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.
I like Pipkins as a corner. Pipkins last year and this year was way down the depth chart on STs. When your the 5th or 6th corner you probably need to show something on STs.
One thing that suprised me in the Oakland game was Herb Waters came in with the second group at RCB. It is hard to tell without the coaches film how tight his coverage was, but it says something that Waters was ahead of Hawkins, Goodson, Brown, and Pipkins. Last year Whitt spoke highly of Waters before the shoulder issue. I wonder if Waters is the final corner to make the team? It will be interesting to see the pecking order against KC.
Good luck to Pipkins, by far the best tackling and most physical Packer corner on last years team.
A very good trade overall, with Minnesota & Chicago having power running attacks, we needed a mlb that can tackle, hit and attack. He may get burned on a short throw from time to time, but I’m willing to give that up, and we have the backfield to make that up. GB needs to hit the RBs and break them down. A very, very good trade!
we dealt Pipkins for a former 4th round pick that had 109 tackles
we also filled a position of need. Great move. It feels like we now have a thicker roster
I’m most nervous about OL depth after our starting 5 at this point
O-Line is a ginormous problem. Maybe use the logjam at WR to our advantage like was done in the Pipkins / Morrison trade. I do understand extra linebackers are not the same as extra O-Tackles and it likely takes a premium WR to get a serviceable tackle. The good news is that the G-Man seems more likely to pursue a trade like that than the T-Man would have been.
The problem being, the time to address the O-line was months ago, they knew what they had.
I agree with you, Gort.
I also like our starting O-Line in Bak, Taylor, Linsley, McCray, Bulaga.
But, man, if theres an injury ANYWHERE we’re effed. I watched Murphy & Spriggs get blown away by Raiders 2nd teamers & i’m nervous. That PFF #1 pass-pro OL from 2 years ago was a fortunate result of health & luck…. we have 4/5 of those guys currently but we’re thin after that & Spriggs was a trade-up 2nd round pick that looks like a bust at this point