We’ll start with Martellus Bennett, former Packers Tight End, questioning Aaron Rodgers on Twitter despite the Green Bay quarterback’s Instagram post on Wednesday in support of nationwide protests against racial inequality and police brutality.
This was Rodgers’ contribution:
Jim Owczarski has learned more about Rodgers ‘post (including Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, who told YahooFinance that he still would not support kneeling during the national anthem in protest).
But Bennett, who spent hours on Twitter blasting Brees and citing examples of perceived racism across the NFL, didn’t spare his former teammate in a late-night tweet:
Bennett was not yet finished tweeting about his short sojourn in Green Bay, which ended when the Packers interrupted him for seven games in the 2017 season after telling team doctors that he needed surgery to repair a shoulder injury, and can’t play:
In the meantime, the Packers placed three players on Pro Football Focus’s top 50 annual list for 2020 – and Rodgers wasn’t one of them.
Here’s who made Green Bay’s list:
38th WR DAVANTE ADAMS
There may be no better distance runner in football than Davante Adams. If you stack his PFF grades in the last two seasons, he’s also good at the league’s top receivers and has done so, despite missing some time due to an injury. Only 12.2% of Adams’ goals in the last two seasons have been challenged. This is the lowest rate of all receivers who mostly play outdoors. This only shows the separation at the elite level, which he consistently generates.
42. T DAVID BAKHTIARI
David Bakhtiari was the gold standard for passport protection in the NFL, at least since Joe Thomas retired, and probably for a season or two before the future Hall of Famer left. He now has seven consecutive seasons with a PFF pass blocking rating of at least 85.0 and four consecutive seasons with one of 89.9 or better. Bakhtiari also has one of the most difficult tasks in blocking passports: protection for Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback who holds the ball longer than almost all other passers-by.
44. DL KENNY CLARK
Kenny Clark came into the league as a one-dimensional run-stuffing nasal device, but he may have evolved into a modern-day nasal device prototype by becoming a fearsome pass rusher. In the 2019 season, he posted a career high of 62 total pressures (69 including playoff games) and 45 defensive stops. This was his second consecutive season with a pass rushing mark of at least 87.0.
Six quarterbacks were on the list over Rodgers: Patrick Mahomes (2), Russell Wilson (7), Lamar Jackson (8), Drew Brees (11), Tom Brady (24) and Deshaun Watson (43). The full PFF Top 50 list can be found here:
Even more surprising: Rodgers isn’t putting pressure on this top 10 best performing QB list, but Giants youngster Daniel Jones? Nick Shook of NFL.com uses two measurements from Next Gen Stats to make his list:
Packers Edge Rusher Za’Darius Smith sent his own Instagram message after Brees’ comments:
Rodgers and Packers’ offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, expressed his confidence in the team’s recipients:
The Packers did some promotions in their scouting series:
Peter Platten played a major role in hiring Mark Murphy, President / CEO of Packers:
The Lions pushed football into the background this week to discuss personal experiences of racism:
Mike Daniels’ advertising campaign continues:
And finally … the bears decided not to let quarterback Mitch Trubisky hear the media on Thursday:
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