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 Clay Matthews detailing to NFL.com's Michael Silver how stunned he was by the Packers' decision to part ways with him. The team's all-time sacks leader figured he'd finish out his career in Green Bay and said he was prepared to provide a hometown discount. Instead, Matthews got a call from GM Brian Gutekunst saying the Packers were moving on.
"I was kind of taken aback, because I thought I'd always be back there, whether it was at a cheaper price [or not]," Matthews said. "So that was kind of a shock, because [my family] stayed out there and had our third child in the offseason, and I was hanging in town training there and everything. And yeah, that was kind of a surprise to me because I just figured I would be out there a few more years.
"People say, 'You chose to go to L.A.' I didn't choose. They told me there was no room for me."
Matthews says he offered the Packers one final chance to bring him back:
Matthews allowed his ego to take one more hit: His agent went back to Gutekunst to see if the Packers would be interested in bringing him back at a reduced rate -- basically, at a number similar to what the Rams were offering. Once again, Green Bay had no interest.
"My agent went back and said, 'Hey, we're getting ready to make a move. Is there anything ... ?' " Matthews recalled. "I don't think they were interested at that time. I think they were ready to move on."
You can read the entire story here:
Here's a major reason why the Packers moved on from Matthews:
Matt LaFleur has shortened the Packers' practices, and the numbers back him up:
The Packers are relieved that rookie Rashan Gary avoided serious injury against Oakland:
LaFleur is determined to marry the running game with the passing game:
The Packers need to finally get good health from two of their most talented players, writes Pete Dougherty:
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers defended Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, calling the Colts star's decision to retire rather than collecting a paycheck while on IR "actually very unselfish":
Former Lions star Barry Sanders, who retired suddenly at age 30, can relate to how Luck felt getting booed:
Who will win the Packers' backup QB derby? Tom Silverstein and Olivia Reiner discuss:
The Bears' offensive line depth takes a hit:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky looks at a pair of unlikely receiver candidates to make the Packers' roster:
The MMQB's Albert Breer takes the NFL to task for the Winnipeg field fiasco:
Going to Winnipeg in the first place was a Raiders’ decision (they actually looking at going to Saskatchewan first), and they don’t walk scot free, particularly when the game’s significant injuries were to the other team (Packers DE Rashan Gary’s injury, a stinger, probably had nothing to do with the surface, but WR Equanimeous St. Brown’s high ankle sprain might be another story). The promoters up there clearly could’ve done a better job too.
But the NFL has to know how this reflects upon its reputation, and takes the wind out of all its declarations that player safety is a top priority. And so the NFL should take more control, and accountability, so these things stop happened.
The entire column can be found here:
Aaron Rodgers ranks sixth on this list. Other Packers: David Bakhtiari at No. 32, Davante Adams at No. 56:
A surprising outcome for a former second-round draft pick:
A look at Davante Adams' most effective pass routes in 2018:
And finally: In advance of Packers-Bears season opener, NBC spot pokes fun at the "double doink":
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