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What we’ve learned: Packers’ defense

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ‘shocked’ by Ryan Braun’s suspension

Jollys first step back: Theres no template for a return to the NFL after missing three full seasons because of a suspension, jail time and drug addiction. And after three practices, including just one in pads, it would be foolish to make any definitive evaluation of Johnny Jolly , the once-troubled defensive end who is attempting a heretofore unimaginable comeback. But Jolly, who last played in the NFL in January 2010, has gotten himself back into shape after ballooning to nearly 400 pounds (hes listed at 325, and he would only say that both he and the coaches are happy with his weight). He was able to at least exert some force and move around blockers in the early practices. If he can do that — and a little more — perhaps theres a spot for him on a defense that could use help up the middle. With Johnny, thats where he always thrived, as an inside player and his ability to get off blocks, his instincts, coach Mike McCarthy said. He just needs as much [work] as he can, but we also have him on a rep count, too, because we have to be realistic about where he is. Cornerback concerns: The Packers still think veteran CB Tramon Williams can return to his 2010 form, when he was one of the key defensive players during the run to Super Bowl XLV, but after two subpar seasons and a $5.9 million base salary in 2013, Williams needs a bounce-back performance. He dropped out halfway through Sundays practice because of a knee injury that isnt believed to be serious, but this position has been hit hard by injuries. Casey Hayward , who led all rookies last season with six interceptions, is expected to miss the first two weeks of camp because of a hamstring injury he sustained while working out on his own. Davon House , who was a strong contender for a starting job last year at this time before he sustained a shoulder injury in the preseason opener, hasnt practiced yet, either.

EDT July 26, 2013 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, left, and OF Ryan Braun talk at Brewers spring training in 2012. (Photo: Morry Gash, AP) SHARE 323 CONNECT 34 TWEET 26 COMMENTEMAILMORE GREEN BAY, Wis. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked Friday about suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Rodgers’ friend and business partner, during his post-practice press conference. On his reaction to Braun getting suspended for 65 games and essentially admitting he was guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs: Rodgers: “Well, I was shocked, I really was, just like I know many of you were. I was backing up a friend, who looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations, said they weren’t true. So it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, Major League Baseball fans. It doesn’t feel great being lied to like that, and I’m disappointed about the way it all went down.” PHOTOS: MLB drug suspensions On Braun violating the fans’ trust: Rodgers: “Well, it’s important. Fans are what make our business go. We’re fortunate here in Wisconsin to have some of the best sports fans, from Packer fans, Brewer fans, Bucks fans, fans that stick behind their team win or lose. We’ve been fortunate here in Green Bay to have some success and continue to keep this thing going and give our fans a lot to cheer about.

Packers sign Banjo, Hines; waive McMahon

(AP) – The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Chris Banjo and wide receiver Omarius (oh-MAR’-ee-us) Hines and waived safety Ryan McMahon. The team announced the moves Monday. Banjo, a 207-pound rookie out of Southern Methodist, signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in April before being waived on July 25. As a senior at SMU in 2011, Banjo recorded 82 tackles (50 solo), two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Hines, a 215-pound rookie out of Florida, signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent in May before being waived on July 22. He appeared in 51 games with nine starts during his career at Florida and caught 64 passes for 801 yards and four touchdowns. Hines also rushed for 323 yards and four TDs on 33 carries during his career. More NFL

Packers announce roster moves

All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Fri., Aug. 02, 2013 4:00PM – 6:00PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception Packers Partners Club of Champions Annual Reception Fri., Aug. 02, 2013 7:00PM – 9:00PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Sat., Aug. 03, 2013 5:30PM – 9:30PM CDT Packers Family Night The Green Bay Packers announced today that Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will take place Saturday evening, Aug.

Leslie Frazier tells Greg Jennings to focus on Vikings, not Packers

“One of the lessons you learn, you can’t control everything and you shouldn’t worry too much about the things that are said outside the building,” Rodgers said. “You’re worried about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you.” And that holds for the Vikings, too. Because now Jennings will be catching passes from Christian Ponder . And if Ponder struggles, Matt Cassel . I’m not saying that if I had wrote a script, this would hands down be the ideal position for me to be in, Jennings said last week. I don’t know. Only God knows that. But for me, it’s a challenge. It’s a change of gear to where now I don’t have that [established] quarterback. That’s what everybody is saying. But in my mind, I don’t need that quarterback for usto be successful.


Three receivers go down as injuries plague Packers

Packers holdover backs still in the running

Some players have been wearing monitors to track their heart rates when they go from practicing all out to taking a two-minute break. The result, the staff is finding, is that it is best sometimes to take the mini rest periods even in practice. “It’s serving its purpose,” McCarthy said. “It’s really an emulation of a timeout during the game. That’s our plan from a health and nutrition standpoint. The emphasis is to lower the heart rate of the athletes. It’s been positive for players. I don’t think there’s anybody alive who doesn’t appreciate a break, so I wasn’t expecting any negative feedback.” Wearing monitors can be a little cumbersome the first five minutes or so, said tight end D.J. Williams, but after that they’re no big deal.

The Packers hope that the sheer number of running backs they were forced to use last year (Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant, Alex Green, DuJuan Harris, John Kuhn, James Starks, Johnny White) due to a litany of injuries is behind them. Three running backs from last season are already gone and two new arrivals guarantee a new-look running attack in Green Bay. Lacy and Franklin are roster locks. Late-season surprise Harris is also likely to stick around. A battle may be brewing for one remaining roster spot between former third-round pick Alex Green and former sixth-round pick Starks. Kuhn should remain as the teams only true fullback, but does have a high cap number. Undrafted rookies Angelo Pease and Jonathan Amosa (fullback) are on hand if injuries should continue to befall this unit. Linebackers The Packers generated 47 sacks in 2012 good enough to rank fourth in the NFL. Still, they recognized the need to get more athletic and stout along the line. The Packers selected defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA in the first round of the draft.

Green Bay Packers: A day in the shoes of an NFL owner

Tretter , defensive end Jerel Worthy , defensive end Mike Neal and safeties Sean Richardson and Chaz Powell . In addition, linebacker Jamari Lattimore was placed on the non-football illness list. As noted by Jason Wilde of, Sherrod (leg), Worthy (knee) and Richardson (neck) missed all of the Packers offseason workouts and were not a surprise to land on PUP. However, Neal, Powell and Lattimore all took part in the offseason program and their inclusion is somewhat unusual. Any players on PUP can be activated at any time prior to the end of the preseason. If they remain on PUP they are ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the regular season. gbpshareholder says: Jul 26, 2013 3:08 AM If Sherrod isnt healthy by game one, it has to be time to send him to the Vikings right? Jul 26, 2013 3:26 AM Good God, Mike Neal. greenmeattruck says: Jul 26, 2013 5:25 AM Its play or leave time for Neal and Richardson. Maybe Sherrod, too.

Derek Sherrod, Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy among Packers on PUP

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears

Behind closed doors, there’s also been a revitalized approach to nutrition and training. “It’s something we looked at from a medical standpoint, the ability to lower the heart rate of the players within the practice,” McCarthy said. “It’s also really trying to train the way you play. TV timeouts are part of the game, and it’s part of that curve that the athletes’ bodies go through on game day. So that’s one of the adjustments that we’ve made to try and be a healthier team.” McCarthy has offered a number of theories for the team’s slow start in 2012, but injuries didn’t help. At one point in last year’s training camp, mounting ailments forced the team to cut a couple practice sessions by nearly an hour. It’s for that reason McCarthy has no qualms taking a few minutes out of practice while Robin Thicke and Mumford & Sons keep the tempo. That effort, for at least one day, paid dividends nobody had to withdraw from practice. Some of the other offseason alterations include the distribution of reps, a new cafeteria, brainstorming new strategies in the weight room and recovery, and a differing approach to how the team handles off-day training.

Green Bay Packers Face Key Changes at 3 Position Groups

Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy

I get the feeling Jerry Jones doesn’t get turned away when he forgets his ticket into Cowboys Stadium. As I walk into the Lambeau Field Atrium — a five-story structure connected to the stadium that includes the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers Hall of Fame and Curly’s Pub — thousands of people move in different directions. Some slap nametags on their shirts and jerseys, while others stand in line for raffles. I find Nick and Elia, and we proceed through a large set of doors to Lambeau. 10:21 a.m. — We take our seats in Section 115 for the 11 a.m. meeting as the stadium serenades us with Matchbox 20 songs and a 2012 highlight reel titled “Unfinished Business,” a reference to the Packers’ playoff loss in San Francisco last January. The owners boo lustily as the “Fail Mary” play against the Seahawks flashes up on the board. 11 a.m. — The unrest does not last long. We cheer as the Packers’ front office strolls onto the field to their seats on a tent-shaded stage.

Packers giving TV timeouts during practice to reduce injuries

For Green, its staying healthy, after his surgically repaired left knee started to give him problems last season and ultimately costing him his spot on the game-day roster. And for Starks, its proving that hes capable of being healthy for longer than brief increments, as his career has been sidetracked again and again by injuries. So as the pads come on for Sundays first in-pads practice of training camp, the veteran running back threesome the 27-year-old Starks being the elder statesman of the group as he enters his fourth NFL season knows its all about what they do, not what the new kids on the block do. I know I need to out there again as quick as I can, but last year I came in in October, said Harris, who was out of football before signing with the practice squad, was promoted to the 53-man roster on Dec. 1 and was the teams starting running back by seasons end, rushing 34 times for 157 yards (4.6-yard average) and two touchdowns in the regular season and 28 times for 100 yards (3.6-yard average) and two more TDs in the playoffs. The game is the game. I just need to get out there and play the game, and then decisions will come up. So nothings different. Starks, though, is hoping everything is different. His talent is unquestioned, as he showed during the teams Super Bowl XLV run as a rookie in 2010, when he awakened the teams dormant running game and ran for 123 yards in an NFC Wild Card Playoff victory at Philadelphia. But his inability to stay healthy is also impossible to ignore. He missed his entire senior season at the University of Buffalo with a shoulder injury, then spent the first half of his rookie year on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his hamstring in the pre-training camp conditioning test.

Green Bay Packers Thrilled to Get Rookie Datone Jones Signed

Green Bay Packers: Defense needs to replace nasty at linebacker

The defensive end is set to make $7.7 million over four years with a team option for a fifth year. He will receive roughly $4 million in terms of a signing bonus while he is guaranteed $6.3 million. Hopefully, Jones will become the player everyone in and around the organization knows he can be so that he can earn a much bigger contract, such as what Clay Matthews accomplished this summer. His personal success will immediately transition over to the team, as he will be a critical piece to get the defense performing at a high level. It may take some time to get going, but there is no question he must turn into an elite player over the next few years in order for the Packers to get back on top. Green Bay needs him to be a top-notch pass rusher to go along with Matthews and outside linebacker Nick Perry. They also need him to be effective in the run game. Jones posted 62 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while suiting up for UCLA in 2012. The Packers will need him to put up monster numbers in his rookie season, while he will have to consistently attack the quarterback with the same intensity that Matthews does. There is a lot riding on what Jones will be able to do along the defensive line, which certainly puts on added pressure. However, if he wants to help Green Bay win another Super Bowl he will have to be everything the Packers expect right out of the gate.

49-Day NFL Warning: Aldon Smith, Clay Matthews, and the Rest of the All–Pass Rush Team

The first time Abrams watched him as a senior, Rogers leveled a cornerback on a crack-back block. “That showed me that he had a nasty streak to him,” Abrams said. “He needed that.” Rogers didn’t slow down this summer, hitting the boxing bags with Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and going head to head with San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick in agility drills while training in Thousand Oaks. Also Bill Belichick says Patriots will move forward He clocked a 4.48 40-yard time at his pro day as interest ramped up from multiple NFL teams. Matthews lobbied for the Packers to sign him, but Rogers chose the Cowboys, who hold part of their training camp in Oxnard. “I had to find the best situation and I thought Dallas was my best chance to stick around with a team,” he said. Rogers impressed Cowboys coaches at rookie mini-camp in May. He shined in red-zone drills, outplaying cornerback B.W. Webb, a fourth-round pick, and made an early case for a spot on the practice squad. On the first day of training camp Sunday in Oxnard, Rogers reached back to snare an errant pass on a crossing route late in the Cowboys’ first training camp practice. The fans erupted along the sideline.

Camp Depth Chart: Outside ‘Backers

/ Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media More ADVERTISEMENT During his nine-year career, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila broke the Packers all-time sack record held by Reggie White. Gbaja-Biamila said Saturday prior to his Packers Hall of Fame induction that he expects his record of 74 sacks to be broken and that current Packers linebacker Clay Matthews could be the one to do it. Matthews has played four years with the Packers and ranks fifth all-time in sacks with 42. If he keeps up that pace, he will break KGBs record in 2015. I wish there was a time when we could play together and see what that looks like, said Gbaja-Biamila, who was released during the 2008 season about six months before the Packers drafted Matthews. Gbaja-Biamila missed playing with White by two seasons but had the chance to get to know him. We used to talk about religious (topics), the Bible, theology, things of that nature, Gbaja-Biamila said. We went to Carolina, got to meet with him, got to know Sara (White). I didnt get to play with him, but I did get to befriend him. Long ball Packers Hall of Fame inductee Chris Jacke ranks No.

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Donte Savage (6-1 252 24 FA-’13 New Mexico State) Played DE for Aggies, finishing with 145 tackles (28 for loss) and 14 sacks. Runs 4.78, vertical jump of 32 and broad jump of 9-6, Abnormally long arms (35), large hands (10). Jarvis Reed (6-1 245 23 FA-’13 Prairie View A&M) Formerly known as Jarvis Wilson. Two-year starter with 157 tackles (24 for loss) and 81/2 sacks. 40 time of 4.66, vertical jump of 35 and 33 7/8 arms. INSIDE LINEBACKERS (6) A.J. Hawk (6-1 238 29 D1-’06 Ohio State) Started career with a big-play flourish, registering five takeaways in 2006. In 104 games since, counting playoffs, he has just nine takeaways. Hasn’t forced a fumble in the last five years. Brad Jones (6-3 242 27 D7-’09 Colorado) Started 15 of 37 games at OLB from 2009-’11 before moving inside. Didn’t play a snap from scrimmage in Games 1-5 in ’12 before D.J.

Packers linebackers at a glance

He says hes not too beat up about it , which is understandable. Hes 23 years old. My guess is that hell tally a few more as we go. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys Despite the rise of the Class of 2011, Ware remains the NFLs pass-rushing king. The second-fastest player ever to 100 sacks, Ware hasnt had a single-digit sack season since his rookie year. Well have more on Ware in this space next week. Clay Matthews, Packers In baseball, there are certain stats that are good indicators of eventual improvement or regression. If a player has a batting average on balls in play figure significantly higher than average, its likely the player has had some very good fortune, and his performance will probably tail off. For pass rushers, the math isnt as cut-and-dried, but there are also numbers that are telling in terms of future performance. In 2010, Clay Matthews had 13.5 sacks. It was his second double-digit sack performance in as many seasons, and he was again off to the Pro Bowl.

Clay Matthews will Be Filling That Leadership Void

Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews

Sources said the team’s medical staff was confident Bishop’s leg was healed but said the decision-makers had reservations he could ever be the same player. They also were worried about Bishop’s history of other leg injuries. An executive for an NFC team wondered why the Packers didn’t renegotiate with the emotional, head-hunting Bishop, who eventually signed with Minnesota for one year at $750,000 ($50,000 guaranteed). The answer probably was Ted Thompson’s deep-seated belief in Hawk, the staff’s belief in Jones and an attractive six-man depth chart. Thus, Hawk enters camp backed by Rob Francois and Terrell Manning on the strong inside, and Jones goes in backed by Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington on the weak inside. Even though Hawk allowed just 2-1/2 plays of 20 yards or more compared to Jones’ 6-1/2, Capers said the plan is for Jones to play base, nickel and dime and for Hawk to play base and nickel. “I really felt we had the best role for A.J. last year that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Capers. “And I like the way Brad matches up against tight ends and backs as much as anybody we put in there.” Playing fewer snaps and 5 to 7 pounds lighter, Hawk blitzed and covered better. His ratio of one pressure for every 7.57 snaps was by far the best of his career and surpassed Jones (one every 10.75).

Green Bay Packers Thrilled to Get Rookie Datone Jones Signed

Related Stories Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driverannounces retirement at Super Bowl GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers have locked up another defensive starter, signing safety Morgan Burnett to a long-term extension. Burnetts extension, reported by to be worth $24.75 million over four years, follows earlier offseason deals with linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones. Burnett had been due to be a free agent following the 2013 season. With Charles Woodson missing most of last season with a broken collarbone, Burnett took charge of the Packers secondary. He led the team with 123 tackles, and was one of only two defensive players in the NFL to play every snap. Burnett also had two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions both against the Minnesota Vikings. In three seasons with the Packers, Burnett has 244 tackles and six interceptions.

Green Bay Packers sign safety Morgan Burnett to long-term extension

I think its just the natural progression with leadership on this team, Matthews said. Obviously the more comfortable I am in the scheme, which I very much am, the longer Im here, the more tenured I am, the more I have to take that leadership opportunity. In light of what has happened in the off-season with Charles Woodson departing, the new contract shows trust in my leadership and ability on the field. So youre going to see that, especially in light of the last few years for our defense. Were trying to turn it around and get this thing back to where we were when we had the Super Bowl run. Matthews has always been a good player, but youve never seen him being overly vocal in the locker room or on the field. He just kind of fit in and let his play speak for him. That low-key demeanor appears to be a thing of the past. Matthews was reportedlymuch more vocal than in the past during minicamp and OTAs. He also worked extensively with the younger guys on the defense, who now look up to him. I think its definitely something natural as you get more comfortable in the system, being a leader, Matthews said. A lot of these young guys look up to you, especially having some personal success myself.

Notebook: Gbaja-Biamila expects to hand sack crown to Matthews

Nick Perry (6-3, 265; second season): Perrys rookie season ended in the sixth game with a knee injury, though it was a wrist injury sustained in the opener that required surgery that officially derailed his season. Using brute force more than anything else, Perry had two sacks in his six games. Despite the meager stats, Perry had an impact first year . Hes the unquestioned starter with Erik Walden signing with Indianapolis. Dezman Moses (6-2, 249; second season): The undrafted rookie took advantage of the injuries to Matthews and Perry and finished with four sacks in his final nine games (including six starts). Moses, who missed most of the offseason practices, looked more natural than Perry in coverage. Nate Palmer (6-2, 248; rookie/R-6): In two seasons at Illinois State, Palmer notched 17 sacks and 25 tackles for losses. During his one month of on-the-job training, he stood out in coverage and ball drills, making him an intriguing prospect. Andy Mulumba (6-3, 260; rookie/UDFA): Mulumba was the second pick of the CFL Draft but opted to take his shot in the NFL.

For Cowboys free agent Eric Rogers, avoiding trouble is a way of life


Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Add to that his guest shot on Entourage in its final season in 2011 and last Decembers Showtime standup special, Andrew Dice Clay: Indestructible, and it sounds like a comeback for Clay, 55, after a fallow period that included a brief 2009 stint on Celebrity Apprentice. He looks at it otherwise. Ive always done things a little differently, said Clay, who became both popular and polarizing in the 1980s with his profane, raw standup routines, especially those with women as the topic. Clay was so controversial so misogynistic, angry detractors said that his 1990 appearance as Saturday Night Live host prompted boycotts by series cast member Nora Dunn and scheduled musical guest Sinead OConnor. He hasnt lost his onstage edge, still essaying the Diceman persona that he calls the ultimate rock and roll standup comedic hero, one thats equal parts swagger, black leather and middle-age pompadour. But Clay suggests that the culture is so altered that its caught up with him, putting him in a different light. Women have become the aggressors, he said. When I say theyre the most aggressive piglets ever, I dont say that with disrespect. I waited for this generation. In conversation, Clay is so polite that before he introduces a racy thought he assures the listener that its part of his onstage material, not rudeness. Hes eager to talk about his sons, Max, 22, and Dylan, 18, who Clay says took center stage in his life after he went through a divorce about a decade ago. Both boys are pursuing entertainment industry careers and, together, have a band called L.A. Rocks.

Aaron Rodgers accepts pressure that comes with contract

Packers quarterback considers his legacy, Green Bay’s new offense

But according to the oddsmakers (and many analysts), the San Francisco 49ers balanced, complete and with a good mix of youth and experience are the team to beat in the NFC. And if the 49ers fail to reach Super Bowl XLVIII, then the Seattle Seahawks may get the nod. The Packers’ question marks include the defense and offensive line. “I love it when people are not talking about us,” Rodgers said. “It’s good for us. We’re a small-market team with a blue-collar, community attitude. We enjoy it when people are talking about other teams and we can skate under the radar.” Then Rodgers stops, shakes his head and grins. He knows that even in tiny Green Bay there’s no escape from the 365-day NFL radar. “In reality, that doesn’t happen anymore in this day and age,” he says. And the contract adds a twist. “I know I’m going to be scrutinized as hard as possible,” he says.

Boyz II Men stage bet between Aaron Rodgers and 49ers quarterback

Read Full Article Bastille Days, city looking at condition of new Kilbourn pavement By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel July 12, 2013 |Fri Jul 12 15:24:00 PDT 2013 Late last month, work crews put down new asphalt on E. Kilbourn Ave., from the Clay Matthews College Jersey Milwaukee River to N. Marshall St. On Thursday night, Bastille Days took over the newly paved street and the surrounding Cathedral Square area for its four-day festival run. Read Full Article (10) On Location: Parlez-vous Bastille Days? By Heather Ronaldson of the Journal Sentinel July 12, 2013 |Fri Jul 12 14:57:00 PDT 2013 On Tap hosts hit the streets of Bastille Days to quiz attendees about what they knew or didn’t know about the storming of the Bastille prison in France. And yes, we even made them speak a little French. Read Full Blog Post Snowden says he wants asylum in Russia By Jim Heintz, The Associated Press July 12, 2013 |Fri Jul 12 14:28:15 PDT 2013 MOSCOW (AP) Edward Snowden emerged from weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport Friday, still defiant but willing to stop leaking secrets about U.S. surveillance programs if Russia will give him asylum until he can move on to Latin America. Snowden’s meeting with Russian officials and rights activists cleared up uncertainty about where the former National Security Agency systems analyst is, but left open the big question: What comes next? Read Full Article (4) Gov.


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Mike Ditka on Aaron Rodgers: ‘Best in football’

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I look at guys like [Tom] Brady and [Drew] Brees . . . the talent is phenomenal, said Ditka. The guy up in Green Bay [Aaron Rodgers], I think is the best in football. But thats my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. And I think thats the other thing you have to look at. He has to be the guy in charge. And the team has to know it. And of all the quarterbacks who have played in the NFL, Ditka would have liked to coach Rodgers the most. How could I say that I wouldnt want to coach [Johnny] Unitas or Bart Starr?

Why the Green Bay Packers Shouldn’t Trade Jermichael Finley

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A team with Super Bowl aspirations would be hard to justify creating such anunnecessaryhole on the roster less than a month before training camp. The compensationeven at a second-round levelsimply doesn’t make up for the creation of such a hole. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Finley is entering a contract season in Green Bay. A second-round pick from the Patriots would likely end up in the later portion of the round. A top-60 pick is hardly enough to miss out on Finley in a contract year, especially given the NFL ‘s compensatory-pick system. If Finley walks following the 2013 season and signs a lucrative deal in free agency, the Packers could receive up to a third-round pick in return. Very few losses actually fetch a third-rounder, but Green Bay could be confident in receiving decent compensation for Finley if he leaves in free agency. The Packers would then have somewhat simple math: A full year of a motivated Finley plus a potential mid-round compensatory pick or a late second-rounder and Read More the loss of the offense’s third-leading receiver? For as accomplished and talented as quarterback Aaron Rodgers is, the loss of both Finley and Jennings in one offseason would be a tough pill to swallow. Jennings, who caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns over seven seasons in Green Bay, bolted for more money with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. The Packers are still mostly set at receiver, but Jennings leaves Green Bay as one of the game’s top route-runners and a versatile, explosive weapon. Should the Packers trade Jermichael Finley at some point before or during this season? Yes Submit Vote vote to see results Should the Packers trade Jermichael Finley at some point before or during this season? Yes 5.7% Total votes: 1,989 The Packers could count on Jennings to be effective in the slot, outside and as a vertical receiver. He was a difference-maker, and offenses don’t get better by losing those types of players. Finley may not be on the same level as Jennings in terms of consistency and production, but he’s still expected to be a playmakerespecially after losing Jennings.

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It was one of the more infamous blown calls in sports history, and thankfully was the impetus for the NFL to settle with the regular officials. Well Packers fans, you’ll be thrilled to know that Lance Easley, the replacement ref who made a mockery of the sport by giving Tate that touchdown, is now enjoying his bit of celebrity around Seattle. He even took a smiling picture signaling touchdown with Tate at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, which he umpired. Fun, right? Lawyer Milloy took a picture and posted it to Instagram of Easley giving the TD signal with a huge smile on his face. had many pictures from around the Internet of Easley mugging for pictures with Seahawks players and fans. We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon. So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl?

Packers defensive backs vying for two spots

It will be interesting to see who gets it.” Tramon Williams, a five-year starter and a Super Bowl hero in 2010, admits he took the comment personally. Youngsters Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and Davon House viewed it as an opportunity. Whitt loves that this quartet of potential starters were all driven this off-season by the words he left behind in January. “I talked to Joe because he’s always been a straight-up guy,” Williams said. “But I don’t see it as anything being different. I’m preparing to be the starter, just like I always have and I’m planning on being there when the season begins.” The cornerbacks share that attitude. And when training camp begins July 26, the cornerback battle could be the sauciest one of all. “The way Joe put it out there is that we all have a chance,” Hayward said. “And it’s going to be a great competition.

Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and replacement ref Lance Easley

We, however, remember him best from the time he chose the greatest quarterback groupings of all time . Like, which franchise has had the best group of five QBs throughout their history. Obviously, the answer is the Green Bay Packers. However, after the obvious choices of Favre, Rodgers and Starr, Dameshek listed Dickey and Majkowski. While thats all well and good, like our boy Frank Winters , Dameshek is no student of history. Arnie Herber is in the Hall of Fame, was an All Pro three times and a member of the 1930s All-Decade Team. However, he played in the 30s and 40s and Dameshek apparently isnt aware of those decades. Theres also an argument to be made for Tobin Rote, but I digress. So, the Oblivious Quarterback Ranker has now, somehow, become the Uniform Monitor. And hes created a bracket.

Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on Aaron Rodgers: ‘Definitely a great guy’

Boyz II Men stage bet between Aaron Rodgers and 49ers quarterback

Definitely a great guy. I love hanging out with him. SoCal guy, so he is close to (this) area. Suh was asked what happened to the Lions last season, who started 4-4 but lost the next eight. To be honest with you, Im really not looking in the past, Suh said. Im looking at myself individually and what I need to do to get better. . . . I think we have a good group of guys who are coming together.

Aaron Rodgers accepts pressure that comes with contract


EDT May 28, 2013 Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers answers questions from the media after the announcement of his contract extension inside the locker room at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Friday, April 26, 2013. (Photo: Lukas Keapproth, Green Bay Press Gazette) Story Highlights Rodgers signed the biggest deal in NFL history in April Packers still have other key players wanting long term deals GREEN BAY, Wis. Eddie Lacy came out of the nation’s best college football program at Alabama and made his mark in the premier Southeastern Conference. You’d think the Green Bay Packers rookie running back would have seen his share of knockout talent. Yet he was awestruck the first time he practiced with Aaron Rodgers. “My first impression was more of a fan’s reaction,” Lacy told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday after an organized team activity session. “I’m in the huddle with him, and I’m thinking, ‘This is Aaron Rodgers.'” That made the sharp-shooting quarterback chuckle. He can’t forget where he came from; his NFL narrative is stocked with a Super Bowl crown, league MVP honors and Brett Favre but is not complete without the chapter on the humiliation of his draft-day plummet eight years ago, when he went from the potential No.1 pick all the way to 24th overall. “That gives you a good perspective on how things can change,” Rodgers told USA TODAY Sports. “Getting called ‘sir’ by some of these young guys is kind of silly, too. I’m not even 30 yet.

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Via 60 Max Power O | 5 days ago Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin is expected to team up with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy and form a powerful 1-2 punch in the ground game for the Packers. Franklin was selected by the Packers in the fourth round, with the 125th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. The need to take the pressure off quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the passing game and get back to a more balance… Hello Wisconsin: Packers’ Franklin marvels at moose head Via Fox Sports Wisconsin | 5 days ago If Johnathan Franklin is going to become the mayor of Green Bay one day like he hopes, there are certain things that the Packers rookie running back will have to get used to. After growing up in Los Angeles, one of the things Franklin is not yet accustomed to is the hunting culture in Wisconsin and the way that some choose to display their kills. “I saw a moose head in a room… Via Football Nation | 5 days ago Summer is here andanother round of OTAs in Green Bay, Wisconsin has passed.And another promise from head coach Mike McCarthy that the Green Bay running game will be better. Packers fans remember that ever since McCarthy was hired he has promised a good running game. And although he has delivered a Super Bowl and is one of the elite coaches in the NFL, he has rarely delivered… Via WCSN – The Water Cooler Sports Network | 5 days ago I recently wrote an article (with the help of Rourke Douglas Decker) stating that Matthew Stafford is not a bad quarterback against good teams. In it, I examined Staffords career performance in games against winning teams (those that win nine or more games in a season) and non-winning teams (those that win eight or fewer […]The post Who fares better against winning teams:…

Boykin saw some action late last season, and he’ll be favored to win the fourth receiver spot in Green Bay. In the past three seasons, Green Bay’s fourth-best receiver has averaged 39 catches for 464 yards and four TDs. Boykin will have competition from third-day draft picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey. The winner will be bye-week filler at WR3. TO KNOW LIST Medical Report: Lacy fell in the draft because of concerns over toe surgery he underwent in 2012. That should be more of a concern for dynasty owners. … Cornerback Davon House had an impressive preseason in 2012, but he was limited by shoulder problems. He could improve the secondary if he elevates into a full-time player. …

Aaron Rodgers and a ‘hometown discount’

Maybe as a Packer fan I’m romanticizing him, but Rodgers seems like the kind of guy who would be open to something under market value — say $18 million a year, although I don’t know how anyone can live on that — to give the team more financial flexibility to keep more talent around him. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Assuming recent reports are accurate, Rodgers hasn’t made that offer and — importantly — the Packers haven’t asked him to. At the very least, a “hometown discount” would put Rodgers below the $20.1 million threshold set last month by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco . By definition, a record-setting deal can’t be viewed as much of a discount. But should Rodgers have stepped up and made that offer? After all, he has on several occasions lobbied publicly for the Packers to re-sign some of their free agents, from receiver James Jones to running back John Kuhn . NFL teams are operating under a relatively flat salary cap, and the chart shows how large the annual cap numbers have been in the most recent contract agreements for elite quarterbacks. It might be difficult for Rodgers to argue for future veterans if his cap number limits the Packers’ flexibility. To me, however, the answer is simple.

Aaron Rodgers Correctly Ranked No. 6 on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players

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When Brett Favre preceded Rodgers as the starting quarterback of the Packers for 16 years, including three straight NFL MVP awards, Favre never had a quarterback rating above 100. The highest quarterback rating Favre ever had was a 99.5 mark in 1995. Secondly, the Packers look to have a much better balanced offense in 2013, thanks to the additions of rookie running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. Rodgers should be able to utilize his play-action passes more often this year and be able to go deep more often. In 2012, Rodgers often saw his defensive opponents playing their two safeties deep. Why? The defenses did not respect the running game of the Packers. That should all change in 2013. Rodgers also has plenty of weapons in the passing game, even with the retirement of Donald Driver and Greg Jennings leaving the team via free agency. Rodgers still has the Big Three, which has Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb as his primary wide receiver options.

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According to the countdown, Rodgers is the NFL s third best quarterback. He came in behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, which really isnt unfair. Manning transformed the Denver Broncos into the AFCs top-seeded team in one short season, while Brady was again just a few plays away from another Super Bowl. You can argue for Rodgers being ahead of both guys because he did throw more touchdown passes, but in the wins department, Manning and Brady both had better years. I think ultimately thats why Rodgers came in at No. 6 this year the Green Bay Packers just werent ever really a legitimate Super Bowl team. It was no fault of Rodgers, because he played well all season, but the end results just werent there. While thats not necessarily what the top 100 countdown is all about, I think thats a possible reason why the players voted the way they did. When a quarterback leads his team to a great year, it just tends to stick out more in the minds of fans (or players in this case).

Aaron Rodgers and NFL contract ‘rules’

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But it makes sense for the Packers to make an exception, for reasons that include, but are not limited to: A contract is the only tangible representation of a team’s commitment to a player, and right now the Packers’ commitment is to pay Rodgers less than half of what the NFL’s top quarterbacks are making. It doesn’t matter how many times general manager Ted Thompson or coach Mike McCarthy offer Rodgers public praise. It sticks only when the commensurate financial figures are on paper. Like it or not, that’s how business works. If management holds back, the employee has reason to wonder why. Rodgers hasn’t just outperformed a contract that calls for him to earn $9.75 million in 2013 and $11 million in 2014. His deal is so outdated that he isn’t even the highest-paid quarterback in the NFC North. That distinction belongs to the Detroit Lions ‘ Matthew Stafford ($12.5 million for 2013), and he is already in line for a new deal himself because of his $20.8 million salary cap number. Without a new contract this offseason, Rodgers might not be the highest-paid player on his own team when the 2013 season begins. Linebacker Clay Matthews , who unlike Rodgers is entering the final year of his contract, might hold that title. An agreement between Matthews and the Packers could average $10 million annually.

