immediately introduced some unusual training drills, including juggling tennis balls and footballs and catching falling bricks before they hit the ground, in an attempt to improve head-eye coordination.

If Getsy takes the job, he would oversee developing the Packers’ three young wide receivers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore. Valdes-Scantling and St. Brown both flashed some ability last year and the Packers are counting on all three of the rookies to contribute more.

Packers Ready to Hire Titans Coordinator Matt LaFleur as Head Coach

The Packers have their sights set on a new head coach, as reports say it looks like they are ready to hire Tennessee Titans coordinator Matt LaFleur for the position.

The 39-year-old will become the 15th full-time coach the franchise, as he takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was fired late in the season after the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

LaFleur, the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, chatted with the Packers Sunday.

LaFleur just concluded his first year as the Titans’ offensive coordinator after hold the same title in 2017 under Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams.

Tennessee finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs, ending the year No. 25 in total offense and No. 27 in scoring. The Titans were 29th in passing with quarterback Marcus Mariota but seventh in the league in rushing.