Packers Morning Buzz: James Crawford getting look at inside linebacker

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

We'll start with Jim Owczarski's story on the Packers kicking off another round of OTA practices this week. One of Owczarski's observations from the first round was the increasing time that special-teams mainstay James Crawford has been getting at inside linebacker. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said in February he thought the 6-2, 239-pound Illinois product "could potentially help us on defense."

Owczarski writes: 

“We were moving him back and forth from inside to outside, I think he’ll probably settle inside," Gutekunst said. "He does have the versatility to play outside, but he has the frame and the skill set to do some of those things, too.”

Last week, new inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti defined Crawford’s role going forward.

“We have settled him in a little bit at the inside linebacker spot,” Olivadotti said. “He's learning the defense through the inside linebacker spot. That's kind of an easy place to do it because you have to be in on the coverage, in on the front and know what's going on pretty much everywhere around you. I think that's an advantage for him.”

Green Bay Packers linebacker James Crawford (54) with a training ball during practice Thursday, December 13, 2018 in the Don Hutson Center in Ashwaubenon, Wis.

You can read the entire story here:

The son of legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who died Sunday at 85, says plans are being discussed for a celebration of his life in Green Bay:

Starr and wife Cherry impacted countless lives with their community and charity involvement:

Brett Favre talks about the letters of support he would get from Starr after every game:

Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt shares stories of his personal experiences with Starr. In a passage that is pure Starr, Brandt writes:

I think the ultimate compliment about Bart is that after an encounter with him, that person felt better about himself or herself. I would watch people after Bart said goodbye to them; they were always smiling.

Bart Starr left a trail of happiness wherever he went. To me, that is as rich as legacy as one can have.

You can read Brandt's entire article here:

Brandt also shared this glimpse into how Starr related to fans, regardless of whether they were being supportive or critical:

Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly calls Starr "an all-time class act":

Nice angle on this Starr TD toss:

Tuesday marked 100 days until the Packers and Bears open the 100th NFL season on Thursday, Sept. 5, and Judy Battista of poses 100 questions leading up to the big night. Only three directly involve the Packers:

13) Will the Green Bay Packers extend their narrow all-time lead (97-95-6) over the Chicago Bears in the NFL's annual Thursday Night Kickoff?

14) How will the Packers' offense run with new head coach Matt LaFleur calling the plays?

And the final one:

100) Was Bart Starr, who passed away on Sunday, the greatest Packer of all time?

You can read the entire list of questions here:

And speaking of the 100-day countdown:

Pro Football Focus ranks the Packers' secondary as the NFL's most improved thanks to the additions of safeties Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage:

The Packers are excited about their new-look defense, writes Rob Reischel for ForbesSports:

Contact Stu Courtney at (920) 431-8377 or Follow him on Twitter at @stucourt

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