Morning Buzz: Young players have a chance to shine
Welcome to your Boxing Day edition of 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 (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with the latest film analysis from Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty, who look at the play of some of the young players who saw time against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.
From the guys:
A couple of other targets showed that Michael Clark needs a lot of work this offseason if he’s going to help the Packers next year.
One was a back-shoulder throw in the end zone in the fourth quarter. You can make a good argument that quarterback Brett Hundley should have just thrown this one over the top and let Clark use his height and length to go get it, regardless of who was covering Clark and how he was covered. Clark’s play in camp suggests he can go over any defensive back for a jump ball, so there’s no need to worry about whether the cover man is even with him, and no need to throw it to the back shoulder. Going and getting the ball is his thing.
But the throw still was well placed on his back shoulder, and he has to come up with it. It’s a catch Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson make routinely. Clark was late getting his head around and hands out, and he fanned on the attempted catch even though the ball was right there. If he’s going to be a good player in this league, that’s a play he has to make.
Despite missing a good portion of the season, Aaron Rodgers was recently named the third best quarterback in the league in a recent AP poll:
Neat little story that you probably haven’t heard from the Ice Bowl:
I chatted with readers and told them not to expect big changes this offseason:
Elsewhere, the Packers Wire looks at the tough decisions the team has ahead of them at the wide receiver position:
Kenny Clark has been getting to the quarterback:
Cheesehead TV has a surprising column:
ACME Packing Company gives out their Thumbs Up and Down for the Vikings game:
The Packers are creeping up the draft order:
With eyes turning toward 2018, The Packer Page has a quick overview of who the Packers play next season:
Here’s an interesting old school Packers Christmas card: