The Green Bay Packers Could Have an Old Friend Back to Face the Buccaneers
It could be another family reunion for the Green Bay Packers this weekend, although the last one didn’t go over so well. A week after the Packers re-signed Jared Veldheer, bringing him back to Green Bay, the team is looking to bring back another former Packer in time for this weekend’s NFC title game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Green Bay Packers are a win from reaching the Super Bowl
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand in the way of the Green Bay Packers returning to the Super Bowl. The Packers have been sizzling ever since their Week 6 meeting with the Bucs that didn’t quite go in Green Bay’s favor. Brady and the Bucs handed the Packers their first loss of the season, scoring 38 unanswered points in a 38-10 win.
Since then, the Packers have gone 10-2 and have won their last seven games. The offense is rolling with MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers leading the way. Rodgers, seeking his third MVP, has been clicking on offense and appears to be having a lot more fun. He is in his 16th year in the NFL and is having his best season at 37 years old.
Rodgers led the league in touchdown passes with 48, which was also a career-high. He was also tops in completion percentage at 70.7%. In Green Bay’s 12 games since the loss to Tampa Bay, the offense has scored 30 or more points nine times.
The Packers brought back an old friend last week and it didn’t work
Right after the Indianapolis Colts were eliminated by the Buffalo Bills in the opening round of the postseason, the Green Bay Packers made a move. The Packers signed Jared Veldheer, who started at tackle for the Colts in the game, and were ready to have him suit up for last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Packers were able to sign Veldheer because he was not on the Colts 53-man roster and was brought up from the practice squad just for that game.
Veldheer, a 6-foot-8, 321-pound offensive lineman, had previously played for the Packers. The loss of left tackle David Bakhtiari left the Packers a little thin on the line so they inked Veldheer, who would’ve made history had he played. He would’ve been the only player to play in the postseason for two different teams in the same year.
Veldheer was unable to play because he tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) after one day with the team. Fortunately for the Packers, nobody else on the team was considered a close contact and they played the Rams at full strength.
The Packers may bring back another old friend against the Buccaneers
Try, try again as they say. The Green Bay Packers might just have the chance to have yet another former player return and make playoff history. The Packers are expected to bring in veteran cornerback Tramon Williams for a workout. Williams played last week for the Baltimore Ravens, who were eliminated by the Buffalo Bills.
Williams has spent 10 years with the Packers during two different stints. He was signed by the Packers in 2006 after the Houston Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent and then cut him. Williams spent his first eight years in Green Bay before signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He returned to the Packers for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
According to Field Yates, an NFL Insider for ESPN, Williams is visiting the Packers and would add some depth and a veteran presence to Green Bay’s secondary. According to Tom Silverstein, a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers are expected to sign him.