It was a busy day at 1265 Lombardi Avenue yesterday. General Manager Brian Gutekunst claimed kicker Sam Ficken off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. The team also brought in Missouri quarterback Drew Lock for an official workout.
Gutekunst and new Head Coach Matt Lafleur continue to look for ways to strengthen the roster to make sure they have the best 53 players when the season starts.
Sam Ficken was released by the Los Angeles Rams in October after he missed two field goals. He spent the 2017 season with the Rams as well, being their primary kicks when Greg Zurlein was injured. During that time, Ficken went four of five on his extra points and two of three on field goals.
Will the Packers move on from their all-time leading scorer, Mason Crosby. Probably not. During the off-season with OTAs, mini-camps, and then training camp, it is good to carry two kickers due to workload. Plus, it would provide Mason Crosby with some competition.
When you look back on Crosby’s 2018 season, it wasn’t too bad. Previously, he as struggled so you can see why the Packers were interested in bringing in another kicker to compete. Crosby went 30 for 37 in field goals and 34 out of 36 in extra point attempts made. He was even 5 for 7 from beyond 50 yards.
Charles Robinson from Yahoo then reported that the Packers were hosting Missouri quarterback Drew Lock for an official visit. Now, do I think that that Gutekunst will draft a quarterback at number 12? No, I do not. Depending on the mock draft you look at, Lock is slated to go as high as number 4 or number 30 or in the second round. So, there are a variety of opinions on where he would get drafted.
Certainly, Gutekunst could draft a quarterback at some point in this draft. If he does, he would probably be thinking that the guy could replace Kizer and it would
I would believe that this is nothing more than the Packers doing their homework on a potential pick in the screens.
It is that time of year. Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. Brian Gutekunst is probably not drafting the next quarterback right now, but he can see which players are good enough to be Rogers back-up.
With so many extra picks, it makes drafting a quarterback appealing. Remember, during the Ron Wolf ERA, the team almost always had a quality back-up to protect themselves, but who they could also use as trade bait.
As the Packers continue towards the draft, it is refreshing to see Gutekunst make sure he upgrading the bottom of the roster.
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag