Packers Morning Buzz: Green Bay showing 'significant interest' in homegrown QB James Morgan
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 SI.com's Kalyn Kahler writing that quarterback prospect James Morgan, a Green Bay native, has been so impressive that he could be a Day 2 pick in the NFL draft. And the Packers are among the teams showing "significant interest."
James Morgan is gaining steam. He won’t be a first rounder, but the quarterback out of Florida International has been busy this month.
“There is lots of buzz on him,” one NFL personnel executive says.
Teams in the market for a quarterback have shown significant interest in the 23-year-old who played his high school ball in Ashwaubenon, in the shadow of Lambeau Field. Among them: Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, Miami, New England and Indianapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Buffalo, the Jets and Giants. ...
With his pro day, team visits and workouts having been canceled, Morgan has been busy with FaceTime meetings with different teams, most of whom have requested he have a whiteboard available to diagram plays. The video meetings work just as well as an in-person meeting. Teams send Morgan film in advance of the meeting, and they go over specific plays to learn how he processes an offense. With a month to go in the draft process, he could end up in the Day 2 conversation.
You can read the entire story here:
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SI.com's Andy Benoit assesses each NFC North team's draft needs. Here's what he sees for the Packers:
None of Green Bay’s needs are urgent or dire, which is probably to be expected of a team coming off a 13-win season and NFC championship appearance. It’d be nice to find another pass-catching weapon, be it at wide receiver (the Packers could use either a speedster or big-bodied target opposite Davante Adams) or tight end to replace Jimmy Graham. But we can also believe Green Bay’s brass if they claim to like their in-house replacements here. Wide receiver Allen Lazard is a favorite of Aaron Rodgers. Jake Kumerow has shown glimpses of route running acumen, fine-tuned body control and contested catch ability. And at tight end, some scouts believe that last year’s third-round pick, Jace Sternberger, has the potential to be a high-quality flex receiving weapon.
A running back could also be in store, given that Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are both playing on expiring rookie deals and teams are as reluctant as ever to award second contracts at this position.
Defensively, the Packers play enough dime personnel (6 DBs, 1 LB) that linebacker cannot be considered any sort of priority position, but even after signing underrated and athletic ex-Brown Christian Kirksey it still might behoove Green Bay to find a classic run-thumper to fill the void of departed free agent B.J. Goodson. This season the Packers have seven games against teams that are capable of riding a smashmouth ground game: the Vikings (twice), Jaguars, Panthers, 49ers, Titans and Colts.
You can read the entire article (which includes a look at which top-100 draft prospects the Packers might target) here:
Park yourself in front of your TV on Thursday, April 2:
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And finally: Packers safety Adrian Amos ranks his all-time top cornerbacks ...
And Amos also ranks quarterbacks ....
Which was followed by this from ESPN'sStephen A. Smith:
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