Packers Morning Buzz: Bigger could be better in replacing Randall Cobb at slot receiver
Wecome 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 Pete Dougherty talking to Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst at the NFL owners meeting Monday in Phoenix. Among the topics was how Gutekunst foresees replacing departed slot receiver Randall Cobb. Gutekunst replied that bigger could be better, in this case.
"I think generally smaller guys have a harder time staying healthy than bigger guys," Gutekunst said. "There’s always exceptions. I think, first of all, we look for guys who can do what we ask them to do. Secondly, you look at the medical part of it and if they can hold up.” ...
Bigger slot receivers also fit with Gutekunst’s preference for big receivers overall. In last year’s draft he selected 6-5 Equanimeous St. Brown, 6-4 Marquez Valdes-Scantling and 6-3 J’Mon Moore.
“The ones that we’ve acquired lately are really fast, too, so that’s helpful,” Gutekunst said. “This is a big man’s game, always has been. Length is important. I don’t think it’s something we’re specifically just targeting. It’s about whether you can play the game. But it kind of just fell the way it fell last year."
For more on this and other topics from the owners meeting, be sure to read Pete's notebook:
Pete also writes on Gutekunst's surprising strategy of signing a few big-tickets players rather than an abundance of lower-cost options:
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And new Packers coach Matt LaFleur is second from the lower right in this NFL coaches photo:
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