Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers a 'visual learner' in Matt LaFleur's offense
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 Aaron Rodgers discussing the progress of the Packers' new offense after the first training camp practice. As Tom Silverstein writes, Rodgers said he is working through different offensive concepts and peppering new head coach Matt LaFleur with questions about the objectives of particular plays.
As Silverstein writes:
Later in camp, LaFleur will start practicing plays against various defensive looks the Packers might see during the season. It is during these competitive sessions in practice and exhibition games that the players must apply what they have learned in the classroom and the offseason workouts to real football.
“For me, I’m a visual learner in that sense,” Rodgers said. “So, I can figure it out on paper and I’m fine with that, but I like to see it as well and it helps me lock it into my brain. So, the more questions I ask, the more film he shows, the better I feel about the concepts, the better he feels knowing I’m confident in what we’re doing.
“And that’s how the relationship grows.”
You can read the entire story about Rodgers and the offense here:
Mike Daniels made a lasting impression on Packers rising star Kenny Clark:
Daniels' release surprised Rodgers:
Rodgers is wary of the upcoming joint practices with the Texans:
Nothing serious here, according to all involved:
Pete Dougherty and Olivia Reiner fielded questions on Mike Daniels and more during a Facebook Live session:
Fans turn out in big numbers for the traditional bike rides on the first day of training camp:
More sights and sounds from the start of camp:
And as for the least-surprising news of the day:
Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal sees the sense in the Packers' defensive-line developments:
Can this be true, Packers fans?
Matt LaFleur isn't the only NFC North coach who's hobbled:
Here's a good sign that J.J. Watt will participate in the Texans' joint practices with the Packers (he passed his physical later Thursday and was moved to the active roster):
The MMQB's Andy Benoit looks for the Packers to come on strong after struggling initially under LaFleur's new system.
BOTTOM LINE: The perennial NFC North-contending Packers are back, though they initially resemble the nine-loss Packers of the last two years as this offense works to gain its footing in the new scheme.
You can read his entire Packers assessment here:
Making the case that Packers should have kept Mike Daniels:
Rob Reischel's series counting down the 30 Most Important Packers for ForbesSports ends up where you might expect:
David Bakhtiari is being widely recognized as the NFL's best offensive tackle:
And finally ...
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