Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster (95) blocks against Detroit Lions center Graham Glasgow (60) at Lambeau Field on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis. (Photo: Jim Matthews / USA TODAY NETWORK-W)
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, round off the news and opinions about Green Bay Packers from across the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We start with Ben Linsey from Pro Football Focus who projects each NFL team’s starting lineup, along with a “Battle to watch” and “Name to watch” for each. The name of watching Green Bay – even though he has developed into a solid young player – may seem a bit overwhelming:
Fight to watch: Who takes the role of Tramon Williams in the castle?
There is still the possibility the Packers could bring 37-year-old Williams back for another season, but right now they lack quality options to replace him in the groove. The best part of the gang is probably Chandon Sullivan – a third-year restructured free agent from Georgia State. Sullivan played 378 snaps with the Packers in 2019, split between squares and slot machines, along with some action at wide cornerback and free safety. It’s a small selection, but he got a respectable 68.9 class in the slot last season.
Name to watch: Tyler Lancaster
Lancaster isn’t really an exciting name to watch, but there’s a decent chance he’ll pull more snaps than Kingsley Keke 2020. The Packers hope someone like Keke or Montravius Adams takes a big step forward to give them another legitimate alternative next to Kenny Clark inside. However, that does not mean that it will happen. Lancaster graded well against the run as a rookie in 2018 (74.2 runs defense), but he took a step back in a slightly larger role last season (57.2 total scores on 442 defensive snaps). If the Packers’ other young interior defender doesn’t take the next step, Lancaster can finish the season third in snaps at the position again.
You can read the full story here:
Aaron Jones remains positive in search of the difficult second contract:
Packers safety Adrian Amos is a proponent of social change:
Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari earns a spot on SI.com’s 2010 annual underrated team (although he was voted his second Pro Bowl last season and has received several first- and second-team All-Pro awards).
SI.com’s Nick Falato writes:
David Bakhtiari, Green Bay (2013-Present)
Somehow, Bakhtiari fell to the fourth round in the 2013 NFL Draft, so he had a slow start at the beginning of the decade. But he has been extremely effective, blocking Aaron Rodgers blindside.
I feel he has been very appreciated this past season, but it took a while. He is a twice Pro Bowl selection (2016 and 2019) and is currently one of the best pass protectors in the game.
His footwork and mirror ability are among some of the best in the NFL, but you don’t usually hear his name mentioned in the “best tackles in the league” debates.
Green Bay extended Bakhtiari’s contract in 2016, giving him a four-year, $ 46 million contract with $ 16.7 million guaranteed. He will probably receive another significant pay day at the end of the year, since he is 29 years old then.
BTW, former Packers defensive back Micah Hyde also makes the team. You can read the full story here:
Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark has been a perennial pick on all-under-25 teams, and NFL.com’s Marc Sessler also grants guard Elgton Jenkins after just one season:
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky likes what the Packers have done on offense during the off-season:
Bryan Bulaga left Green Bay with a little empty feeling:
If you think you saw former Packers coach Mike McCarthy in the Green Bay area recently, you may have:
The legend of Taysom Hill continues to grow:
And finally: Aaron Jones has also got it done off the field:
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