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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’ll start with Tom Silverstein's look at special teams, which wraps up our nine-part positional review.
Every Green Bay Packers special teams coach during the Ted Thompson era faced the same challenge: The bulk of the players they were coaching were rookies.
It’s true that in the salary-cap era, many special teams coaches in the NFL face the same uphill climb in building productive units. But Thompson’s ongoing youth movement coupled with the team’s yearly injury epidemics have conspired to make life especially tough in Green Bay.
In 2017, however, Ron Zook finally had a solid core of second-, third- and fourth-year players who were available much of the season and the special teams performance reflected the increase in stability and experience.
Among the non-rookies who made up that core were linebacker Kyler Fackrell (84.3 percent of special teams snaps), safety Marwin Evans (78.8), wide receiver Jeff Janis (59.3), linebackers Joe Thomas (50.4) and Jake Ryan (50.2), safety Jermaine Whitehead (45.2) and wide receiver Trevor Davis (41.0).
I talked about a defensive turnaround on my latest podcast:
Pete Dougherty had a chat with readers on Thursday afternoon:
I answered reader questions via Facebook Live:
Don’t expect the Packers to follow in the Falcons' footsteps on concessions:
Elsewhere, Packers Wire looks at the poor play from the cornerbacks:
ACME Packing Company has a pre-combine mock draft:
Lombardi Ave looks at a possible fit with Vontae Davis:
Packers Talk looks at possible trading partners for Randall Cobb:
The Packers were effective upfront despite starting multiple combinations along the offensive line:
Cheesehead TV looks at three potential free agents that could help the Packers:
Rob Demovsky writes on Corey Linsley playing every snap in 2017:
Tom Grossi looks at the free agency landscape: