Morning Buzz: Pondering Packers' RB plight

Aaron Nagler
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at Grab a strong 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.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey leaps into the end zone on a 23-yard touchdown reception against Rice on Nov. 26, 2016.

We start the day with Pete Dougherty’s insightful column on the Packers and Eddie Lacy.

From Pete:

You can’t blame the Green Bay Packers if they’re tempted to let Eddie Lacy’s weight issues become somebody else’s problem.

But they shouldn’t. Not yet.

Lacy is a free agent this offseason, and while you never know about these things, he’ll probably have limited value on the NFL’s open market. Teams are aware of his weight problems, and he’s coming off an ankle injury that required surgery and ended his 2016 season after five games.

So there’s a good chance Lacy will have to sign a one-year deal to prove to the league his ankle is fine and he can get, and keep, the weight off.

With Jared Cook set to become a free agent, the Packers have a paucity of bodies at the tight end position. Michael Cohen writes on the opportunities ahead for Beau Sandland.

On Friday, I answered readers questions in my weekly mailbag. If you’d like to submit a question in the future, just shoot me an email at

With the NFL Scouting Combine a little over two weeks away, you can expect draft talk to start gaining steam. To that end, Nate Davis’ first mock draft for USA Today is up and he has the Packers taking a running back in the first round.

From Davis:

29. Green Bay Packers — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: Imagine the damage he could do as a runner and receiver given the spacing QB Aaron Rodgers and this offense create naturally. McCaffrey and former Cardinal teammate Ty Montgomery could form a lethal combo.

Elsewhere, ESPN’s Darren Rovell took a trip down memory lane using one of our old clips:

Over the weekend, James Starks took to Twitter to thank the Packers for his time in Green Bay:

Rob Demovsky writes that Dom Capers and the Packers can rebuild around safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on defense:

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit tackles the biggest need for all 32 teams.

Here’s Benoit’s pick for the Packers:

The most amazing thing about last month's NFC title game: that the Packers even got that far, given their problems at corner. They survived Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant in the first two playoff rounds; Julio Jones eventually proved too much. With recently released Sam Shields out for all but one game in 2016 (concussion), and with Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall often banged up, the undrafted LaDarius Gunter — plus considerable safety help — traveled with No. 1 receivers. Which speaks volumes. No disrespect to Gunter, but no player with such limited quickness has ever drawn consecutive matchups like Beckham, Bryant and Jones. Green Bay must ensure that such one-sided mismatches don’t happen again.

Field Yates takes on the biggest free-agent decision for each team.

His advice for the Packers:

The Packers are the NFL's most dedicated draft, develop and reinvest franchise. Ty Montgomery transitioned to running back after Lacy's injury last season and showed enough that he's moving to the position full-time, but Green Bay still needs depth in the backfield. I'd offer Lacy a prove-it deal for one season. If he balks, let him test the free-agent market. Plus, the 2017 draft is shaping up to be deep at running back.

Verdict: Draw the line with a one-year offer.

Over at Cheesehead TV, Zach Jacobson looks at the career of Datone Jones up to this point:

ACME Packing Company looks at the best moments of Sam Shields’ career:

The Packers' wild-card win over the Giants set an NFL record:

A disturbing story about Wisconsin parents potentially ignoring their young children during Packers games:

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