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, a journeyman, and a veteran all joined the Packers this year and found small roles to play.”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCSTShareTweetShareSharePackers 2018 ILB Acquisitions: Oren Burks’ career starts slow, Antonio Morrison finds a roleBenny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsOver a two week span, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provides grades and insight on how they performed in the 2018 season. Today we examine the inside linebacker group.The Green Bay Packers added four players to their inside linebacker group in the 2018 season, a group that consisted of one draft pick, one undrafted rookie, one journeyman, and one last minute veteran. All were added with specific roles in mind, and to varying degrees, they filled their roles. None stood out as stars or immediate impact players. Still, with Blake Martinez leading the NFC in tackles Womens Aaron Jones Jersey
, role players were pivotal.Oren BurksHow Acquired: Third-round pick in 2018 NFL Draft (No. 88 overall)2018 Stats: 24 tackles (18 solo)Burks came in with some high expectations. A third round pick is generally expected to see the field a fair amount. Burks hurt his shoulder coming out of training camp and did not get a fast start. He managed just four starts through the course of the season. He is a smaller linebacker and the hope was he could be involved in the pass game. If he can stay healthy, then he still have a chance to be a valuable player, but he has not found a way to be an every down player yet.Antonio MorrisonHow Acquired: Trade with Indianapolis Colts (Aug. 26th)2018 Stats: 48 tackles (27 solo)Morrison joined the Packers late in training camp, coming over from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. Morrison started 15 games for the Colts last year and started eight games for the Packers in 2018. He found a role as a run-stuffer in the Packers’ defense, but was not an every down player. He managed to help around the line of scrimmage and clean up plays in the run game.Korey ToomerHow Acquired: Signed as unrestricted free agent (Sept. 3)2018 Stats: 3 solo tacklesToomer was added just after final cuts for his ability to play special teams. He did see 12 snaps on the defensive side of the ball, but was mostly cast as a special teams player. He had a limited role on the team and was eventually released in late November.James CrawfordHow acquired: Undrafted rookie free agent signing2018 Stats: 9 tackles (8 solo), one fumble recoveryAfter playing in the second halves of preseason games on defense, Crawford ended up making the team thanks in large part to a dominant special teams performance in the fourth and final exhibition game. He became a core part of Ron Zook’s units, and although they were arguably the worst special teams in the league, Crawford was not necessarily a reason for it. He lined up on the field for over 70% of the team’s special teams snaps, and the front office may view him as a core special teams player moving forward into 2019. Hopefully this report isn’t a false alarm like the report about the Bills was.”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareRaiders and Steelers agree to a trade for Antonio Brown Womens Reggie White Jersey
, per reportCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsAfter much craziness over the past few days, it appears that All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is finally getting a new home after all. However, unlike Thursday evening’s report of the Buffalo Bills acquiring Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, it now appears that the Oakland Raiders will be Brown’s new team.Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has the first news of a trade that is being finalized between the Raiders and Steelers, which will send draft picks in the third and fifth rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft to Pittsburgh. The Raiders have the second pick in round three and the third selection in round four; however, this does not hurt their total draft capital much, as the team has three picks in the first round this year.While it is important to note that Rapoport was the person who broke the news about Brown going to the Bills, which was later refuted, this report has much more detail. Rapoport adds that the Raiders will sign Brown to a new contract to make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the league once again. Pro Football Talk reports that it is purely a raise rather than an extension, and that Brown will get about $19 million more in the next three years than he was due previously.In the past few months, Oakland dealt away wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys Womens Davante Adams Jersey
, receiving one of their additional first-round draft picks in exchange. Essentially, they are getting an upgrade from Cooper, a third-round pick, and a fifth-round pick in exchange for Brown and a first-rounder.For NFL fans outside of Pittsburgh, Oakland, and perhaps Buffalo, it is probably just a relief that this saga has concluded.