Packers Morning Buzz: Is the defense for real?
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s exploration of Martellus Bennett’s projected use throughout the season.
Bennett played 67 of a possible 82 offensive snaps (81.7 percent) while his backups, Lance Kendricks (21 snaps) and Richard Rodgers (five) hardly played at all. Besides the offensive line and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the only guys who played more snaps were Jordy Nelson (76) and Ty Montgomery (74).
But as the Atlanta Falcons prepare to christen new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday night with a rematch of their lopsided NFC championship game victory against the Packers, they very well could see less of Bennett and more of Geronimo Allison and Trevor Davis, two receivers who play well on artificial turf
McCarthy is going to keep them guessing much like he will do with every opponent this season because Bennett poses a threat — whether perceived or real — that the opposition must consider. Maybe Bennett, at age 30, will prove to be a step slower and a tick less reactive and won’t be the player he was in New England or Chicago the past four seasons.
Until then, he is going to dictate a lot of every opponent’s attention.
Ryan Wood writes on Geronimo Allison making “the second year leap”
Ryan also features one of the newest Packers:
Latest Packers Notes leads with LaDarius Gunter finding a new home:
Things are a bit dicey at offensive tackle:
I talked about Sunday’s matchup on my latest podcast:
Great stuff from Gary D’Amato on the legacies of George Halas and Vince Lombardi:
Elsewhere, several Packers are in the initial group under consideration for the Hall of Fame:
The Scouting Academy looks at Mike Daniels’ strong showing last Sunday:
Wisco Kidz have a new track for the new season:
Jason Wilde writes on Geronimo Allison being excited to get his season underway:
Michelle Bruton posits that the Packers offense can take a few more risks on Sunday:
Pro Football Focus like what it saw from Mike Daniels in Week 1:
First Take yelled a lot about the Packers’ win over the Seahawks:
Undisputed did the same thing:
They’re ready in Brazil:
RIP Dan Currie: