Morning Buzz: Brian Gutekunst continues Packers' roster turnover
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein writing on the news that former Packers tight end Richard Rodgers has joined the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Packers started phasing out Rodgers last year. They signed two tight ends, unrestricted free agent Martellus Bennett and street free agent Lance Kendricks. Bennett became the instant starter and Kendricks, a faster, more adept blocker, became the No. 2.
As a result, Rodgers’ play time dropped to 29.2 percent of the offensive snaps. He had played 38.3 percent in 2016, 61.6 percent in ’15 and 45.6 percent in ’14. Rodgers had almost zero connection with backup Brett Hundley, who played half the season, and wound up with just 12 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown.
His catches represented just 21.4 percent of the tight ends' contribution last year and that includes the second half of the season when Bennett was released and Rodgers and Kendricks were the only tight ends left.
Ryan Wood spoke with Jahri Evans about the possibility of his return to the Packers:
I chatted with readers late Wednesday afternoon via Facebook Live:
Here’s this week’s mock draft roundup:
Elsewhere, Tom joined Madison radio to talk about where the Packers stand at tight end:
Zach Kruse posits the Packers should try to steal a Bear again:
Rob Demovsky looks at what could be a very different right side of the offensive line:
NFL Media’s Matt Harmon thinks wide receiver prospect Courtland Sutton would be a good fit with the Packers:
Tim Backes suggests that Justin Vogel has solved the Packers long-running punting problem:
The Packers trade up in Lombardi Ave’s latest mock:
Fantasy Labs looks at the Packers' biggest needs:
Wayne Larrivee talks Packers draft on his latest podcast:
NFL Media asks: What if the Dez Bryant play had been ruled a catch?
Green Bay Packer Nation talks draft and Gutekunst: