Packers Morning Buzz: Kenny Clark 'not going to think twice' about hitting the QB

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark (97) and defensive tackle Mike Daniels (76) try to rush quarterback Alex Smith (11) against Washington Sunday, September 23, 2018 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

The Packers (1-1-1) resumed preparations Wednesday to host the Buffalo Bills (1-2) at noon Sunday.

We'll start with Ryan Wood's story on the NFL's roughing-the-passer controversy and how pass rushers need to know what's allowed and what isn't.

Ryan writes:

Kenny Clark said he won’t hesitate. If he gets his shot to hit a quarterback hard, the Packers defensive tackle swears he’ll still take it. Football is about aggression, yes. Physicality, always.

In its intended form, Clark said, the game includes hard hits.

“When I go into a game,” he said, “I’m still going to try to play fast. A quarterback, if I get a chance to hit him, I’m going to hit him. I’m not going to think twice.”

So call it coincidence that Clark’s lone sack this season looked more like a pillow fight than a Chuck Bednarik shiver.

Clark circumvented the body-weight rule by flipping it around. After shedding Vikings right guard Mike Remmers, Clark took a direct path to Cousins. He could have hit the quarterback as hard as he wanted, but instead Clark twisted his body and pulled Cousins down on top of him.

“It’s kind of tough,” Clark said, “to kind of figure out ways to do that and not put yourself in a position where you might hurt yourself. When I tackled him, that’s what I thought in my head. Like as I was tackling him, ‘I’m in a weird position right now.’ Because my leg was kind of under me, and he was falling on top of me.”

You can read the entire article here:

Here's an interesting Matthews shot from Packers practice via photog Adam Wesley:

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy both readily admit that Rodgers' absence from practice is having a negative impact:

Rodgers weighs in on the lost practice time and roughing-the-passer penalties:

The Packers quickly made up for the loss of Davon House by signing veteran corner Bashaud Breeland, who's eager to make an impact, writes Jim Owczarski:

Ryan and Jim discuss the impact of Rodgers' not practicing and the addition of Breeland to the secondary:

Packers tight end Jimmy Graham missed practice Wednesday with a surprise knee injury:

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes about those victimized by a bad NFL rule:

We've now got quarterbacks wishing that pass rushers were allowed to hit them harder:

The MMQB offers this take on the controversy:

Former Packers defensive back Micah Hyde tells Bill Huber that he harbors no ill will toward his old team as he prepares for Sunday's visit with Buffalo:

To his credit, Packers receiver Randall Cobb has freely admitted that he played poorly in Washington and must improve:

ESPN beat reporters size up the NFC North race:

Acme Packing Co. looks at the inconsistent nature of the Packers' defense:

And now for something completely different:



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