Packers Morning Buzz: 'Overrated' Aaron Rodgers not a top-5 QB?
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 Bucky Brooks of NFL.com stirring up trouble by calling Aaron Rodgers overrated and claiming he's not a top-5 quarterback.
Remember, superstar quarterbacks are expected to carry the franchise with their individual brilliance, and I don't know if we can legitimately point to Rodgers putting the squad on his back in recent years. Sure, the team has won some prime-time games with No. 12 in a starring role, but Green Bay's middling 33-30-1 record over the past four seasons can't be ignored.
Like everyone else, I'm fascinated to see how Rodgers and the Packers perform in Year 1 under new head coach Matt LaFleur. But given Rodgers' recent play, I just don't understand how anyone could consider him as the absolute cream of the crop at the position at the moment. In fact, I wouldn't even have him in my top five.
You can read the entire story (including Brooks' top-5 quarterbacks list) here:
Pete Dougherty analyzes just how much Rodgers and Packers CEO Mark Murphy have at stake:
Longtime Packers kicker Mason Crosby still likens every kick to a job interview, writes Ryan Wood:
First-round pick Rashan Gary looks like a quick study:
Former Packers receiver Donald Driver likes what he has seen out of new coach Matt LaFleur:
Packers running back Aaron Jones is noticeably trimmer:
Dougherty analyzes what stood out during the Packers' practice Sunday ...
.... and Pete also looks at how LaFleur is speeding up the tempo of training-camp practices:
An extra benefit to the Packers installing a new offense:
Two plays Saturday illustrated how Aaron Rodgers and LaFleur can make the Packers' new offense work, writes Jason Wilde for the Wisconsin State Journal:
Former Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels did better than OK with his new deal in Detroit:
Meanwhile, it would seem the Packers should've been able to swing a trade:
Daniels was all class in his farewell message to the Packers and their fans:
Daniels says he signed with the Lions because head coach Matt Patricia is "a genius":
How will the Packers go on without Daniels? Ryan Wood and Olivia Reiner discuss:
How former Wisconsin defensive lineman Olive Sagapolu found his way to Green Bay:
And here is what made Sagapolu a social-media sensation:
Check out these photos from training camp:
The first Packers player to crack the top-100 list:
Given that the Packers will be the Chargers home game during that stretch, it shapes up as an even tougher test for Green Bay:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was expected to be able to resuming practicing with Bears soon:
Here's a wealth of interesting numbers from Pro Football Focus:
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