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against Jerry Jeudy and he held the Crimson Tideís sta
« on: August 15, 2019, 03:19:32 AM »
The Packers are meeting with another young free agent defender Brett Favre Jersey , this time one who plays in the trenches."The Green Bay Packers threw the moneybags around at the start of free agency this season, picking up four key players, including three sure-fire starters on defense, in the early days of the legal tampering period. Since then, activities have quieted down, with the only significant action being the re-signing of a couple of notable players like tight end Marcedes Lewis and Geronimo Allison.However, as fansí attention shifts over to the 2019 NFL Draft, general manager Brian Gutekunst and company are still looking into free agents. On Wednesday, the Packers are hosting defensive tackle and unrestricted free agent Rodney Gunter on a visit, according to ESPNís Adam Schefter. This will be Gunterís third time visiting Green Bay; he was most recently in town as a member of the Arizona Cardinals when they played at Lambeau Field in December, and he took an official pre-draft visit with the Packers before the 2015 Draft.Arizona selected Gunter, who played college football at Delaware State, in the fourth round of that yearís selection meeting. Since then, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Gunter has played in every game. However, after starting 11 games at nose tackle as a rookie while filling in for an injured teammate Paul Hornung Jersey , he was largely reduced to a rotational role in 2016 and 2017. Last fall was his breakout year, though, as he returned to the starting lineup for ten games and set career highs in every category. Gunter racked up 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 44 total tackles, while adding nine quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss.Based on his size and build, Gunter appears to be an ideal fit for the Packers at the five-technique defensive end position, while also pitching in as an interior rusher on passing downs. His experience playing on the nose and the 3-technique position also indicate the versatility to line up in a variety of spots. At just 27 years of age, Gunter fits the trend of the Packersí signings this offseason ó relatively young players seeking their second NFL contracts who appear to be trending upward.If the Packers do elect to sign Gunter, that probably will signal the end of the road for Muhammad Wilkerson in Green Bay. The Packers have around $14 million in salary cap space, and with their 2019 NFL Draft class left to sign and a few more million earmarked as a cushion for the regular season, there is not much left over to work with. Still, a good player like Gunter is always worth investigating, particularly if his asking price is relatively low. If he were to sign with the Packers, Gunter would at worst provide the team with another talented player on the defensive line who can rotate in with Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels Bart Starr Jersey , and Dean Lowry. As the Green Bay Packers look toward the 2019 NFL Draft, they do so with a little more excitement than usual. With three picks in the top 45 selections and several positions of need, Green Bay has an opportunity to land instant contributors and long-term cornerstones next April. While the Packers figure to improve their depth at edge rusher with at least one of those picks, their need to improve the safety position truly revealed itself as the 2018 season wore on. And because of that, the name Johnathan Abram should be on Packers fansí radars heading into pre-draft festivities.The 6í0, 215-pound Abram entered his senior season at Mississippi State as a potential mid-round draft pick. After a stellar year, he finds himself hovering in the area of rounds one and two depending on his athletic testing at the NFL Combine. The former junior college safety began his college career with the Georgia Bulldogs before finishing his final two years of eligibility with Mississippiís version of the bulldogs. He brings that bulldog trait to the playing field.Described as a ďthrowbackĒ safety, Abramís game is passionate and relentless, attributes the Packersí defense could benefit from. He brings a thump to any and all ballcarriers and learned to harness that physicality enough to better avoid personal foul penalties as a senior. Although his aggressiveness has led to blown coverages on occasion, notably a long touchdown pass against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, Abram improved greatly with experience. A major issue of the Packersí deep half of the secondary was tackling this past season and Abram would shore up that area of weakness immediately as one of the draftís best tacklers from the safety position.On top of his intensity, Abram has been a playmaker, totaling 14 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions over his two seasons in Starkville. He was in position for several more interceptions in 2018 Ray Nitschke Jersey , coming up just shy on a few occasions. But when the Bulldogs needed a third down stop or a sure tackle on a screen pass, Abram usually came through and showed the ability to shed through blockers on the outside. For a team like Green Bay, which tied for 29th in the NFL in takeaways in 2018, Abramís ability to find the ball would be a welcome addition.Abramís versatility may be of most significant interest to Green Bay. In recent seasons, the Packers have employed safeties at inside linebacker on passing downs to gain an advantage in coverage. His physicality would be a great fit in the box for the Packers, especially against tight ends. Green Bay could also line Abram up in the slot, where he has been a dangerous blitzer as a senior and held his own against top receivers. Against Alabama, Misssissippi State used Abram in the slot against Jerry Jeudy and he held the Crimson Tideís standout to just six catches for 45 yards, his second-lowest output of the season. Abramís ability to line up in man coverage in the slot and outside when needed, in addition to safety and potentially linebacker, would give the Packers the tremendous versatility they covet.Abramís play in 2018 has made him a surefire pick in the draftís first two days and many are beginning to take notice.While Abram still has coverage skills he needs to work on, a good showing at the Combine could vault him into late first-round consideration and the territory of Green Bayís second pick of the round. A very vocal team player with leadership skills and experience in the SEC, Abram would bring a swagger to the game that the Packers need now more than ever. While he may not be the free roamer that the Packers must also address at safety, he is the kind of in-the-box safety that they hoped Josh Jones and Kentrell Brice would become.Green Bay could look many directions with its first-round selections, but Abram could fill several schematic positions as soon as next year and provide much-needed stability at safety for years to come.

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against Jerry Jeudy and he held the Crimson Tideís sta
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