Morning Buzz: How did you become a Packers fan?
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 have no public availability today and we won’t see them back on the practice field until Monday afternoon.
We’ll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty’s weekly tape analysis from Thursday night’s game:
While Gilbert has shown he should be part of the rotation, he’s still more an effort than talent player. It’s not hard to see him getting five or so sacks this season, but it will take a big leap for him to get near or reach double digits.
The Packers really need someone who can add some juice to their pass rush, and nobody else has emerged as even a threat.
Vince Biegel, the fourth-round pick from last year, has been healthy in camp after having his rookie season essentially washed out by surgery on both feet. But he hasn’t flashed. In the Big Ten he could get around the corner and get off blocks. But in two preseason games hasn’t shown the quick first step or strength needed to win on the edge.
Likewise, Kyler Fackrell opened some eyes when he won his first one-on-one rep early in camp against David Bakhtiari, but that was a mirage. Like his first two years in the NFL, he’s still struggling to shed blocks.
That’s why trading for Khalil Mack is an intriguing possibility, if in fact Oakland actually is open to dealing him. But that’s a big, big if.
The Packers also will be scrutinizing the waiver wires for a rusher, but really, the odds of finding one going that route are slim. Teams just don’t part with promising rushers.
With things as they are, the Packers have to hope new coordinator Mike Pettine really is a maestro at getting after the quarterback.
Don’t miss our continuing look at how our readers became Packers fans. Have you entered your story yet?
Ryan Wood writes on Tramon Williams and smarter play in the secondary:
Jake Kumerow’s shoulder injury could complicate his chances at making the 53 man roster:
Tom Silverstein is sold on Kumerow and answers lots of reader questions in his latest podcast:
McCarthy’s defense of his backup tackles leads Notes:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live yesterday:
The helicopters that flew by Lambeau during Thursday’s game were not part of a planned event:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky has some injury updates:
Peter Bukowski writes the Packers should stop wasting time on older players who can’t help them:
Two position groups were praised by Mike McCarthy:
Pro Football Focus liked Josh Jackson’s performance:
Brian Baldinger was not impressed with Mo Wilkerson’s effort on Thursday night:
Cory Jennerjohn writes that the o-line must get better:
ESPN takes a look at the Packers from a fantasy football perspective:
Antonio Brown is an Aaron Rodgers fan:
The second year Steelers receiver has a question:
Doug Gottlieb says the clock is ticking on Aaron Rodgers: