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Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, and PR

Via NFL Draft Zone | 23 hours ago This letter is awesome, he basically walks himself through the life he has lived, by inspiring himself. It was a two page letter according to several sites, check the full letter here, it started off in a note form wrote too Aaron. AND A-RODG AIN’T HAPPY Via Awful Announcing | 2 days ago The sports world was all over the news out of Massachusetts yesterday regarding Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots TE was finally arrested early in the morning, then he was released by the team less than an hour later. Finally, in the afternoon it was revealed Hernandez would be charged with murder and not merely obstruction of justice as had been previously conjectured. NFL stars… Via FanIQ | 2 days ago We all mess up from time to time, and a slip of the tongue is inevitable when people are speaking on live TV. After a while, it’s just bound to happen. It’s just unfortunate when it happens during a story about a pending murder case, and you accidentally say the name of one of the league’s most popular superstars, instead of the guy who actually is being charged with… Via isportsweb.com | 1 day ago Brett Favre (Photo Credit: AP) Almost continue reading this.. five years ago, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time was traded to the New York Jets. The divorce between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers has been well documented. The Packers had Aaron Rodgers as the future of the franchise and were tired of Favres constant indecision about retirement. In 2007, Favre and the Packers had… Via Purple Jesus Diaries | 2 days ago And I don’t mean a “Killer of Vikings fans hopes and dreams” or anything like that, I mean a real life, shooty-shooty, stabby-stabby (not like THAT kind of stabbing though …

Desmond Bishop vs. Peterson, Rodgers

Schein: NFL’s best QB/coach combo Adam Schein says the Packers are annual contenders because Aaron Rodgers and MikeMcCarthy make a perfect pair. More … Rodgers landed in the overall rankings Thursday night at No. 6 on the “Top 100 Players of 2013,” behind Peyton Manning and Tom Brady . (Not to mention J.J. Watt , Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson .) There have been more egregious mistakes on the Top 100 list, but ranking Rodgers so low was the worst call in the top 10. This is what happens in annual rankings, lists or even awards. We get bored and make change for change’s sake. But Rodgers is no different than he was a year ago when he was No. 1.

Aaron Rodgers of Packers too low on NFL ‘Top 100 List’

I got a chance to play against Adrian Peterson . That’s my mindset. I want to play against the best. It was an opportunity to play against Aaron Rodgers two times a year, so that was kind of unique and something I really liked. That’s just the kind of person I am.” That answer sparked my interest. How did the Packers do against Peterson in Bishop’s two seasons as a starting inside linebacker? And how much work does he face in making a dent in the Vikings’ battle against Rodgers? First, there has seemed to be a general assumption that Bishop’s season-ending injury in 2012 was a primary factor in Peterson’s two monster regular-season games against them. It’s true that Peterson rushed for 409 yards in two games while Bishop was on injured reserve, but it’s worth noting that Peterson had pretty decent success against them in 2010 and 2011 as well. With Bishop in the lineup during those two seasons, Peterson averaged 5.4 yards per carry. The Packers won all four games, but Peterson managed 175 yards in one of them and 131 in another.

Aaron Rodgers voted number six on top 100 NFL players for 2013; Adrian Peterson voted first

Aaron Rodgers voted number six on top 100 NFL players for 2013; Adrian Peterson voted first By Bob Wolfley of the Journal Sentinel June 28, 2013 Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was ranked number six on the NFL Network’s list of the “Top 100 Players of 2013” as determined by a vote of NFL players. In voting last year, Rodgers was ranked number one. This year, the number one player in the voting was Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson. Voted number five this year was Pewaukee’s J.J. Watt, the defensive end for the Texans. The NFL Network unveiled the order of the top ten players in the voting on Thursday night: 1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, QB 3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR 4.

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Where Can the Green Bay Packers Improve Most in 2013?

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Even if a rookie like Eddie Lacy is a hidden gem, his chances of rushing for 1,400 yards in this offense are very slim. This isnt Tampa Bay (Doug Martin) or Washington (Alfred Morris). Last season, after excluding quarterback carries, the running game produced 375 carries for 1,446 yards (3.86 yards per carry). That falls in line with the previous four seasons, which produced an average of 341.5 carries for 1,372 yards (4.02 yards per carry). If Lacy can do anything, it would be to provide some consistency in the backfield. Last season, the Packers had eight different players with at least 10 rushing attempts. Alex Green led the team in rushing with scant totals of 135 carries for 464 yards. The scrutinized part of the offense will be the offensive line again. Last season, Rodgers was sacked a league-worst 51 times. Thats an ugly number. Things never looked worse than in the first half against Seattle when Rodgers was sacked eight times.

Packers’ Favre, Rodgers rank as longest-dominating QB duo in NFL history

However, two Packers’ shared run of quarterback excellence holds at least one all-time record. Brett Favre (1992-2007)and Aaron Rodgers (2008-present)are the only quarterbacks in NFLhistory to, for the same franchise: – Start a combined 20 seasons – Both win NFLchampionships – Both win Associated Press NFLMVP awards Together, the all-time leader in passer rating (Rodgers)and the all-time leader in completions, yards and touchdown passes (Favre)have been astounding in their productivity. They’ve combined for 7,129 completions in 11,419 attempts (62.4% completions), 83,316 yards, 613 touchdowns and 332 interceptions in Packers uniforms. That equates to a 92.1 passer rating over the last 21 years. Seven quarterbacks have shared the main role as primary starting signalcallers over a span of 10 years, each winning championships. Besides Favre and Rodgers, they include: – Joe Montana and Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (1981-98) – Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, New York Giants (1984-93) – Ken Stabler andJim Plunkett, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973-86) – Joe Theismann and Doug Williams, Washington Redskins(1978-88) – more? info… Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall, BaltimoreColts (1956-71) – Bob Waterfield andNorm Van Brocklin, Cleveland/LosAngeles Rams (1945-57) (Note:In this story, we count Unitas andMorrall each as winning championships, givingMorrall credit for playing more of the Colts’ victory in Super Bowl V.) However, only Favre/Rodgers, Montana/Young and Unitas/Morrall each won MVPawards in that same span of time, and Favre/Rodgers outlasted the other two combos as the only to surpass two decades. The argument could be made that Montana and Young were the more productive pair, with a combined five Super Bowl championships to just two for the gunslinging Favre and the surgical Rodgers. However, consider that Aaron Rodgers has plenty of time to change that, and has seven more seasons on his contract to add to his resume which currently rates him as the greatest by passer rating in NFL history (104.9, ahead of Young at 96.8 in second place). That would mean more than a quarter-century of starting quarterbacking between Rodgers and his predecessor in GreenBay, by itself a never-matched combination of greatness. Add a few more Lombardi Trophies in that mixture, and No.

13 Ravens opponents in 13 days: Green Bay Packers

“I learned not to expect certain things.” He wasn’t drafted but the Chicago Bears put him on their practice squad for almost the entire 2011 season. Chicago defensive line coach Rod Marinelli took Miller under his wing and gave detailed explanations and expectations that changed his approach to football. “He made sure every step counted. Every move of the hands counted,” Miller said. Miller spent the preseason with the Bears in 2012 but was released Aug. 31. Then the Packers called in October for a workout. “I jumped for joy. No question,” Miller said. In December, the Packers activated Miller for Week 15.

Nose tackle Jordan Miller took circuitous route to Packers

The skinny: As long as Aaron Rodgers is in the lineup, the Packers will be formidable. Rodgers is considered by many to be the NFLs best quarterback, taking the torch away from elder statesmen Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Despite the loss of Jennings, he still has a fine trio of receivers in Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. As for the defense, the Packers have a lot of young talent on that side of the ball, having put a major emphasis on defense in the past two drafts. They are optimistic that 2012 first-rounder Nick Perry can become a pass-rushing threat to pair with sack specialist Clay Matthews III. Recent history: There is not much history here at all, let alone recently. The Ravens and Packers last played four years ago, when the Packers beat the Ravens in a Monday night snoozefest that wasn’t remotely as close as the 27-14 final score indicated. They have played four times since the Ravens came to Baltimore in 1996, with the Ravens winning just once, in 2005. Degree of difficulty: The Ravens will benefit from home-field advantage when the two teams meet this season, but the mid-October showdown should be one of the toughest games on the schedule.

Clay Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

He was fourth in the NFL in sacks last season after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Matthews has three 10-sack seasons, third-best in Packers history, and nine games with two or more sacks. The son of Clay Matthews Clay Matthews Youth Jersey Jr., who played linebacker for 19 NFL seasons in Cleveland and Atlanta, and nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews , Matthews is the only player in Packers history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. Matthews also has four interceptions in 58 games, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He’s forced seven fumbles and recovered three, one of which was returned for a score. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.” So does Matthews, who will take on a greater leadership role following the Feb. 15 release of eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson . “With the loss to some of those key defensive players, especially with Charles (Woodson) on the defensive side and with them putting a new contract in place for me, it definitely shows their belief in me in being a leader and kind of a stalwart in this defense,” Matthews said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.

2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleeper: OLB Clay Matthews

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However, he has slipped drastically in 2013 rankings and has even been ranked behind linebackers such as Curtis Lofton and Derrick Johnson this off-season. Matthews started his 2012 season off by recording a ridiculous six sacks through his first two games. However, he followed it up by recording just three sacks in his next seven contests (Week 3 Week 15). Matthews disappeared in the middle of the season and left several fantasy owners scrambling down the stretch to find a reliable fantasy linebacker. Matthews still finished the year with a respectable 13 sacks, though, but many were expecting more from the former USC standout. The outside linebacker even recorded a career-low 43 tackles last season, which was seemingly an exclamation point on his medicare season. Including the playoffs, Matthews racked up seven sacks and 21 tackles in the teams last five games. He got over his mid-season slump and proved to be utterly unblockable down the stretch for the Cheeseheads. It may have proven to be too little too late for 2013 IDP owners, but it is certainly promising looking ahead to 2014. Matthews may not be the number one linebacker in fantasy anymore, but he is easily a top-five option.

Where Can the Green Bay Packers Improve Most in 2013?

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Tramon Williams, who turned 30 this year, becomes the veteran leader in the secondary. His play has essentially fallen off a cliff after his breakout year in 2010. Without many changes to the starters, it comes down to Rodgers and Clay Matthews, both having earned lucrative extensions this year, continuing to be the best players on the team again. Green Bay must see its big-money players play big, and these are two of the best in the league. Conclusion: Double-Digit Wins, But Familiar Ending? There is no denying the NFC North has loaded up offensively to try to keep pace with Green Bay. However, the advantages the Packers have at quarterback and their click coaching staff help them remain the favorite to win the division for the third year in a row. The schedule is a bit odd as the Packers start with three challenging games (at San Francisco, Washington, at Cincinnati ) before an early Week 4 bye. In the last four weeks, the Packers will host Atlanta and Pittsburgh and travel to Dallas and Chicago (Week 17). This could be a year where just 10-6 wins the division, but I still expect the Packers to be that team who comes out on top. Should this be the season Green Bay finally comes up with several close wins, the Packers could get to 12-4 or so to possibly earn a bye.

Packers great Dave Robinson blames coaches for head-hunting

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Usually the ball is carried around the waist, so helmet on the ball, your shoulder into his midsection and take the guy down.” Although he is generally disappointed by the tackling techniques of most current players, the three-time NFL champion points to a clean hit by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews in 2011 to changing the tide of Super Bowl XLV. With the Pittsburgh Steelers trailing by four points and driving in the fourth quarter, Matthews forced Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall to fumble in Green Bay territory. Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers then threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings to clinch the title. “He went in and his helmet was on the ball and the ball popped out and that won the game for us,” Robinson said. “If he had gone helmet to helmet, (Mendenhall) may have held onto the ball and we may have lost the game. You’ve got to tackle correctly, and that was a perfect tackle by Clay Matthews.” Because he believes something needs to be done to change players’ tackling techniques, the three-time Pro Bowler applauds Goodell’s efforts to limit helmet-to-helmet hits with fines and a rule change. However, Robinson believes the techniques the league is advocating are still too dangerous. He believes the league should stress old-fashioned tackling. “I would talk to Commissioner Goodell and explain to him that the heads-up thing they’re doing is not right,” he said.

Green Bay Packers training camp preview

———————————————– NFL Team Report – Green Bay Packers – NOTES, QUOTES –Maybe Brad Jones had good reason to sing the virtues of head coach Mike McCarthy’s revised offseason schedule this year. “I think it was the best OTAs I’ve ever been a part of,” Jones, a fifth-year veteran, said as the Packers were completing their organized team activities the second week of June. A few days later, the smile that accompanied Jones’ ringing endorsement had to have grown wider. That’s because general manager Ted Thompson went ahead with an anticipated cut of Desmond Bishop on June 17. Bishop’s departure all but ensures Jones will continue to start alongside A.J. Hawk at inside linebacker going into the coming season. Jones started the final 12 games of last season at the position after D.J. Smith, who replaced an injured Bishop, suffered a season-ending knee injury. After the Packers released Smith earlier this offseason, Bishop became expendable by the end of the team’s spring workouts. The six-year veteran didn’t participate in any of the OTAs or the minicamp, which was held for the first time on McCarthy’s watch between the voluntary practices, as he recovered some more from the devastating hamstring injury he sustained last August.

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At 6-foot-3 265-pounds, Perry is the ideal fit in defensive coordinator Dom Capers multi-look defense. In a similar mold to fellow pass rusher extraordinaire Clay Matthews , Perry can use his familiarity with edge rushing from his days at USC to get to the quarterback while his athletic build allows him to drop into coverage when necessary as well. This will allow Capers disguise his looks defensively and confuse opposing offenses on a regular basis. Perry is penciled in as a starter this coming season with last years first-stringer opposite Matthews in Erik Walden now a member of the Indianapolis Colts . Going up against left tackle Bryan Bulaga in practice will help Perry to refine his pass rush moves and learn quickly to accelerate into the upper echelon of edge rushers in his second NFL season. Theres no doubt that he has one of the best possible coaches a player at his position could ever ask for in arguably the first of the stand-up edge rushers in should-be Hall of Famer Kevin Greene with his 160 career sacks. As the outside linebackers coach with the Packers, Greene told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel following the playoff loss to the 49ers that he expected big things from Perry in 2013. Greene said of Perry: He can be physical. He can rush the passer. He can do the whole spectrum of this position. He just needs to come back with a good mind-set and go get it. If Perry can stay healthy in 2013, there should be no worries in Green Bay about any similar debacles to what took place in last years postseason.

Green Bay Packers Training Camp Profile: Nick Perry

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The game was never too big for Hayward. He made football plays it takes years for veterans to see. SCOUTS TAKE RB DuJuan Harris I thought he was good. I thought he was really good. I really respect his game. He runs hard. That (49ers defense) is one of the most physical defenses Ive been around, and he didnt back down. He ran really hard. I respect that. I think he can last. Definitely.

Packers safety M.D. Jennings wants to be more than just that ‘Fail Mary’ guy

Bishop saw ‘writing on the wall’ with Packers

When the pads come on, the Packers will get a closeup of the new-look Jennings. “My size never had anything White Clay Matthews Jersey Youth to do with my confidence,” Jennings said. “It was just, I would hit ’em and they wouldn’t go down right there. That’s where I’m trying to take my game hitting them and dropping them right there.” Added Perry, “The other thing we talk about is pad level, playing lower and getting underneath people so we can deliver punishment and not be absorbing or taking as much punishment as we did last year when we hit people. So I think a lot of that will be a result of our leverage and playing lower.” For the first time since 2004 the Packers will be without Nick Collins and Charles Woodson. Both perennial playmakers have served as extra coaches to Jennings. Woodson, particularly, helped Jennings with formation recognition. He pointed out how subtle tendencies in formations can tip off routes. With Woodson in Oakland and Collins out of the NFL because of injury, Perry has made it clear.

M.D. Jennings takes part in a drill during Packers OTAs in May.

I thought it was a rumor I was told it was a rumor and dont worry about it, Bishop said. When it initially came out, at first I figured that, with the exception of a couple of guys, everyone is pretty much tradable for the right price. I didnt think much of it. But, as time went on, I started to see the writing on the wall a little bit that its part of the business. Bishop, who was sidelined last season with a severe hamstring injury, said the strange scenarios that were taking place at the Packers training facility set off a red flag with him. He was itching to get back on the field and reclaim his starting spot, but the Packers were holding him back. He saw that as being suspicious. When I was ready to start practicing, they wouldnt let me go out to practice, Bishop said. I was cleared by the doctor and then, all of the sudden, it was like, No wait, were going to hold you out a little longer. I dont know if I was being paranoid, but it was just a weird vibe. It wasnt the same. When Bishop hit the open market, several teams expressed an interest, including both Super Bowl teams the Ravens and 49ers as well as Jacksonville, Kansas City, the New York Giants, Indianapolis and other teams he couldnt immediately remember. His decision to come to the Vikings was something that seemed like the best fit for him, as well as a motivation that likely wont sit well with Packers fans. (It was) a combination of a lot of things, Bishop said.

Green Bay Packers Training Camp Profile: Nick Perry

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Going up against left tackle Bryan Bulaga in practice will help Perry to refine his pass rush moves and learn quickly to accelerate into the upper echelon of edge rushers in his second NFL season. Theres no doubt that he has one of the best possible coaches a player at his position could ever ask for in arguably the first of the stand-up edge rushers in should-be Hall of Famer Kevin Greene with his 160 career sacks. As the outside linebackers coach with the Packers, Greene told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel following the playoff loss to the 49ers that he expected big things from Perry in 2013. Greene said of Perry: He can be physical. He can rush the passer. He can do the whole spectrum of this position. He just needs to come back with a good mind-set and go get it. If Perry can stay healthy in 2013, there should be no worries in Green Bay about any similar debacles to what took place in last years postseason. His potential is still very much untapped, and the Packers are just waiting for him to come into his own as a pass rusher. As a full-time starter in 2013, theres no better time than the present.

NFL Power Rankings: Packers 5th, Fans Lectured on Team History by NFL.com Writer

They are a consistent winner, and while those regular season successes have not translated to sustained playoff success over the past two years, the defense and running game should be better and they should contend for a Super Bowl berth once again in 2013. While I have no major quarrel with the Packers’ rank, I do however take issue with what Harrison said in his description of the Packers. Here is what he says: Oh, Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers — such funny guys. But when Jennings says he’d take Brett Favre over Rodgers — even if it’s all in good fun — this predictably sparks the tired debate over who is the better Green Bay Packers quarterback. My question to Packers fans: Is either the greatest Green Bay QB of all time? Bart Starr went 9-1 in the postseason, people, winning five NFL championship games and two Super Bowls. Excuse me?! Mister Harrison, do you really think that Packers fans, who follow the most storied and historic franchise in the history of the NFL, who grow up learning about and idolizing the players of the Lombardi era, and who are the only fans with personal ownership stakes in the team, would not understand that Bart Starr belongs in that discussion? Lecturing Packers fans about Bart Starr’s place in team history is like lecturing New York Yankees fans about Babe Ruth or Detroit Red Wings fans about Gordie Howe. It is absurd and offensive, plain and simple.

Analysts bet high on Packers’ future

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Others get the headlines, the Pack keeps cashing Aaron Rodgers Jersey playoff checks. The signing of Rodgers sets them up to continue the run and the draft additions of Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy and little-known but very productive Johnathan Franklin may be enough to get them to the top. One thing is certain; they’ll be in the hunt.” So far they have projected the top 10 players for 2016 in nine categories. Rodgers was chosen the top quarterback, over Andrew Luck of the Colts, who was listed second. Russell Wilson of the Seahawks was third. Clay Matthews was listed fifth among pass rushers. (Pewaukee’s J.J. Watt of the Texans was third). Randall Cobb landed seventh among wide receivers. Morgan Burnett made it tenth among safeties. Casey Hayward listed sixth among cornerbacks.

Packers Expecting Big Things From Nick Perry

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Well, to have them stay together is all about growth, and I feel good about giving guys some other opportunities to grow from within without leaving. Sometimes people think they have to leave to another spot to grow. I hope our assistant coaches don’t feel that way. Based on my communications, we feel like we’re giving guys a chance to grow as much as they can individually. Ultimately, it’s about winning. But this stuff, drinking from the cup of success, winning a Super Bowl is all everybody’s focused on. We talk about capturing that moment again and there’s nothing like that. I’m very blessed to have these guys. And who knows? Maybe it’s this year.

Have at It: Jermichael Finley to Patriots?

Burnett assesses the strength of the offense, makes checks where necessary and then shouts instructions. Jennings, he insisted, is loud enough to do the same. The next concern? Size. When Jennings stepped onto campus at Arkansas State, he weighed 160 pounds. By the NFL, he was 187. Three years in, he’ll play at about 200. A willingness to hit, to step into the path of runaway freight train running backs, was never an issue, Perry said. In analyzing Jennings’ 52-tackle season in 2012, that’s not the issue.

He progressed during his time last year as a player. This position takes a little time to settle into, he said. Its hard to come out of the gate at this position because theres so much involved with the eyes. Nick is going to get better with more time on the job. Thats the bottom line. Hes got to be in the cleats. Smelling the grass. Having fun. Opening his eyes. Making good plays. Building confidence. And thats just the natural progression of a player. So what should we expect from Perry in 2013?

Packers safety M.D. Jennings wants to be more than just that ‘Fail Mary’ guy

M.D. Jennings takes part in a drill during Packers OTAs in May.

The Patriots have excelled over the years in transforming their scheme to meet the strengths of their personnel, but it’s fair to wonder what their offensive strength is at the moment. In essence, Butler suggests the Packers should try to capitalize on the Patriots’ sudden depletion before they have a chance to regroup. Would the Packers really consider such a trade? Unlikely, but it’s worth noting the reasons Butler brought it up in the first place. Finley, as you know, will be the second-highest paid tight end in the NFL this season with a total of $8.25 million in compensation. He is eligible for free agency next winter, and his 2013 paycheck will serve as the baseline for negotiations if he has the kind of season the Packers hope he will. If Finley has a disappointing season, the Packers might want to start over at the position. Regardless, it’s far from a sure thing that Finley’s future is secure in Green Bay. A trade, if attractive enough, would maximize return on Finley rather than allow him to depart via free agency. (Compensatory picks, which depend in part on other player movement, top out in the third round.) It’s worth considering that a second-round pick from the Patriots might pretty close to the top of the third, especially if Finley had the kind of impact he is capable of. It’s also important to realize the Packers don’t have a proven pass-catching tight end behind Finley, let alone someone with his ability to impact defenses before the snap.

Holler: Packers defections 80% successful

Packers’ Rodgers among top 10 in NFL

As with his four notable predecessors that Spielman and the Vikings invested in, none of them were the high-profile free agent raids made in recent years. In each instance, the player was available because the Packers said they werent interested in moving forward an NFL colloquialism of Hit the road, Jack, and dont you come back no more, no more, no more, no more. If it was a relationship, the Packers always made the decision that they wanted to see other people. Dump City, Population You. For the reasons of clarity, Robert Ferguson is included in the Gang of Five. Much like the Vikings scorched-hand policy of trying to make something out of former Bears receivers (Bobby Wade, Devin Aromoshodu and Hollywood fashion plate Bernard Berrian come immediately to mind), Ferguson earned the hushed nickname Turd Ferguson a tip of the hat to a Saturday Night Live sketch in which Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds was looking to fluster Alex Trebec (Will Farrell). From the perspective of Vikings fans, the Clay Matthews Jersey Camo 4xl comparisons and the hushed nickname were appropriate. He was a swing and a miss. Darren Sharper was the first Packer to make an impact, and in a strange way may be the reason why the Vikings traded back into the first round of the 2011 draft to take Harrison Smith . Even the most jaded of Packers fans couldnt deny that Sharper was a defensive difference-maker when he donned purple (and subsequently won a ring for his un-penalized role in the Bountygate scandal). Unlike guys like Madieu Williams , Sharper didnt look to knock down passes, he looked to intercept them and bring them back for a score.

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In 2011 voting, the Packers had seven players in the top 100. Last year they had six. The 2013 top 10 in alphabetical order are: Tom Brady, quarterback, Patriots; Arian Foster, running back, Texans; CalvinJohnson, wide receiver, Lions; Peyton Manning, quarterback, Broncos; Von Miller, linebacker, Broncos; Adrian Peterson, running back, Vikings; Rodgers; Aldon Smith, linebacker, 49ers; J.J. Watt, defensive end, Texans; and Patrick Willis, linebacker, 49ers. Besides Pewaukee’s Watt, other former University of Wisconsin stars on the list are Brookfield’s Joe Thomas (T, Browns) at No. 28 and Russell Wilson (QB, Seahawks) at No. 51. Seat adjustments The National Football League recently announced new restrictions about what fans are allowed to bring into NFL stadiums. Among the newly prohibited items are seat cushions because they have pockets and zippered areas that could conceal devices.

Packers to enhance public safety at Lambeau Field

23, 2013 11:30AM – 5:00PM CDT Ask Vic Day “Ask Vic Day” will include a tour of Lambeau Field, a Packers Hall of Fame visit, lunch, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with an 11:30 a.m. lunch. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception. Cost per person is $30 (tax included). Wed., Jul. The meeting will take place rain or shine. Fri., Jul.

James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013

James Jones thinks the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013. (USATSI)

(USATSI) The Green Bay Packers have never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but that could change in 2013, at least according to James Jones . Jones believes the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers next season if everyone stays healthy. “I’ve been on record as saying that I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this room,” Jones said, via the Green Bay Press Gazette . “I believe me, Randall [Cobb] and Jordy [Nelson], if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000.” Jones thinks that losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings and Donald Driver to retirement will only help the rest of the receiving corps. “It’s exciting and we’re all excited because we know the departure of Greg and Donald means more opportunities for us,” Jones said. “Do you want to lose guys like that? No, but it gives us the chance to step up.” Nelson, Cobb and Jones will definitely have to step up to meet Jones’ lofty prognostication. Not only have the Packers never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but they’ve had two receivers reach the 1,000-yard mark in the same season only five times in franchise history. To be more precise, that’s five times in 92 seasons. However, if three 1,000-yard receivers is going to happen for the first time, Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback to do it.

Packers reportedly will release LB Bishop

Ups & downs, wins & losses! Even a XLV championship. Forever grateful,” Bishop wrote on Twitter. Bishop, who missed the 2012 season with a torn hamstring, didn’t participate in any of the Packers’ organized team activities or their mandatory minicamp because of the injury. The Packers have three veteran inside linebackers set to earn a starter’s salary this season, two of whom had their contracts written after Bishop’s injury. Brad Jones , re-signed in March, will make at least $4.2 million this season. A.J. Hawk agreed to a restructured contract that will pay him $3.6 million. Bishop, meanwhile, is set to earn $3.96 million. Together, the trio counts $12.164 million against the 2013 salary cap. ESPN Milwaukee had reported last week that Bishop’s release was likely unless he agreed to restructure his contract or the Packers were able to find a trade partner.

Packers’ Dietrich-Smith plans to prove his worth, keep starting role

This is Dietrich-Smith’s job to lose. He just doesn’t want to hear about it. “I really don’t think I’m the guy yet,” Dietrich-Smith said. “That’s what everyone keeps telling me, but I can’t have that mentality. You have to make sure you’re working and getting better every day. That’s the mentality I’ve had my whole career. You have to make sure you’re doing it right.” Take Tuesday’s practice. On one play, Dietrich-Smith misidentified a block and pressure flooded the middle of the line. “You can’t brush that stuff off,” he said. “You have to make sure you’re right all the time.” Saturday couldn’t handle the job physically into December, something the younger, barrel-chested Dietrich-Smith shouldn’t have a problem with.

Retired Packers WR Donald Driver gets statue and street in Green Bay

Former Packers receiver Donald Driver has a statue unveiled in his honor on Saturday. (@Packers)

(@Packers) What happens in Green Bay when you retire and stay retired? Good things. Just ask Donald Driver . The Packers all-time leading receiver announced his retirement in January, and on Saturday, the city of Green Bay honored Driver by naming a street after him and unveiling a statue in his honor. “To have a statue that has my name on the back of it, it has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with you,” Driver said to the many Packers fans in attendance (via Packers.com ). “Because you all have put me on a pedestal that I would have never thought to be standing on.” The ceremony took place at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay where the Driver statue is now located. The statue was originally a generic “receiver” statue that was dedicated at the Packers Hall of Fame across from Lambeau Field in 1985. The statue was moved to Titletown Brewing Co. in 2005, and on Saturday, the statue was unveiled with a new look: It had been painted with Driver’s number. Fittingly, the statue is located at the corner of Dousman Street and the newly named Donald Driver Way.

James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013

James Jones thinks the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013. (USATSI)

(USATSI) The Green Bay Packers have never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but that could change in 2013, at least according to James Jones . Jones believes the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers next season if everyone stays healthy. “I’ve been on record as saying that I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this room,” Jones said, via the Green Bay Press Gazette . “I believe me, Randall [Cobb] and Jordy [Nelson], if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000.” Jones thinks that losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings and Donald Driver to retirement will only help the rest of the receiving corps. “It’s exciting and we’re all excited because we know the departure of Greg and Donald means more opportunities for us,” Jones said. “Do you want to lose guys like that? No, but it gives us the chance to step up.” Nelson, Cobb and Jones will definitely have to step up to meet Jones’ lofty prognostication. Not only have the Packers never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but they’ve had two receivers reach the 1,000-yard mark in the same season only five times in franchise history. To be more precise, that’s five times in 92 seasons. However, if three 1,000-yard receivers is going to happen for the first time, Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback to do it.

Packers RB Alex Green has healthy amount of hope

14 at Houston, Green recalled — the running back had to be carried a short distance by others to get treatment. After practices, he often hobbled up and down stairs on one leg. And before hitting the light to sleep, Green downed four, sometimes five Advils. The 6-foot, 220-pounder slept in fear of the deep burn that would strike in the morning. “I’d wake up and I was just in pain,” Green said. “Taking pills and worrying how it can get better, but knowing it was getting weaker, it was frustrating.” He couldn’t mask the pain on the field, either. Each cut on the left knee stung. Not ideal for a running back built for a zone-blocking scheme. Green braced for each cut, each plant of the cleat into the turf. He’d strap tape around his knee.

Brat packers star in Magpies’ AFL win

Buckley denied a media report that the pack was resisting cultural change at the club. There was nothing disruptive about Swan and Shaw in Sunday’s game. Shaw was best afield with his superb rebound off half-back and Swan racked up 38 possessions. It was Collingwood’s third-straight win before the bye. The sixth-placed ‘Pies have a favourable draw after the break, with games against Port Adelaide, Carlton, Adelaide, Greater Western Sydney and Gold Coast. The Bulldogs struggled badly in attack when the game was in the balance early and also put too little pressure on the Magpies defenders when they had possession. Robert Murphy, Ryan Griffen, Will Minson and young forward Jake Stringer were the Bulldogs’ best. Collingwood’s key forward Travis Cloke starred in the first half with four goals and kicked five for the game. But his fellow key forward Quinten Lynch again had minimal impact.

Packers Plus and Senex Energy successfully complete Hornet-1 well in Australia

Packers Add WR Terrell Sinkfield To The Mix

“This was a cased, vertical proof-of-concept well that was so successful it led to the discovery of a new gas field,” said Mark Rivenbark , Packers Plus Director, Eastern Hemisphere. Senex announced on May 15, 2013 that the new Hornet field contains up to 2.9 Tcf of prospective resource. Cahn Nguyen, Well Delivery Manager at Senex said “The Packers Plus StackFRAC® system was very successful and saved us significant time and money and the team at Packers Plus were dedicated to working with us to achieve the best outcome possible. We will definitely consider using StackFRAC® in future wells.” Packers Plus worked closely with Senex in the planning stages to ensure that the vertical StackFRAC® system met all of their design requirements. This included detailed pre-job engineering calculations and run requirements performed by the Packers Plus Technical Services Engineers. “Preparation before the job was key,” said Cameron Radtke , Packers Plus Technical Services Manager, Eastern Hemisphere. “This well required a completion that could withstand 350°F and 15,000psi. Integral to installation success was teamwork and the combined skills of Senex and Packers Plus, which saw the seamless installation of equipment, and stimulation of the well, in a remote and logistically challenging environment.” This latest operational success with Senex builds on experience to date in Australia and further outlines the capabilities of Packers Plus in the emerging Australian Shale and natural gas market.

Vince was lucky, and I told him that years later. We were lucky to have him, of course, but he was lucky to have us, as well. We had 11 Hall of Fame rs on that team: Hornung, Starr, Gregg, Jordan, Jim Taylor, Ray Nitschke, Herb Adderley, Willie Davis, Jim Ringo, Willie Wood and Dave Robinson. Robinson was the last of the bunch to earn a bust in Canton, having just been elected to the Hall in February. Super guy, great player. One of the best players Penn State ever had.

Paul Hornung: Vince Lombardi rescued Green Bay Packers

Paul Hornung (left) credits Vince Lombardi (right) with saving his football career.

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