Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFC North News for Saturday, September 1st, 2012

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Updated: September 1, 2012

The agony and suspense of cut-down Friday have past, and we are here to provide you with access to NFC North news sources that will give you all the gruesome details. Overall, there weren’t all that many surprises yesterday, but as happens every year, fans get attached to one or two players and are disappointed to see them go. Such is the nature of the business. Realistically, though, most of these players never pan out anyway, and more often than not, the front-office decisions are vindicated. That’s why they have the job and we don’t.

Latin singer Gloria Estefan, who survived a broken back, turns 55 today.

Latin singer Gloria Estefan, who survived a broken back, turns 55 today.

There are some lucky people in this world who get the whole weekend to celebrate their birthdays, unlike the rest of us schlubs who have to get up and go to work the next morning. Wish a happy day to singer Gloria Estefan (55), pop psychology television personality Dr. Phil McGraw (62), and squeaky-clean Christian singer Jasmine Sagginario (18).

NFC North News

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  • The good folks at MLive.com conducted an informal poll last night, asking Detroit Lions fans which roster cut they were most disappointed about. More than 34 percent answered defensive end Everette Brown. Responses ranged from calling the cut “stupid” to arguing that Brown is more valuable than backup quarterback Kellen Moore, who was retained.
  • Here is the official list of released Detroit Lions players: G Rodney Austin, G Pat Boyle, DE Everette Brown, DE Ugo Chinasa, P Ryan Donahue, WR Patrick Edwards, DT Andre Fluellen, G Dan Gerberry, TE Alex Gottlieb, WR Nate Hughes, S Reshard Langford, WR Lance Long, DE Edmon McClam, LB Carmen Messina, WR Wallace Miles, CB Justin Miller, DT Tracy Robertson, CB Alphonso Smith, WR Maurice Stovall, CB Ross Weaver, and TE Austin Wells.
  • The Chicago Bears made a couple of interesting personnel transactions yesterday. It was originally reported that fullback Tyler Clutts and wide receiver Golden Brittan had been released, but then it was revealed that in fact Clutts had been traded to the Houston Texans for cornerback Sherrick McManus. The move leaves Chicago with no fullback on the roster. In addition, Chicago signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who returns to the Bears after a stint in Tampa Bay. Chicago surprised some observers by parting ways with quarterback Josh McCown, electing to keep only two quarterbacks on the roster: starter Jay Cutler and backup Jason Campbell.
  • Here is the official list of personnel moves made by the Chicago Bears to get to the 53-man roster limit: Besides QB Josh McCown, they terminated the contracts of four other vested veterans: LB Xavier Adibi, DE Chauncey Davis, WR Rashied Davis, CB Jonathan Wilhite. They waived WR Joe Anderson, WR Terriun Crump, WR Brittan Goldan, OT Cory Brandon, OT James Brown, OT A.J. Greene, CB Cornelius Brown, Isaiah Frey, CB Greg McCoy, G Ricky Henry, S Mark LeGree, DT Jordan Miller, TE Brandon Venson, DE Aston Whiteside, and LB Jabara Williams. DT Nate Collins receives a roster exemption due to his one-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. For those of you keeping score at home, that means fan favorite wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and rookie punter Ryan Quigley made the team.
Aaron Rodger has been one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league over the course of his career. The Green Bay Packers retained only seven offensive linemen Friday, indicating that they will be looking for more talent.

Aaron Rodgers has been one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league over the course of his career. The Green Bay Packers retained only seven offensive linemen Friday, indicating that they will be looking for more talent.

  • With their roster moves Friday, the Green Bay Packers tacitly acknowledged that they have major problems along their offensive line. They retained only seven offensive linemen — in stark contrast to the normal league practice of keeping at a minimum eight and frequently nine or 10. It is virtually a given that general manager Ted Thompson will be trawling the waiver wire and perhaps cooking up a trade or two in an effort to bring in fresh talent. A team that relies so heavily upon the passing of its league-MVP quarterback can ill afford to expose him to unnecessary risk of injury. Moreover, after months of speculation over whether the Packers would keep six receivers, they elected to do just that. Their choice between the duo of Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley? Jarrett Boykin.
  • Following is the official list of cuts made by the Green Bay Packers Friday: DT Daniel Muir, WR Tori Gurley, C Sampson Genus, S Anthony Levine, C/G Tommie Draheim, T Andrew Datko, TE Brandon Bostick, G Reggie Wells, T Shea Allard, WR Dale Moss, DE Lawrence Guy, WR Curenski Gilleylen, CB/KR Otis Merrill, OL Greg Van Roten, WR Diondre Borel, QB B.J. Coleman, FB Nic Cooper, RB Marc Tyler. The Packers placed T Derek Sherrod (leg) on the physically unable to perform list and LB Vic So’oto (ankle) on injured reserve. DE Mike Neal (four games) and LB Erik Walden (one game) will not count against the final 53 while suspended.
The Minnesota Vikings are such a young team this year that running back Adrian Peterson is practically a grizzled veteran.

The Minnesota Vikings are such a young team this year that running back Adrian Peterson is practically a grizzled veteran.

