Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start off today with the somewhat surprising news that both running back James Starks and tight end Jared Cook participated in yesterday’s padded practice.
Cook seems intent on returning to the lineup on Sunday to face the team that drafted him, though that may still be a long shot.
Randall Cobb tells our Brett Christopherson that he feels the frustration around the team.
I feel the sense of frustration from everyone because we are very prideful in what we do. We’re not going out there trying not to put points on the board, trying to play the way that we’ve played. We’re chasing perfection. We’re trying to be the best team that we can be, and we haven’t done that. So, I’m sure everybody has their frustrations. I think we just have to play loose and just be us and not get caught up in trying to be perfect. Go out there and play and have fun and do what we love. Don’t chase, but allow the moment to happen. And what I mean by that is don’t go out there looking to make a big play. Go out there and play with high effort and high energy, and the big plays will happen. It’s not something that you can go out and create. It’s something that happens throughout the play.
I spoke with ESPN’s Titans beat writer, Paul Kuharsky, to get an idea of what kind of team the Packers will be facing on Sunday afternoon in Nashville.
Michael Cohen took a look at how both defenses will try to combat the elusiveness of Aaron Rodgers and Marcus Mariota.
Speaking of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback is making a big charitable gesture this holiday season.
Elsewhere, Demovsky looks at the connection between McCarthy and Rodgers and how their experiences together could be the key to turning things around on offense.
If you are of a certain age, you’ll have fond memories of this throwback game between the Packers and the Oilers.
Jordy Nelson did carpool karaoke in a video for the Young Life Green Bay Fundraising Event.
Greg Bedard has a compelling read over at Sports Illustrated on how the NFL is in a great position to take advantage of the nation’s mood - if they don’t screw it up.
Finally, many thanks and much respect to all the veterans out there and those currently serving in our armed forces.