Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers back in the building
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 breakfast tea if that’s your things, and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column looking at early draft needs for the Packers, including the need to go all-in to find pass rushing help.
The Packers’ lack of a rush has been glaring, starting with their stats. They rank 28th in the NFL in sacks per game (1.7).
Father Time is making his move on their best rusher since 2009, 31-year-old Clay Matthews. Matthews has 2 ½ sacks through seven games even though he has played 81.6 percent of the defensive snaps. Given he's due to earn $11.4 million in 2018, there’s no guarantee he’ll even be back next season.
Age isn’t an issue with Nick Perry (27), but health is. When he’s at full strength he’s a good rusher, but he’s often playing through injuries – like the cast on his hand for most of this season – that diminish him.
Ahmad Brooks was a good after-cuts pickup, but he’s 33. And the swing-and-miss on Kyler Fackrell in the third round of the 2015 draft is proving to be a killer.
I could see Thompson drafting outside linebackers next spring like he did running backs this year. Take three shots and hope to hit on at least one. It worked this year. Now the Packers have Aaron Jones.
Ryan Wood writes on how rookie running back Aaron Jones has quickly become an essential part of the Packers offense:
Morgan Burnett returned to the practice field on Tuesday:
Martellus Bennett was not in the mood to chat about the news he made over the weekend:
As usual, Jim Matthews has a great gallery of shots from practice:
Aaron Rodgers is back in the building:
Here are three storylines to watch heading into Monday night’s game:
Elsewhere, the Packers Wire looks at Brett Hundley’s bye week work:
Interesting comparison of rookie running backs from Zach:
Davante Adams is just having fun out there:
Kelly Price focus’ on Rodgers’ return for NBC 26:
Larry McCarren breaks down the play of Davon House against the Saints:
Brady Quinn and Pete Prisco give their preview of Monday night’s matchup:
Cheesehead TV gives it’s stock report after the bye week:
Brian Jones tells you why the Packers will make the playoffs:
Jason Wilde writes on the bounce back from Damarious Randall: