Morning Buzz: Packers ready to take on the Ravens
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL 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 heading into their game with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s piece on Blake Martinez wanting to take the next step to becoming a real game-changer.
Martinez’s dropped interception — or his pass breakup, depending on perspective — was a snapshot of his development. He said the play showed his improvement, while revealing where he still needs to improve.
Last season, Martinez predicted, Trubisky would’ve completed the pass. Martinez might have been in position to quickly tackle Cohen, but his play speed in 2016 wasn’t fast enough to knock away the football.
“I would’ve just dropped my generic drop,” Martinez said, “and just stood there.”
He’s better able to read quarterbacks now, Martinez said. Quicker to diagnose plays. It hasn’t only led to adequate, if also inconsistent, pass coverage. At times, Martinez flashes big-time potential defending the run.
Michael Cohen and Tom Silverstein break down the key matchups in Sunday’s game:
Two former 49ers could help the Packers down the stretch:
Demetri Goodson is back for the first time since his brutal ACL injury:
The Ravens are healthy and ready to rumble:
My latest podcast looks at how the Packers have to play going forward:
Kevin King is dealing with a shoulder injury:
Elsewhere, the Packers Wire highlights the play of Justin McCray:
Pack To the Future highlights the Packers run defense:
Cliff Christl writes on dark times for the Packers:
Cheesehead TV has a preview of Sunday’s game:
It’s never too early to think about the draft:
Rob Demovsky writes on Aaron Rodgers’ rehab:
Highly Questionable asks if the Packers should risk an early Rodgers return:
This isn’t Packers related, but this story on the ongoing feud between Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell is fascinating: