Packers Morning Buzz: What's gotten into Ted Thompson?

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Packers general manager Ted Thompson watches training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at Grab a cup of coffee and get ready for your day.

We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column, which looks at the move to jettison Josh Sitton last year and go with Lane Taylor at left guard.

From Pete:

Remember all the hand wringing a year ago?

Josh Sitton was out at left guard, Lane Taylor in. General manager Ted Thompson had blown it. He’d dumped one of his best players without warning, and worse yet gained nothing in return.

Now, a year and two days since Sitton’s release, the unheralded player who replaced him, Taylor, has become a core member of the Green Bay Packers. On Monday he signed a three-year contract extension worth $16.5 million, including a $5 million signing bonus.

So now, the Packers have three of their five starting linemen under contract through 2018, with a realistic chance to retain a fourth (center Corey Linsley), too. That’s no small thing, because this is an offensive line that Sports Illustrated just rated fifth-best in the NFL.

Tom Silverstein wrote on the Packers signing Quinton Dial:

Michael and I talked about the news of the day and the apparent change in M.O. from Ted Thompson:

I put together a video of three storylines to watch heading into Seahawks-Packers:

The Titletown District is almost ready to open:

Elsewhere, I appeared on Hawk Blogger’s live show to preview the matchup between the Seahawks and Packers:


The Packers come in at No. 4 in the NFL Network’s power rankings:

Rob Demovsky wrote on the one big injury heading into Week 1:

Jason Wilde is counting all the free agent signings:

Michelle Bruton sounds the alarm on the offensive line:

The Power Sweep looks at the practice squad:

Big Show day in Packers history:

Yesterday was a pretty big historical day as well:

The Seahawks introduced a new logo. It reminds people of something…

The Packers’ digital group has officially run out of things to make into content:

Former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree is joining ESPN Milwaukee:



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