Packers Morning Buzz: Injuries to test team's depth at ILB, safety
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers practiced for 2 hours, 40 minutes Tuesday after a threat of lightning shortened their Monday session. No practice Wednesday and then another 11:15 a.m. session is set for Thursday.
Let's start with Tom Silverstein's look at hulking defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and the match-up problems he could create for opponents:
Sometime in September the Green Bay Packers should know whether defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will be the force he was for the New York Jets in 2015.
Five practices into training camp they know they have a healthy, experienced veteran with a wealth of talent who has shown a willingness to share his knowledge of new coordinator Mike Pettine’s defense.
Time will tell whether Wilkerson is truly on a mission to regain his good name (72 tackles, 12 sacks, five passes broken up and two forced fumbles in ’15) following two miserable years with the Jets in which the team went 10-22 and he went from fan favorite to handsomely rewarded scapegoat.
As of now, everyone seems happy.
“It’s great,” Wilkerson said. “Having fun with the guys. We’re in pads. Everybody is working every day, trying to get better. So, things are good.”
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst referenced predecessor Ted Thompson when he told the media that he had no immediate plans to seek an outside replacement for injured linebacker Jake Ryan:
Silverstein and colleague Pete Dougherty analyzed the Packers' injury situation:
Silverstein also notes that Packers hybrid defensive end/linebacker Chris Odom has been impressing after shedding 20 pounds in the offseason:
In our Packers Camp Insider, Ryan Wood looks at one of the biggest surprises of camp:
Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison talks about who will fill the leadership void left by Jordy Nelson's departure in this Adam Wesley video:
Great football photography from Tuesday's practice via our Jim Matthews:
Be sure to follow all the action at Packers training camp via our daily live blog:
The Packers announced that their Family Night practice once again is sold out, but there are plenty of places where you can watch it on TV:
Elsewhere, Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander is oozing confidence, writes ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky:
The Packers should pursue outside help at safety after the ankle injury sustained by Kentrell Brice, according to the folks at the Power Sweep:
CheeseheadTV makes the case that the free-agent safety the Packers should target is former Saints veteran Kenny Vaccaro:
At the Packers Wire, the preference is former 49ers safety Eric Reid:
The extent of Brice's injury hasn't been made known, but he was able to attend practice Tuesday as a spectator and thank Packers fans on Twitter: