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 cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know as the Packers prepare to take on the Washington Redskins.
We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s Five Things To Watch during tonight’s preseason matchup. Here are the first two.
1. Defensive matters: The Packers ranked 31st in total defense last year. Washington ranked 28th. Both teams are trying to get off on a good foot and establish a new identity. For the Packers, it means blitzing more, playing man coverage and working their “nitro” defense. Washington’s retooled defense played fast against Baltimore in its season opener and wants to build off that.
2. Making a case: Coach Mike McCarthy basically ignored the running game in the first game. He can’t do that two weeks in a row. If Montgomery doesn’t play, he should take a long look at rookie Jamaal Williams, who has been the best of the three draft picks so far. He’s by far the best blocker and of all the backs he seems to find the hole quicker in Green Bay’s zone system.
Michael Cohen writes on Kyler Fackrell’s disappointing camp so far:
The Packers are chipping in with tickets in the their latest philanthropic endeavor:
Elsewhere, I loved this story from Jenny Vrentas. Not Packers-specific, but a must-read for any NFL fan:
Rob Demovsky writes on the battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot:
Jason Wilde writes on the Packers troublesome tackling:
Martellus Bennett revealed his first political cartoon:
Over at Cheesehead TV, they’re looking for Davante Adams to become the No. 1:
If and when injuries strike at outside linebacker, it could get ugly:
The Packers waived Beau Sandland:
The guys at Spectrum Sports talked roster battles:
Jay Sorgi reminds us, preseason used to be even worse:
You guys aren’t very dateable, apparently: