Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers thinks Jimmy Graham will have 'big bounce-back year'
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 quarterback Aaron Rodgers saying he expects "a big bounce-back year" from tight end Jimmy Graham.
“He’s healthy, he’s feeling good," Rodgers told reporters after Tuesday's OTA. "This offense, I think, fits him and his body type.”
Graham, who caught 55 passes for 636 yards but scored only two touchdowns in his first season with the Packers, told TV reporters at a charity event Sunday that he's determined to "prove a lot of people wrong" in the 2019 season.
Rodgers explained why he thinks Graham could thrive in new coach Matt LaFleur's offense:
“The league’s about matchups. I think that’s what I’m liking about this offense. We’re constantly trying to find ways to get those guys in positive matchups. Every play has a scheme or a motion or an adjustment that can get those guys to be the No. 1 or 2 in the progression. If you’re throwing the ball on time, that’s where it’s going to go. So more opportunities for Jimmy. Some of the stuff we’re doing gives him opportunities to get the ball in rhythm instead of relying on off-schedule or third or fourth read on the play.”
You can read more from Rodgers here via Zach Kruse of the Packers Wire:
Oddly, Graham earns a spot The MMQB's All-Over-30 NFL team, but Rodgers (age 35) does not (being beaten out by over-40-year-olds Tom Brady and Drew Brees:
Jimmy Graham, Packers—32 years, six months
Jared Cook, Saints—32 years, one month
Greg Olsen, Panthers—34 years, two months
If you’re an NFL tight end who wants to play for a long time, you’d better be a receiver. At least, that’s what the pool of 30-plus-year-olds suggested. The only other options here were Delanie Walker and Vernon Davis, who are also predominantly receivers, or Jason Witten, who has been away from the game for a year. It’s concerning to not have a blocking tight end (we strongly considered taking Buffalo’s Lee Smith just to fill that void), but if we go goal-line or want to smash the ball inside, we’ll put backup tackle Anthony Castonzo at that spot (like Seattle did last year with George Fant).
You can check out Andy Benoit's entire All-Over-30 team here:
The Packers' much-anticipated preseason game against the Raiders in Winnipeg finally is official:
Rodgers is excited about playing in the Great White North:
The nomadic Raiders are pumped about it as well:
The Packers' preseason schedule is set:
Rodgers gets in what hopefully will be the last word on the beer-chugging prowess of NFL quarterbacks:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about how Matt LaFleur's injury could have a chilling effect on the basketball being played at Lambeau Field:
No mention here of Mason Crosby, but the Packers' veteran knows how tenuous NFL kicking jobs can be:
With their influx of new pass rushers, the Packers will be looking to narrow that gap with Khalil Mack's Bears:
And finally: Well-deserved honors for longtime Los Angeles Times NFL reporter Sam Farmer, one of the nicest guys in the business:
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