Having signed four potential starters in free agency
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Tytuł:  Having signed four potential starters in free agency

GREEN BAY Justin Layne Jersey , Wis. (AP) — the Green Bay Packers enter this week’s draft looking to add the missing ingredients to a team that has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.“With some of the things that we’ve done, I think where our team sits today, I’m not super concerned about, ‘Hey, we absolutely have to do this or absolutely have to do that,'” general manager Brian Gutekunst said at a news conference Monday.“We can sit back Benny Snell Jr. Jersey , see where the draft board is strong, try to get there and then take the best players available. … I think it’s a really good draft overall and I think we have a chance to help our team.”The Packers hold the 12th selection in Thursday’s first round. They haven’t had such an early pick since drafting defensive tackle B.J. Raji at No. 9 in 2009. Gutekunst’s maneuvering in the first round of last year’s draft bagged the 30th selection of the first round for this year. Including those picks, Green Bay has six selections in the first four rounds.Leading to the draft, Gutekunst added outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner. Those signings bolstered three of the Packers’ biggest areas of need. In turn, that eases the pressure on Gutekunst.“I do like our flexibility to be able to move around and not feel like we’re pigeon-holed to have to take a certain position or a certain player,” he said.One position where there is not an immediate need is quarterback Zach Gentry Jersey , with 35-year-old Aaron Rodgers returning for his 15th season. Still, Gutekunst used one of his predraft visits on Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who is considered a likely first-round pick. Gutekunst said there’s a measure of “subterfuge” in his use of the 30 predraft invitations. Then again, Brett Favre was 35 when then-general manager Ted Thompson drafted Rodgers in the first round in 2005.“Every year, we spend a lot of time on the quarterbacks and trying to figure out what kinds of players those guys are going to be in the NFL,” Gutekunst said. “And it’s really, really important to us because Nick Bosa Jersey , if you don’t have one, it’s really tough to win in this league. For us, it’s about trying to decide which are the guys that could potentially be starters in this league.”This will be Gutekunst’s second year running the draft but his first with new coach Matt LaFleur. While LaFleur is installing a new offense — that process will continue at the three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday — Gutekunst said has had “minimal” impact on the kind of players he’s been scouting.“You do this for as long as a lot of us have in that room, this is what you work all year for. It’s really exciting to have the ability to try to help your football team and add to that mix”In addition to the first round, the Packers have the 12th selection in each round. Plus, they have an additional picks in the fourth round (last year’s trade of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington) and the sixth round (last year’s trade of quarterback Brett Hundley to Seattle).For Gutekunst and his staff, it’s almost show time. In the draft room L.J. Collier Jersey , the board is locked behind curtains to prevent overanalysis. He allowed his scouts to spend Easter weekend with family.“You do get to this point where it’s a little dangerous to react too much,” he said. “And I wouldn’t imagine there would be a whole lot of tweaks between now and Thursday.” In 1995, the Jacksonvile Jaguars joined the Carolina Panthers as the NFL’s first expansion teams since the 1976 Seahawks and Buccaneers. Both teams struggled during their inaugural season, but the Jaguars and Panthers had unprecedented success for second-year expansion teams in 1996. Carolina went 12-4 and lost in the NFC Championship while Jacksonville squeaked into the playoffs at 9-7. They also fell in the Conference Championship.Although the Panthers spiraled for several years following their early success, Jacksonville turned the momentum into four consecutive playoff appearances. The turn of the century, however, was not kind to Jacksonville. Their first coach Marquise Blair Jersey , Tom Coughlin, and quarterback Mark Brunell suffered three losing seasons between 2000 and 2002. The front office fired Coughlin and Brunell lost his grip on his starting job the following year.The Jaguars have managed three winning seasons since 2003, making the playoffs twice with one loss each in the wild card and divisional round. The team hasn’t finished at .500 since 2010. They have gone through five different head coaches and 16 starting quarterbacks, although only six signal callers have led the team in passing over 22 years of existence.Fans can count the franchise’s noteworthy quarterbacks on one hand. The other Jaguars starters have mostly originated from a junk drawer of career backups and failed draft picks. The organization’s woes at the NFL’s most important position by no means reach the positional despair affiliated with the Cleveland Browns, but there’s little to cheer about.Keep reading for the definitive rankings of every starting quarterback in Jacksonville Jaguars history:

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