Stu Courtney, Packers News
Published 8:25 a.m. CT June 5, 2020
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 ESPN’s NFL experts compiling a list of the six biggest missed opportunities of the offseason. Kevin Seifert goes with an obvious one: The Packers’ failure to bring in an impact wide receiver.
The Green Bay Packers still need a wide receiver
It’s no secret that coach Matt LaFleur believes strongly in the run game. And a balanced offense will help any quarterback. But the Packers appear set to enter another season with Davante Adams as their only dynamic pass-catcher.
The Packers bid farewell to Geronimo Allison — who ranked third last season among Green Bay wide receivers with 34 receptions — signed oft-injured free agent Devin Funchess and then did not select a single receiver from the heralded 2020 draft class. Barring massive leaps from the likes of Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be asked to shoulder too much of the burden to achieve a really productive passing game.
You can read about the other glaring missed opportunities here.
The Packers posted a powerful video Thursday calling for social justice, and backed that up by pledging large donations to worthy causes:
Aaron Rodgers’ tweet about the video was perfect:
Packers kicker Mason Crosby praised Rodgers for his friendship and leadership role in developing the social justice video during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show:
Packers receiver Davante Adams takes part in this riveting Black Lives Matter video, along with fellow NFL stars Jamal Adams, Saquon Barkley, Anthony Barr, Odell Beckham, Ezekiel Elliott, Stephon Gilmore, DeAndre Hopkins, Eric Kendricks, Jarvis Landry, Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Sterling Shepard, Michael Thomas, Deshaun Watson and Chase Young.:
NFL stars came together to release this video, which asks the league to:
◼️ condemn racism and systematic oppression
◼️ admit fault in silencing players from peacefully protesting
◼️ state its belief that Black lives matter
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 5, 2020
Packers executive Andrew Brandt talks about what he used to tell black players coming to Green Bay:
Colts general manager Chris Ballard gets emotional talking about racial inequality:
Colts GM Chris Ballard opens up — in an impassioned, sometimes-tearful 15-minute speech on the state of racial inequality in our country. This follows two days of meetings w/ players and staff that opened his eyes like never before.
Some of his most powerful words below: pic.twitter.com/E2rhir9Pu7
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) June 4, 2020
And an interesting reaction:
Good for Chris but I’m always stunned to learn that GMs/scouts are behind on this stuff. If you spend *decades* diving into the family backgrounds of 200+ prospects per year, how on earth do you avoid having a firm understanding of the depths of American racial inequality? https://t.co/Ae4c08wAbB
— robertklemko (@RobertKlemko) June 4, 2020
More from former Packers tight end Martellus Bennett:
The NFL is set to allow coaches back into team facilities Friday:
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler lists his 10 all-time favorite players, and what kind of list would it be without the Gunslinger?
Quarterback; Atlanta Falcons (1991), Green Bay Packers (1992-2007), New York Jets (2008), Minnesota Vikings (2009-2010)
What to utter about Favre that we don’t already know? He changed the quarterback position from the inside out with a fountain of towering deep shots, magical escape acts and game-altering plays drawn up in the dirt. More personally, Favre served as an anchoring force when the Browns moved to Baltimore and left me minus a team to root for from ’96 through ’98. Instead of rising and falling with one club’s result, I spent Sundays surveying the league through a wider lens. I kept focusing on Favre, though, who specialized in lighting up sports bars with last-minute wonderment. During a trio of seasons when I could have justified walking away from a league that saw my childhood team zapped into dark matter, Favre only magnified and nurtured my love for the sport.
You can see Sessler’s entire list here:
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky looks at how the Packers’ offense can become more explosive without adding much in the way of playmakers:
And for those still interested in football …
Making the Packers’ offense more explosive is one of coach Matt LaFleur’s priorities in Year 2.
How do they do it without the addition of many — or any — new playmakers?
That’s up to LaFleur.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) June 4, 2020
Bill Huber of SI.com looks at what’s behind Next Gen Stats and the NFL’s data revolution, including methods for detailing the spin rate of passes thrown by Rodgers and Jordan Love:
In scouting lingo, talented QBs like Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love can really spin the football.
— Bill Huber (@BillHuberSI) June 3, 2020
After being pushed down all the way to No. 12 in Peter King’s offseason rankings, the Packers get much more respect from longtime NFL scribe Rich Gosselin:
5. Green Bay Packers. Franchise QB Aaron Rodgers wasn’t happy with Green Bay’s first-round draft pick – QB Jordan Love, who becomes the heir apparent. His concern is understandable. The Packers reached the NFC title game last season and spending a first-round pick on a backup wasn’t going to help them take the next step. But Rodgers should be happy with second-round draft pick A.J. Dillon, who rushed for almost 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns at Boston College last season. The Packers haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2014 – and the threat of a rushing attack should heighten Rodgers’ effectiveness as a passer. Green Bay fielded a below-average defense last season and that unit took a hit with the departure of inside linebacker Blake Martinez, the NFL’s third-leading tackler in 2019 with 155.
You can read the entire story here:
The Packers fail to earn a spot in the “Schein Nine” on NFL.com:
And finally … this says a lot about the state of the Vikings:
Contact Stu Courtney at (920) 431-8377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @stucourt