It’s a long history, but has there ever been a cooler name to play for the Green Bay Packers than Lenzy Pipkins?
Well, now he plays for the Indianapolis Colts. The Packers dealt Pipkins for linebacker Antonio Morrison and this makes sense for a lot of reasons.
First, let’s state this. Pipkins is a former undrafted free agent, but played better than, let’s just say… a first or second-round pick might have for the Packers last season. Granted, it was a limited sample size, but Pipkins was actually the highest-graded corner on the Packers’ roster in 2017.
But, to this season.
The Packers have a logjam at cornerback like they have at receiver. Personally, I would have tried to flip Quinten Rollins and I would guess that GM Brian Gutekunst tried to do that. Whoever the hell runs Jim Irsay’s clown show probably said no way in hell, Gutes. So, the Packers will just have to cut that guy.
The way it stacks up, you’re probably looking at Tramon Williams and Kevin King outside. First-round pick Jaire Alexander in the slot. Second-round pick Josh Jackson is the dime back. Then there’s everyone else.
Hard to see where Pipkins fits in. Might even be hard to see where Davon House fits in. And double that on Josh Hawkins.
As for Morrison, the Packers seem to suddenly be worried about their inside linebacker depth. Jake Ryan is out for the season. Torn ACL.
Oren Burks, a fourth-round pick this year, came up with some sort of injury on Friday. In pregame warm-ups for god’s sake. Coach Mike McCarthy has suggested it isn’t serious, but this move might suggest otherwise.
Morrison is a former fourth-round pick. He had 109 tackles last season.
However, the Colts obviously wanted to replace him. They signed Najee Goode in the offseason. He had a whopping 22 tackles for the Eagles, last season. And yet, he was still ahead of Morrison on the depth chart.
This is probably a throwaway for both teams. Despite showing some talent, it’s hard to see how Pipkins could have made the Packers’ roster. With Indianapolis, he might just be a starting cornerback. Meanwhile, the Colts obviously don’t want Morrison. Even if just a backup, the Packers can probably use him.
Possibly the literal case where everyone wins.