Packers Morning Buzz: Bryan Bulaga, Allen Lazard among top five 'unsung heroes'
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 veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga and first-year wide receiver Allen Lazard being listed among five "unsung heroes" who have helped power the Packers to their 6-1 start, according to Rob Reischel of ForbesSports.
Bulaga is in a contract year, and the Packers will have to look long and hard at re-signing him in 2020.
“He's been on my right side for so many years now,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Bulaga. “People forget that he was in there in 2010, one of the few who’s got a ring left in this locker room.
“He's tough, he's smart. He understands his strengths really well. He understands the offense exceptionally. He's just a heady player who's so smart and tough and reliable when he's out there playing tackle for us.”
Regarding Lazard, Reischel writes:
Lazard caught four passes for 65 yards in the fourth quarter, including a memorable 35-yard touchdown reception, to help lead the Packers past the Lions, 23-22.
One week later, Lazard played a career-high 51 snaps and had three catches for 42 yards. These days, Lazard is a walking billboard for unsung heroes.
“I’ve seen him make a lot of plays in practice over the course of training camp, and really last year when he got here,” Aaron Rodgers said of Lazard after the Detroit game. “And I think, mentally, he was sharp. We’ve actually had him kind of go through some of the signal reviews that we do, and he’s very sharp. He understands all the concepts and signals, and I think he was ready. I’m glad he had an opportunity.”
You can read more about Reischel's unsung heroes here:
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Rosenthal writes of Rodgers' showing Sunday against Oakland:
The inevitability of this performance built for weeks, starting with Rodgers' showing in a loss to the Eagles on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 4. His effort last Monday against the Lions was possibly his best game of the last few seasons, until he topped it Sunday. (Pro Football Focus, which now has Rodgers ranked second this season behind Russell Wilson, graded the Lions game slightly higher than Sunday's six-score fireshow.) Rodgers made more plays within the structure of coach Matt LaFleur's offense, while LaFleur allowed Rodgers to be more aggressive in Sunday's perfectly imbalanced attack. Some of Rodgers' throws -- like the back-shoulder corner route to running back Aaron Jones for Green Bay's first touchdown -- were too audacious for most quarterbacks to even attempt.
Find the whole article here:
You may have seen this video already, but it's fun to hear what Rodgers and LaFleur were saying after his touchdown toss to Marquez Valdes-Scantling:
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