Morning Buzz: Bevy of picks gives Packers options
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 Pete Dougherty’s column on the need for the Packers to prioritize the backup quarterback position.
It’s a tough call to put valuable resources into a backup quarterback in a league where there aren’t enough good starters to go around. But insurance isn’t free, and as Foles showed, it sometimes can pay off in a huge way.
A scout for an NFC team told me this past week he’d hold onto Foles if he were the Eagles even though a team looking for a starter might cough up a high draft pick for him.
“If (Roseman) trades Foles he’s out of his mind,” the scout said. “The backup quarterback just won you a Super Bowl, and if you didn’t have a good one with experience like that you’d be sunk. It’s a fine line.”
Following the Packers during Brett Favre’s ironman run made it easy to dismiss the backup quarterback position, though former Packers GM Ron Wolf didn’t. After trading for Favre in 1992, Wolf selected seven quarterbacks (all in the fourth round or later) in his nine drafts with the team.
In contrast, in the 12 drafts after Ted Thompson picked Aaron Rodgers in the first round in 2005, the former GM selected only five quarterbacks. That includes three (Ingle Martin, Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn) before Rodgers became a starter. In other words, once Thompson saw that Rodgers was his quarterback for the long term, he drafted only two quarterbacks in nine years. Two.
Michael Cohen wrote about a pass rusher that could entice the Packers in April’s draft:
I chatted with readers on Friday afternoon about all things Packers:
The Packers were awarded four compensatory draft picks late Friday afternoon:
Ty Montgomery was recently involved in a polar plunge:
Elsewhere, Mike Daniels recently appeared on NFL Network and had some suggestions on how the Packers can get back to the playoffs:
Rob Demovsky looks at the decision Brian Gutekunst is facing with Damarious Randall:
Jason Wilde wrote on the conundrum at wide receiver:
Packers Talk looks at moving up in the draft:
The Packers could look at a soon-to-be former Bengals tight end in free agency:
Chris Peterson lobbies for the Packers to keep three of their own:
ACME Packing Company looks at the tight end class:
Jon Meerdink writes on Mike McCarthy’s job security:
Brian Jones says Packers fans should support Brett Hundley:
It seems this question comes up every offseason just so it can get shot down again:
At least one American Olympian is a big time Packers fan:
The NFL salary cap is expected to take another significant jump this offseason: