Morning Buzz: Same song, different verse for Packers at outside linebacker
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at what appears to be some frustration from Clay Matthews at a lack of pass-rushing reinforcements.
During team reps, when the players went through faux two-minute drills in helmets and shorts, there were moments when Kyler Fackrell and Vince Biegel lined up as the starting outside linebackers. Veterans Clay Matthews (offseason knee surgery) and Nick Perry (ankle) were rested for precautionary reasons, and suddenly the absence of proven backups became startlingly clear.
“You look at the depth at the outside linebacker position and it’s not that great,” Matthews said. “That’s not a slight to the guys who are behind Nick and myself, but you look around the league, a lot of times they’re rotating in pass rushers. You can look a couple years ago when we had Mike Neal and Julius (Peppers) here, Datone (Jones) as well. We had a pretty good rotation.”
The aforementioned trio has combined for 183½ sacks and counting in more than 25 seasons of professional football, with Peppers, the 38-year-old wonder, and Jones, a former first-round pick, still playing for the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively.
The replacement trio, which Tuesday consisted of Fackrell, Biegel and Reggie Gilbert, has combined for 6 sacks in 40 games with only a glimmer of consequential promise. Rookie seventh-round pick Kendall Donnerson, who played for Southeast Missouri State in the Football Championship Subdivision, offered a fourth option as a height-weight-speed prospect whose fortunes with the Packers could change entirely once pads are donned.
Davante Adams is dealing with a hamstring injury:
Ryan Wood has the latest on Kevin King’s return from shoulder surgery:
Aaron Rodgers was asked about the possibility of bringing in Dez Bryant:
Be sure to check out Jim Matthews’ pictures from practice:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon:
Sounds like last year’s injury won’t be changing anything about the way Rodgers plays:
Bart Starr’s MVP Corvette could make a trip to Lambeau:
Elsewhere, Brian Gutekunst was reportedly rebuffed in his efforts to hire an assistant GM:
Mark Murphy spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio about Green Bay’s hopes of hosting the NFL Draft:
The Tundra Effect was on hand for the first open OTA practice:
Ryan Brunner looks at the return of Jarrett Bush:
Rodgers sang the praises of the young cornerbacks:
ACME Packing looks at the cost of high OTA attendance:
Mike McCarthy seems pleased with the start of OTAs:
The Power Sweep is a day early for Throwback Thursday:
The Packers are making some upgrades to Lambeau:
This is simply great from Rodgers: