Morning Buzz: Packers not done in free agency?
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We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at Davante Adams growing into a larger leadership role after the release of Jordy Nelson.
The Packers need Adams to lead their receiving group, a role he only started dabbling in last season.
The Packers' long-held, draft-and-develop approach cultivated a locker room where wisdom was passed down by generations. Receiver isn’t the only segment of the roster where direct lineages can be traced. When cornerback Tramon Williams had his first season with the Packers in 2006, Charles Woodson led the position. Now Williams is back at age 35, and it’s his time to shepherd a trio of first- and second-year corners in Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson and Kevin King.
Similarly, Nelson shared an offense with Donald Driver for his first five seasons. After Driver retired in 2012, Nelson was left to lead the receiving group. It’s a role Adams now assumes in his fifth season (along with eighth-year veteran Randall Cobb), tasked with mentoring rookies J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown.
“I feel like I’m an old man sometimes, ‘Ah, I need to stop. I’m not a Year 12 vet,’” Adams said. “But at the same time, when you’re the second-oldest guy in the room, they look to you for that type of stuff. So it’s not a problem for me at all to step up.”
Tom Silverstein reported that the Packers were expected to host former Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis on a free-agent visit this week:
Rich Ryman wrote on some upgrades to Lambeau Field:
The NFL rolled out its new anthem policy Wednesday:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live:
Elsewhere, Muhammad Wilkerson’s reason for signing with the Packers is pretty straightforward:
Nate Burleson gives Adams some love:
Pro Football Focus looks at the effect Aaron Rodgers' return will have:
Bill Huber has some video from OTAs:
Jason Wilde looks at the continuing youth movement at wide receiver:
Jon Meerdink looks at the Packers going big at wideout:
Kevin King is taking advantage of the veterans around him:
The folks at Undisputed try to read between the lines:
UWGB is offering a class in the Packers:
Shopko is helping kids get involved in Packers games: