Packers Morning Buzz: A busy first three days of training camp
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
After taking Sunday off, the Packers return to the practice field at 11:15 a.m. Monday. They will practice at the same time Tuesday before taking another day off from on-field work Wednesday.
Let's lead off with Pete Dougherty's look at Mike Pettine's defense and some of the ways it differs in complexity from that of former defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
Maybe this will sound familiar if you’ve followed the Green Bay Packers the last few years:
“Indeed, the defense may be too complicated for its own good. … Simply put, the (players) are spending so much time figuring out ways to trick the offense, they're leaving themselves little to no margin for error.”
No, this wasn’t another critique of former Packers coordinator Dom Capers’ defense, which had a reputation for being complex because it required extensive checks and call changes at the line of scrimmage. It was written in 2015 by Kevin Jones, a former writer for the Cleveland Browns’ website, in a freelance piece for SI.com, based on off-the-record conversations with Browns defensive players. It was about then-Browns coach Mike Pettine’s defense.
Which of course raises the question, if too much complexity was one of the issues with Capers’ defense, is coach Mike McCarthy’s hiring of Pettine any kind of remedy?
Saturday's third camp practice was the first with pads, and tempers flared. Pete has it all covered in the first Camp Insider of 2018:
New Packers tight end Jimmy Graham did more than scuffle with teammates. Graham showed on-field chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and talked about it afterward. Ryan Wood has the story:
Second-year cornerback Kevin King handled a tough assignment well, as Tom Silverstein observes:
Fourth-year cornerback Quinten Rollins, coming back from an Achilles injury that wiped out most of his 2018 season, is getting a look at inside linebacker in the Packers' dime defense. More from Silverstein:
Check out some outstanding photography from our Jim Matthews at Saturday's practice:
Matthews also got a close-up look at the rehab efforts of right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who apparently is way ahead of schedule in his attempt to return from ACL surgery in time for the start of the regular season:
The Packers' young receivers don't have the benefit of learning from Jordy Nelson, who took his veteran leadership and pass-catching skills to Oakland. Silverstein writes on how the Packers hope to fill that void:
Outside linebacker Nick Perry is just waiting for the OK from doctors to get off the PUP list and back into action after offseason ankle surgery, writes Ryan Wood:
These Day 2 practice photos from Jim Matthews are definitely worth a look:
Elsewhere, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network likes the chances of Rodgers getting his new contract extension done soon:
Former Packers receiver James Jones and former assistant coach Steve Mariucci also were in Green Bay for NFL Network and spoke with Clay Matthews:
The Packers Wire looks at five players who stood out during the first three days of practice:
The Power Sweep breaks down what to look for from the Packers' offense: