Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFC North News for Saturday, September 1st, 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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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.
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?
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.
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.
@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
@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
@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.
@ElHombreDelMilagro JVince should be happy. They're only down by 6 points, so he could still win the bet.
@EvilDonkey Foster is the 1st overall pick in most drafts
@JVince 11 Oh come on man... you played football. I expected better from you. The goal is to win, right?
@ElHombreDelMilagro 10 team league?
@ElHombreDelMilagro not bad, Dream Team perhaps?
@JVince 11 Why suspended?
@EvilDonkey dfeinitely Foster. with the 5th, either stafford or calvin will fall to you. foster will not
@ElHombreDelMilagro @JVince 11 that doesnt mean u need to have a suckass offense that bores the crowd to sleep
@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.
@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.
@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.
@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.
@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
@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.
@JVince 11 Yeah, the Badgers have a "suckass offense." Good call.