Packers Morning Buzz: Mark Murphy expects Aaron Rodgers to 'embrace' change
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 Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy telling ESPN's Rob Demovsky that he expects quarterback Aaron Rodgers to adapt to the change that will come with new coach Matt LaFleur succeeding the fired Mike McCarthy.
"He has to embrace it," Murphy told Demovsky at the NFL scouting combine Tuesday in Indianapolis. "And I think he is. I hope he adapts well. I'm excited. I know he's excited. I've had some discussions with him."
Asked about the coaching change during Super Bowl weekend, Rodgers told the NFL Network: "A lot of change in life, in general. It's tough at first, but it usually works out for the best. So I'm excited about what's going on in Green Bay and the future there, and just enjoying my time off."
Meanwhile, ESPN asked their NFL beat writers to identify one position their team should be focused on at the combine and the players they should target. Here's what Demovsky foresees for the Packers:
Edge rusher. Clay Matthews is a free agent. Nick Perry could get cut. And who knows if Kyler Fackrell can come close to to replicating his 10.5-sack season from 2018? Even if the Packers re-sign Matthews and/or keep Perry, they need a long-term player to rush the quarterback from the outside, and with two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 30), there's a good chance GM Brian Gutekunst will take one early on. They probably would have liked to see Louisiana Tech's Jaylon Ferguson, who will be allowed to conduct limited interviews and get medical evaluation. He cannot take part in drills or testing because he was found guilty of simple battery during his freshman year after a fight. They'll take a long, hard look at the edge-rushing class in Indy. More positions to watch: S, G/T, WR, TE, ILB.
You can check out the needs of the other 31 NFL teams here (edge rushers in demand):
Murphy, a member of the NFL's competition committee, weighed in on instant replay and doesn't see much change coming anytime soon:
Want to be able to say you live in a house once owned by Murphy? It will cost you:
Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell is eager to see what the offseason will bring at his position after he emerged as Green Bay's sacks leader last season:
Another day, another mock draft: The latest three-round offering from Chad Reuter of NFL.com has a couple of familiar names going to Green Bay in the first round and a Wisconsin offensive lineman in the second:
Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co. looks at the various ways the Packers could package their 10 picks to move up, down and around in the draft:
The former Pro Bowl guard was abruptly released by the Packers at the end of training camp in 2016:
How is it that David Bakhtiari wasn't worthy of the Pro Bowl?
This post on Bakhtiari by our pal Aaron Nagler led to some creative responses from the Packers' left tackle and others:
A well-deserved honor for Packers historian Cliff Christl:
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