Packers Morning Buzz: Welcome to the NFL, rookies
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 Michael Cohen’s look at the Packers' ongoing success finding athletic offensive tackles in the draft that they can turn into guards that provide positional flexibility in Green Bay.
Converting college tackles to guards has become a cornerstone of the franchise in the Aaron Rodgers era, a pass-heavy, run-less epoch dating to 2008. The footwork and athleticism required of tackles have translated well to an offense built around Rodgers’ ability to extend plays, and the scouting department has responded by placing a cocoon of former tackles around opening-day centers Jason Spitz, Scott Wells, Jeff Saturday, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Corey Linsley and JC Tretter.
Beginning in 2008, which was Rodgers’ first year as a starting quarterback, the Packers have entered their regular-season openers with six different starters at guard: Daryn Colledge (LG from '08-2010); Tony Moll (RG in ’08); Josh Sitton (RG from ’09-2012 and LG from 2013-15); T.J. Lang (LG from 2011-12 and RG from 2013-16); Lane Taylor (LG from 2016-present) and Jahri Evans (RG in 2017).
Of those six, Taylor is the only player who never started at tackle in college.
“I think the thought process there is if you can play out on the edge — whether you’re left tackle, right tackle — from an athletic skill-set standpoint, you’ve got to have feet out there and that kind of thing,” Sullivan said. “It’s kind of like corners and safeties: You’ll start a guy at corner and let him fail there before you kick him inside to safety. And it’s kind of the same thought process with tackles and guards. We like taking tackles if we can and moving them inside because they’ve proved that they can play out there in space and do some things athletically that are strenuous, if you will.”
Michael and Ryan Wood have the latest notes from this weekend’s rookie camp:
Pete Dougherty looks at the impact the upcoming Aaron Rodgers extension could have on the salary cap:
The team is still very high on DeShone Kizer:
The Packers made it clear JK Scott is their punter:
Tramon Williams thinks the NFL passed Dom Capers by:
We’ve got tons of photos from this weekend’s rookie action:
Elsewhere, Michael joined NBC 26 to talk rookie camp:
Gary Davenport writes that the Packers are in position to contend for Super Bowls:
Ben Fennell looks at one of the Packers' undrafted free agents:
Smith was a tryout player this past weekend who ended up signing with the team:
Rob Demovsky writes on Josh Jackson’s upside:
Pack To the Future sings the praises of Kenny Clark:
Jason Wilde looks at the road Lucas Patrick traveled to land on the roster:
Andy Herman looks at another undrafted free agent:
Common Man Football looks at the Packers' draft through the lens of analytics:
Whenever the Rodgers deal gets done, you can expect James Jones to break the news:
ACME Packing Company has a by-the-numbers look at the rookie class:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix graduated from Alabama over the weekend: