Packers Morning Buzz: LeRoy Butler leaps at chance to push Hall of Fame candidacy
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 former Packers safety (and creator of the Lambeau Leap) LeRoy Butler expressing his excitement about being a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist to Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network.
Until 2018 LeRoy Butler had never been a semifinalist for the Hall. That means that voters didn’t view him as a serious candidate for election until two years ago. But those voters comprise the same group that made him a starter on the 1990s’ all-decade team.
“When I was a semifinalist,” he told me this week, “I was over the moon. Now, I’m over the universe.”
So what happened? Good question.
“I’m surprised it took 14 years,” Butler said, “because I thought people would recognize that I was one of the best safeties of the '90s, especially when I made the all-decade team. I thought when you made the all-decade team you at least should be in the finals.
“So to finally make it is just amazing in itself because I thought this would happen maybe 10 years ago. At the same time, I’m a patient person. And knowing that it will happen one day gives me a lot of calm.”
For some reason, voters finally woke up to LeRoy Butler.
“After I was named (as a Hall finalist),” Butler said, “my daughter came over to me and said, ‘It’s a leap year.’ And that’s what I thought was so amazing. “
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Jalen Reagor - WR
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Aaron Rodgers needs more playmakers at his disposal.
You can check out Brooks' entire first-round mock draft here:
Pro Football Focus acknowledges Aaron Rodgers' flaws but still lists him as having the seventh-best 2019 performance of any NFL quarterback.
PFF's Steve Palazzolo writes:
7. AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS
One of the biggest offseason questions centered around Rodgers playing in a new system, and even with a 13-3 record and first-round bye, Rodgers didn’t exactly answer those questions with flying colors. He finished with a solid grade but also had multiple poor games, and he even produced the lowest-graded outing of his career in Week 12. There’s no denying Rodgers’ talent — and he’s still one of the league’s best at hitting big-time throws and avoiding turnover-worthy plays — but the thing that has made Rodgers one of the best quarterbacks of all time is his ability to hit the “easy” throws and avoid negative plays. Those elements of his game have taken a step back in recent years, and that trend has now stretched across multiple systems. Perhaps Rodgers can get back to his top-three self, but he’ll have to improve his short and intermediate accuracy while cutting down on the pressure that he’s invited in recent years.
Key Stat from QB Annual: Rodgers had the 18th-best PFF grade from a clean pocket, but he ranked sixth when under pressure.
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**Note: The Packers Morning Buzz will be taking some Super Bowl downtime and will return to its regular schedule next Tuesday.**
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