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 will hit the road later today as they travel to Oakland for Friday night’s preseason showdown with the Raiders.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the importance of the final two preseason games for players living on the roster bubble and how each position group might shake out.
Midway through training camp, the Green Bay Packers have a good idea which group of core players they’ll carry into Week 1 against the Chicago Bears.
But competition is still open as the Packers enter the second half of their preseason. In a camp defined by its position battles, jobs on the fringe of their roster remain up for grabs.
“There’s a lot to be determined,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “There always is.”
Expect the Packers to primarily play their backups – young players fighting for roster spots – in their final two exhibitions Friday at Oakland and next week at Kansas City. A projection of where the Packers' roster stands heading into their third exhibition shows 32 players as locks to make the team, six as good bets, 23 on the bubble, 28 long shots and one who will start the season suspended (running back Aaron Jones).
With camp winding down, general manager Brian Gutekunst must submit his first 53-man roster to the league by 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Players can be added to the practice squad at 11 a.m. Sept. 2.
Tom Silverstein writes on the surprisingly strong camp from Robert Tonyan:
Aaron Rodgers was impressed by the play of his backups against the Steelers:
Be sure to read Pete Dougherty’s latest chat:
I also chatted with readers Wednesday afternoon:
Elsewhere, according to Michael Lombardi of The Ringer, the Packers might be looking to move Randall Cobb. Zach Kruse dives in for Packers Wire:
Ian Rapoport douses some water on the notion:
Cobb joined NFL Network to talk about non-trade stuff:
Packers fans should be sure to listen to the Aaron Rodgers interview on Wilde and Tausch:
Interesting breakdown of where the rookie WRs have lined up this preseason:
Pack-A-Day looks at the backup quarterback spot:
Lombardi Ave. looks at the possible importance of Oren Burks:
Jason Wilde writes on J’Mon Moore:
Bill Huber writes on the noticeable lack of playing time for Rodgers this preseason: