Packers Morning Buzz: Brett Favre 'can't imagine' MNF game without fans at Lambeau Field
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 quarterback Brett Favre reacting to the news that no fans will be allowed inside Lambeau Field for Green Bay's first two home games: Sept. 20 vs. the Lions and a "Monday Night Football" date with the Falcons on Oct. 5.
Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY Sports writes:
Favre added that he "can't imagine a 'Monday Night Football' game at (the Packers') Lambeau Field without fans."
"Like so many other things, the (2020) season is going to have an asterisk, and there are so many unknowns," Favre said. "If a player tests positive, is he going to be quarantined, or will they quarantine the whole team?"
You can read more from Favre talking about the 2020 NFL season here:
Favre also says he can relate to what President Trump is going through with the pandemic:
Don't expect new deals for potential Packers free agents any time soon, Tom Silverstein writes:
Packers coach Matt LaFleur is making the best of a challenging practice situation:
For Za'Darius and Preston Smith, the challenge is to carry on with what they started:
The Smiths talk about the lack of fans at games this season:
The Packers are facing a potential problem in their secondary:
More love for Packers second-year safety Darnell Savage from NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, who lists Savage second on his list of defensive backs who're set to step up.
First-round picks are expected to make an immediate impact, and Savage didn't disappoint as a rookie starter. The ultra-aggressive second-level defender displayed outstanding instincts, awareness and playmaking ability. He is a unique defender with the capacity to play low or high in a scheme that moves safeties around like knights on the chessboard. Savage's versatility and ball-hawking skills resulted in 52 tackles, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, as he quickly became a critical part of the Packers' defensive game plan. Don't be surprised if he takes it up a notch this year and vies for Pro Bowl representation.
You can read Brooks' entire story here:
LaFleur was asked during Sunday's Zoom call with the media whether he wanted Aaron Rodgers to throw more over the middle. He cited this play from 2019 in his response:
LaFleur clearly hasn't lost confidence in Marquez Valdes-Scantling:
Aaron Jones was the top-graded running back:
Bill Huber of SI.com looks at how home-field advantage could be negated by the pandemic:
Former Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels could have a new home:
And finally: Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy admits he has an unusual job ahead of him in Big D:
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