Morning Buzz: Rodgers to Graham looks good early
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers. There’s a lot of it.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s column on the continued contract dance between the Packers and their quarterback.
Last spring, Aaron Rodgers’ contract extension looked inevitable.
Rodgers acknowledged as much Thursday after the Green Bay Packers’ first practice of training camp.
“I think (the Packers) have talked about it enough that there’s an expectation something would have been done,” Rodgers said. “Obviously judging by the questions here there’s kind of an expectation before we started (the season).”
Now, though, it’s not looking so inevitable for 2018.
Former Packers vice president Andrew Brandt came out with a column for The MMQB this week predicting there won’t be a deal this year. He thinks there’s not enough pressure on both sides to get a deal done because Rodgers has two years left on his current contract. That’s an opinion not to be taken lightly, because this subject is in Brandt’s wheelhouse.
Still, there are five weeks from now to the start of the regular season, so even though there’s no sign a deal is close, I’m guessing the odds are a little better than 50-50 that a deal gets done. That’s a long way from inevitable, but I have to wonder if the start of the regular season just might provide enough incentive to get a deal done.
The quarterback doesn’t sound concerned:
Rodgers disputed the fact that Kevin King intercepted him on his first pass of camp:
Tom Silverstein wrote that things are looking good for Bryan Bulaga to play Week 1:
Adam Wesley has a great set of photos from Day 1:
Ryan Wood wrote on Clay Matthews' outlook for the season:
Tramon Williams showed off his versatility:
You can get caught up on everything from Day 1 with the Packers News Live podcast:
Pete and I gave our initial impressions from practice:
Elsewhere, it’s early, but Jimmy Graham looks like the real deal:
Cheesehead TV looked at fans' expectations for this season:
Is the Nick Perry injury a blessing in disguise?
Jason Wilde wrote on Rodgers and his praise for Mike Pettine’s speech to the team:
TMJ4 looks at Day 1:
Bill Huber shares his Day 1 camp notebook:
PFF says the Packers didn’t miss a lot of tackles against the run last year:
ESPN discussed Rodgers' future with the Packers:
The tradition continues:
DuJuan Harris shared a memory:
Jaire Alexander...dairy farmer?