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, or brew some tea, and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers as they enter the last day of the offseason program prior to breaking for the summer.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the learning curve facing free-agent additions Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis.
So experienced are the Packers' top tight ends, none are here this week at mandatory minicamp. Graham, Kendricks and Lewis were among 16 veterans with at least six years of experience excused this week. Their absence allows a greater focus on developing younger tight ends on their roster, perhaps creating more depth.
Once the trio returns, the Packers' emphasis will be on acclimating the three veterans into their offense. They will have ample history to lean on, especially with what doesn’t work. In recent years, the Packers have not yet had a tight end experience a quick, smooth transition to their system.
From the recent wave of free-agent signings, Cook had the most success with 48 catches for 606 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games (counting playoffs). His sideline, tip-toeing catch to help win a playoff game at Dallas was among the most memorable Packers plays of the past decade. But it wasn’t until late November in the 2016 season that Cook became a factor. He was almost invisible through the first three games, catching six passes for 53 yards before a foot injury cost him six weeks.
The Packers got nowhere near the production expected from Bennett last season. Only once did he reach 50 yards in a game, and in seven games before being released Bennett never caught a touchdown pass.
Kevin King is keeping busy during practice:
Packers Notes leads with Vince Biegel:
I spoke with Michael Cohen about Davante Adams:
You can check out a gallery of photos from Day 2 of minicamp:
I also chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Wednesday afternoon:
Bart Starr is the career passer rating leader in NFL playoff games, and Aaron Rodgers checks in at No. 5.
Joe Whitt Jr. broke it down Wednesday:
Elsewhere, Mike Daniels explains why Aaron Rodgers isn’t upset about some interceptions:
DeShone Kizer is pushing for the backup job:
The second-year quarterback knows this is the time to prove himself:
Brady Poppinga thinks the Packers blew it on Taysom Hill:
The Packers' bobsled will be part of this year’s Madden:
Speaking of Madden, this is an interesting What if?
What’s it like to have a mom who is a die-hard Packers fan?
Lombardi Ave. asks a popular question:
The Power Sweep looks at the Packers scouts: