Packers Morning Buzz: How Green Bay can grow its passing attack
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 Tom Silverstein writing about how the Packers could grow their passing game by adding a couple of talented wide receivers and going with no tight end in some sets.
It’s nice to have an extra blocker on passing downs and the occasional match-up against a slow linebacker, but if Gutekunst can score in the receiver market, LaFleur could explore using four receivers on the field at once. Not many teams have enough corners to handle two receivers, let alone four.
Despite the pedestrian numbers of Allen Lazard, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jake Kumerow, the Packers’ longest passing plays occurred when they had three receivers on the field, which was 70% of the time.
In fact, of their 12 completions of 40 or more yards, they had three receivers on the field on eight of them. Their top seven passing plays, including touchdowns of 74 and 67 yards, came with three receivers and one tight end.
You can read Silverstein's entire story here:
Speaking of adding talented wide receivers, NFL.com analyst and former Packers pass catcher James Jones presents his list of the top 10 available free agents at the position:
Could this be a veteran wide receiver possibility for the Packers?
Of course, the Packers will have plenty of wide receiver options in the draft. Here's the latest first-round projection from Draft Wire:
30. Green Bay Packers
Jalen Reagor | WR | TCU
Linebacker is a huge need, but don’t be surprised if the Packers prioritize getting more help for Aaron Rodgers. Davante Adams is a well-rounded No. 1 target, but the Pack could use a speedy playmaker who can stretch defenses at every level of the field. Reagor is a polished route runner with the kind of explosiveness Rodgers would take full advantage of, and his presence would keep teams from keying on Adams.
In the second round, Draft Wire's Luke Easterling has the Packers taking Oregon linebacker Troy Dye. You can see the entire four-round mock here:
NFL.com's Adam Schein lists Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga among his 10 NFL free agents who must be re-signed by their teams.
6) Bryan Bulaga, OT, Green Bay Packers
Yes, he's getting a little long in the tooth. Yep, playing 16 games is no guarantee. But he's still generally playing at a high level. And in case you haven't noticed, offensive tackles aren't exactly growing on trees these days.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst wants his right tackle back, as he expressed in his end-of-season presser. Aaron Rodgers loves him and trusts him. And Rodgers isn't getting any younger. Right now, though, the Super Bowl window is open. And Bulaga is part of the reason why.
You can read Schein's entire list here:
In the final installment of our 10-part Packers position analysis, Ryan Wood looks at special teams:
Packers running back Aaron Jones is never shy about making sure his many contributions are noted:
Jones also is keeping busy playing "the Feud":
Hard to argue with any of these thoughts from Andy Herman:
How much might it cost the Packers to extend Kenny Clark's contract? Zach Kruse of the Packers Wire makes some projections:
Another day, another Taysom Hill analysis:
Interesting story on Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker, the 6-6, 400-pound former pro basketball player and disgraced politician who now is best known for knocking on the doors of Hall inductees (including Jerry Kramer in 2018):
And finally: The Packers FAN Hall of Fame has a new member:
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