Packers Morning Buzz: Byron Bell brings more depth to offensive line
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We'll start with Ryan Wood's late-breaking story Tuesday night on the Packers landing a potential starting right tackle.
Free-agent tackle Byron Bell announced on his Instagram that he signed with the Packers. Bell, 29, played last season with the Dallas Cowboys, where he started a pair of games replacing injured All-Pro Tyron Smith.
The Packers would hope Bell can regain the form he showed early in his career, when he was a regular starter. By virtue of their thin depth chart, Bell figures to compete prominently for the Packers' starting right tackle position. Currently, the battle is between Jason Spriggs, Kyle Murphy and Adam Pankey while Bryan Bulaga recovers from a torn ACL.
Michael Cohen looks at what the Packers are seeing in new backup quarterback candidate DeShone Kizer.
“He's very eager,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “Even in Phase 1 (of the offseason program), in that phase where we didn't even get on the field, you liked the way he kind of handles himself. I liked him in the meeting room. (I) was in the quarterback room with him a little bit and the unit room. He's attentive, he's bright, he's very, very hardworking.
“So I think so far, in a new system for him, and it's been, what, five weeks into I guess, I like the development I've seen. Even just the way he's attacked it in terms of putting in the extra time to learn the adjustments of the offense, not just the primary way, but maybe the secondary adjustments that go with a lot of plays in the system. I think he's off to a really good start.”
Before going on vacation, Aaron Nagler chatted with Packers fans Tuesday afternoon on Facebook:
In his "Nagler's Never Right" podcast, Aaron discussed why Adrian Peterson would be a poor fit for the Packers and looked at fans' expectations vs. reality:
Former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall riled up Cleveland's NBA fans with a tweet that could cost the new member of the Browns' secondary a big chunk of money:
The folks at The Power Sweep likened the Packers' attempt to sign Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller to a failed Vikings bid for a Packers stalwart in 2005:
Over at Cheesehead TV, the focus is on what tight ends Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis bring to the offense:
On the eve of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, NFL.com analysts describe their dream matchups for Super Bowl LIII, with former Packers receiver James Jones hoping for a Green Bay vs. Oakland showdown.
I'd love to see a Packers- Raiders Super Bowl. There are so many great storylines here. It's a Jordy Nelson revenge game. Aaron Rodgers gets a chance at a second ring. Khalil Mack vs. Rodgers ... Clay Matthews and Co. vs. Derek Carr ... and Jon Gruden vs. Mike McCarthy. Plus, Marshawn Lynch is back on the big stage -- right where he should be -- for the last time.
On NFL Network, the GMFB gang looks at what makes Aaron Rodgers so dangerous outside of the pocket:
NFL executives like to say it takes three years to judge the quality of a draft, so Conor Orr of the MMQB goes back and grades the 2015 draft:
Regarding the Packers, Orr writes:
The typically insular Packers hold on to their draft picks, but for good reason. Randall was just dealt to the Cleveland Browns after three productive years, but Rollins, Montgomery and Ryan have all been more than valuable given their salary range. Through the lens that the draft is a massive crapshoot, it is remarkable to see how many Ted Thompson picks hang on and have above-average careers. GRADE: B+
Clay Matthews can still bring the heat on quarterbacks, according to Pro Football Focus: