Packers Morning Buzz: Making some 'FitzMagic' backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com sizing up the quarterback market for this offseason and making a projection for every starting and backup opening. For the Packers, he envisions Ryan Fitzpatrick (who earned the nickname "FitzMagic" when he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards or more in three straight games last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) providing Aaron Rodgers with a veteran backup.
Regarding the Packers, La Canfora writes:
Sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. It's time to spend some money on a backup at this stage of Aaron Rodgers' career. I get and agree with the desire to always have a developmental QB or two, but it's time to start winning again, and DeShone Kizer is not any real insurance behind him.
You can read the entire piece here:
Pete Dougherty floated the possibility of the Packers pursuing Fitzpatrick in this Jan. 29 column, as did Ryan Wood in the first of our nine-part position analysis series.
The MMQB also takes a team-by-team look at the quarterback position and what moves should be considered. For the Packers, however, the analysis is concise and to the point:
Aaron Rodgers has the richest contract in the sport and if he goes down, nothing matters anymore.
You can read Jonathan Jones' entire story here:
The Packers defense line has the potential to provide sorely needed interior pass-rush pressure, writes Ryan Wood in our position analysis series:
The Packers could be looking at an aggressive rebuild on the offensive line:
Wood and Olivia Reiner break down the offensive line's pros and cons:
Blake Martinez and Tramon Williams were constants in the Packers' most common defensive alignment:
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland is vowing to have a huge 2019 season:
The MMQB convened a panel of 10 experts to predict which teams will win the next five Super Bowls. None picked the Packers, in any of the five seasons:
Aaron Rodgers put together some decent numbers, but the 59 throwaways were uncharacteristic:
Former Packers cornerback Sam Shields, who played in 34 percent of the Rams' defensive snaps last season after being sidelined almost two full seasons by a concussion, want to keep going:
Cheesehead TV looks at how the Packers and other NFL teams deal with "dead money":
And finally: The Packers make their first appearance here at No. 13 and then again at No. 10 (from the same game):