Packers Morning Buzz: Safety Josh Jones thrives when positioned near line of scrimmage

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers defensive back Josh Jones (27) and nose tackle Kenny Clark (97) celebrate a defensive stop against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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

The Packers finally got a road victory, rallying to beat the New York Jets 44-38 in overtime Sunday. They will conclude their 2018 season against the Detroit Lions at noon Sunday at Lambeau Field.

We'll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty writing in their analysis of the Packers-Jets game that safety Josh Jones flashes potential when playing up close to the line of scrimmage.

Eric and Pete write:

The best way to summarize former second-round pick Josh Jones at the end of his second NFL season is that the closer he plays to the line of scrimmage, the better he plays. If the Packers are going to get much out of him going forward, they’ll have to find a way to get him near the line as much as possible.

Against the Jets, Jones again showed he can be a decent blitzer and is a good physical tackler in the run game — he led the Packers with 12 tackles, including six solo. One play that was emblematic of his run defense came on the first snap of the fourth quarter, when he crept up from deep safety before the snap, saw a run to his right and pushed running back Trenton Cannon out of bounds for only a two-yard gain. He had a similar play in third quarter when Kyler Fackrell held the edge and turned Cannon up field, and Jones filled hard and made the tackle for another two-yard gain.

You can read the entire column here:

Eric and Pete also hand out their position grades for the Packers' win over the Jets:

Davante Adams is within reach of a number of Packers receiving records:

The Packers will finish ahead of the Lions for third place in the NFC North but need to win (or tie) Sunday to finish with more victories:

Kenny Clark, as expected, is headed to injured reserve to clear a roster spot for offensive lineman Alex Light, who is returning from a one-game suspension:

The Packers actually went down in the Power Rankings despite finally getting their first road victory:


Acme Packing Co. looks at the Packers' wide edge in snap counts against the Jets:

Pete King writes as part of this column that he hears former Packers coach Mike McCarthy "likes Arizona and would be interested in exploring the job," should the struggling Cardinals fire Steve Wilks:

Meanwhile, in his column for The MMQB, Albert Breer says the job that McCarthy has been linked to most is the Buccaneers position should Dirk Koetter be fired. Breer also is hearing Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald being linked to the Packers' opening:

Will the Vikings give the NFC North two playoff teams? Here's a look at all the postseason scenarios:

And finally ... Aaron Rodgers referred to it recently as "a number that's easy to remember":


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