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Futher bolstering Rodgers fantasy value is his running ability, as he has at least 250 rushing yards in each of the last four seasons with 14 total touchdowns on the ground over that span. Green Bays lackluster offensive line (51 sacks allowed in 2012) adds some injury risk, but theres little reason for Rodgers not to be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts. The Case For Tom Brady The Patriots actually had a running game to speak of in 2012 (seventh in the league-136.5 yards per game), but Brady still finished in the top five in the NFL in passing yards (4,827-fourth),passing touchdowns (34-fourth) andattempts (637-fourth). Four of New Englands top five pass catchers from last season are gone, and the one that remains (tight end Rob Gronkowski) looks unlikely to be ready for the start of the season after multiple offseason surgeries. New England refurbished their group of wide receivers via free agency (Danny Amendola, Donald Jones, Michael Jenkins) and Aprils draft (Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce), so Brady will be challenged to build quick rapport with the new array of weapons around him. Brady is obviouslynot the most nimble quarterback in the league, but he has added to his fantasy value with seven rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. If anything that touchdown vulturing could have a negative effect on Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, but he had 12 touchdowns on the ground last season. Final Analysis Choosing between Rodgers and Brady is an exercise in futility on a lot of fronts, as both will contribute to plenty of fantasy league titles in 2013 as long as they are healthy. For me it comes down to value relative to draft position, so that makes Brady my choice.

Packers have room for improvement

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It’s an opportunity for me, just like playing right tackle is an opportunity for me. I’m excited about it.” Bulaga said the totality of the move — both tackles and both guards swapping spots — is the most significant outcome of the decision. But again, for me, the overhaul was all in the name of establishing him at left tackle. Sitton described it as a “significant change,” and while he said that offseason practices went “good,” he made no attempt to downplay the movement. “It’s something that’s going to take time,” Sitton said. “I know for me it’s going to take time.” I don’t think there are any long-term concerns about Sitton moving to left guard, nor about having T.J. Lang replace Sitton at right guard. Last season’s emergence of rookie Don Barclay demonstrated the relative ease of finding a serviceable right tackle. All of that should take care of itself.

Packers Training Camp 2013: APC’s Camp Preview Schedule

As such, we will have a number of preview articles breaking down the roster in advance of the start of camp. Today we’ll give you an idea of what to expect from us over the next few weeks and how we are going to address the start of camp. We at Acme Packing Company have each put together our pre-training camp predictions for the 53-man roster, to be announced on August 31st. We will be combining these predictions to generate a consensus APC prediction for the roster, which will be discussed on a position-by-position basis. Each weekday between Monday and July 25th (when Packers players report to camp) we will take on a different position with two articles: 1. Position preview – a discussion of the players at the position, complete with a look at their college background, the circumstances of their selection by the Packers, and anything we may have learned from minicamp and OTAs. 2. Prediction – we will announce our predictions for the players at that position who will make the final 53-man roster. The schedule is broken down as follows: Date

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20, 2013 7:00PM – 10:00PM CDT Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers players Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Chris Jacke, and contributor Emil Fischer at the 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, Aaron Rodgers Youth Jersey July 20, 2013, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Tickets for the banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $135 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,300 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event. Tue., Jul.

Clay Matthews cap details: Rise over time

Thursday, the numbers came in and here’s what we can say: Matthews’ deal makes little impact on the Packers’ 2013 cap but will play a more significant role over time. The deal, technically a six-year document worth $69.7 million because it was tacked on to Matthews’ previous contract, counts $6.7 million against the Packers’ 2013 cap. Matthews was already set to count $4.9 million under the old deal, so at the moment the Packers still have about $15.7 million in cap space remaining. Matthews The cap hit reaches its height in 2017, when the deal will count $15.2 million in cap dollars, before dropping a bit in 2018 when the five-year limit on pro-ration ends. Here are the annual cap hits: 2013: $6.71 million 2017: $15.2 million 2018: $11.4 million Some of you are already asking if the Packers will have to renegotiate the contract before it ends because of the increasing cap numbers. It’s a fair question considering the team will, at some point, have a much bigger annual cap consideration for quarterback Aaron Rodgers . The short answer is not necessarily. Additional television money will eventually raise the cap spending limit, and it won’t be untenable for one of the top players on a roster to consume $15 million in cap space. You can’t have eight players with $15 million-plus cap hits, but in 2017 you should be able to have a few.

Clay Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

ESPN reports the team is closing in on locking up outside linebacker Clay Matthews with a new contract that is expected to pay him more than $13 million a season. At the same time, the Packers are still looking to take care of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the long term. Rodgers is expected to get somewhere near $24 million a season. Clay Matthews could haul in more than $13 million per season with his reported new contract. (AP Photo) Unlike Rodgers however, whose current deal expires in 2015, Matthews would become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. While there’s a greater priority on getting a deal done for their franchise passer, Matthews isn’t far behind as one of the league’s most irreplaceable edge pass rushers. At 26, Matthews has played four exceptional seasons as a 2009 first-rounder and has plenty left in the tank with his high-motor, highly-productive play. When he’s not getting to opposing quarterbacks (42 career sacks), Matthews has been a most disruptive force elsewhere on the field. While Rodgers already has enjoyed one extension that was set to pay him $9.25 million for 2013, in comparison, Matthews is a short-term bargain, due $3.73 million for this season. The Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings in free agency because they couldn’t afford to give him the $9 million annually the Minnesota Vikings did and still give both Matthews and Rodgers what they want (and deserve).

