Packers Morning Buzz: Browns-Rams a better choice for NFL's celebratory season opener?
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 not everyone thinking Packers vs. Bears was the right choice to open the 2019 NFL season. The MMQB's Jimmy Traina makes a case for a more outside-the-box choice: Browns vs. Rams.
No disrespect whatsoever to the Packers and Bears, but this is a bad choice. Yes, Chicago will be one of the more fun teams to watch in 2019 and Aaron Rodgers is always fun to watch, but the league should've passed on history and embraced the Browns here.
After becoming a real franchise last year thanks to dumping Hue Jackson and elevating Baker Mayfield, Cleveland games were wildly entertaining. It also helped that the Browns had some Hard Knocks juice that carried over throughout the season. Now they've added Odell Beckham Jr. to the mix and are expected to be one of the best offense in the league.
They Browns haven't been on Sunday Night Football since 2008. The Browns haven't played on Monday Night Football since 2015. This was the perfect time for the NFL and NBC to showcase a new and improved Cleveland team that has as much buzz around it as any team in the league.
For more on this and other topics, check out the full story here:
JR Radcliffe writes that the Packers-Bears rivalry has a long history of thrilling season openers:
The Packers will be changing up their practice work week under new coach Matt LaFleur. Pete Dougherty outlines the changes:
Green Bay plans to host joint practices with another team leading up to preseason opener. Dougherty has details on this and more in his Packers notebook:
Za'Darius Smith likes what he's hearing from Matt LaFleur:
This is the Aaron Rodgers pass that LaFleur lauded Tuesday:
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL's competition committee, weighs in on the decision to expand the use of replay review to include pass interference:
New Packers safety Adrian Amos doesn't sound happy with the changes to replay review:
The Packers could be headed north of the border for a preseason game:
Could the Packers also end up playing a game in China? Unlikely under this scenario:
With a few free-agency options remaining and the draft still to come, who has the best quarterback situation in the NFL, taking into consideration not just starting talent but cost, health, backup quality and other contributing factors? Who has the worst? Here's where The MMQB's Conor Orr ranks the Packers:
4. Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle
The Packers are playing it fast and loose at the backup spot, which hurts them here. Don’t be surprised to see a mid-round pick spent on a potential long-term backup option.
To see which teams rank ahead of Green Bay, check out the complete list here:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about how the retirement of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could affect the Packers' draft strategy:
Randall Cobb No. 18 Cowboys jerseys now available:
The Saints officially add a new weapon:
And finally: Wondering how Vince Lombardi would've felt about doing this:
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