Welcome to your preseason 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 cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers as they get set to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
We start with Michael Cohen’s look at the directive for the second team offensive line tonight (and every time they step foot on the field) of keeping their quarterback clean.
Exhibition games are best thought of as a steady decay into unpredictability. They begin — sometimes — with the most talented players on each team shuffling through a handful of plays to shake off seven months of rust since the end of last season. They end with a flurry of rookies and undrafted free agents running pell-mell across the field as learning and desperation form an intoxicatingly chaotic cocktail.
Nowhere is this more applicable than in the trenches, where youth on both sides raises the heart rates of inexperienced quarterbacks. By the third and fourth quarter, it can appear like these young passers are running for their lives.
“Oh, it’s going to happen,” said Alex Van Pelt, quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. “It’s preseason football, so there’s a lot of guys that are out there for the first time with big eyes. We’re prepping them right now about running. Hey, if you get the opportunity and things break down, use your legs.”
Michael took reader questions on his podcast this morning looking ahead to tonight’s preseason game:
Tom Silverstein has Five Things To Watch during tonight’s game:
Brett Hundley knows it’s his time to shine. Ryan Wood lays it out:
Brett Favre was in town last night to accept the Distinguished Service Award at the Lee Remmel Sports Awards banquet. Rich Ryman has the goods:
Pete Dougherty brought a ton of answers and analysis to his reader chat yesterday:
I looked back over the first two weeks of camp in my latest podcast:
Elsewhere, Martellus Bennett made a dream come true for a young Packers fan:
Outstanding story from Wes Hodkiewicz on Corey Linsley’s bond with his bike kid:
Packers Wire has their own 5 Things they’ll be watching for tonight:
Jason Wilde writes on a young player turning heads at Packers camp:
Jon Meerdink looks at Max McCaffery, another young player making a bid to be kept around:
You probably won’t see Aaron Rodgers tonight. Rob Demovsky has the goods:
Fun exercise from Andrew Herman putting together Mike McCarthy’s “Ultimate Roster”
Packers fans appear ready for tonight: