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Packers LB Blake Martinez makes PFF’s All-Pro team for start of 2018 season The Green Bay Packers are a team defined by Aaron Rodgers and their offense [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/davante-adams-jersey/]Davante Adams Jersey[/url] , but it is a defensive player who is earning some individual honors for his excellent start to the 2018 season.Pro Football Focus has compiled “All-Pro” teams for the first four weeks of the season, and linebacker Blake Martinez is the one player they listed on their equivalent of a first-team unit. Last year, Martinez finished in a three-way tie for the NFL’s lead in total tackles, matching Preston Brown of the Bills and Joe Schobert of the Browns with 144. However, Martinez had the most solo tackles of the group with 96, and also the most pass breakups with nine.This season, the former Stanford linebacker sits in a tie for tenth overall in tackles with 34, including one sack. However, he has seemingly taken a big step forward in his coverage abilities, as PFF notes:Joining Martinez on the first team is Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, who has three first-team All-Pro honors from the AP. But Martinez sees his name on this group ahead of Luke Kuechly [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/corey-linsley-jersey/]Corey Linsley Jersey[/url] , who earned an honorable mention (PFF’s equivalent of a second-team). The Packers did land three players on the list in that honorable mention section, however. Two names should come as no surprise to Packers fans: left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has been a rock on the blind side, and rookie punter JK Scott, whose hang time and net punting average are among the very best in the NFL.However, the third name might be a bit of a surprise: safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who comes in as an alternate behind Seattle’s Earl Thomas. Although Clinton-Dix has had a few lapses in coverage and reading routes, he does have an interception in three straight games, and his overall performance against Buffalo was one of his best games since his 2016 Pro Bowl season. The NFL’s trade deadline is nearly here. All trades must be complete by 4:00 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, October 30th, and writers for outlets all over are trying to project some ideas of trades that would make sense around the league.Naturally [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/nick-perry-jersey/]Nick Perry Jersey[/url] , they’re going to get some things wrong, and one of the biggest outlets, ESPN.com, has a major trade idea involving the Green Bay Packers that looks patently absurd for both the Green and Gold as well as their potential trading partner. Here’s the proposed trade: the Packers send safety Josh Jones and a conditional late-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for running back LeSean McCoy.From the Bills’ perspective, acquiring a safety makes little to no sense. ESPN’s Mike Sando, who put forth the idea, quotes an anonymous talent evaluator when discussing Jones’ fit in Buffalo: “Jones could be a safety or dime ‘backer and a nice pickup for Buffalo.”However, Matt Warren of SB Nation blog Buffalo Rumblings described his take on the situation to APC:Beyond the lack of sense for the Bills, there’s the question of why the Packers would want to acquire McCoy. Here are the two notable quotes that Sando gathered from anonymous league sources, regarding the Packers’ offense:(Emphasis added by APC.)The problems with these lines of reasoning are legion. First of all, if you hardly even know Aaron Jones [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/bryan-bulaga-jersey/]Bryan Bulaga Jersey[/url] , then you haven’t been paying attention to the Packers’ offense between week three of 2017 and today — it’s as simple as that. Jones is absolutely a dynamic playmaker, as his breakouts against the Cowboys and Saints last season demonstrated. Sure, he does not have a 100-yard day yet this season, but you can thank Mike McCarthy and the coaching staff rather than Jones himself. And although Sando’s article points to the safety on Sunday as an example of the Packers’ poor running game, he and his sources need only look one quarter later at Jones’ 33-yard touchdown to see an example of dynamic running happening in this offense.Using Jones as the featured runner and pairing him with a tough, physical runner like Jamaal Williams — particularly when both players can catch the ball out of the backfield — is a fine recipe for an effective running game with Aaron Rodgers under center. The problem isn’t the personnel, it’s how the coaching staff is using them, an issue that would not be solved by the arrival of a 30-year old back. Besides, the Packers came into week 8 with the fifth-ranked rushing offense by DVOA. Would McCoy improve that number up into the top two or three, and if he did, would it make any significant difference?Then there’s McCoy’s contract. While Jones [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/mason-crosby-jersey/]Mason Crosby Jersey[/url] , Williams, and Ty Montgomery are all on their rookie deals — and the first two being in just their second seasons — McCoy comes with a huge price tag. He would be owed about $6.5 million in salary next season, and he’s still due about $3 million over the rest of this year. Can you imagine a team with Russ Ball holding the purse strings being willing to dish out that kind of money for a running back on the wrong side of 30?Adding a further complication to this is the fact that McCoy is currently in the concussion protocol, though he may end up being cleared to play tonight against the New England Patriots.Fundamentally, this trade idea is based on a lack of knowledge about the Packers’ current running backs and how the team does business. The compensation for Buffalo is also a flawed, failing to understand the workings of that team’s defense. It should serve as a reminder that an active trade market in the NFL is still a new concept, and the media has not yet caught up to the dynamics of the market — nor do national writers or their sources really have any feel for how individual teams tend to operate.