Packers Morning Buzz: Two down, two to go in preseason
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here atPackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers after their preseason victory in Washington on Saturday night.
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We’ll start with Eric Baranczyk andPete Dougherty’s film study from the game in Washington, leading with the troubling showing from backup tackle Jason Spriggs.
Spriggs certainly looks the part of an athletic NFL tackle. He has good height (6-5 5/8) and length (34-inch arms), and a cut physique that’s more like a big tight end than offensive lineman.
But he hasn’t made the strides you’d expect for a second-round pick in his second year. And after a rough night last week in the preseason opener against Philadelphia, he again had his share of struggles in the Packers’ preseason win at Washington on Saturday night.
Spriggs still is having problems targeting his hands. They’re all over the place. He doesn’t quite have the strength to shock pass rushers with his initial punch, and he isn’t consistently showing the athleticism to recover from the initial pop or when the rusher counters with an inside move.
Michael Cohen’s latest podcast is up, where he and Tom review the victory in Washington:
Michael and Ryan Wood lead the notebook with the commencement of the battle for the No. 3 quarterback job, after Taysom Hill’s 4th quarter performance in Washington:
Tom Silverstein’s Camp Insider highlights the strong play of Josh Hawkins:
Pete Dougherty wrote on the promising showing from the secondary:
Pete and I talked about our takeaways from the game in Washington:
Ryan Wood wrote on Aaron Rodgers being in midseason form:
Mike McCarthy had what I thought was an important message about the talent level in the NFL:
Elsewhere, the Washington Post spoke to Martellus Bennett about his first political cartoon:
Rob Demovsky wrote about the backup quarterback battle:
Zach Jacobson looks at the performance of the defense in Washington:
Davante Adams had some fun with fans who wanted him released:
Jeff Janis had himself a game Saturday night:
Shawn Wagner looks at the performance of the offense:
Bill Huber broke down the numbers on tackling:
Brad Biggs looks at how the addition of Bennett opens things up for the Packers offense:
Here’s a throwback to the Ol’ Gunslinger during practice:
Madden players have a chance to win big money this season:
20 days to go.
On a side note, I hope everyone enjoys the eclipse today. It’s been awhile.