Morning Buzz: Packers look to continue growth
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers had no public practice Friday and won’t take to Ray Nitschke Field today either, although Mike McCarthy met with members of the media on Friday afternoon.
We’ll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty looking at the tape from Thursday night’s preseason opener.
The Packers’ three drafted receivers — Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimious St. Brown and J’Mon Moore — flashed the ability Thursday that makes them interesting prospects because of their size. Valdes-Scantling (five catches, 101 yards and one touchdown) especially showed the combination of size and speed that makes him the most talented of the three.
But we also saw why rookie receivers have trouble making a big impact in the NFL, and why it will be difficult for any of the three to play major roles with the Packers this season, even if all make the roster and contribute to some degree.
One is digging out the low throw. Jordy Nelson was the master at that. Third-year pro Geronimo Allison made a tough low catch Thursday night that showed why he’s a lock to make the team and probably be the No. 3 receiver. But none of the rookies came up with a low throw when given the chance.
Another is the contested catch. Davante Adams struggled with that his first year, really his first two, but that’s now one of his strengths. He goes and gets the ball with his hands on contested throws. Valdes-Scantling and Moore, especially, missed several chances against Tennessee.
And the third is creating space. That’s not the same as creating separation, which happens when a receiver beats a cornerback at the line of scrimmage or runs past him downfield.
Creating space is using your body to bump a cover man for a few strides, then leaning away as the ball is thrown.
Ryan Wood wrote on Valdes-Scantling’s big night Thursday:
Kevin King spoke in the locker room Friday about his latest shoulder injury:
Tom Silverstein has the latest Packers Podcast:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Friday:
Elsewhere, Peter Bukowski has an idea:
Jason Wilde writes on the vanilla approach from Mike Pettine during Thursday night’s game:
SiriusXM NFL Radio previewed the upcoming Packers season:
Cheesehead TV looks at the Hundley reboot:
You can take a look at highlights of Josh Jackson from Thursday night:
KDG has a recap of the preseason opener:
Locked On Packers also talked about the win over the Titans:
The Internet’s got jokes: