Packers Morning Buzz: Running game makes 'biggest disappointments' list
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 Packers' running game making the USA TODAY Sports list of the 10 biggest disappointments of the NFL season so far. Although it might seem odd for a 3-1 team to land on the "biggest disappointment" list, here's what Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz writes about Green Bay's ground game:
Packers' running game
While Aaron Rodgers and first-year coach Matt LaFleur still have much to iron out together, Green Bay's running game looks even more lost than the passing attack. The Packers sit at 26th in yards per carry (3.5) and haven't had a run of more than 15 yards. More reps within the outside zone scheme could get lead ball carrier Aaron Jones and the offensive line in sync, but will LaFleur exhibit patience? In the Week 4 loss to the Eagles, the Packers opted for passing plays on nearly 80% of their offensive snaps.
You can see the entire list here:
Despite the early struggles of the Packers' ground game, Aaron Jones still cracks this list of the NFL's top 15 running backs. Here's the assessment of Jones by former Jaguars start Maurice Jones-Drew for NFL.com:
13. Aaron Jones
The Packers have increased Jones' workload this season, but he has been less productive. He is a talented running back who is like a poor man's Christian McCaffrey, due to his impact running through the tackles and executing routes in the pass game. Matt LaFleur must find creative ways to get Jones the ball, especially with Davante Adams' day-to-day status.
You can see MJD's entire top-15 list here:
With Jamaal Williams likely to be out, Jones says he's ready to do whatever it takes:
It's going to be a big family weekend for Jones in his return to Texas:
Za'Darius Smith looking forward to taking former Ravens teammate Tim Williams 'under my wing':
Even with the injuries to Davante Adams and others, Pete Dougherty says the Packers still were wise to part ways with Randall Cobb:
Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski preview Sunday's showdown at Dallas:
The Packers' run defense could get a boost from rookie Kingsley Keke:
Mason Crosby, Jake Schum and Brett Goode savor the memory of the late-game kicking heroics in the Packers' 2016 playoff win at Dallas:
A look at the top-5 all-time Packers vs. Cowboys games, via Rob Reischel for ForbesSports:
The Packers need to be more physical both on the offensive and defensive lines, writes Tom Oates for the Wisconsin State Journal:
The Vikings' ongoing soap opera at wide receiver became more dramatic Thursday:
This brought back unpleasant memories for Packers fans:
At No. 94, cornerback Herb Adderley is the first former Packers star to be unveiled on this list:
And finally: Tough quarterback, tough jersey:
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