Packers G.M. on running backs: “We need some more guys”

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Packers General Manager Ted Thompson doesn’t mind admitting he needs a running back or two.

But he’s not going to talk about that one in particular.

Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, Thompson said he knews the Packers need to address the position after losing Eddie Lacy in free agency.

We need some more guys,” Thompson said. “We’re a little short in a couple of areas. So from a personnel standpoint, we’ve got to get some more bodies. But we like the guys that we have, it’s just that we’d like to get some more.”

But when the conversation turned toward the possibility of former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Thompson had less to say.

“We don’t talk about players that are not on our team,” he said. “We never have. We never will. It doesn’t serve a purpose, I don’t think.”

The Packers don’t have much to speak of at the moment, other than converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery and the return of Christine Michael, so it figures to be something they have to address. And while there are other veteran backs available (such as Jamaal Charles and LeGarrette Blount), the Packers have yet to make a move there either.

So their vacancy and Peterson’s availability will keep their names paired in the news, whether Thompson wants to talk about it or not.

45 responses to “Packers G.M. on running backs: “We need some more guys”

  1. If they can pick up Peterson for two years at an amount not much different than what a third round pick would command, I’d say do it.

  2. stellarperformance says:
    Mar 27, 2017 5:10 PM
    If they can pick up Peterson for two years at an amount not much different than what a third round pick would command, I’d say do it.

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    That doesn’t fit the narrative that you and other GB fans try to convey that you are morally superior fans who would never consider AP on their team.

  3. Ted Thompson is stubborn to a fault. He said he likes the guys they have. Really?????
    Ty Montgomery is a WR pretending to be a RB. Christine Michael is living up to his first name. Don Jackson is a nobody. Aaron Ripkowski and Joe Kerridge are FB’s. Ripkowski isn’t a good runner and Kerridge is totally unproven.
    So what’s to like?

    The Packers will probably draft a RB within the first three rounds and then they’ll sign a couple street free agent RB’s as well.
    I doubt if TT will sign Peterson, Charles, or Blount. He thinks he can get someone in the draft just as good as those guys.

  4. The Packers are one of the best run teams in all of the NFL. 3/4’s of the teams would LOVE TO BE the Packers right now without even having to think about it. The only thing that has prevented the Packers from having won another 4 or 5 SB’s is their lack of defense during Rodgers time as QB, and Favre’s idiotic TO’s in crucial games. Favre should have had 3 SB wins, and Rodgers should have the same by now….

  5. Ty Montgomery is not just “a wide receiver pretending to be a running back”. He has the physical traits and talent needed to play the position and he showed last season that he is quite capable of carrying the rock, making some electrifying plays when given the opportunity.
    Unlike Peterson, Montgomery can catch passes (obviously) and isn’t a liability as a blocker. That being said, I’m sure the Packers are looking at adding some depth in the draft considering this years class is deep at the position.

  6. Peterson is washed up garbage, would never fit with a solid team like the Packers. He’ll probably resign with the Vikings were he belongs

  7. Packer fans covet AP? I don’t know if that’s true but I love the guy – awesome talent no matter where he goes – never minded losing to great teams and players who have one of those days he might have a couple againsts the Pack :~D – isn’t that why we watch? He’d look good in Green and Gold and so would Jamaal and Lagarette too – only time I get really worked up is when there’s money riding on it – otherwise it’s entertainment and fun

  8. It all depends on who the Packers can land in the draft. If you get the guy you want, who needs Peterson. But if you don’t, he would make a good stopgap.

  9. The defensive attention AP requires will create openings for Green Bays other offensive weapons. After all defenses can’t just ignore him.

  10. There is zero chance Packers sign AD. Not sure why any team would. He’s worth nowhere what he wants ($8M) and would end up being a locker room cancer for any team that signs him for much less than that. Except maybe the Pats.

  11. What a revolutionary thought, Ted. If only the NFL had a period during which you could sign players to improve your roster that weren’t under contract.

  12. So, the Packers are on the the NFLs “best run teams” and should have 6 additional Super Bowls “if it weren’t for their defense”.

    So, how on earth is it that the GM of one of the best run teams hasn’t been able to put a respectable defense on the field for 6 seasons now? And has done almost nothing in free agency to improve that defense?

    Could it be that if not for Rodgers, the Packers would actually be one of the leagues worst run teams?

  13. That’s all good and fine, but what about some more pieces for the Defense? Or just get rid of Capers.

  14. Thompson has not only never signed running backs in the 30-year old category, he has also let the ones he had walk; such as Ahman Greene, Ryan Grant, Dorsey Levens. It’ll be the draft.

  15. Tjacks
    Could it be that if not for Rodgers, the Packers would actually be one of the leagues worst run teams?
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    I’ve come around to that; you can’t have it both ways. Rodgers is to the Packers what Manning was to the Colts. Without Manning, they went 1-15. I don’t think the Packers would do much better than that without him. Their O-line has been top notch for pass blocking the past few seasons, but that’s where it ends.

    An all-time great QB and a phenomenal pass blocking o-line that has now been gutted. Ted and team are good at finding certain position types, but they don’t seem to mesh with giving Capers what he needs.

    All Rodgers could do is try and force a trade, which would make him universally hated by all those that hate good players from other teams.

  16. They can pick up AD cheap I say do it. They can always cut him if he didn’t work out. silly to let some other team in when you need RB’s.

  17. unnamedxsource says:
    Mar 27, 2017 6:06 PM

    Ty Montgomery is not just “a wide receiver pretending to be a running back”. He has the physical traits and talent needed to play the position and he showed last season that he is quite capable of carrying the rock.
    )))))))))))))))))))

    64 yards and NO TD’s in 2 playoff games last year. with proof like that it is no wonder why they will bring in more RB’s. He is exactly what that guy said. A WR pretending to be a RB.

  18. fmc651 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 8:43 PM

    64 yards and NO TD’s in 2 playoff games last year. with proof like that it is no wonder why they will bring in more RB’s. He is exactly what that guy said. A WR pretending to be a RB.
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    The Packers actually played three playoff games last year. Ty scored two rushing TDs against the Cowboys. Also, his yards per carry in the playoffs last year was 3.64. AP’s career playoffs YPC is 3.55. Just throwing that out there.

  19. tomasseffect says:

    The Packers are one of the best run teams in all of the NFL. 3/4’s of the teams would LOVE TO BE the Packers right now without even having to think about it.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Why would the 19 teams that had more rushing yards than the Packers want to emulate the Packers rushing game?

    Even the Cleveland Browns averaged more yards on the ground…

    Yes, the Cleveland Browns.

    The Packers have only had a rushing attack in the top 25% of the league twice this century – 2003 and 2013.

  20. “We need some more guys”

    Translation: Expect some undrafted free agent running backs to be competing for the position in training camp. Those are Ted’s favorite kind of free agents.

  21. larrykush says:
    Mar 27, 2017 5:44 PM

    AP is a beast. Still is and he needs to be a packer so when they go to MN to win a Superbowl it will be that much better.

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    As a Viking fan, I was ready to see Peterson go, but if he goes to the Packers and they do win the Superbowl in our stadium, I honestly think I’ll stop watching football.

  22. The headline I prefer as a Packers fan is that they need to address their horrendous defense.
    He has made a few moves on offense and that’s fine but unless they plan to just outscore opponents it wont matter until they fix that defense.

    I do however agree that they need a RB and one that is not a converted WR and Michael to me is just a guy.

  23. “We need more guys” (that aren’t on our team)
    “We don’t talk about guys not on our team”

    Wait what are we talking about again? This went well.

  24. The draft has plenty of running back talent. It is also one of the better groups in corner back and edge rushers. The Packers will be fine. The rest of the North should worry.

  25. I don’t give a crap what kind of human being AP is, I’d just rather have Blount. He’s a much better fit for our offense and personnel.

  26. There are a lot of decent RBs the Packers can get in the 4th or 5th round. Young ones, with fresh legs. Some positions, like offensive line, usually require a lot of knowledge and experience before a guy can be a solid contributor, but not RB. Those guys can contribute from day one. Veteran RBs with high price tags are the last thing the Packers should be thinking about. I’m sure they agree. There have been lots of good NFL RBs who weren’t high draft picks. If Ted Thompson is as good as his reputation says he is, the Packers have nothing to worry about.

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