Green Bay’s biggest weakness a year ago was in the secondary, especially after Sam Shields went down with what ended up as a season-ending concussion in the opener. General manager Ted Thompson loaded up the defensive backfield over the offseason, signing former Packers corner Davon House before using a pair of second-round picks on Kevin King and Josh Jones. An uncharacteristic foray into free agency also delivered tight end Martellus Bennett, who should be an immediate upgrade on Jared Cook & Co.
Speaking of footwear: In the past, teams have had to declare a primary shoe color — black or white — but many players have flouted the rules. The league appears to have thrown in the towel on that one, as players will now be permitted to wear white, black or a team color. They’ll also have more flexibility to wear custom-designed cleats during pregame warm-ups.
Despite the more relaxed rules, some players will no doubt find a way to run afoul of the league’s uniform regulations. In those instances, fines and other penalties will be meted out to the teams, not just to the individual players.
If you see any NFL officials with “DJ” on their backs, it’s not because they’re spinning tunes. It’s because the officiating position formerly known as the head linesman is now being called the down judge (additional info here).