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 are back at Ray Nitschke Field today for their last public practice prior to their Friday night showdown in Oakland when they take on the Raiders in Week 3 of the preseason.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at Reggie Gilbert’s continued ascendancy on the Packers roster and how he could figure into their regular season plans.
The Packers entered camp desperately needing some semblance of a pass-rush rotation. Behind Matthews and veteran Nick Perry, who was recently activated from the physically unable to perform list, the depth chart was stacked with unproven prospects.
Gilbert has shown enough this preseason for the Packers to think they have at least one viable option coming off the sideline, something they never had a year ago. Behind Matthews (7.5 sacks) and Perry (7), Kyler Fackrell had the third-most sacks from the edge with three. Veteran Ahmad Brooks was signed before last season to provide at least a little bit of a rotation, but a chronic back injury prevented him from contributing.
Fackrell has had a quiet preseason, but Gilbert’s emergence is the closest the Packers have gotten to an effective pass-rush rotation since 2016 when the team still had Julius Peppers and Datone Jones. It would give new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine options, perhaps opening up his playbook.
“I think adding another layer of pass rush isn’t a bad thing,” Perry said. “… The more, the better. It gives tackles and tight ends different looks. Now, they have to account for three, four of us when the game plan is started, and we’re all different in our own ways. Teams will have a harder time trying to get a bead on us.
“Adding more to that, we have more firepower to bring anything at them.”
Clay Matthews is looking for a big year:
Pete Dougherty has the latest Insider:
Adam Wesley has lots of great pictures from practice:
Davante Adams isn’t used to the sight of Jordy Nelson in silver and black:
The Navy is still investigating an unusual flyby during last Thursday night’s game:
There will be lots to do in Green Bay on opening weekend:
Rich Ryman checks in on Packers ticket prices:
I chatted with readers Monday afternoon:
Elsewhere, our Tom Silverstein joined Lance Allen to talk training camp:
Aaron Rodgers talked about his contract on Wilde and Tausch on Monday:
Good Morning Football looked at who should be the highest-paid player in the league:
Jordy Nelson talks playing against the Packers:
Steelers-Packers was Pro Football Focus’ Game of the Week:
Bill Huber has a big notebook:
Sports Illustrated looks at the NFC North from a gambling perspective:
Antonio Brown thinks Aaron Rodgers is the GOAT:
Cory Jennerjohn thinks that Reggie Gilbert has perfect timing:
The Raiders are reportedly not entertaining trade proposals for their disgruntled star: