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.

44 responses to “Packers claim Ego Ferguson off waivers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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    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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    The Packers will turn him into a Pro Bowler.
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    Yup, along with the rest of their defense. LOL…..

  11. 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.
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    AhHa, just like Guion, another ex Viking~Too stoned to stay with the Vikes, but is now a suspended Packer~~
    Nice addition~

  12. 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.

  13. “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.

  14. 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?
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    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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:20 PM
    Enjoy the epic January collapse, Ego.
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    Different than the Steelers?

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

  22. truthbetold109 says:
    I think Ego will enjoyed the second most successful franchise in the NFL for the past decade, just fine.
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    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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