Morning Buzz: Packers' identity slowly taking shape
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee, or brew some tea, and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty’s weekly film analysis. This week, they focus on what Aaron Jones brought to the offense and what it might mean going forward.
In the Packers’ 35-31 win over the Cowboys, Jones demonstrated the difference a good running back can make for an offense that already has a top quarterback. He consistently picked up yardage (6.6-yard average, 19 carries), and more importantly, showed traits that were missing in the Packers’ offense through the first four games.
The Packers, for instance, have a good receiving corps, but by NFL standards, it’s not explosive. It wins more with good route running and the ability to go get the ball in the air. That includes tight end Martellus Bennett, who doesn’t stretch the seams but is a huge target and good athlete.
Jones, though, instantly has made the Packers a more dynamic offense.
Now, let’s be clear, nobody’s anointing him an All-Pro. He’s done it for one game — really one and a half, if you go back to the second half of the previous week against Chicago. Over the course of a long season, he has to stay healthy and protect the ball. An injury or a couple fumbles could scuttle the whole thing.
But he doesn’t have to be a star to make the Packers better. And it’s pretty clear Jones adds something as a ball carrier that injured Ty Montgomery (ribs) and former No. 2 Jamaal Williams don’t have.
Pete also has some additional observations from the Packers’ win in Dallas in his weekly 4 Downs post:
Packers notes is led by the mystery Jordy Nelson injury:
Blake Martinez is, rightfully, still confused why he was flagged on the game’s initial drive:
Starting guard Jahri Evans joined Ty Montgomery on last night’s Clubhouse Live
The next two Packers games will cost you a pretty penny to take in live:
Elsewhere, Mike Silver names the Packers as the most dangerous 1 loss team in the NFC:
The combination of Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams has been pretty productive:
Dusty has a bunch of great tape breakdown on his Twitter feed:
As does Brian Baldinger:
Larry McCarren highlights some unsung heroes:
Aaron Rodgers is doing things in the 4th quarter:
The Packers Wire highlights the play of the special teams unit:
Former Packer Datone Jones has found a new home:
Cory Jennerjohn writes that Packers fans shouldn’t take Rodgers for granted:
First Take had some thoughts on the Packers win in Dallas: