Morning Buzz: Taking stock of the roster
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. Grab a strong cup of coffee (or brew some English breakfast tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start with Stu Courtney’s feature on Donatello Brown, an undrafted cornerback out of Division II Valdosta State.
Brown, who signed with Green Bay in April after three years as a starter for Division II Valdosta State, knows the Packers have a history of keeping undrafted rookie corners. Two – Makinton Dorleant and Josh Hawkins – made the opening 53-man roster last season.
“It’s definitely a passing league now so you have to have multiple corners who are going to be able to guard those top receivers,” said Brown, who’s well aware the Packers spent their first 2017 draft pick on Washington cornerback Kevin King and their top two 2015 picks on Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.
If the odds still seem long, given that Brown sat out for two years after being declared academically ineligible in 2011 and is already 25 years old, they’re certainly better than they were when he was bounced from school and scrambling just to make ends meet.
I took a look at the Packers' offseason and tried to preach patience with roster projections in my latest podcast.
Elsewhere, Larry McCarren gives his first impressions of Josh Jones:
Speaking of Jones, the Power Sweep expects him to find success before his fellow rookies:
Citing Over the Cap, the Packers Wire expects Green Bay to receive four compensatory picks in next year’s draft:
Bleacher Report tagged along with Martellus Bennett as he got to know his new state:
Paul Noonan is on a mission to convince you that the running back position just isn’t that important:
Andy Herman takes a look at wide receiver Michael Clark:
Lombardi Ave. looks at what promises to be a great battle at the wide receiver position:
Christine Michael took a visit with the Patriots:
The Elvis Dumervil stuff is the new great white whale for Packers fans:
ACME Packing Company looks at the undrafted corners ready to compete for roster spots:
ESPN looks at which NFC North team helped itself the most in the draft:
The Bills signed former Packers linebacker Carl Bradford: