New GM Gutekunst makes Packers fans both happy and sad
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Brian Gutekunst, Packers general manager (➡ EVEN)
There was a lot of talk about Gutekunst would represent a change in philosophy from the days of Ted Thompson. Actions speak louder than words and boy did Gutekunst go into action during the NFL's legal tampering period. First came word that the Packers are dealing Damarious Randall to Cleveland. Then, after free agent after free agent kept falling off the board (and Green Bay fans were wearing out their cuticles wondering just what in the heck the Packers were going to do), it was reported that tight end Jimmy Graham was headed to Green Bay. And defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson announced on Twitter he was going to be a Packer. All was right in Green Bay and fans were drooling over landing two big names … but the Packers also released longtime wide receiver and fan favorite Jordy Nelson. That one stung and took some of the luster out of the moves. How all of this pans out will be judged in the future (will those free-agent pickups have an impact of a Charles Woodson or Martellus Bennett, or somewhere in between?) and surely some fans are excited over the moves and think Gutekunst is trending up while others are disappointed over Nelson and have him trending down. We'll play it in the middle: Nice pickups, but Jordy, man. Jordy.
Brandon Jennings, Bucks guard (↑ UP)
It's hard to make a better first impression than Jennings did with new (er, old?) team. The veteran guard and one-time Bucks first-round draft choice signed a 10-day contract with Milwaukee on Sunday and one day later nearly posted a triple-double in his 2017-18 NBA debut. Playing with a lot of energy, Jennings had 16 points (on 5-of-9 shooting), 12 assists and eight rebounds in just 24 minutes as the Bucks won at Memphis.
Khris Middleton, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
After having some troubles with his shot recently, Middleton regained his stroke last week. In three games, Middleton shot 60.5 percent from the field, made 7 of 14 3-point attempts and missed just one of his 14 free-throw attempts while averaging 24.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.
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Jason Terry, Bucks guard (↓ DOWN)
Remember that spark Terry gave the Bucks last week, twice playing over 30 minutes? In three games last week, Terry made just 1 of 8 shots, missing all six of his 3 attempts, in scoring just two points. Easy come, easy go.
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Yovani Gallardo, Brewers pitcher (↓ DOWN)
Gallardo signed with the Brewers hoping to get another crack at a major-league rotation. But this week he was informed it was bullpen or bust. Having allowed nine runs (six earned) on nine hits with eight walks in eight innings, a Milwaukee reunion isn't looking so hot right now.
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Ji-Man Choi, Brewers first baseman (↑ UP)
Like Jesus Aguilar last year, Choi is making it difficult for the Brewers to not have him on the 25-man opening-day roster. In five spring training games last week, Choi was 7 for 11 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. On the spring overall he's 11 for 25 (.440) with a .559 on-base percentage and .880 slugging percentage. Choi has walked seven times and struck out just twice. He's even getting a little time in the outfield. With manager Craig Counsell preaching versatility and wanting his team to get on base more and cut down on strikeouts, well, Choi is making a good case to be in Milwaukee at some point in 2018.