Morning Buzz: Packers ready for anything on draft week
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We’ll start with Ryan Wood writing on Brian Gutekunst squashing the idea there is any drama between the Packers organization and the team’s franchise quarterback.
If there’s a burgeoning feud with his star quarterback, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is unaware of any internal strife.
Gutekunst said Monday he has seen reports of Aaron Rodgers’ discontentment regarding a lack of involvement with personnel decisions. It’s something Rodgers downplayed last week, saying he understands his job is to play quarterback. Rodgers also acknowledged disappointment with receiver Jordy Nelson’s release.
“I’ve certainly seen what’s been reported,” Gutekunst said. “Nobody has voiced any frustrations to me or anything like that.”
Rodgers has lost his favorite receiver and quarterbacks coach this offseason. On the day Nelson was released, Gutekunst said he informed his quarterback only after the decision. Rodgers also mentioned earlier this offseason he wasn’t consulted with the decision to let quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt’s contract expire.
Gutekunst, understandably “all consumed” with this week’s NFL draft, said he hasn’t had “hardly any discussion with our players” since the team’s spring program began last week. But he made it clear his door is open for discussions, while also reiterating personnel decisions are his to make.
Ryan also has four draft-week takeaways:
Michael Cohen writes on Lenzy Pipkins' chances of cracking the lineup:
Michael also takes a look at which prospects in the secondary might be of interest to the Packers:
Tom Silverstein looks at the Packers' pre-draft visits:
How badly do the Packers need to draft a quarterback?
Rich Ryman looks at early ticket prices:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Monday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Brian Gutekunst hasn’t ruled out trading up:
Rob Demovsky writes on the possibility:
Kelly Price gives a quick update on the Gutekunst proceedings at Lambeau:
This is a pretty good hype video for Muhammad Wilkerson:
NFL Media takes a trip down memory lane:
The rumor mill is working overtime:
Really detailed work from Ross Uglem here:
That Franchise Guy has a seven-round Packers mock:
ACME Packing looks at Edge rushers:
The Power Sweep has a theory about what Aaron Rodgers is looking for in his next contract:
Good Morning Football talks Aaron Rodgers:
Antiques Road Show featured a Packers sign from the Ice Bowl:
Thanks to everyone who came out to hear us talk Packers last night for our subscriber event: