Get excited about the Packers' young tight ends
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by Jon Meerdink
2w ago
The Packers have spent seven top 100 draft picks on tight ends since 2000. Their latest two are probably their best yet. My love for tight ends is well known, and the arrival of Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft last spring was as close to a dream scenario as I could imagine. Two athletic tight ends with seemingly unlimited growth potential? Fetch me my fainting couch. But how good are they? And how good could they be? After a year of watching both, I think the answers to those questions are “very” and “extremely,” respectively. First, both Musgrave and Kraft are already among the best receiving ..read more
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Ask Jon Anything - Hugs, Holiday Traditions, and More
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by Jon Meerdink
2w ago
Welcome back to our quarterly installment of Ask Jon Anything, where our Patreon and Substack supporters get to ask me whatever’s on their mind. On this version, we’ll take a look at receivers playing on defense, how the Oakland A’s affect the Green Bay Packers, hugs, holiday traditions, and more! Dusty - The cornerback room is decimated and the Packers have to use a WR at CB, Troy Brown style. Who on the current roster is the best option? My first instinct was to see which of the Packers’ receivers played on defense in high school. If you look through most player’s bios on their college webs ..read more
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How do the Packers' young wide receivers stack up historically?
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by Jon Meerdink
2w ago
Throughout the Aaron Rodgers era, the Packers boasted quite a bit of wide receiver talent. Five different receivers who played the bulk of their career with Rodgers as their quarterback compiled more than 5,000 receiving yards, each in his own unique way.  Greg Jennings, who started his career paired with Brett Favre, was a silky smooth slot receiver. James Jones was a consistent grinder, and probably the most physical presence among the great receivers of the Rodgers era. Jordy Nelson was without peer as a deep threat in the 21st century to date. Randall Cobb, at his peak, might be even ..read more
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Brace yourself for an all-white Packers uniform
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by Jon Meerdink
2w ago
The Minnesota Vikings have revealed a new alternate uniform, trading in their traditional purple and yellow for a white and purple and “metallic gray” (silver?) getups. The particulars of the Vikings new garb are not of interest to me, but the fact that they exist compels me to point out that an all-white Packers uniform is inevitable. Uni Watch confirmed earlier this offseason that the Packers plan to unveil a white helmet at some point, and I think it’s pretty obvious what’s going to happen from here.  If they’re adding a white helmet, they’re going to pair it with their existing all-w ..read more
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Best Look/Worst Look - AFC West Edition
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by Jon Meerdink
2w ago
We’ve done it! We’ve arrived at the end of our uniform tour of the AFC. Today we dive into the AFC West, which is rich with classic looks. There aren’t really any alternate looks to speak of in this division, especially considering the Broncos’ uniforms are brand new, so we only have to avoid throwbacks. Funnily enough, that’s also pretty easy to do, since most of the uniforms in this division are essentially throwbacks anyway. And they look great, so let’s get started! Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs are a very solid entry in “ain’t broke” category. They’re red, white, and yellow and they’ve ..read more
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How can we compare Packers pass rushers and defensive linemen?
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by Jon Meerdink
3w ago
It can be hard to contextualize NFL analytics for one simple reason: there’s a sample size problem. Relative to baseball, basketball, and hockey, there are incredibly few NFL games by which we can generate stats. And since there are so few games, it’s pretty easy for a few players to eat up most of the snaps, meaning there will always be relatively few players that we can confidently assess. There are a couple of solutions to this problem. If you want to contextualize a certain player’s performance, you can compare him to the league as a whole or you can stack him up against other players in ..read more
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Best Look/Worst Look - AFC North Edition
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by Jon Meerdink
1M ago
Hello and welcome back to Best Look/Worst Look, where today we arrive in the AFC East. As a group of uniforms, the AFC East is not great. There are some bright spots, but they’re not nearly as bright as some of the other divisions, and we’ve got way too much color on color within this group of teams. But that’s not to say there’s nothing to like! Buffalo Bills The Bills are in a weird spot for me. I like a lot of their uniform elements individually, but I don’t know if I like what they add up to. Overall, they feel a little stuck between their ultra-classic design and some of their more ..read more
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Best Look/Worst Look - AFC North Edition
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by Jon Meerdink
1M ago
Welcome back to a series of bonus content we started nearly a year ago at this point. Uniforms are great, and I love talking about them. But which are the best and which are the worst? That is for me, and me alone, to decide. I’m going division by division to determine what uniforms are the best and worst for every team. My decisions are final and immutable; if you disagree, well, that’s perfectly okay and taste is subjective. I’m sure you have perfectly good reasons, and those reasons are very valid. Here are the rules. First, the uniforms have to have appeared on the field during the most r ..read more
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Packers rookies look primed to rush the passer
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by Jon Meerdink
1M ago
The longer I watch and (attempt to) analyze football, the more I think there are no coincidences. There is too much overlap between schemes and philosophies and coaches and players to think much happens by chance, at least when it comes to player acquisition and the use of those players on the field. If it’s true that there are no coincidences, I think we can expect a lot of pass rushing in the future of this year’s defensive rookies. Nearly every defensive player the Packers drafted this spring has one thing in common: a history of success rushing the passer. Yes, sacks are a flawed metric ..read more
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Don't worry about the cost of Jordan Love's extension
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by Jon Meerdink
1M ago
The Packers are going to be writing a big check to Jordan Love in the very near future, and it’s almost certainly going to be for a brain-melting amount of money. That’s a good thing. It’s counterintuitive but good. Because the alternative is far worse. I certainly understand the sticker shock that comes with doling out contracts that average in the neighborhood of $50 million per year. That’s a lot of money, and we’ve been conditioned by the sports media industry to think big contracts are inherently bad for teams. (It’s really not a big deal, and nobody has ever been prevented from winning ..read more
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