When it comes to having consistent success in the NFL, one phrase pretty much sums it up: “Some teams get it, and some don’t.”
That’s how Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ty Schalter puts it. Schalter offers an insightful breakdown of seven habits of highly effective NFL franchises in one of his recent articles.
Collectively, these habits may seem easier said than done. They all require a great amount of shared preparation, focus and unity within an entire organization, and for some of the steps to come to fruition, it takes time.
Nevertheless, Schalter’s list makes a ton of sense, which is why it’s not difficult to spot some of those trends in certain NFL clubs.
One of those clubs is the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers have experienced much success, not only in the past decade but in their storied history. Right now, though, they’re on the verge of becoming a dynasty again.
Part of the reason for this is that the Packers know who they are, who they want to be and what they need to do to accomplish that.
A highly potent offensive powerhouse, Green Bay scores big and puts major pressure on opposing offenses when they get ahead. To do that, they need a franchise quarterback (check) and a stable of talented pass-catchers (check).
Of Schalter’s seven habits, Green Bay extends to just about all of them. In particular, the organization is proactive and has a clear vision of its identity. Because of that, it conscientiously feeds its strengths.
For example, no one perceived wide receiver to be an offseason need for Green Bay.
A huge strength of the team, the wide receiver spot is certainly deep out in Cheese Nation. The Packers currently have a terrific group of wideouts, including players like Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, James Jones and Randall Cobb to highlight the depth chart.
Because of their apparent depth, nobody expected Green Bay to draft any receivers. And they didn’t.
They did, however, add some talented undrafted rookies in Dale Moss and Marcus Rivers. And these moves shouldn’t go unrecognized.
Out of South Dakota State, former basketball standout Dale Moss garnered a good amount of attention after his impressive pro day. According to the Yankton Daily, the 6’3”, 213-pounder recorded an “eye-popping” 41.5-inch vertical jump, a nearly 11’ broad jump, a 4.45 40-time and a 6.32-second three-cone drill.
Moss may come from a small school, but he is a big-time athlete. With great speed and burst, he could be a huge star with the Packers within a few years.
Another small-school undrafted rookie the Pack brought in is Marcus Rivers out of Buffalo. Rivers, who is listed at 6’5” and 218 pounds, was the top-rated player to attend Buffalo’s pro day, according to NFL Draft Scout.
The former Bull received second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2011 after notching 60 catches for 615 yards and two touchdowns.
According to the University of Buffalo’s official website, Rivers is a “long, angular receiver with [a] rare combination of size, speed and strength."
Both Moss and Rivers are former basketball players. Both have unique size and speed. And both have huge upside.
What better team to tap into that upside than Green Bay, who can sit back and let each of them develop for a year or two because of their current depth at the position?
The Packers may not need these guys now, but having them waiting in the wings and learning behind talented veterans is smart (Schalter’s habit No. 6: synergize).
Plus, Green Bay didn’t even have to spend any draft picks on these players. Instead, they signed them as undrafted rookies and got two bargains (Schalter’s habit No. 1: be proactive).
After continuing to stockpile at wideout, it’s safe to say the Packers won’t be adding any more receivers for a while.
Or will they?
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