The Rams are for real and it’s time everyone takes them seriously, especially opponents.

The NFC North is Minnesota’s to lose, and the Vikings are on a quest to be the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

With general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have built a strong reputation as a class organization that successfully rebuilds with drafted, homegrown players. It’s well deserved given Green Bay’s consistency over the years, with a Super Bowl XLV ring to show for it.

But other than left tackle David Bakhtiari and defensive tackles Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels, the successes have not fallen in line for the current roster. Either the Packers have been complacent in stockpiling the right talent by being too reliant on Rodgers, or that talent isn’t being maximized by the coaching staff.

Now here comes rookie Dede Westbrook ready to provide another threat in the passing game, just in time with fading No. 2 Allen Hurns on the shelf. When needed, tight end Marcedes Lewis can be a big factor as a short-to-intermediate “safe” target.

The offers were strong from the start, with each brand pitching north of a million dollars per year, along with additional incentives. Fox met with Under Armour founder Kevin Plank at the company’s Baltimore headquarters on May 15, impressing executives with engaged product questions and marketing conversations throughout their meeting. Fox had worn Under Armour during his early AAU days with the Houston Defenders.nike_bills-080

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