Morning Buzz: Vikings, Packers do injury dance
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 Pete Dougherty’s latest column looking at the possibility that Ted Thompson could shock us with a big in-season move.
Imagine a world in which Thompson makes a big in-season trade to improve his Green Bay Packers’ chances for winning the Super Bowl.
That one really takes imagination, because it’s the kind of short-term move that Thompson steadfastly has avoided in his previous 12 years as general manager. But it’s something he needs to look at long and hard, because his Packers are bona fide championship contenders who nevertheless could use a pass rusher or cornerback to help their quest for a 14th NFL title.
“He’s shown he’s willing to change a little bit in free agency,” a high-ranking front-office executive in the NFL said. “Who knows? Maybe he’ll change a little bit this (season).”
We’ll start by saying that in theory this all sounds great, but the truth is that aside from quarterback the two most difficult positions to acquire a quality player are outside rusher and cornerback. Teams just aren’t unloading guys at those premium positions.
So good luck, Ted.
Michael Cohen and Tom Silverstein take a look at the tough matchup the Vikings defense presents for the Packers:
Michael looks at the job the wide receivers and tight ends did in the running game:
Lane Taylor is preparing to play both guard and tackle:
Jordy Nelson had T-shirts designed in honor of the bobsled celebration we saw in Dallas:
I took a look around the web to see where the Packers are in various power rankings:
Jim Matthews has plenty of pictures from Wednesday’s practice:
Elsewhere, the guys at Move the Sticks preview Sunday’s game:
NFL Media looks at the breakout star potential for Aaron Jones:
Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams have been extremely productive:
The Vikings are working through some of their own injury problems:
Interesting note from Gil Brandt:
The Packers Wire looks at the play-calling connection between McCarthy and Rodgers:
The Power Sweep looks at the non-Aaron Rodgers reasons the Packers are 4-1:
ACME Packing Company looks at the QBs around the division: