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 NFL.com's Bucky Brooks grading one rookie from each of the Week 2 exhibition games. For Packers-Ravens, Brooks (with "red pen in hand") focused on Packers top draft pick Rashan Gary. The assessment was not favorable.
PACKERS vs. RAVENS: Packers DL Rashan Gary
Drafted: Round 1, No. 12 overall
The Michigan product is an explosive athlete, but those traits rarely translated into impact production as a collegian. Gary remains the ultimate tease at the position, based on his natural gifts and underwhelming disruption. Despite playing significant snaps for the Packers on Thursday, No. 52 didn't make much of an impact against the Ravens. He failed to record a tackle or generate a pressure, which is disappointing from the No. 12 overall pick. The rookie struggles to finish his pass-rush efforts -- his inability to corral the quarterback after a winning move is a bit of a concern for a player expected to make an impact early.
You can read Brooks' entire story here:
Meanwhile, Pro Football Focus compares Gary's numbers to those of former Michigan teammate Chase Winovich with the Patriots:
Packers coach Matt LaFleur blundered by not playing Aaron Rodgers in the preseason opener, Tom Silverstein writes:
But Rodgers and the Packers are downplaying the importance of getting reps against Oakland:
In their Packers Podcast, Silverstein and Jim Owczarski analyze the pros and cons of having Rodgers on the field during the preseason:
All the best action from the final open practice of training camp:
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst cuts loose one of his own draft picks for the first time:
Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co. writes that rather than trying to find a backup quarterback good enough to win with if Aaron Rodgers goes down, focus instead of building a team strong enough to win without relying on the QB:
Plenty of Packers make this list, beginning with Brett Favre and Paul Hornung back-to-back at Nos. 4 and 5:
JR Radcliffe goes more in-depth to include Wisconsin connections who made the list:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky looks at the reasons why Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is moving from the coaches box to the sidelines this season:
Mason Crosby still going strong as the favorite to win Packers' kicking competition, writes Rob Reischel for ForbesSports:
And finally: Packers tickets are hot for most every game ... except Thursday's exhibition in Winnipeg:
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