i would think that this is a positive and perhaps an upgrade short-term over Burks who is hurt.
Saw this on PACKERWIRE…
In need of an inside linebacker and suddenly flush with options at cornerback, the Green Bay Packers swung a player-for-player trade with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
According to Michael Cohen of The Athletic, the Packers traded second-year cornerback Lenzy Pipkins to the Colts for third-year linebacker Antonio Morrison.
Article states Morrison is a “Thumper” who is good on 1st,2nd run downs but is slow afoot to cover receivers coming from the back field. I’m glad the PACK made the trade.
More info on Morrison from AcmePacking;
Enter Antonio Morrison, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts. Michael Cohen of The Athletic is reporting that the Packers have acquired Morrison via trade, in exchange for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. This indicates that the injury to Burks is fairly serious, though no details have yet emerged.
With the addition of two early draft picks and a veteran free agent at cornerback, Pipkins had been pushed down to the third-team in training camp this summer and had become a long shot to make the Packers’ final roster. As an undrafted rookie, Pipkins made the team out of camp in 2017, played in 12 regular season games, and recorded 14 tackles and one pass breakup.
Morrison is a two-year NFL veteran who was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft (125th overall). He started four games as a rookie before taking over as a full-time starter in 2017, when he recorded 108 total tackles and one pass breakup. At Florida, Morrison started for two full seasons and parts of a third, culminating in a senior season where he recorded 96 total tackles, 11 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.
After suffering a knee injury in Florida’s bowl game in his final season, Morrison attended the 2016 Combine but did not work out due a combination of that injury and a staph infection. He posted very underwhelming numbers at Florida’s Pro Day (5.0 in the 40-yard dash and 4.65 in the short shuttle), but that came just days after being cleared from the hospital following treatment for the infection.
I think having a system that doesn’t get too complicated and Martinez next to him is a good thing. Basically he is Ryan but plays with more drive.