One of the trends observed in our breakdown of the Green Bay Packers' snap counts earlier this week was that Mike McCarthy used the same personnel package on almost every play against the Broncos last Sunday, only swapping out running backs. The quartet of Randall Cobb, James Jones, Davante Adams, and Richard Rodgers all were on the field for at least 47 of the 53 offensive plays.
It seems high time for those individuals to break up their playing time a bit and share it with some rookies and younger players in search of an offensive spark.
That's the point that a few of the articles in today's curds try to make, as the secondary is discussed as well in the same vein. Whether or not we'll see more snaps given to players like Kennard Backman or Jeff Janis on Sunday remains to be seen, but it's definitely a storyline worth watching.
What You Might've Missed: No one was open | Packers.com
These pieces are great, but this week, I don't think there were many people who missed the fact that Green Bay's receivers couldn't find any open space.
Packers defense feeling stingy in the red zone | JSOnline.com
We looked briefly at the red zone numbers last week and though the Packers allowed touchdowns on two of three Broncos drives in the red zone, they're still allowing touchdowns just half the time when the opposing teams cross the 20.
Green Bay Packers exploring how to get more production from tight ends - ESPN
Richard Rodgers played 51 of 53 snaps on Sunday, but his production hasn't lined up well with his snap count lately. Expect to see more of Kennard Backman and Justin Perillo in the coming games.
Packers must rely on speed, talent, not experience, in secondary | 247sports.com
According to Dom Capers, the Packers' decision to leave Casey Hayward largely on the boundary was caused by Sam Shields' injury. There's a good argument to be made at this point that Hayward and Micah Hyde should be conceding significant snaps to rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins.
Broncos failed to complete trade for Browns LT Joe Thomas - SBNation.com
At one point yesterday, reports suggested that the trade was done, but it fell apart when the two teams couldn't agree before the 4:00 ET deadline on how much draft pick compensation would be exchanged.