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Wonder why Benkert was released and kept Etling? Was looking fwd to seeing what he can do in the preseason.

"The timing of this move is also odd. Do the Packers need an extra roster spot for a signing or are they simply over the Benkert experiment? It should be noted that the United States Football League’s last week of the regular season is this upcoming weekend, meaning the players on non-playoff teams will be available to sign with NFL teams immediately. As we've seen over the years, Green Bay isn’t above signing players who have come off stints with Canadian, arena or startup leagues."

From AcmePackingCompany article

Benkert explains release

β€œThe way he did it and went about it, made respect for him, and for the window he cut me in, to give me an opportunity to go somewhere and compete for another job to make the 53, knowing there was no chance to make the 53 here…respect the (expletive) out of that,” Benkert said during a stream on Twitch on Sunday.

The Packers cut Benkert on Friday. While he said he β€œdefinitely didn’t expect it” and was β€œtruly surprised,” he understands the process from the team side and is thankful for the timing.

β€œHe could have kept me around for five weeks and then cut me as soon as I showed up for training camp, or kept me around for preseason, given me a quarter a game if that, and then cut me, Benkert said. β€œI’m just excited to see what’s next.”

@fightphoe93 posted:

In hindsight, the only guy that legitimately looked like a mistake in terms of the Pack giving up on too early was Taysom Hill.  He is a good backup QB that can keep you competitive if Rodgers is out.  Some other QBs the Pack has tried as backup have not been good enough to keep the team afloat (i.e. Brett Hundley).

I think you are watching a different Taysom Hill.

@fightphoe93 posted:

In hindsight, the only guy that legitimately looked like a mistake in terms of the Pack giving up on too early was Taysom Hill.  He is a good backup QB that can keep you competitive if Rodgers is out.  Some other QBs the Pack has tried as backup have not been good enough to keep the team afloat (i.e. Brett Hundley).

I just don't see anything in Hill. Yes, he's athletic. But he's 32 years old and has less than 300 pass attempts in his career. He had a few nice games in 2020, 2 of them against really shitty teams but for his career his numbers look like just a guy. When Brees was still around Hill wasn't even a backup. He was a 3rd string guy that would get some TE snaps and occasionally come in for a play that required throwing a ball farther than Brees was capable of doing or some goalline Tim Tebow type action. Speaking of Tebow, that's pretty much what I see in Hill. An athlete without a true position.

Now if keeping Hill would have meant they felt good enough to not use a first round pick on Love in 2020 then it would have some value.

@fightphoe93 posted:

In hindsight, the only guy that legitimately looked like a mistake in terms of the Pack giving up on too early was Taysom Hill.  He is a good backup QB that can keep you competitive if Rodgers is out.  Some other QBs the Pack has tried as backup have not been good enough to keep the team afloat (i.e. Brett Hundley).

Taysom Hill is a poor man’s Drew Stanton.

@ammo posted:

He is only in love with himself. Oh, and bilking Cali taxpayers out of thousands of hours of work.

Ask yourself. would you rather Y.A. be β€œteaching” your kids, or have him searching the internet for banal Packer stories written by juco journalists? Aren’t we screwed either way?

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Some comments from Sammy Watkins' offseason trainer

https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-w...-davis-sammy-watkins



Sammy Watkins, Green Bay Packers

Unprompted, Bert Whigham β€” Gabriel Davis' trainer quoted above β€” talked up Watkins, who’s also working out in Orlando with Davis.

Watkins played only 457 snaps last season and caught 27 passes for 394 yards with a touchdown in 2021. He didn’t catch a pass after Week 13.

β€œThat guy is going to be good for the Packers. He started working with us like seven weeks ago, and he said he wanted to be β€˜college Sammy.’ Sammy is going to have a big year. He told me, β€˜I want to be Clemson Sammy Watkins.’ And I was like, β€˜OK, let’s do it.’ He’s just up there squatting 405 for eight right now like it’s nothing. He started around 218, and he’s at 225 right now, too. He’s going to go be a No. 1 in Green Bay.

β€œSammy’s going to kill it. I have no doubt. He hasn’t trained like this since college. He’ll say that. β€˜I haven’t worked like this since college.’ We’re spending two-and-a-half, three hours on the field in this heat every day. And that sounds crazy, but that’s what your body has to go through so when you get to camp, it’s easy. And that’s been the knock on him. He gets hurt. Well, he hasn’t pushed his body in the offseason, and he’ll admit that.”

Go Packers  

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