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 (4-5-1) face a virtual must-win game Sunday at Minnesota (5-4-1).
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's look at what it's like for rookie quarterback Tim Boyle to get to learn from Aaron Rodgers, and how Boyle's development could benefit the Packers.
The work that goes into developing Boyle is one of the important but behind-the-scenes parts of an NFL season that gets lost while the team is trying to win games. But it could pay big dividends for the Packers a year or two down the road.
Though it’s a long trip from being an undrafted rookie to becoming a viable backup quarterback in the league, Boyle at least showed the potential in camp. And if by chance he becomes not just a backup but one that can keep the team competitive when Rodgers can’t play, the Packers will have filled an important position for two or three seasons without even spending a draft pick. That’s found money in the NFL.
Boyle has a chance in part because of his throwing arm, which is strong even by NFL standards, and prototypical NFL size (6-feet-4 and 232 pounds). But he also has a temperamental quality that Tramon Williams, the Packers’ most veteran defensive back, saw in the preseason.
“The thing that jumped out for me is … when (Boyle) got in the game he wasn’t scared,” Williams said. “He made the throws he had to make. I thought he had a really good preseason. He opened the eyes of a lot of people. I don’t think we usually (keep three quarterbacks) very often.”
You can read the whole story here:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Minnesota' Mike Zimmer had different takes on the wild Rams-Chiefs shootout Monday night:
Training-camp sensation Jake Kumerow could play Sunday:
Rodgers makes light of the Kumerow news to reporters:
Several key Packers didn't practice Wednesday:
Rodgers is lending a big helping hand to victims of California wildfires:
Rodgers addresses the donation with reporters in the locker room:
Pete Dougherty answers all kinds of questions in this transcript of his live chat, including several about McCarthy's future:
Ryan Wood, Oliva Reiner and Jim Owczarski analyze the news of the day:
A lifelong Packers fan from Sheboygan talks about working for the Vikings:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about the Packers' road woes:
Will 2019 be the year for former Packers safety LeRoy Butler?
Interesting observations from Aaron Nagler and Louis Riddick about that Rams-Chiefs shootout on Monday night:
The gang at Good Morning Football thinks the Bears can win at New Orleans in the playoffs:
And finally, former Packers receiver James Jones has three words for this year's team: