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Packers claim Ego Ferguson off waivers

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The Bears waived 2014 second-round pick Ego Ferguson last week and Ferguson may have a couple of chances to show the team they made a mistake during the 2017 season.

Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that Ferguson has been claimed off of waivers by the Packers and will have an opportunity to make the team as a defensive lineman over the next few months.

Ferguson’s three years with the Bears were marred by injuries as he missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and 12 games of the 2015 season with a knee injury. The team also shifted defenses from a 4-3 when Ferguson was drafted to a 3-4 under coordinator Vic Fangio and the limited time on the field couldn’t have helped his chances of showing he was worth keeping around for a fourth season.

The Packers also play a 3-4 base defense and Ferguson will compete for a spot in the rotation with the likes of Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Ricky Jean Francois and Dean Lowry with Letroy Guion set to serve a four-game suspension to open next season.

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44 Responses to “Packers claim Ego Ferguson off waivers”
  1. truthbetold109 says: Apr 3, 2017 5:30 PM

    It would be nice if he could regain college form and live up to his draft billing. Has to stay healthy to get on the field.

  2. bassplucker says: Apr 3, 2017 5:33 PM

    Bears fan here who is seeing this is an intel grab by the Packers and nothing more. Ego was barely capable in a 4-3 and is worthless in a 3-4… not strong enough to play nose and not long enough to play DE. I doubt very seriously he makes their 53.

  3. kevolue says: Apr 3, 2017 5:52 PM

    bassplucker – He is very similar to the average size of Packers 3-4 DE’s in Capers system over the years. 50% of their current D-lineman are 6’3 and 66% are in the 310-320 range.

    He will have every chance and his biggest obstacle will be staying healthy. He has the size but I remember coming out of college he wasn’t really a playmaker and I thought he was overdrafted by a round or two. He was a bit raw but still is young and can develop in GB’s system with a good offseason.

    Teams aren’t really worrying about bringing in players for ‘Intel’ at this point of the offseason. So much changes in systems throughout the offseason that most of the stuff he can tell them they already know and will be varied by the time they see them during the season anyway.

  4. firejerry says: Apr 3, 2017 5:52 PM

    The Packers will turn him into a Pro Bowler.

  5. ariani1985 says: Apr 3, 2017 5:54 PM

    This signing my vault that joke of a defense into the top 30! Why do teams like the packers take pride in being absolute garbage on defense?

  6. whatjusthapped says: Apr 3, 2017 6:09 PM

    I assume if he was a second round draft pick, he had to have some talent at the college level. Now, he’ll get one last chance to prove it, at a minimum pay level as is Ted Thompson’s way.

  7. 4sacroc says: Apr 3, 2017 6:20 PM

    The Packers defense is severely lacking in talent.

    Any BODY will help at this point.

  8. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 3, 2017 6:27 PM

    Ego? He will fit in perfectly in Green Bay.

  9. tjacks7 says: Apr 3, 2017 6:30 PM

    Ted Thompson has been trying to assemble the second coming of the no name defense for 6 years now but he’s gotten significantly different results.

  10. johngaltwho says: Apr 3, 2017 6:48 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:33 PM
    Bears fan here who is seeing this is an intel grab by the Packers and nothing more.

    ————————————————————

    The Packers stopped caring about what the Bears do or dont do quite some time ago. The Packers are 12 and 2 against the Bears in the last 14 meetings.

  11. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Apr 3, 2017 6:50 PM

    Maybe Ferguson will loan his first name to Aaron. It would fit much better than Aaron.

  12. djvh2 says: Apr 3, 2017 6:57 PM

    This is just a formality. Before he becomes a Vikings starter, he has to be cut by Green Bay.

  13. milkcan44 says: Apr 3, 2017 7:07 PM

    If he proves out they’ll cut Guion – they usually keep 6. He’s competing with Ringo.
    They claimed him so they can use later-round draft slots on positions other than the DL – maybe using later picks to move up in mid or earlier rounds.

  14. jimmysee says: Apr 3, 2017 8:08 PM

    Not much wear and tear on the guy. We’ll see what he’s got.

  15. revelation123 says: Apr 3, 2017 8:15 PM

    Good pick up. He’s a low cost with a high ceiling.

  16. phinfan says: Apr 3, 2017 8:29 PM

    Great…. the last thing Aaron Rodgers needs is more EGOs

  17. phinfan says: Apr 3, 2017 8:30 PM

    According to Aaron… there can only be one EGO on the team.

  18. golforepar says: Apr 3, 2017 9:02 PM

    phin, that is some weak material Son!

  19. usedjock says: Apr 3, 2017 9:09 PM

    Oh good just what the Packers defense needs is another injury prone player.

  20. 400marios says: Apr 3, 2017 9:12 PM

    Ego Ferguson or Turd Ferguson…I guess we’ll see….

  21. frank booth says: Apr 3, 2017 9:43 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:54 PM
    This signing my vault that joke of a defense into the top 30! Why do teams like the packers take pride in being absolute garbage on defense?
    ==================================Green Bay was ranked 21st in defense and made it to the NFC Championship Game.

    Maybe you should ask the same question of the Vikings and their offense. The Vikings’ QB sets the record for completion percentage and the most they can muster is 8-8- and they only had to give away a 1st and a 4th to get there.

    They may have had a better record, but they did the same thing the Bears did during the playoffs.

  22. fakejerryjones says: Apr 3, 2017 10:10 PM

    After a couple of pints of turpentine on game day the good ‘ol packer fans will be thinking he is the second coming of Reggie White!

  23. cribbage12 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:15 PM

    Smart Ted.

  24. Boris Yeltsin says: Apr 4, 2017 12:25 AM

    This is gonna give him a big head.

  25. wtfru2 says: Apr 4, 2017 1:14 AM

    firejerry says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:52 PM

    The Packers will turn him into a Pro Bowler.
    _______________________________________

    Yup, along with the rest of their defense. LOL…..

  26. wtfru2 says: Apr 4, 2017 1:19 AM

    djvh2 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 6:57 PM

    This is just a formality. Before he becomes a Vikings starter, he has to be cut by Green Bay.
    _____________________________________

    AhHa, just like Guion, another ex Viking~Too stoned to stay with the Vikes, but is now a suspended Packer~~
    Nice addition~

  27. ak185 says: Apr 4, 2017 5:37 AM

    Guy was a monster in college. he always seemed more suited to me for a 3-4 than a 4-3, as his strengths in college were more along the lines of being a run defender who can occupy gaps. He never was much of a pass rusher, because he doesn’t really have any explosiveness. His size is a big part of his game, no pun intended. He would fit much better in the scheme the Packers want to run, but they need to improve their pass rushing from the linebacker position if they want to get any pressure on the QB. Ferguson will stop the run and hold his gap, but he’s not getting to the QB and neither will any of the other linemen on their roster.

  28. lambeauwest says: Apr 4, 2017 6:45 AM

    “Bears Intel” – now there’s an oxymoron

    Reality: Nothing more than a depth signing. Takes a little pressure off the Packers in the draft. Guion (former Viking). Just need a Lion now to complete the NFC North D-line.

  29. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 4, 2017 7:50 AM

    Turd ferguson

  30. stellarperformance says: Apr 4, 2017 8:46 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:54 PM
    This signing my vault that joke of a defense into the top 30! Why do teams like the packers take pride in being absolute garbage on defense?
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Good point and good question. Even more mysterious is the domination of the Packers over the Vikings in 13 of the last 15 games played against each other. If everything is as you describe, things must be much worse in Minnesota.

    It would stand to reason anyway. Right?

  31. emoney826 says: Apr 4, 2017 9:00 AM

    Haters gonna hate. Every negative comment is solely due to jealousy.

    Top 30 defense, ariani? That top 30 defense has been to the NFC championship game 2 out of the past 3 years, been to the playoffs 8 straight years, and have won the division almost every year for the past 5 of 6 years. Keep hating, bro.

  32. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Apr 4, 2017 11:18 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings have never won a World Championship.
    In their 55 years of existence.
    No other fans of a franchise with such lack of credentials are this arrogant.
    Not even close.

  33. h0metownzero says: Apr 4, 2017 2:16 PM

    I hope this Ego isn’t as fragile as the ones in Loserville.

  34. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:38 PM

    Not sure about the player but he does have a stupid, wiener name.

  35. eatme2259 says: Apr 4, 2017 4:07 PM

    24 tackles last two years. Sounds about right for that vaunted packer defense.

  36. frank booth says: Apr 4, 2017 7:00 PM

    Ego Ferguson was injured most of the time and has played in only 20 games in his career, starting only 1- that may have something to do with his tackle amount. Then again, tackle totals aren’t a very good way to evaluate a defensive end without looking at what they are required do.

    It’s kind of like criticizing Teddy Bridgewater for not throwing any TD’s last year while he was injured.

    Speaking of that, are Vikings’ fans aware that the vaunted Vikings’ offense was rated lower than the Packers’ defense in their respective categories?

  37. frank booth says: Apr 4, 2017 7:02 PM

    Actually, Ferguson is DT, not a DE.

  38. ariani1985 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:16 PM

    I see we have a fake bears fan with a lot of Packer envy!

  39. frank booth says: Apr 4, 2017 7:26 PM

    Unfortunately, some of us can never debate an issue and have to resort to name calling . Nor can some of us figure out that commenting on a former Bear who started 1 game in his career doesn’t constitute Packer envy, or envy of anything else, for that matter.

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 4, 2017 10:20 PM

    Enjoy the epic January collapse, Ego.

  41. frank booth says: Apr 5, 2017 10:05 AM

    It’s funny reading Vikings’ fans comments on other teams’ playoff performances, when the Vikings have blown 4 Super Bowls without winning any, haven’t been there in 40 years (and have lost 4 NFC Championships in that span), and have the most playoff losses and the 6th worst playoff win percentage in the NFL. I don’t understand why Vikings’ fans keep making comments that blow up their faces and serve to only dredge up and highlight their failures.

  42. stellarperformance says: Apr 5, 2017 1:42 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:20 PM
    Enjoy the epic January collapse, Ego.
    /////////////://///////////

    Different than the Steelers?

  43. truthbetold109 says: Apr 5, 2017 1:56 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:20 PM
    Enjoy the epic January collapse, Ego.
    ______________________

    As opposed to the vikings mid-season collapse and subsequent defensive mutiny??

    I think Ego will enjoyed the second most successful franchise in the NFL for the past decade, just fine.

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 5, 2017 4:12 PM

    truthbetold109 says:
    I think Ego will enjoyed the second most successful franchise in the NFL for the past decade, just fine.
    ———————-
    Huh? The pack have been to one SB in that time, and their last 3-4 playoff losses belong on blooper highlights. I can think of multiple teams that have been to and won multiple championships, including the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL. Since you’re obviously slower than most, I’ll give you a hint – it’s the team that boasts the most SB trophies.

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