Morning Buzz: Packers could use another TE
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 PackersNews.com. Just because it’s the offseason doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to talk about. The NFL never sleeps, so grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know.
We start with the latest in Ryan Wood’s free-agency series, looking at Packers running back Christine Michael.
Michael’s lone touchdown with the Packers was an emphatic, explosive 42-yard run worthy of any highlight reel. It was the kind of play that fit Packers running back coach Ben Sirmans’ description.
“He’s a very sudden back,” Sirmans said, “at (everything) he does. And he’s got this, I guess this instinct to try to create and make the big play. Even if things break down, he just feels like, ‘Man, I can still make something happen.’”
There’s a catch, of course. That same big-play instinct can get running backs in trouble.
Michael’s biggest strength – his full-throttle explosiveness – can become his greatest weakness.
Michael often plays like a balloon with the air being let out. Everything he does on a football field is fast, sudden, explosive. But good luck figuring out where he’ll end up.
The lack of consistency can get frustrating for teams.
Richard Ryman writes on the Packers Hall of Fame History Night, a new, ongoing feature at Lambeau Field that will tap into the collections and expertise of the team-operated hall.
I spoke with NFL Network’s Elliot Harrison for this week’s podcast. We talked free agency, Ted Thompson and argued about which of the Packers great quarterbacks (Starr, Favre and Rodgers) is the greatest.
Elsewhere, the team website has film breakdown of Joe Thomas and Lane Taylor:
Over at Cheesehead TV, Tyler Bohms makes the case for the need for the Packers to add another dynamic playmaker at the tight end position, even if Jared Cook is re-signed.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky looks at how Aaron Rodgers continuing to play at a high level likely means Brett Hundley will be out the door next season.
The Packers have been linked to another running back:
ACME Packing company has been doing good work previewing the NFL Scouting Combine.
Speaking of the combine, the Packers are undoubtedly gearing up for hours and hours of prospect interviews. What are teams looking for when they talk to potential draft picks? Charley Casserly takes us through it on Good Morning Football:
Appleton native and former Kimberly football standout A.J. Klein will be looking for a team where he can start when free agency opens:
Do not tell Aaron Rodgers that midrange jump shots are inefficient:
Tom Brady is going to great lengths to find his stolen Super Bowl jersey.