Packers Morning Buzz: Could Clay Matthews move back inside?
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 conduct their final training-camp practice open to the public Monday starting at 12:15 p.m. (a half an hour later than originally scheduled).
We’ll start with Ryan Wood's take on the trade Sunday with Indianapolis that sent Colts inside linebacker Antonio Morrison to Green Bay for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. Morrison provides depth in the wake of the shoulder injury suffered Friday by rookie inside linebacker Oren Burks. And Clay Matthews discusses whether he might be moved back inside.
Burks’ availability for the Packers' season opener Sept. 9 against the Chicago Bears remains in question. After the injury, general manager Brian Gutekunst had to decide how to stock an inside linebacker position already thin because of veteran Jake Ryan’s torn ACL earlier in camp.
The Packers took a significant step toward infusing the position with experience Sunday when they traded cornerback Lenzy Pipkins to the Indianapolis Colts for inside linebacker Antonio Morrison, a fourth-round pick in 2016 who started 15 games last season.
The Packers hope Morrison’s arrival can steady the rest of their defense. One option to replace Burks was moving pass rusher Clay Matthews to inside linebacker. Matthews played 24 games at inside linebacker, starting midway through the 2014 season. He was inside through the entire 2015 season, but has since returned to his natural position at outside linebacker.
Matthews is the team’s most talented linebacker whether he’s off the line of scrimmage or on the edge, but he said Sunday there hasn’t been any indication he’ll move inside.
You can read more about what Matthews had to say here:
Pipkins bid Packers fans farewell via Twitter:
Eight penalty flags and an injury to backup tackle Kyle Murphy are the latest issues troubling the Packers' offensive line, writes Jim Owczarski:
Pete Dougherty and Eric Baranczyk make the case for keeping Brett Hundley over DeShone Kizer:
Tom Silverstein wrote about the fearlessness of rookie corners Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson:
Matthews took note of this nifty interception by former teammate Sam Shields, now playing with the Rams:
SI.com's Andy Benoit predicts the Packers and Vikings will share the NFC North title with 11-5 records. Which team does he like to win the Super Bowl?
Cheesehead TV lobbies for the Packers to move Matthews back to inside linebacker:
Pro Football Focus looks at a former Packers cornerback who got away:
Former Packers backup QB candidate Taysom Hill continues to impress with the Saints:
Jason Wilde writes in the Wisconsin State Journal about Jackson's steady improvement:
Packers fans everywhere celebrated National Dog Day: