Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column which looks at what might make the difference in getting this Packers team to the Super Bowl.
The details have changed, but the story hasn’t. They’ve gone into each season as one of a handful of favorites to contend for the Super Bowl. They’ve made the playoffs each time. And they’ve gone as deep in the postseason as Aaron Rodgers has carried them, twice to the NFC championship, but never beyond.
With the start of training camp Thursday, is there good reason to think 2017 will be any different?
No and yes.
No in that to a large degree, the Packers will go as far as Rodgers takes them. He’s the reason they’re a perennial contender, and when they won the Super Bowl in the 2010 season he outplayed every quarterback he faced in the playoffs.
Since then, their season has ended when Rodgers hasn’t been better than his counterpart. Their defense has been too much of a liability to make up the difference. I doubt anyone thinks the Packers will transform into a premier defense in 2017, so they’ll probably again be vulnerable if Rodgers isn’t at his best when it counts most.
Tom Silverstein writes on how much the Packers are counting on Corey Linsley this season:
Michael Cohen looks at how Martellus Bennett is fitting in:
Michael also recaps the first practice on his morning podcast:
It was an impressive first day for the rookie punter:
Vince Biegel begins training camp on the PUP list:
I chatted with readers about the first day of practice over on our Facebook Page:
Elsewhere, Mike Daniels is coming for our jobs:
Former Packer James Jones appeared on NFL Network last night to discuss Aaron Rodgers:
The NFL highlighted a recent lights-out outing from Rodgers:
Jordy Nelson spoke about the latest study on CTE and letting his sons play football:
Cheesehead TV highlights Morgan Burnett:
Rob Demovsky writes on Aaron Rodgers and the team’s quest for more titles:
The Packers do not have a lot of money tied up at running back: