Packers believe QB DeShone Kizer brings first-round talent

The Packers are set at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers under center, but they believe their new backup could be something special.

Green Bay made a trade this offseason with the Browns for former Notre Dame star DeShone Kizer. Cleveland selected Kizer in the second round last year, but opted to cut ties with him after just one season and select Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft.

“I think he has exceptional arm talent,” McCarthy said of Kizer. “What we’re asking him to do is, particularly the footwork and just how he fits the scheme, and how he operates is brand new to him. That always excites me, because when you see that guy has no experience or background but has the ability, to me that’s an opportunity for a lot of growth. So I think he has a bright future.”

Rodgers, 34, isn’t going anywhere, and he may soon make Matt Ryan’s NFL-record breaking contract extension look tame, so Kizer will have plenty of time to develop behind one of the league’s best QBs.

However, it’s possible the Packers are taking the opportunity to hype Kizer in an attempt to drive up his trade value. Many teams in need of Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys quarterback help addressed the issue this offseason, but if some of the rookies don’t pan out, Kizer could be an intriguing backup option for a team looking for a young arm to groom.

Coupled with his background in the Steelers organization (where he was a minority partner), that’s a good sign for the futures of coach Ron Rivera and General Manager Marty Hurney.

If Tepper continues with the Steelers way of doing business (which Panthers founder Jerry Richardson tried to emulate himself), a quick trigger shouldn’t be expected. The Steelers have had three head coaches since 1969, and the only reason they’ve had four G.M.s is that late owner Dan Rooney held that post in 1969 and 1970, before passing personnel control to Dick Haley, then Tom Donahoe and then Kevin Colbert.

While no promises have been made (and everything could change based on this year’s results), Tepper has met with Hurney and Rivera, and Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys seems comfortable with them according to people informed of the process.

Both are under contract through the 2020 season (along with quarterback Cam Newton, while middle linebacker Luke Kuechly‘s deal runs through 2021), giving the Panthers a solid core of leadership.

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Reggie Wayne picks a QB other than Luck or Manning as hardest passer

Congratulations are in order for Curtis Painter. On Tuesday, Reggie Wayne gave him an unofficial award that pertains to playing quarterback.

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