Welcome to your game day 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 excellent look at the Packers “nitro” package on defense.
The NFL is changing, and the Packers should have adapted more quickly. Arizona (Deone Bucannon) and the Rams (Mark Barron) have been playing a safety at linebacker for several years. Last year, Washington (Su’a Cravens, second round) and Atlanta (Keanu Neal, first round) used high picks for safeties to play similar roles as well.
Capers went to the nitro a season ago out of desperation more than anything else. With offenses scorching his undermanned secondary, he had to find a way to get an extra cover man on the field, anyway, anyhow.
Now it’s by choice and part of a plan. And it’s a big part of who the Packers will be in 2017 and beyond.
Michael Cohen’s daily podcast touches on a variety of Packers subjects:
The Packers came to the end of the road with Letroy Guion yesterday:
Ryan Wood does an excellent job expanding on what McCarthy’s looking for in preseason:
In yesterday’s Camp Insider, Tom Silverstein gives Morgan Burnett the thumbs up and Kevin King the thumbs down:
Michael Cohen puts a spotlight on Josh Hawkins and his chances of making the 53:
Aaron Rodgers spoke about the importance of forging an offensive identity early on:
Speaking of QB1, he photobombed Pete and I after practice yesterday:
Elsewhere, Elliot Harrison has his first power rankings up for the upcoming season, with the Packers coming in at No. 3.
If you play fantasy or opine on the occasional mutterings from head coach Mike McCarthy, then you probably think Ty Montgomery is going to put Marshall Faulk to shame this year. Tap the brakes, turbo. Don't sleep on rookie Jamaal Williams, who's already getting some first-team reps. In truth, though, with so much focus on Montgomery's acclimation to the offense, too little attention has been paid to the secondary. That's the group that killed this team in Washington and nearly lost a massive lead in Dallas. Injuries, inexperience and a few deep balls were all to blame. With one more year under the collective belt, and the ascending play of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the whole team should benefit. Gonna miss Micah Hyde, the human Swiss Army knife, though.
Aaron Rodgers, unprompted, praised the play of Joe Kerridge Tuesday in the locker room:
Josh Hawkins seems to be enjoying the ride:
Martellus Bennett had fun with his daughter on Family Night:
Ty Montgomery appeared on Peter King’s podcast: