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Legend has it that Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry was one of the first National Football League coaches to employ the Wonderlic Personnel Test to assess players' cognitive ability. By 1970 several teams were using the 12-minute, 50-question test to evaluate potential draft picks.
E.F. "Al" Wonderlic (EB32, G34) created the short-form assessment of cognitive ability as a psychology graduate student at Northwestern. He and his wife began distributing the test from their apartment in Chicago in 1937. By 1961 more than 5 million people had taken his test.
Today, Charlie Wonderlic Jr., the founder's grandson, runs the firm in Libertyville, Ill. As part of its expanded human resources products and services, Wonderlic Inc. prints the revised WPT in 14 languages for more than 7,000 businesses worldwide — including the NFL.
Every year several hundred potential draftees take the standardized test as part of teams' player evaluation. The test, which includes multiple choice and open response questions on math, practicing comprehension and spatial reasoning, provides an idea of a player's general intelligence and helps teams assess learning and problem-solving ability.
Sun, 27 May 2018 13:00:00 -0500text/htmlhttps://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2010/campuslife/wonderlic.htmlKillexams : ESPN.com - Page2 - Taking your Wonderlics
If the NFL draft is a meat market, the NFL draft combine is where the beef is weighed and measured. Beginning today in Indianapolis, and for several days, our future Sunday heroes will take a full physical, sit for X-rays, face an interview, bench press 225 pounds for show and dough, jump broadly and vertically, and run the 40.
The Wonderlic is an IQ test with only 50 questions -- it's a short version of the longer test routinely given to kids. Players have just 12 minutes to take it, and most don't finish. But, in fact, the average NFL test-taker scores a little above average.
The first questions on the test are easy, but they get harder and harder.
An easy question: In the following set of words, which word is different from the others? 1) copper, 2) nickel, 3) aluminum, 4) wood, 5) bronze.
A tougher one: A rectangular bin, completely filled, holds 640 cubic feet of grain. If the bin is 8 feet wide and 10 feet long, how deep is it?
Some teams consider the test results critical. Others say they dismiss the results, except for players who score at the extremes. What's an extreme? Well, former Bengals punter and Harvard grad Pat McInally scored a perfect 50 -- the only NFL player known to do so -- while at least one player, it is rumored, scored a 1. Charlie Wonderlic Jr., president of Wonderlic Inc., says, "A score of 10 is literacy, that's about all we can say." If that's the case, more than a few pros are being delivered the Books-on-Tape version of the playbook.
But players scoring too high are also suspect. If a player is smart, his potential to be a smartass increases exponentially.
E.F. "Al" Wonderlic invented the test as a Northwestern grad student in the psychology department in the 1930s. The test was first given to potential NFL draft picks by a handful of teams in 1970, and it quickly became a popular combine tool because, like everything else at the predraft workout, it put a number on performance, and it did it quickly.
Some teams consider the test results critical. Others say they dismiss the results, except for players who score at the extremes. What's an extreme? Well, former Bengals punter and Harvard grad Pat McInally scored a perfect 50 -- the only NFL player known to do so -- while at least one player, it is rumored, scored a 1.
Each year, about 2.5 million job applicants, in every line of work, take the Wonderlic. The average NFL combiner scores about the same as the average applicant for any other job, a 21. A 20 indicates the test-taker has an IQ of 100, which is average.
Some people disagree with the whole idea of IQ testing because they believe the tests are culturally biased and inaccurate. But Charlie Wonderlic doesn't make grand claims for the score derived from his test. "What the score does is help match training methods with a player's ability," he says. "It could be a playbook -- what is the best way to teach a player a play? On the field, the higher the IQ, the greater the ability to understand and handle contingencies and make sound decisions on the fly."
In general, says Wonderlic, "The closer you are to the ball, the higher your score."
This assessment roughly corresponds to the averages revealed, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, by an NFL personnel man in Paul Zimmerman's "The New Thinking man's Guide to Pro Football," which are:
"Closer Look" will be a regular Page 2 feature, exploring a hot sports syllabu in greater detail.
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:56:00 -0600text/htmlhttps://www.espn.com/page2/s/closer/020228.htmlKillexams : Report: Manziel got 32 on Wonderlic
Johnny Manziel reportedly scored a 32 on the Wonderlic test at February's NFL scouting combine, potentially boosting his stock among teams considering selecting the former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner in the first round.
NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted out the scores of some top quarterback prospects, reporting that Manziel scored a 32, while Central Florida's Blake Bortles scored a 28 and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater scored a 20. Cornell's Jeff Mathews had the highest score among quarterbacks with a 40. Breer did not report on the scores of any other quarterbacks available in May's draft.
The Wonderlic is a 50-question test administered to all combine participants that measures cognitive ability. The time limit is 12 minutes. A score of 20 is indicative of "average" intelligence and roughly equivalent to an IQ of 100. Former Bengals punter Pat McInally, who attended Harvard, is the only prospect known to have scored a perfect 50 on the test.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, among the 31 projected 2014 starting quarterbacks who have a reported Wonderlic score, the average is 29.4. The Chiefs' Alex Smith has the highest (40). The Colts' Andrew Luck and 49ers' Colin Kaepernick share the highest score (37) of quarterbacks drafted in the past three seasons.
Manziel is ranked No. 18 overall in ESPN Scouts Inc.'s list of top 32 prospects. Both ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have the Minnesota Vikings picking him eighth overall in their latest mock drafts.
Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:17:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://6abc.com/26790/Killexams : The Rock with a Peel
For the first time in perhaps 20 years the original surface of the Rock saw the light of day late last November.
A group of students from an independent study called the Rock Excavation Organization decided to explore the significance of the historic Baraboo quartzite by chipping off hundreds of layers of paint. At least one chunk went to University Archives.
A story on the North by Northwestern web site — accompanied by photos of students with hammers and chisels working on the Rock — prompted responses from students and alumni, some outraged, others applauding the group's originality. Graduate student Mike Winograd created a Facebook group, "Northwestern Students/Alumni against peeling the rock," that garnered more than 900 members.
Steve Burke, the paint shop foreman at Northwestern for 20 years, said Northwestern does not clean the Rock routinely, but it may have been cleaned when the University moved it to its current location in 1989.
Photo by Emily Chow/North by Northwestern
Tue, 29 May 2018 07:28:00 -0500text/htmlhttps://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2010/campuslife/peelingrock.htmlKillexams : Allen School of Health Sciences
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Aaron Brooks doesn't go home very often. Raised in Newport News, Va., Brooks was a star quarterback at Ferguson High School and a two-year starter at the U. of Virginia, and he still has plenty of family, friends and fans back home. He's also something of a celebrity around town now, since rising out of obscurity last November and leading the New Orleans Saints to their first-ever playoff win. His mother, Catherine Brooks, is still there; so are his high school coach and mentor, Tommy Reamon, and most of his closest friends. But Brooks lives in New Orleans now. Or rather, his life is in New Orleans now. And maybe it's not that he doesn't want to go back home as much as he just doesn't want to go back.
Brooks is tired of the way things used to be, of a life and a football career conducted in the shadows. In high school he played second fiddle to some guy named Allen Iverson, then a schoolboy QB sensation at rival Bethel High. He was a benchwarmer until his junior season at UVa., a fourth-round pick in the 1999 draft by Green Bay and a clipboard caddy his rookie NFL season. Traded to New Orleans during training camp last year, he was barely a blip on the agate page. Even at the family barbecues, Brooks was runner-up in the dinner conversation to his flashy cousin, Michael Vick, who was destined to be this year's No.1 pick.
Brooks moved up, of course, when Saints starter Jeff Blake fractured his right foot against Oakland last Nov. 19, and the wiry 24-year-old elbowed his way into the Saints huddle, looked around and simply announced, "I'm next."
But for how long? Now that Blake's foot is almost healed, head coach Jim Haslett has declared the Saints' starting quarterback job an open competition. So for Brooks, the process of proving himself begins again. He does not want to go back to the sideline. He wants to be next, but not the next Shaun King -- the Bucs' young backup passer who rode one playoff wave in 1999 and may never be heard from again. Which means Brooks' challenge is twofold, because he could actually win the starting job and lose the battle he's been forever fighting by failing to meet the elevated expectations for him in New Orleans.
"Sometimes I stop and think, man, I have accomplished a lot," says Brooks, relaxing in early June with a towel draped over his head after a full day of practice. "Then the next moment I realize, shoot, I haven't really accomplished anything yet."
Growing up on public assistance as the youngest of three children, Brooks promised himself that when he could take matters into his own hands, things would be different. When he was able to make good on his childhood pledge through football, Brooks was genuinely wounded that outsiders-naysayers, shallow scouts, naive coaches-still conspired to lock him into second-class status. "I was never very fortunate as a kid," he says. "But to have to keep taking that kind of stuff as a grown man, that's what was so painful. At times, that stuff hurts ... bad."
Despite last year's meteoric rise (Brooks' rookie trading card has increased in value from two bits to a C-note since last November), those torturous feelings of inadequacy have not subsided. In fact, they've left behind a smoldering fire of self-doubt that, each day, Brooks feels driven to extinguish anew, one person and one workout at a time.
Perhaps that's why this spring Brooks has spent all his time in New Orleans instead of Newport News. The top student in what the Saints call QB School (which makes him eligible for the small glass trophy awarded to the valedictorian), Brooks has worked tirelessly, for up to eight hours a day and four days a week, on every aspect imaginable relating to the art of quarterbacking. He has become the NFL equivalent of a tick, attaching himself to the Saints this off-season, burrowing in, refusing to let go of his starting job. One minute he's speaking to a boy with cancer from the Make-a-Wish foundation, the next he's schmoozing a member of the front office, or acing a coach's pop quiz on the day's blitz-drill package, or making plans with his wide receivers to play golf and watch the NBA playoffs.
"I can't sit back now," says the soft-spoken Brooks. "I've thought about it, but I can't line up all those people who doubted me before and say, 'Screw y'all, I made it.' That's not my thing. My whole life, my thing has been, I'm gonna turn you into a believer, whether you want to be or not. Trust me, sooner or later I am gonna make you believe in Aaron Brooks."
Most of the NFL was converted late last season. Brooks threw for 1,514 yards and 9 TDs over the final six games of the regular season, and finished the playoffs as the highest-rated quarterback (92). In Week 13, he became just the third quarterback in NFL history to beat the defending Super Bowl champs (the Rams) in his first start; in Week 14, he threw for a team-record 441 yards against Denver; he followed that in Week 15 with 108 yards rushing against San Francisco. No other NFL quarterback has hit the 400-100 mark in the same season. "New Orleans didn't take a step back when Jeff Blake got hurt," says 49ers linebacker Winfred Tubbs. "They took a step forward."
Brooks then took a giant, albeit temporary, leap up to NFL elite status by engineering a 31-28 win over the Rams in the wild-card playoff game. He shed blitzers like overcoats and tossed a half-dozen needle-threaders on his way to a four-score day. Brooks also displayed his unique knack for saving his best decisions -- and his finest throws -- for the most critical moments, a talent that has drawn comparisons to John Elway's magic. "It's uncanny," says GM Randy Mueller. "The guy is like Houdini. Aaron has that rare athletic ability that allows him to take a bad play and make it into a good one."
With his underdog spirit and quietly aggressive style, Brooks also proved a perfect fit for the scrappy Saints. After Mike Ditka was fired following the 2000 season, Mueller brought in 37 new players, many of them unproven risks like eventual Pro Bowl wideout Joe Horn or bargain-basement retreads like defensive tackle Norman Hand. The misfit Saints banded together to win the NFC West, and Brooks seemed to embody the team's renegade character.
"Fourth quarter, four minutes to play, down by three points, it doesn't matter, we're still gonna be keeping it loose," says Horn, who adds that it's not uncommon to return to the huddle after a crucial dropped pass and have Brooks staring him down, yelling, "'Catch the damn ball, you big-nosed hyena!' I'll yell back something like, 'Well then, get the ball up, Mickey Mouse ears.'" The starting quarterback spot may be up for grabs, but this much is certain: When the Saints discovered their groove late last season, Brooks was the backbone -- and Blake was in the background.
"Aaron jumped in and kept us going because he was just like everyone else on this team," says Horn. "He represents this team. He has fun, he gets the job done and he gets off on embarrassing all those smart people who said none of us could play in this league."
Not that the pundits didn't seem prescient. Brooks' first NFL pass was picked off by Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson and wound up putting the Saints in a 10-point hole. His second pass, though, was a 53-yard TD bomb to Willie Jackson. "When Jeff went down, you could almost feel the sideline deflate," says Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy. "But Aaron comes back and throws a touchdown, and you could see him kind of go, 'Hey, this is my time.' Ricky [Williams] was out and Jeff was out, but he bounced back and the team bounced back. It was a defining moment for our whole season."
The next week, Haslett recoiled as he watched a blas� Brooks prepare for his first pro start. The coach went charging up to Mueller's office, skipping several steps along the way, screaming, "I can't get him going! I can't get him going! What are we gonna do?" Mueller, a soft-spoken, laid-back former quarterback himself, replied, "Just relax, Jim. Let him go. That's just Aaron."
Like Haslett, NFL scouts preparing for the 1999 draft mistook Brooks' calm-cool-confident style for aloofness -- or worse, a lack of intelligence. (At times, his demeanor can come across as something close to a full-body yawn.) Brooks graduated from Virginia with a degree in anthropology but scored a below-average 17 on the Wonderlic test at the rookie Combine -- and the label stuck. "I have always had a calmness about me," says Brooks, "and sometimes that can get misinterpreted."
The not-smart-enough Brooks was calling audibles and hitting his third and fourth reads almost from the moment he stepped into the Saints huddle. How many Wonderlic points do you get for being able to call Denver coach Mike Shanahan's bluff on the fake 3-4 defense he designed to confuse inexperienced passers? Or how about the successful two-minute drill he ran in that same game-without any timeouts? In terms of football smarts, that's Mensa material.
Physically, Brooks has always been off the charts, even though his 6'4", 210-pound frame looks like it could hide behind a yard marker. He's run a 4.5 40, leaped 35 inches vertically and is the rare quarterback blessed with a laser-guided cannon. Still, most personnel folks couldn't see past his somnolence. Mueller could, which is why he tried to snare Brooks from Green Bay the minute he got the job in New Orleans. "If you don't know this kid, I could see how his demeanor would bother you," says Mueller, the 2000 NFL Exec of the Year. "But that's the one position on the field where I want the guy to be cool and calm. For a quarterback, that's a big attribute."
And so Brooks' tranquil 'tude, the one trait that seems to have hurt him the most throughout his life, is now the very thing that may give him the edge in his showdown with Blake. Perhaps he has found a new home after all. "There's no question, Aaron is going to have his off days," says Mueller. "You can't play this game and not have those kinds of days. It's a bit like the game of golf. You have to learn how to manage your bad shots. The reason I like his temperament so much is because I think he can manage his bad shots -- he can handle the bad days -- a whole lot better with his kind of personality."
Conversely, Blake is a 10-year veteran who may be growing weary of competing for his job every year. He came to New Orleans, after all, because the Bengals refused to make a commitment to him. "There's no such thing as open competition," says Blake, who makes $2.5 million to Brooks' 325 grand. "I've been through that and it doesn't work. You either have a quarterback or you don't. I will give it everything I've got, and if that ain't good enough, well, hey, I'll just have to go somewhere else."
Although their stats for last season are nearly identical, Brooks put up his numbers without Williams, Horn and three other offensive starters lost to injury. And even if Blake's battered foot heals completely (as of early June, his movement looked limited and his throwing motion rusty), Brooks is still much more elusive and explosive outside the pocket, a versatility that allows McCarthy to open up his playbook.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is this: While Blake's passer rating (82.7) last season was a career high point, Brooks' (85.7) was a career jumping-off point -- and the same can be said for the Saints. "We certainly are not a finished product, we are constantly evolving," says Mueller. "Nobody in this league wants to be known as a one-year wonder. The one thing we don't want to happen is for this team to take a step backward."
That makes the choice at QB rather easy.
Because there's no way Aaron Brooks is going back.
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 23:21:00 -0600text/htmlhttps://www.espn.com/magazine/vol4no13brooks.htmlKillexams : NFL teams could lose draft pick for interview violations
The NFL has issued a warning to teams that they could lose a draft pick and face significant fines if club representatives conduct themselves unprofessionally in interviews with draft prospects.
In a memo obtained by the AP that was sent to clubs on Wednesday, the league said a team would forfeit a draft pick between the first and fourth round and be fined a minimum of $150,000 if it’s determined a club representative displayed conduct that is “disrespectful, inappropriate, or unprofessional” during an interview. Fines and/or suspensions of individual club employees also could be imposed, according to the memo.
“We aim for dignity, respect and professionalism,” league executive Troy Vincent told the AP. “It’s that simple.”
The league also plans to eliminate the Wonderlic test for prospective players, and it is revising some of its scouting combine drills to better simulate game-related movement. Wide receivers and tight ends will run crossing routes instead of wheel routes, and running backs will run option routes instead of corner and post-corner routes.
Some drills for offensive linemen and defensive players also were revised to better assess in-game player movements.
The league reminds teams annually ahead of the combine that federal and state laws as well as the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association prohibits discrimination based on various factors, including race, color, disabilities, religion, sexual orientation, national origin and marital status, and questions on these subjects are off limits. This is the first time the NFL has threatened specific accountability measures if draft prospects are asked about any of these subjects.
“All clubs should ensure that prospective draft picks are afforded a respectful and professional NFL environment — one that is consistent with state and federal law and our shared commitment to respect, diversity and inclusion,” the memo states. “The same is true of free agents whom your club may consider signing. It is also important for your club to reinforce to prospective players the value your club places on character and the standards of conduct expected of everyone associated with the NFL.”
The NFL has been seeking ways to Improve the professional and medical experience for draft prospects at the combine.
Prospects are encouraged to report offensive conduct without retaliation.
Over the past several years, there have been occasional reports of inappropriate questions being asked of draft prospects.
In 2010, then-Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland apologized to Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick Dez Bryant for asking during a pre-draft visit whether his mother was a prostitute.
In 2016, then-Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn apologized to Eli Apple because one of his coaches asked the cornerback his sexual preference.
In 2018, former LSU running back Derrius Guice said one team at the combine asked about his sexuality and another inquired if his mother was a prostitute.
Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson, who played 16 seasons between 2004-20, compared the interview process to an interrogation.
“I can remember sitting in a dark room with a huge spotlight,” Watson told the AP last year. “There’s a seat there like you’re being interrogated for a crime and all the front-office staff is in the back in the shadows and you can’t see them. The guy grabbed my wrist and he’s like: ‘I can feel your pulse, so I know if you’re lying to me. Have you ever smoked marijuana?’ I said: ‘No.’ I really hadn’t. I’ve never smoked. He said: ‘I think you’re lying. I can feel your pulse. Are you lying to us?’ I said: ‘No, I’m not.’
“So for a minute, I thought I actually did smoke marijuana and maybe I need to confess to a crime that I didn’t commit. But these sorts of tactics that are happening at the combine and that are not being monitored definitely need to be done away with.”
The league has now taken strong steps to ensure draft prospects aren’t embarrassed or offended during interviews and medical evaluations.
“These student-athletes should be celebrated, not humiliated,” said Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations and a former five-time Pro Bowl cornerback.
From a medical standpoint, prospects will have one orthopedic examination onsite as opposed to multiple ones in the past. Also, medical interviews will be conducted virtually before the combine.
The combine will be held in Indianapolis again this year, but it could be moving to a new city for 2023-24. Indianapolis, Dallas and Los Angeles are bidding for the right to host the combine the next two years.
Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president of club business and events, said a decision on the next host city is expected in May.
“Our fan base is so amazing and interest in the combine gets greater and greater every year,” O’Reilly said. “That ties to interest in the draft so the opportunity to find ways to elevate this whole post-Super Bowl window and lead into the next year is high in our mind.”
Expanding media coverage with more prime-time workouts and enhancing the fan experience are among the league’s goals.
“At its core, the combine is and always will be a football evaluation event and medical evaluation event for the clubs, but there is such intense fan interest that we’re spending a lot of time thinking about the evolution of that,” O’Reilly said. “It’s become a significant media event. ... As we head into Indy this year and then beyond, we’ll continue to find ways to make it more accessible to fans given the massive interest in the intersection of college and the NFL at its best.”
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Wed, 05 Jan 2022 00:58:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.foxsports.com/articles/nfl/nfl-teams-could-lose-draft-pick-for-interview-violationsKillexams : Green Bay Packers By Position: Defensive Line Looks Deep And Nasty
For several years now, Kenny Clark has been the Batman of the Green Bay Packers’ defensive line.
The two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle has developed into a dominant force. And even though Clark is entering his seventh season, he’s still just 26 years old and at the peak of his powers.
What the Packers have lacked, though, during the Clark-era is someone to play Robin. That may finally change in 2022.
Green Bay used a first-round draft choice on Georgia defensive end Devonte Wyatt in April. Veteran Dean Lowry is coming off his finest season. And in a move that received little fanfare, Green Bay added veteran Jarran Reed — a player with 21.5 sacks since 2018 — to the mix in March.
Suddenly, Green Bay has the makings for its finest defensive line since the 2010 unit spearheaded by Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji.
“We’ve got a lot of depth. We’ve got a lot of depth,” Clark said this offseason. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are eager to learn, eager to compete. There’s a lot of great players and we’re ready to get this thing going.”
While quarterbacks and high-powered offenses steal the headlines, standout defensive line play is often the key to greatness. In fact, it could be argued the last two Super Bowl champions hoisted the Lombardi Trophy thanks to their defensive lines.
In the 55th Super Bowl, Tampa Bay pressured Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes on a remarkable 55.3% of his dropbacks (31 of 56). Then last season, Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow was pressured on 42.9% of his dropbacks (18 of 42) by the Los Angeles Rams.
Many believe Green Bay’s defensive line could have that type of impact in 2022. In fact, Pro Football Focus ranked the Packers’ defensive line third in the NFL to begin the season.
“You have D-linemen,” Wyatt said. “You already have Kenny Clark. You have a lot of older guys. That’s one thing I thought about.
“You have a lot of older guys and a lot of great young talent coming in. For us to come in and be with the older guys, I feel like we definitely might be the No. 1 defense this year.”
Clark, of course, is the key to everything Green Bay does up front.
Clark is coming off his finest season in which he led Green Bay’s defensive line with 48 tackles. He also finished fourth on the team in sacks (4.0), third in tackles for loss (six) and third in quarterback hits (13).
According to Stats Pass, Clark also finished sixth in the league among defensive tackles with 43.5 quarterback hurries.
Clark was also named to his second Pro Bowl, joining Henry Jordan (1960-61, 1963, 1966) and Dave Hanner (1953-54) as the only Packers defensive tackles to make multiple Pro Bowls.
“He’s always been the first guy in last guy out, before practice,” Packers defensive line/running game coordinator Jerry Montgomery said of Clark. “So he’s always putting the work in. But I just feel like he’s playing at a really high level … and hopefully he continues.”
Lowry is coming off the finest of his six NFL seasons.
Lowry set a career high in sacks (five) and in passes defended (four) in 2021. Lowry has also been remarkably reliable, missing just one game in his first four NFL seasons.
Lowry’s short arms (31 inches) and mediocre athleticism have prevented him from ever being dominant. But the 6-foot-6 Lowry has ideal length, is incredibly intelligent and works as hard as anyone in the building.
“He’s Steady Eddie,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said of Lowry. “He’s consistently improved from the time we got him. He’s a true professional, effort, work ethic, and he’s gotten better. You just see how he’s really worked himself into being a really good NFL football player, and he’s been very reliable and dependable.”
In late March, Green Bay signed Reed to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.5 million.
The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Reed was a second-round draft pick in 2016 who’s been a workhorse throughout his career. Reed played his first five seasons in Seattle, then spent the 2021 campaign with Kansas City.
Reed’s finest season came in 2018, when he had 10.5 sacks, 12 tackles for losses and 24 quarterback hits. And over the last four years, he’s played an average of 71.3% of the snaps every season.
“Pretty excited to add a guy like that, next to Kenny, next to Dean,” Montgomery said of Reed. “That will be pretty exciting.
“He’s been a dominant player in this league. Was really, really productive in Seattle and I think he had an O.K. year last year. But I’m excited to work with him and he brings a lot to the table both in the run and in the pass.”
Wyatt’s growth may eventually determine exactly how good this unit can be.
The 6-foot-3, 304-pound Wyatt began his career at Hutchinson Community College, then transferred to Georgia in 2018. Wyatt was primarily a back-up his first two years with the Bulldogs, moved into the starting lineup as a junior and had a breakout senior season.
In 2021, Wyatt had 39 tackles, including seven for loss with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 starts. Then he ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.77 seconds at the NFL Combine, one of the fastest times by a defensive lineman.
“I think he’s such a disruptor on the line of scrimmage,” Gutekunst said of Wyatt. “He can play the 1, he can play the 3, he’s a dynamic pass rusher. He’s a dynamic pass rusher. His ability to scrape and get to the ball in the run game is almost linebacker-like.”
Wyatt is far from a slam dunk, though.
Wyatt was arrested and charged for a “family violence” issue in 2020. NFL teams also found three domestic violence incidents connected to Wyatt, and he posted a Wonderlic score of just eight.
Some teams took Wyatt off of their draft board due to character issues, and it’s quite possible former Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson would have done the same. Gutekunst is gambling, though, that Wyatt can stay out of trouble while causing trouble for opposing offenses.
“Obviously he had a couple hiccups there at Georgia,” Gutekunst said. “So we brought him in and spent a lot of time with him not only when we brought him in here to Green Bay, but really did kind of a deep dive in the human being and making sure that he could fit in our culture here. Like I said, I give a lot of our staff here credit because we walked away feeling really good about who he was and how he would be here for the Green Packers.”
Second year man T.J. Slaton could be poised to make a jump.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Slaton is an impressive athlete who ran the 40-yard dash in 5.09 seconds coming out of Florida. But he must Improve his stamina and consistency to make an impact in 2022.
“T.J.’s done a nice job,” LaFleur said. “I think he’s light years ahead of where he was a year ago.”
Green Bay also used a seventh-round draft pick on massive Jonathan Ford, a 6-foot-5, 338-pounder from Miami.
Ford was a three-year starter who had 3.0 sacks in 2019. But he lost his job for a time in 2020, doesn’t run well (5.47) and totaled just 19 tackles in 10 games last season.
“Huge man that can clog up a lot of space,” Gutekunst said of Ford. “I think he’s obviously a 1-technique (nose tackle) more than anything else, but he’s tough to move off the spot. I think his best football’s ahead of him. We’re excited, to find a guy who’s played as much as he has, and a guy of obviously his size is something we were looking for.”
Top to bottom, this could be Green Bay’s deepest and most talented unit in more than a decade. And after carrying his share of the weight — and then some — for years now, no one is more excited than Clark.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing for us,” Clark said of Green Bay’s depth. “Just to keep us fresh. It’s hard to stop any one of us when we’re coming off the field. When we come on the field on third down and we’re able to rush the passer and have our wind, our legs under us, it’s going to be hard to stop us.”
Tue, 19 Jul 2022 01:08:00 -0500Rob Reischelentext/htmlhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/robreischel/2022/07/16/green-bay-packers-by-position-defensive-line-looks-deep-and-nasty/Killexams : Green Bay Packers By Position: Rashan Gary Set To Lead Stellar Linebacking Group
Countless gambling sites offer the opportunity to bet on the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year.
As expected, the usual suspects like Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt, Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland’s Myles Garrett and the Bosa Brothers — Nick and Joey — are the frontrunners.
Way down the list — and offering an average payout of about 50-to-1 — is Green Bay Packers’ outside linebacker Rashan Gary.
If you’re looking for a darkhorse — someone who could be ready for an enormous season — Gary is your man.
Gary, the fourth-year player who many labeled a bust after a rough rookie season, is on the precipice of greatness. And he leads a Green Bay linebacking group that was recently ranked fourth in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, behind only San Francisco, Indianapolis and New Orleans.
The 24-year old Gary is in his physical prime and coming off a breakout 2021 campaign. And if he continues his upward ascent this fall, don’t be shocked if Gary becomes the first Packer to win Defensive Player of the Year honors since Charles Woodson did so in 2009.
“You’re talking about establishing myself, I want to be the best at my position,” Gary said during Green Bay’s mini-camps last month. “When you say things like that, that’s where I want to be is be able to be top of the categories and things.”
Gary had a terrific season in 2021 and posted career highs in sacks (9.5), quarterback hits (28), tackles for loss (8.0), forced fumbles (two) and combined tackles (47).
Gary was second in the league with 81 pressures and had a pressure every 8.4 snaps. He also had 56 hurries and 15 quarterback hits.
According to Pro Football Focus, Gary finished third in pass rush productivity (14.8) and second in win rate (35.2%) when rushing against a true pass set in 2021. Gary also received an overall grade of 89.3 from PFF PFF last year, a dramatic jump from his grades in 2020 (54.1) and 2021 (67.1).
“He’s going to be a big-time player for us and I think he’s going to be a big-time player in this league for a really long time,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “And it all starts with that work ethic and the detail. Rashan’s working hard to develop multiple moves coming off the edge, but one thing that definitely jumps, we see it every practice and every game, is just the effort he plays with.”
Getting to this point hasn’t been easy for Gary.
Gary was taken with the 12th pick in the first round in 2019 and many believed Green Bay took him too early.
Gary wowed scouts at the 2019 NFL Combine leading all defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (4.63), vertical jump (38 inches) and broad jump (10-0). But his production during his three years at Michigan was so-so (119 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, one forced fumble and no fumble recoveries) and the Packers were asking him to move from defensive end to outside linebacker.
“He’s a really versatile player,” Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said the night he drafted Gary. “He can do a number of different things up and down the line of scrimmage.
“Obviously, he’s got premier speed off the edge. He’s able to bend the corner, he plays with length and power. He’s also going to be able to kick inside and rush inside. So, I don’t think you can ever have enough of those guys.”
Those that doubted Gary, though, had plenty of ammunition after he struggled as a rookie.
Gary played just 23.46% of the defensive snaps during the 2019 season in which he was Green Bay’s fourth outside linebacker. Gary finished that year with 21 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback hits. And in the Packers’ NFC Championship loss to San Francisco, he played just three snaps.
Gary, who battles dyslexia, also had a quiet first half of the 2020 campaign when he dealt with an ankle injury. As he became healthier, his role and productivity increased — highlighted by a 1 ½-sack game against the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional playoffs.
Gary finished the 2020 campaign second on the team with 6.5 sacks and second in pressures with 30, despite the fact he played just 44.4% of the snaps. And it was clear, big things were in store.
“He’s shown a lot of growth. He’s making big leaps,” fellow outside linebacker Preston Smith said of Gary. “He’s not making steps, he’s making big leaps each year. I’m impressed with him, how he’s improving each year. You don’t see younger guys Improve that fast and in that way.”
Gary took his game up several notches in 2021. Now, he seems poised for a huge 2022 campaign and potentially a mega payday, as well.
The Packers picked up Gary’s fifth year option, which will pay him between $10.9 and $11.7 million in 2023. But if Gary performs like he did in 2021, Green Bay will try signing him to a long-term deal before the 2023 campaign ever arrives — and that won’t be cheap.
Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt has the highest average salary among outside linebackers at $28.002 million. He’s followed by Joey Bosa ($27M) and Khalil Mack ($23.5M) of the Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo’s Von Miller ($20M) and San Francisco’s Fred Warner ($19.05M).
Watt received the highest signing bonus among outside linebackers ($35.6M), while Bosa ($102M) and Mack ($90M) had the highest amount of guaranteed money.
If Gary continues his upward climb, he could soon be making Watt- or Bosa-level money.
“That would be my dream,” Gary said. “That would be my dream. But I’ve got to keep my head down and work and not look too far ahead or all this talk is just talk.”
Gary leads a group of linebackers that could be the finest position on Green Bay’s roster in 2022.
Fellow outside linebacker Preston Smith had a bounceback year in 2021 after struggling in 2020.
Smith had 9.0 sacks a year ago after posting just 4.0 in 2020. Smith also increased his pressures to 30.5 last season after recording just 19.0 the previous year.
Smith, who entered the NFL in 2015, has had a strange pattern of posting big seasons in odd years and quiet campaigns in even years. In fact, 37 of Smith’s 49.5 career sacks have come in odd years.
But after saving his Green Bay career last season, Smith and the Packers believe he’s ready for another big year.
“Fingers are crossed, obviously,” Packers outside linebackers coach Jason Rebrovich said of Smith’s pattern of inconsistency. “He knows it. That's something that he's not wanting to strive to do. Either are we. And it’s too bad you guys keep bringing it up. Shut up! Don't say it anymore. It's a part of it.”
Inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, who Green Bay signed off the street last June for one year and $2 million, rewarded the Packers with a career season.
Campbell finished seventh in the NFL with 145 tackles. He added six tackles for losses, six quarterback hits, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Campbell’s missed-tackle rate of 3.0 percent ranked second among NFL starters. And before sitting out the regular season finale, Campbell led the NFL with 101 solo tackles.
Campbell was voted first-team All-Pro, then signed a five-year, $50 million contract with Green Bay this offseason.
“Obviously he did what he did on the field, but all the things he brings to the table, just from consistency, leadership, production,” Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry said of Campbell. “I’m really, really happy for De’Vondre.
“He said it and I firmly believe it. I still think he has his best football in front of him. It was huge to get him back, just for everything, for our team, for our locker room, of course, for our defense, our huddle. He’s a stud.”
Rookie first round draft pick Quay Walker — the 22nd overall selection in April — will be expected to make an immediate impact.
The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Walker is a speedy, playmaking linebacker who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at the NFL Combine in February. He posted career-highs in tackles (67), tackles for loss (5.5) and pass breakups (3.0) at Georgia last season.
“I just bring basically versatility,” Walker said. “I think that pretty much sums up me. There’s a whole lot that you can do with me. There’s a whole lot that I need to get better at, which is covering. It’s nothing that I can’t get better at. I just think I’m a hard-nosed guy, I’m a guy you want on your defense.”
On the flip side, Walker made few big plays at Georgia, his instincts are questionable and he posted a 9 on the 50-question Wonderlic test.
If Walker can grasp the NFL game quickly, though, he could become a terrific complement to Campbell. The versatility of both Walker and Campbell would allow the Packers to stay in their base packages more often, something they haven’t had the personnel to do in exact years.
“It’s been a while since we’ve been able to stay in certain packages with two inside ‘backers that we think can handle everything in run defense and the passing game,” Gutekunst said. “And I think this really gives our defense a ton of flexibility.
“Having kind of two interchangeable pieces there gives our defense so much flexibility maybe to stay in a certain personnel grouping, not really knowing how we’re going to play you. So I think that was certainly attractive.”
Green Bay’s depth leaves a lot to be desired.
Third-year inside linebacker Krys Barnes had a solid 2020 season after signing as a rookie free agent. But his warts — particularly in coverage and with missed tackles — were exposed last season.
Ty Summers, a seventh-round pick in 2019, has never been able to earn playing time from scrimmage despite his blazing speed (4.52). Still, Summers has been one of Green Bay’s top special teams players, which could win him a roster spot again.
Jonathan Garvin was Green Bay’s third outside linebacker much of last year, but was targeted in the run game and managed just 1.5 sacks. Tipa Galeai, who had one sack and six pressures in eight games, was active for Green Bay’s playoff game and Garvin wasn’t.
Rookie fifth round draft pick Kingsley Enagbare ran a dreadful 4.9 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but found a way to generate pressure on 15.7 percent of opponents’ dropbacks in 2021 — the ninth-highest rate in FBS. And third-year man Randy Ramsey missed all of 2021 with an ankle injury, but could factor in.
Top to bottom, this could be Green Bay’s best collection of linebacker talent in years. And the Packers can’t wait to display it.
“No. 1, NFC Championship and Super Bowl,” Gary said of his goals. “And I’m trying to do whatever I can from my position to get us there. And really, the NFC Championship Game isn’t enough. I’ve been there, been there two years in a row, was one short last year and it just makes me hungrier and hungrier for this season.”
Wed, 20 Jul 2022 15:29:00 -0500Rob Reischelentext/htmlhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/robreischel/2022/07/19/green-bay-packers-by-position-rashan-gary-set-to-lead-stellar-linebacking-group/Killexams : Charissa Thompson Joins Prime Video’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ Team – Update
UPDATED, 10:54 AM: Charissa Thompson, a veteran of Fox Sports and ESPN, is joining Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football team as the host of its pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage.
Thompson will anchor the streamer’s wraparound coverage alongside Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. She will continue to host Fox NFL Kickoff each Sunday.
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“We are excited to welcome Charissa to the TNF team,” said Jared Stacy, Prime Video’s director of Global Live Sports Production. “Her infectious enthusiasm, quick wit and strong NFL credentials make her perfectly suited for this role. We look forward to seeing her elevate conversations and connecting with viewers every Thursday night.”
PREVIOUSLY, June 21: Prime Video announced today that former NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who retired in the offseason, will be joining its NFL pregame, halftime and postgame coverage this fall when the service presents its exclusive Thursday Night Football package. Fitzpatrick will join Tony Gonzalez and Richard Sherman for each TNF game.
“Although my playing career has come to an end, my love for football has not,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “I’m excited to start this new chapter with Thursday Night Football and looking forward to sharing my unique experiences and perspectives with football fans.”
Known for his trademark beard, Fitzpatrick was the starting quarterback for nine different teams during his just-ended 17-year NFL run, the most in league history. His career was a see-saw, with flashes of brilliance offset by frustrating failures. He is the only NFL QB to throw a touchdown pass and an interception with eight different teams. On the Buccaneers in 2018, he became the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in three consecutive games. Fitzpatrick holds the most career passing yards and passing touchdowns among NFL quarterbacks without any postseason appearances.
Fitzpatrick played college ball at Harvard, and he graduated with a degree in economics.
In training camp, he reportedly completed the Wonderlic test — which measures cognitive ability and problem-solving aptitude — in just nine minutes and, per The Wall Street Journal, scored a 48. That score is still the highest ever by a QB.
Additional members of the TNF on-air team will be announced over the coming weeks.
Today’s announcement was made by Jared Stacy, Prime Video’s director of Global Live Sports Production.
“One of the great characters in the league, Ryan has been a fan favorite and a beloved teammate everywhere he’s gone over the last 17 seasons,” said Stacy. “We’re thrilled to now have him on our Thursday Night Football team and know our viewers will love seeing his sense of humor and intelligence on display every week.”
Fitzpatrick joins an expanding roster of Prime Video Thursday Night Football on-air talent that includes legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, five-time Sports Emmy-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. Fred Gaudelli, producer of seven Super Bowls and a exact inductee into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, will serve as the executive producer of Thursday Night Football’s game coverage. Multiple Sports Emmy winners Mike Muriano and Spoon Daftary are the executive and senior coordinating producers of Thursday Night Football’s pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage.
Kicking off September 15, Prime Video will be the first streaming service to air a season-long exclusive national broadcast package with the NFL. The 11-year deal includes 15 regular-season games and one preseason game per year, with Prime Video also delivering new pregame, halftime, and postgame shows as well as interactive features like X-Ray and Next Gen Stats powered by AWS. Viewers can stream from the web at amazon.com/TNF or by using the Prime Video app.
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