Packers Morning Buzz: Peter King questions Green Bay's 'firepower'
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 NBC Sports' Peter King compiling his annual NFL offseason power rankings and placing the Packers fairly far down at No. 12, below such teams as the Buccaneers, Seahawks, Raiders, Cowboys and Vikings.
12. Green Bay (14-4, lost NFC Championship 34-20 to San Francisco)
Eyebrow-raising over/under bet of the 2020 NFL teams (to me): Green Bay came out of the chute at 8.5 wins, and is now, depending on the book, at 9 or 9.5. Interesting, after the Pack went 13-3 in Matt LaFleur’s first regular season. It’s probably because the Packers used many of the nine lives last year—nine of their 14 victories (including 28-23 over Seattle in the playoffs) were one-score games. But you could also say that a supremely motivated Aaron Rodgers (perhaps out to stick it to GM Brian Gutekunst for drafting his supposed heir, Jordan Love, in the first round this year) will be better in year two under LaFleur than the 62-percent passer he was in 2019.
The strangest thing of the Packers’ offseason, to me, wasn’t picking a young passer. It was ignoring the receiver position (other than picking up the marginal Devin Funchess). I think Green Bay will regret passing on Tee Higgins, Michael Pittman or a number of other wideouts from a rich crop late in round one, but we shall see. Gutekunst told me has great faith in the returning Alan Lazard, Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown to play alongside Davante Adams, but they haven’t proven to be stalwarts yet.
Gutekunst—give him credit—did hit two defensive home runs last season with linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith (25.5 combined sacks) in free agency. Those signings mean Rodgers doesn’t have to put up crazy numbers. I feel good about Green Bay being a playoff team, but we’ll see if they have enough firepower to compete with the explosive teams of the league.
You can read King's entire Football Morning in America column here:
Center Corey Linsley and safety Adrian Amos were among Packers players expressing their thoughts on the nationwide protests:
Green Bay stands to benefit from the need to conduct a virtual offseason program, given the Packers' lineup stability compared to their NFC North rivals. Beat writers Ryan Wood and Jim Owczarski debate the issue:
The Packers signed another of their nine 2020 draft picks:
Tom Oates weighs in on Mike Pettine's Packers defense for the Wisconsin State Journal:
We're 100 days from the scheduled start of the 2020 NFL season, and so many questions remain unanswered:
The scope of the NFL's TV advertising money isn't cut and dried:
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