Packers RB Alex Green has healthy amount of hope

No, it’s not time to count out Alex Green quite yet. This summer — running, cutting, accelerating — he feels like himself again. “It’s kind of like…,” Green said, “it is hard to explain, hard to explain. It’s like if you got a bruise or something and at first, you can’t really move your arm but over time it starts to loosen up and eventually you get back to where you were before.” Moments before taking off on the Packers’ Tailgate Tour in May, Green said he was never 100% last season. But as he explained this week, that hardly scratches the surface. Green probably should have shut down long before mid-December. Pain in the knee began in the middle of training camp and never subsided. After one game — Oct. 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.


Said Dietrich-Smith, “I’m not the biggest fan of taking too much time off.” That’s a small peek inside the brain of the Packers’ new starting center. Dietrich-Smith hasn’t been rewarded with a long-term deal yet. He’s in the same boat as Sam Shields, B.J. Raji and others. Green Bay will wait before investing. After starting the final four games at center in 2012, Dietrich-Smith signed his modest restricted free-agent tender of $1.323 million and returned. Any job in the NFL is fleeting, a fact Dietrich-Smith knows more than anyone in the Packers locker room. He has been released by the team before. He’s worked out of a YMCA. So now that he is an unquestioned starter, Dietrich-Smith refuses to view himself as an unquestioned starter.

Green Bay Packers: Defense studies the read-option

Maybe. The Green Bay Packers don’t have the luxury of dismissing the read-option and the pistol offense as some short-lived gimmick. Not with the lasting image of Colin Kaepernick running free and kissing his biceps. “Obviously, we have addressed it,” nose tackle B.J. Raji said. “I’ll leave it at that.” A lack of preparation backfired last season at Candlestick Park. Two players said the Packers practiced next to no read-option during the week leading up to the loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers says Green Bay did touch on it but admitted the 49ers ran more of it than they expected. Either way, Capers — a coach many fans wanted fired after that 45-31 loss — is taking no chances. The Packers couldn’t afford to go into a game that blind again.

Green Bay Packers: Evan Dietrich-Smith ready to prove his worth

Green Bay crashed hard in the second round of the playoffs, getting run over on the road 45-31 by the San Francisco 49ers. Not only did McCarthy and his staff have to go back to the drawing board – and even seek out the guidance of brethren from the college ranks – to try to fix a defense that flopped against running quarterbacks, but changes were made in team protocol. McCarthy moved up the minicamp from the end of the offseason schedule and scheduled it amid the OTA sessions. The tone has been set for getting off on the right foot when training camp kicks off July 25. “I feel that we are having a good offseason program,” McCarthy said Tuesday. How so? “Quality of work, No. 1,” he said. “Less volume, more creativity as far as our scheme.


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