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’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column which looks at the state of the defensive backfield through the lens of decreased playing time for LaDarius Gunter:
For most of last season, LaDarius Gunter was the Green Bay Packers’ best cornerback.
The last time they took the field, in the NFC championship game at Atlanta, the Packers put him on the great Julio Jones.
Six months later, Gunter is in a major battle just to win a spot on the Packers’ 53-man roster.
That has to be what general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy were looking for from their offseason. Their secondary fell apart in 2016 (injuries, poor play), and if it isn’t better this season, they won’t have much chance to win the Super Bowl.
Joe Whitt, the Packers’ cornerbacks coach, overstated it only a little this week when he said: “I’ve mentioned many times, if the quarterback and cornerbacks play well, we’ll win. OK? We have a chance to win Super Bowls if those two groups play well.”
That the Packers have four cornerbacks ahead of Gunter suggests improvement, though at this point we don’t know if it's a little or a lot.
Tom Silverstein has all you need to know from Friday night’s practice:
While he had a better night last night, Martellus Bennett would probably like to forget Thursday night’s practice:
Michael Cohen takes a look at David Raih’s new position:
Brian Price is looking to make that proverbial jump from Year One to Year Two:
Elsewhere, for those outside the television viewing area, you can stream tonight’s Family Night practice on your computer or mobile device.
The Packers look to be one of the least-traveled teams in the league this season:
ESPN has the Packers in the mix of teams with a chance to win the Super Bowl:
Bleacher Report does as well:
Rob Demovsky writes on Trevor Davis sending Ron Zook tapes of his punt return work over the offseason:
David Nicholson looks at the apparent depth at wide receiver and running back:
ACME Packing looks at possible past “close calls” during the shaping of the roster:
The team’s website looked at some of the rules changes made over the offseason:
36 days to go people: