Aaron Rodgers makes cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’

Green Bay Packers’ star QB Aaron Rodgers has made plenty of appearances in commercials but has now appeared in perhaps the biggest hit TV show. Rodgers made a cameo on Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones. He didn’t have much screen time.

Pat McAfee snapped a picture of Rodgers. He’s the third one from the right.

Rodgers hinted that he would be a part of the show during an interview at the Kentucky Derby. It’s impressive that arguably the most talented QB in NFL history can also act.

Packers pick up fifth-year option on DL Kenny Clark

It is no surprise to anyone that the Green Bay Packers want their young defensive lineman back. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Packers exercised Clark’s fifth-year contract option. Clark will be in Green Bay through the 2020 season.

A first-round pick in 2016, Clark has become one of the best, young defensive lineman in the NFL. Over the last two seasons he’s had 10.5 sacks, 14 tackles for losses and 17 quarterback hits.

The defensive front will look much different this season. They spent money on pass-rushers in free agency adding Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. Also, the Packers used their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft (12th overall) on another pass-rusher, Michigan’s Rashan Gary.

The moves made in the off-season and the draft will no doubt help take pressure off Clark. Green Bay re-tooled their defense and will be looking for another big season from Clark.

Clay Matthews signs with the Rams

Clay Matthews’ tenure with the Green Bay Packers is over. According to Ian Rapoport, the former green and gold pass-rusher is signing with the Los Angeles Rams.

According to Mike Garafolo, it’s a two-year deal for Matthews worth a max of $16.75 million. Apparently, he had better offers on the table, but he just welcomed his third child and really wanted to play close to home. Matthews played his college football at USC.

This is a perfect situation for Matthews as he will get a chance to compete for a ring. Also, he will be on a defense loaded with pass-rushers which should allow him for more free runs at the quarterback.

Matthews will finish his 10-year career in Green Bay as the Packers all-time sack leader.

This is what Matthews will look like in a Rams uniform.

Packers lose a pair of defensive backs

The Green Bay Packers took a minor hit to their defensive depth losing CB Bashaud Breeland and S Kentrell Brice. Breeland agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and Brice signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Losing Breeland hurts because he was a quality experienced veteran who the young corners looked up to. Jaire Alexander, Kevin King and Josh Jackson have a lot of potential but are young and inexperienced. Alexander established himself in his rookie year as the top corner in Green Bay. King has showed flashes but hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Jackson struggled much of his rookie season, but the Packers will be in good shape if all their young corners make a jump this season.

Tramon Williams is still the veteran leader and can help bring the young guys along.

As for Brice, he was a liability both in coverage and as a tackler. According to Pro Football Focus, Brice allowed a passer rating of 150.1 on 29 throws into his primary coverage and missed 12 of 57 tackle attempts last season.

Report: Packers interested in signing RB Mark Ingram

The Green Bay Packers could be looking to bolster their backfield.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Packers are showing interest in Mark Ingram.

First-year head coach Matt LaFleur has stressed he wants to run the ball this season.

Ingram was a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowler (2014, 2017) and has rushed for 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career.

The Packers already have a strong foundation at the running back position with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. They’ve both shown over the past two seasons they can produce. Green Bay averaged five yards per carry in 2018 which ranked second in the NFL. However, they were last in the league in rushing attempts (333).

Could the Packers trade for Chiefs’ LB Dee Ford?

There appears to be a trade market for Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Dee Ford. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, both the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers are interested in Ford.

Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette confirmed the Packers side of the report.

Ford is set to make $15.4 million on the franchise tag in 2019. He is coming off a 13-sack season last year, but it was only the second time in five years that he has reached double-digit sacks.

Green Bay needs an edge rusher and Ford could be a great fit in DC Mike Pettine’s system. They were in the mix for Khalil Mack last season but failed to give up the amount of assets the Oakland Raiders wanted. The price-tag on Ford will certainly be lower than Mack’s cost.

Clay Matthews is an unrestricted free agent and may not even return to the Packers this season leaving a void that Ford could easily fill.

It will be interesting to see if either of these teams pulls the trigger and gets a deal done with the Chiefs.

Packers, a favorite to sign S Landon Collins

It is no secret that the Green Bay Packers need to improve the safety position. This off-season may be the perfect time to address the position.

According to Ryan Wooden of SportsLine, the Packers have the second-best odds to land All-Pro safety Landon Collins. The Indianapolis Colts have the best odds.

SportsLine’s favorites to sign Collins this season:

Indianapolis Colts| 2/1
Green Bay Packers| 4/1
Washington Redskins| 5/1
Kansas City Chiefs| 6/1
San Francisco 49ers| 8/1
Dallas Cowboys| 8/1
Los Angeles Rams| 9/1
Houston Texans| 10/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers| 10/1
Field- 5/1

Collins has made a name for himself as one of the top safeties in the NFL. He has been to the Pro Bowl three times in his first four seasons. Last year, Collins recorded 96 tackles and four passes defended in 12 games.

On Twitter, Collins expressed his appreciation for the New York Giants and that he’s excited to move on to the next step in his career.

Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst said during the NFL Scouting Combine that he’s looking to be active in free agency.

There are multiple holes on Green Bay’s defense but perhaps none bigger than safety. HaHa Clinton-Dix was traded to the Washington Redskins last season for a fourth-round pick.

Collins wouldn’t only solve the problem at safety, but would become one of the, if not the best players on the defense.

Gutekunst failed to go all-in for Khalil Mack last season when the Oakland Raiders made him available. He needs to make a big-splash this off-season and Collins is the answer.

Packers not expected to bring back Davon House

It appears that Davon House’s time in Green Bay may be nearing an end.

According to Tom Silverstein, the Packers are not interested in resigning the defensive back.

House played in only three games last season before landing on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury.

There isn’t a huge need for House considering the talent at the position ahead of him on the depth chart.

Kevin King, Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson are the future at the position. Alexander has already proven to be a capable starter in the NFL.

If this is the end for House, he’ll finish his Packers career with three interceptions, three sacks and 31 pass breakups over 55 career games.

The Fantasy Zone: 12/20/18

Every Thursday from 9 to 10am Joe & Ebo breakdown the upcoming fantasy football weekend. The duo covers everything from quarterbacks to tight ends on who to start and who to sit. The Fantasy Zone even goes in-depth covering sleepers, the waiver wire, as well as “Studs” and “Duds”.

If you play fantasy football, you won’t want to miss The Fantasy Zone before the games kickoff each weekend!

The Fantasy Zone: 12/13/18

Every Thursday from 9 to 10am Joe & Ebo breakdown the upcoming fantasy football weekend. The duo covers everything from quarterbacks to tight ends on who to start and who to sit. The Fantasy Zone even goes in-depth covering sleepers, the waiver wire, as well as “Studs” and “Duds”.

If you play fantasy football, you won’t want to miss The Fantasy Zone before the games kickoff each weekend!