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports 4:59 p.m. EDT June 4, 2013 The Packers’ Clay Matthews celebrates after getting a sack. The linebacker is against cameras in the locker room. (Photo: Dan Power, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights The NFL plans to place cameras in the locker room so fans in stadiums can see players get ready for games Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says it’s a violation of the last sanctuary for players The NFL says cameras will be placed in only home team locker rooms GREEN BAY, Wis. Locker room cams are coming this season to an NFL stadium near you, promising even greater access and added value for fans who fight through the traffic to see games in person. Clay Matthews thinks this is a horrible idea. “I’m not a fan of that, and I’m not afraid to say that,” the Green Bay Packers star linebacker told USA TODAY Sports. “The availability of the athletes is already so great to fans, the organization and the media, but now to add the locker room our one sanctuary, which is even taken over by the media and now you throw in cameras? “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue.

Clay Matthews signs extension

The Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday, and also is negotiating with quarterback Aaron Rodgers . “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference inside the Packers’ locker room. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed. Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, reported to be for five years, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the deal is worth $66 million. That would put Matthews on par with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware , whose contract also averages $13 million per year. “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. With Matthews’ deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league.

Clay Matthews reportedly close to big-money deal with Packers

I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed. Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract before it was officially announced by the team. He wrote: “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. Matthews, 26, has 42.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Packers, including 13 last season. He has 204 tackles, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games since being drafted out of USC. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “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.” The Packers are also working on an extension for Aaron Rodgers , with sources saying last month the sides were closing in on a long-term deal that would make the quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history. SportsNation: Matthews signs extension The Packers signed Clay Matthews to a five-year contract extension.

Packers great Dave Robinson blames coaches for head-hunting


Robinson says his legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, didn’t tolerate head-hunting. “He was very strict about dirty play,” Robinson, who played for Lombardi from 1963-67, told USA TODAY Sports. “He would never have stood for helmet-to-helmet contact, he just wouldn’t have.” Robinson, known as one of the game’s quickest linebackers and surest tacklers, played in an era when facemasks weren’t universally worn and grabbing the ones that were used was legal. It’s a faster game now, played by bigger men, with more violent collisions, but the three-time first-team All-NFL selection blames a lot of the danger on poor coaching at the NFL level. FELLOW INDUCTEE: Parcells’ biggest regret “There are no more Vince Lombardis, there are no more Paul Browns, there are no more George Halases,” Robinson said. “They were all the guys who worked at it for years and years and really understood the profession. (NFL coaches today) have never been taught the correct way to tackle. If they’ve never been taught, how in the heck can you expect them to teach it?” Robinson’s plan to solve the problem starts at the bottom of the chain: youth football. The former linebacker attributes his tackling ability to a film he watched in high school that was made by College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal, the University of Texas’ coach at the time. The video, Robinson said, showed players how to tackle from different angles and how to position their body. Proper schooling, he said, could reduce concussions.

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This hammering of Jake Locker in a Week 16 trouncing of the Tennessee Titans is something we should see more of in 2013. Frankly, the biggest obstacle for Jones had been the lingering presence of inside linebacker Desmond Bishop , but Bishop was cut last month before joining the Minnesota Vikings . After signing a three-year, $11.75 million contract in the offseason, Jones is part of the plan in Green Bay. 2013 expectations Filling in for the injured D.J. Smith last season, Jones notched 88 tackles over the final 11 games and won over McCarthy in the process. He’s penciled in to start come September. Jones isn’t a guy you have to pull off the field. He served as an every-down player who performed well enough in coverage to play in 137 out of a possible 137 snaps over the final two weeks of the season. This year’s challenge? Staying fresh down the stretch if he starts from wire to wire.

ChatWrap: Veterans who leave the Packers

Eau Claire Wi [via mobile] When will the Vikings start paying Ted Thompson for being their GM too? Kevin Seifert (2:02 PM) Ha. Was talking about this the other day with someone. The Packers have been so good at developing young talent that their castoffs are more than worth sifting through. When the Packers release someone or let them leave via free agency, it doesn’t mean they can’t play anymore. It just means the Packers have younger and/or cheaper players they want to use instead. Mike (Wisconsin) Referring to my earlier comment, Thompson had [Aaron] Rodgers and [Mason] Crosby to replace [Brett] Favre and [Ryan] Longwell. They’re still trying to find a guard to replace [Mike] Wahle/[Marco] Rivera and a pass rushing 3 down DE like [Cullen] Jenkins. Nick Collins also effectively replaced [Darren] Sharper who also had a few good years left. The career ending injury was more of a fluke thing but you can’t deny Packers had Collins to replace Sharper.

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But we’ve got to run the ball, of course.” He paused for effect, with a smile. “Those things are great,” McCarthy continued. “It’s important for players to approach the game, statistical goals; Randall is a professional, team player, and he’ll be given opportunities there’s no question about that. Yes, I think he definitely has a lot more growth in front of him and it’s exciting for how productive he’s been as a young player.” Cobb made a name for himself as a rookie in 2011 on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. He caught 25 passes, a number that was good for seventh on the team. Perhaps Cobb was ready for an increased role in the offense in 2012, or perhaps he was the beneficiary of circumstance as Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson battled injury and Driver succumbed to age, but whatever the case Cobb exploded onto the national scene by leading the team with 80 catches for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. He carried the ball 10 times, too, and continued to return kicks to lead the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,342. So, Rodgers wasn’t necessarily paying lip service. After all going from 25 catches to 80 from one year to the next seems far more improbable than jumping from 80 to 100. But maybe not.

Packers’ Cobb aiming for big things in 2013

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Thursday, July 4, 2013 | Posted: 5:01 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Packers’ Nelson to star in new Wis. tourism ad Sponsored Links The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will star in a new Wisconsin fall tourism ad. The state Department of Tourism says Nelson and his wife, Emily, will appear in the commercial, directed by Wisconsin native Jerry Zucker. The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a premiere party at the Meyer Theater in Green Bay on Aug. 1. The ad will start running in Milwaukee, the Twin Cities and Chicago on Sept. 9.