Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers finding new methods of motivation

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) smiles during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. 
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers  from around the web and here at

The Packers returned to the practice field Monday morning after taking Sunday off. They will be back at practice Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. 

Prior to practice, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst will provide a training camp update for the media after coach Mike McCarthy's news conference.

We'll start with Tom Silverstein's look at what could be a season-ending knee injury for inside linebacker Jake Ryan and the Packers' wealth of young candidates who could vie to step in.

Tom writes:

The Packers decided not to address the inside linebacker position with a traditional run-stopping linebacker at all, choosing instead to take some flyers on young players who had played other positions in college.

First-year free agent Ahmad Thomas was a safety at Oklahoma. Undrafted rookie Greer Martini was an outside rusher as a junior at Notre Dame before moving inside last year. Undrafted rookie Naashon Hughes was a defensive end at Texas before moving into a hybrid position his senior year. Marcus Porter is undersized and played at Fairmont State.

All have been seeing snaps at inside linebacker with the No. 2 or 3 defenses during the first four days of training camp.

The most important question the Packers must ask themselves should Ryan be lost for the season is whether they can play with just one traditional inside linebacker.

An option they could explore if they figure they can’t is moving Clay Matthews inside on early downs. Pettine has played four-man fronts with three defensive linemen and an “elephant” linebacker at other stops in his career and linebacker Nick Perry would be a better option for that fourth spot than Matthews.

Ryan Wood and Pete Dougherty analyze an injury-marred Packers practice:

In his Packers Camp Insider, Dougherty writes about first-round cornerback Jaire Alexander turning heads with his interception of Aaron Rodgers:

Already suspended for the first two regular-season games, Packers running back Aaron Jones is losing valuable practice reps with a hamstring issue, writes Ryan Wood:

Catch more action from Packers training camp via this compelling photo gallery from Adam Wesley:

Elsewhere, Albert Breer of the MMQB talks about what is motivating Aaron Rodgers most these days:

The Raiders can't believe that the Packers allowed Jordy Nelson to get away, writes Matt Schneidman of the San Jose Mercury News.

Stacey Dales of NFL Network spoke with Davante Adams about what the loss of Nelson means for the Packers' receivers corps:

Jason Wilde talked with Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari for the Wisconsin State Journal:

It could be now or never for Packers running back Ty Montgomery, writes Rob Demovsky of 

CheeseheadTV looks at the challenges facing young cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson:

And finally, it appears the Packers are going to the dogs:


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