Packers Morning Buzz: Practical reasons for Aaron Rodgers to play

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) high fives teammates as they are introduced at Lambeau Field on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis.

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

The Packers get one more chance to avoid going winless on the road when they travel to New York to play the Jets at noon Sunday.

We'll start with Pete Dougherty writing that the Packers are doing the right thing having quarterback Aaron Rodgers play in a meaningless game, for practical reasons that extend beyond his desire to play and demonstrate leadership.

Pete writes:

While this is mainly about leadership and the locker room, let’s face it, Rodgers and his receivers need the work, too.

As the starter, Rodgers will get all the snaps in practice plus two games of live action to work with rookies Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and first-year tight end Robert Tonyan, among others. With the recurring timing and “detail” issues in the passing game this year, they need every snap with Rodgers they can get.

Yeah, the Packers’ new coach probably will run a new offense next season, but that won’t render these snaps worthless. There’s enough that’s universal in route running and non-verbal communication and chemistry to make the work valuable regardless of scheme.

You can read the entire column here:

Tom Silverstein weighs in on the future of the Packers' offensive foundation:

Silverstein unveils his "5 things to watch" and our reporters make their picks for the Packers-Jets game:

Rookie cornerback Josh Jackson's season has been full of ups and downs, writes Jim Owczarski:

Owczarski and Silverstein join Olivia Reiner to discuss which young players could see more action against the Jets:

One of those young players who has impressed is defensive lineman Fadol Brown:

With their young quarterback, the Jets don't consider their final two games to be meaningless:

Don't be so quick to scratch this prominent name from your list of potential Packers coaching candidates:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes that GM Brian Gutekunst could be aggressive in free agency:

Tight end Lance Kendricks' Green Bay experience has fallen short of expectations:

Jets coach Todd Bowles, who is expected to be dismissed after the season, could be a defensive coordinator candidate under the Packers' next head coach, writes Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co.:

The Power Sweep speculates about Tramon Williams' future:

And finally: a happy ending to what at first was an awful Christmas story:

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