Packers Morning Buzz: Darnell Savage could make 'enormous impact' by taking next step

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers' Darnell Savage runs with the ball after intercepting a pass thrown by New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

We'll start with's Gregg Rosenthal picking a "homegrown player" from each NFC team who could make "an enormous impact by taking a leap in his development" during the 2020 season. His pick for the Packers: safety Darnell Savage.

Rosenthal writes:

Playing nearly every snap when healthy as a rookie, Savage may have guessed right a few too many times early. That early success led to some overaggressiveness that occasionally cost him during the rest of a rookie year, when he played nearly 1,000 snaps. Logging that much time as a rookie free safety is bound to be a learning process, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has a good history of getting the most out of his safeties. A second-year jump from Savage would help the Packers' secondary play to its potential.

You can read the whole story here:

And here's the AFC version:

Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari talked Tuesday about working out at Clay Matthews' house:

As they announced a month ago, the Packers sent out two face masks to each of their season-ticket holders, but with no hint as to whether fans will be allowed to attend games:

Ryan Wood looks at how Packers coach Matt LaFleur is dealing with an offseason full of uncertainty:

A closer look at a nine-page NFL document outlines club facility protocols for 2020, restricting access to certain specific areas  including the locker room, practice fields, playing fields:

The NFL's strict guidelines raise more questions than they answer:

Another issue is that everything goes out the window on game day:

Tramon Williams remains unsigned, presumably on a stand-by basis should the Packers encounter any injuries in their secondary:

While the Packers and Aaron Jones continue talking about a new contract, Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook is threatening a holdout (but here's why we should pump the brakes on that):

Indeed, history shows we're likely to see Cook get a new deal:

The Bears are feeling good about their offseason program:

Rob Reischel of ForbesSports counts down his 30 "Most Important" Packers:

Expect to see plenty of kneeling on NFL sidelines, writes Jason La Canfora of

Good news about a good guy and former Packers scout:

And finally:

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