Packers Morning Buzz: Brian Gutekunst's first draft class lagging
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 a look back at Packers GM Brian Gutekunst's first draft class. Other than top pick Jaire Alexander, the Packers haven't seen a lot of encouraging signs from the other prospects, writes Rob Reischel for ForbesSports.
Brian Gutekunst oversaw his first draft as Green Bay’s general manager in April, 2018. To date, the class has largely been a disappointment.
First round cornerback Jaire Alexander has been a solid starter for two years. Wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling has shown promise, then vanished for weeks at a time. Punter JK Scott and long snapper Hunter Bradley have also contributed — but it could be argued whether those should even be draftable positions.
The rest of the class has largely flopped.
You can read the entire story here:
The Packers remain a game behind San Francisco (their opponent on the road next Sunday night) in the NFC playoff seedings after the 49ers' dramatic, come-from-behind 36-26 win over Arizona:
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will test the Packers' pass defense:
If you had the Cardinals +10 points against the 49ers ... ouch ...
The Vikings staged a stunning comeback to beat the Broncos 27-23 and improve to 8-3, just a half-game behind the Packers in the NFC North:
The Bears lost to the Rams and finished the game with Chase Daniel at quarterback in the last two minutes after announcing that Mitch Trubisky has a hip injury:
The Packers close their regular season in Detroit:
Pete Dougherty examines how NFL teams factor win-probability analytics into their decision-making process:
Olivia Reiner with a fun story on how "yeet" has become a Packers motivational force:
Tom Silverstein identifies four Packers who can help fuel the offense coming out of the bye:
Packers players past and present tweeted their reaction to Myle Garrett's actions that netted the Browns defensive end an indefinite suspension from the NFL:
Packers coach Matt LaFleur was on hand for the Bucks' victory Thursday over the Bulls:
Interesting look at how NFL would make a 17-game schedule work:
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