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 and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start with Ryan Wood’s story on Damarious Randall and how he has responded to the very public benching he received against the Chicago Bears a few weeks ago.
Since the sideline incident, Randall has scored as many touchdowns as he has allowed in coverage. The playmaking he showed as a rookie has returned. This is what coaches had in mind after the Chicago game, when the Packers publicly supported Randall.
There’s no guarantee Randall’s high level of play is here to stay, but the Packers have been pleased with his past three weeks. Perhaps the former first-round corner has started to figure things out.
“I don’t think I felt much pressure,” Randall said. “Just kind of being where you’re supposed to be, and just kind of doing the right things. That’s just something I’ve been focusing on, and just kind of taking the negativity things out of my life.
“My biggest thing was, I’ve just been focusing on being consistent. That’s just every day, even showing up to practice ready to go. Every snap, being ready to play.”
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live while on a walk last evening, talking all things Packers:
I also dropped my latest podcast, if you prefer to just listen:
Tom Silverstein and LeRoy Butler highlight issues for the offense and defense:
Be sure to check out Pete Dougherty’s chat for tons of insight and analysis on the Packers:
Aaron Rodgers’ appearance on Conan O’Brien last night saw him preview the new Assassin’s Creed video game:
In an outtake from the show, the Packers quarterback claims Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, whose hit sent him to injured reserve, made not one but two obscene gestures in Rodgers’ direction after the hit. “I looked over at him as I walked off the field,” Rodgers told O’Brien. “Cameras caught me saying something to him, but what they missed was him (giving me the) finger (and the) ‘suck-it’ sign.
Aaron Jones won this week’s FedEx Ground Player of the Week award:
The Packers have not exactly been putting together great defense the last several years:
The Packers Wire highlights surprising players so far in 2017:
As always, Cliff Christl’s historical work for the team website is a great read:
Cheesehead TV takes a spin around the NFC North:
Jason Wilde writes on Rodgers’ recovery:
This is not Packers-specific, but this is an outstanding tick-tock on how the league handled recent protests by NFL players: