Packers general manager Ted Thompson is best known and highly revered for sticking with his own college scouting department and player development abilities when it comes to choosing talent.
That left some folks around the NFL scratching their heads this summer when he elected to shore up the tight end and guard positions with veteran free agents Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks and Jahri Evans.
The early returns on the Bennett and Kendricks signings are four stars, and one NFL scout tells Pro Football Weekly, with Bennett’s ability to play 60 minutes and catch and block, it could open up a whole new level of offensive explosion for Rodgers and Co.
But of course some of that depends on the O-line’s ability to give Rodgers time to find his targets.
Thompson’s decision to part ways with both his Pro Bowl guards, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, in a five-month window since the beginning of last season would be business as usual with youngsters ready to step in.
But four-year veteran Lane Taylor was solid but unspectacular replacing Sitton last year, and while Evans was once the best guard in football, he no longer plays to the level of Sitton and Lang.
With youngsters Justin McCray and Lucas Patrick behind them, the Pack is dangerously thin in the middle.
At running back, it will be exciting to see what Ty Montgomery does with a full season as the starter, and while each of rookies Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays have their fans, an entire running backs room with a total of 80 NFL rushing attempts between them – obviously all belonging to Montgomery – is less than ideal.
With new vets at tight end and guard, wouldn’t at least one at running back have made some sense?
Both run blocking and pass protection are things insiders around the league will be watching very closely in Green Bay.