Packers Morning Buzz: Veteran talent enhances roster depth under GM Brian Gutekunst
Welcome to your game-day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers kick off the regular season Sunday night against the Chicago Bears in a nationally televised renewal of their historic rivalry (7:20 p.m., NBC).
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's annual 1-to-53 ranking of the Packers' roster.
Only two players from the 2017 ranking wound up in the same place this year and they were Nos. 1 and 2.
The 53-man roster GM Brian Gutekunst has amassed doesn’t include as many young players who have little chance of being active unless there are a massive amount of injuries. He has added veteran talent through trades and free agency and might have the best mix of young and old since the 2010 Super Bowl team.
There are potential depth problems at linebacker, offensive line and running back, and the number of rookies who will have to play at cornerback and wide receiver isn’t ideal. How good of a job Gutekunst did in following his “win now” philosophy will come through as the season plays out.
Be sure to read Tom's entire piece here:
Pete Dougherty sits down with Aaron Rodgers to discuss some subtle (and no-so-subtle) difference we'll be seeing in the Packers' offense with Joe Philbin back in the offensive coordinator role:
Our staff makes its fearless predictions for the Packers' final record and the Super Bowl teams:
And here is all you need to know about the Packers-Bears opener: 5 things to watch from Silverstein, predictions from all:
After being vanilla all during the preseason, the Packers' defense under Mike Pettine can't wait to show its stuff, writes Jim Owczarski:
All the talk is about Khalil Mack, but also keep your eye on the No. 52 wearing green and gold, writes Ryan Wood:
Jim and Ryan gave their predictions for the Packers-Bears game:
Robert Tonyan gives the Packers some versatility at tight end:
Wit the Packers set to open their 100th season against their arch-rival, here are some notable firsts in the series:
Did you know it costs $40 to park your car in Lambeau Field lots on game days? Rich Ryman looks at the cheaper options around the neighborhoods:
Rodgers tells NBC's Peter King that he feels like the Packers are "America's Team":
King and NBC also are touting an interview with Packers great Bart Starr:
Still the best way to follow along with a second screen during all Packers game:
At The MMQB, Andy Beniot goes over what to watch for in all the Sunday matchups, including Packers-Bears:
The gang at "Good Morning Football" calls Bears quarterback (and unproven commodity) Mitch Trubisky the most fascinating player of Week 1:
Cheesehead TV looks at the athleticism on this season's Packers roster:
Also on Cheesehead TV, Aaron Nagler offers his Packers-Bears assessment:
Six bold predictions for the Packers' season from Acme Packing Company: