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We'll start with Bucky Brooks of stirring up trouble by calling Aaron Rodgers overrated and claiming he's not a top-5 quarterback.

Brooks writes:

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:

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I’ll never forget the day I received the call, the excitement of my first training camp, my first NFL game, tackle, sack, and even my Lambeau Leap. Green Bay will always hold a special place in my heart...from football, to the numerous community interactions. I want to thank the Green Bay Packers organization for giving me the opportunity to play football at the highest level. I’ve dreamed of playing in the NFL since I was a young kid in New Jersey. YOU ALL have made that dream come true. To all of my coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning staff, equipment staff, front office, and everyone in the Packers Family, I am forever thankful for my time here. Thank you for your time, energy, and support during my 7 years in Green Bay. Without doubt, I’ve become a better player and a better man because of it. To my teammates, or should I say MY BROTHERS IN ARMS, it has been an honor to line up and play alongside you all. We’ve accomplished a lot, had each other’s backs, had a lot of fun and created memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me to become the best version of myself. Packers fans, win or lose, you all filled Lambeau with the most amazing energy! To everyone who showed up to games wearing a 76 jersey, that means more than you’ll ever know! Thank all of you for your continued support. The outpour of love you all have shown these past few days has not gone unnoticed. I am truly grateful. I couldn’t have asked for a better fan base. #GoPackGo As I close this chapter and begin the next, I do so with great appreciation and humility as this opportunity would not be possible without GOD. To my wife Heaven, thank you for being my rock, my cheerleader and taking care of our 4 kids and I through it all. To my parents, my older sisters and my brother, you all have been holding me down for as long as I can remember. Thank you for your sacrifices, constant encouragement and being my biggest fans at every level. No matter where I go, I pray I continue to make all of you proud. I am excited and look forward to what lies ahead. Thank You, Mike Daniels #76

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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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