Packers Morning Buzz: How play-action passing scheme could revitalize Aaron Rodgers
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 the folks at FiveThirtyEight.com questioning whether Aaron Rodgers is still an "elite" quarterback. Author Josh Hermsmeyer points out that Rodgers' statistics in recent years haven't come close to matching his stellar reputation. But he points to statistics regarding the benefit of play-action passes as evidence that Rodgers could be revitalized under new coach Matt LaFleur's offense.
At 35, Rodgers is on the downslope of his career — which, in fairness, could last five to eight years more based on recent QB longevity. But either way, the Packers need to provide him with every possible edge if they want to win another Super Bowl and avoid the disconcerting reality that sole possession of the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history secured them only one Lombardi Trophy. A revamp of the hyperefficient play-action passing game seems like a terrific place to begin.
You can read the entire story here:
Former Vikings receiver Cris Carter says forget the phony controversies about Rodgers' relationship with LaFleur: He thinks the Packers could win the Super Bowl (this short clip is definitely worth a listen):
Cris Collinsworth, another former star receiver, foresees no problems between Rodgers and LaFleur:
Aaron Rodgers didn't play due to back tightness and the Packers' offense sputtered in a 26-13 preseason loss to the Ravens:
Aaron Jones is desperately needed to ignite the ground game, writes Pete Dougherty in his Insider:
Check out photos of all the Packers-Ravens action:
Tom Silverstein provided in-game analysis and fielded fans' questions:
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson got a thrill out of meeting Rodgers on the field after the game:
Jackson describes it to reporters afterward:
A creative photo bomb on the Packers sideline:
Bill Huber lays out the long road undrafted receiver Darrius Shepherd followed to get a shot at making the Packers:
Jason Wilde writes about DeShone Kizer's development:
Here's who graded out well on defense in the Packers' first preseason game:
Packers great Verne Lewellen could have a chance at making the next class given the decision to accept 20 senior candidates into the Hall of Fame next year:
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