Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Let's Meet our New Green Bay Packers | Ticket King

As we continue to get ready for the 2019 Packers season, we will be introduced to a host of new faces. Let’s profile some of them.

Za’Darius Smith: As one of the four big free agent signings, Smith comes to the Packers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. Smith was a fourth-round selection by the Ravens in 2015 and played his college football for Kentucky, where he earned third-team all-SEC honors in 2014. Smith originally hails from Greenville High School in Alabama.

Preston Smith: The second of the Packers four free agent signings, the 26-year-old Preston Smith comes to the Packers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Washington Redskins. Smith was a second-round draft choice by the Redskins in 2015 from Mississippi State and earned first-team all-SEC honors in 2014. Preston Smith originally hails from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Adrian Amos: As the third of the four free agent signings, the 26-year-old Amos comes to the Packers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Chicago Bears, where he was a 5th round draft choice in 2015. Amos played his college football for Penn State and originally hails from Calvert Hall College High School in Townson, Maryland.

Billy Turner: The fourth of the free agent signings, the Packers will be the fourth team of the for the 27-year-old, but that is not a deterrent. Turner was a third-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2014. After some early struggles, he was released in 2016. He was claimed by the Baltimore Ravens and released three days later. He was then claimed again by the Denver Broncos. He never stopped working at his craft the entire time, and in 2018 emerged for the Broncos. His hard worked paid off this offseason when the Packers gave him a four-year, twenty-eight million dollar contract. Turner played his college football North Dakota State where he was a three-time FCS National Champion and originally hails from Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

Rashan Gary: The first of two Packers first-round draft choices of 2019, Gary is an edge rusher who played his college football for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, where he was a two-time first-team all-Big Ten performer. He hails from Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, where he was the 2015 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year.

Darnell Savage: The second of the Packers two first-round draft choices in 2019, the 21-year-old safety played his college football for Maryland, where he was a second-team all-Big Ten performer in 2018. Savage originally hails for Caravel Academy in Bear, Delaware.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Five Packers Roster Spots to Keep an Eye On in 2019 | Ticket King Green Bay

The average fan may not realize this, but NFL position battles begin long before Training Camp every year. With that said, here are some position battles to watch regarding the Packers this summer.

Who will be the backup quarterback? When called upon in 2018, DeShone Kizer looked lost. However, it’s a new system and Kizer is a year older. He will have to compete this summer with Tim Boyle, who looked decent last August during the preseason. Manny Wilkens is a long shot to even make the Packers practice squad.

How will the tight ends stack up? By default, Jimmy Graham begins the summer number one of the depth chart. But that could change. We know what Marcedes Lewis is, however second-year former undrafted free agent Robert Tonyan and rookie Jace Sternberger could very well end up one and two on the depth chart by season’s end.

What about the right side of the offensive line? Right now we know that the left tackle will be David Bakhtiari and the center will be Corey Linsley. They are two of the best in the business. We can also assume Billy Turner will be the left guard. The right guard and tackle are anyone’s guess. They have a host of players competing for both spots, too many to name.

Who will be the third wide receiver? Last season, the Packers made a trio of high-ceiling selections in the draft by picking up St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and J’Mon Moore. Brown and Scantling emerged early in 2018, and Moore suffered through a rough rookie season. However, it is way too early to give up on Moore, so all three are in play for the slot receiver in 2019.

Who will be the other defensive end? We know that Kenny Clark will be the nose tackle and Mike Daniels will be one of the defensive ends. Montravius Adams begins the summer as the other defensive end, but that could change. James Looney, Dean Lowry, and rookie Kinglsey Keke are all competing with Adams for that spot.