  • Already one of the youngest teams in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings became even younger Friday after severing ties with a number of veterans. After they released quarterback Sage Rosenfels (34), cornerback Chris Carr (29), safety Eric Frampton (28), and defensive end Jeff Charleston (29), fully 75% of players remaining on the roster are aged 27 or younger. Incidentally, the Vikings traded at least one undisclosed draft pick Friday night to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback A.J. Jefferson.
  • In addition to the veterans listed above, the Minnesota Vikings officially cut the following players: RB Jordan Todman, RB Lex Hilliard, FB Ryan D’Imperio, TE Mickey Shuler, WR Manny Arceneaux, C Quentin Saulsberry, G Chris DeGeare, G Tyler Holmes, G Austin Pasztor, T Kevin Murphy, DT Chase Baker, DT Trevor Guyton, DE Nick Reed, LB Corey Paredes, CB Reggie Jones, and CB Bobby Felder. Wide receiver Jerome Simpson will not count against the 53-man roster while he serves his three-game suspension.

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I have published a comprehensive list of NFC North waiver claims and practice squad signings.

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So the Packers were not able to get anything in trade for their wide receivers. I think people overvalue the Packers receivers. They do great together as a group but aren't necessarily exceptional as individuals.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

Thats not even the right coloring for our logo... So much respect.

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Vikings just cut Pat Brown and Zach Bowman. Signed OL Mark Aspen off waivers.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

for the players projections, it says the Kevin Williams will do nothing the first two weeks.  he served all of his suspension last year, right?  I haven't heard of him being injured.  am I missing something?

_MKE_
_MKE_

UNI has 40 total yards. 

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Adam and I are running an IDP/DST hybrid flex league auction draft this evening with huge budgets. Let me know if you would like to join.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Ok, serious question, I'm in an 8 team keeper league. Who do I keep: Foster, Calvin, or stafford?

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

Why does wisco run such a vagina offense... Nothing but matty dump offs... No confidence in OL and WRs to run routes? So boring too.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

rourke- nice advertisement

_MKE_
_MKE_

Steve Johnson or Demariyus Thomas? 

_MKE_
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Through 6 rounds, my team is: Romo, McCoy, Charles, Fitz, Welker, Steve Smith. I picked 7th.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@Nonstopdrivel I am suprised they didn't ship off James Jones.  They are damn deep at WR.  could use an extra pick for next year- but- must not want to give up weapons for their SB aspirations

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@Nonstopdrivel minnesota seems to have a hard on for gurley- but like a fat girl at bar close, they have to wait until they are the last one remaining

natradamus
natradamus moderator

If there is one thing Minnesota showed it doesn't need, it is cornerbacks

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

@ElHombreDelMilagro our offense cant get anything going.. our starting all american LT is suspended this game... Idk why we arent using our RBs.. thy r the strength of or offense with #7 and #1.. wisco is putting 7-8 guys in the box every time. The grinding n time on the field by our d is gonna kill us in the 4th.

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@ElHombreDelMilagro JVince should be happy. They're only down by 6 points, so he could still win the bet.

_MKE_
_MKE_

@JVince 11 Oh come on man... you played football. I expected better from you. The goal is to win, right?

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

@ElHombreDelMilagro Johnson

natradamus
natradamus moderator

Carr and Bowman?  god damnit

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@EvilDonkey dfeinitely Foster.  with the 5th, either stafford or calvin will fall to you.  foster will not

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

@ElHombreDelMilagro @JVince 11 that doesnt mean u need to have a suckass offense that bores the crowd to sleep

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@the dalai slama @Nonstopdrivel You do what's best for your career. It is possible that one of the Packers WRs could have been injured, and he would have had an opportunity to play for a championship-caliber team. Meanwhile, he had a year to absorb Green Bay's playbook and have another chance to audition for a role in 2012. It didn't work out for him, and now he is moving on.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@Nonstopdrivel @the dalai slama made a 400K wrong decision.  Put GB on a pedastal, and the loyalty was not returned.  You take any opportunity you can to play in the league.  WHen that guy tells you they would rather play for GB's practice squad- that bridge is burned

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@the dalai slama @Nonstopdrivel Why be pissed about that? It was a pretty pragmatic decision to make. He thought he had a decent chance at a ring in Green Bay, whereas Minnesota was a 3-13 team last year. I would have made the same decision. Practice squad players on Super Bowl-winning teams are always much in demand the following year.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@Nonstopdrivel @the dalai slama I am still pissed that he refused to leave the Packers practice squad to join the vikings 53 man roster.  I hope that fucker carries jock straps for the 53ers all season long.  I wanted him to have to go to play for Miami

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

@Nonstopdrivel @JVince 11 not 100% sure.. i think a DUI.. our starting TE from the last 2 years was kicked off for a DUI also.

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@JVince 11 It's because people can't appreciate tightly contested games anymore that the NFL feels compelled to change the rules to make the game more flashy.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

@ElHombreDelMilagro @JVince 11 suckass in terms of entertainment... U know what i was talking about.. another FG by that "legendary" offense... 1 score game still

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@JVince 11 If you win the championship with that offense, who gives a shit? There is more than one way to win the game.

I hate how hard it is to get participation in IDP leagues because people find defense "boring." The Madden generation is making the game so one-sided.

_MKE_
_MKE_

@JVince 11 Yeah, the Badgers have a "suckass offense." Good call.

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@thebaskett @ElHombreDelMilagro did you see the Jets TD celebration?  that guy made sure he scored just so he could publicly humiliate Plaxico.  that is a guy I want on my team

natradamus
natradamus moderator

@ElHombreDelMilagro @the dalai slama Minnesota boy- the guy is crazy- modest- and self sacrificing.  I just hate that he plays for such a shitty franchise now (I was a huge Kurt Warner fan, but they have been garbage since  he retired)