Desmond Bishop looking forward to facing Aaron Rodgers
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. Thu., Jul. 25, 2013 10:00AM – 10:30AM CDT Live McCarthy’s season-opening press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthys season-opening press conference Fri., Jul. 26, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM 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.
Aaron Rodgers Talks New Contract: ‘I’ve Felt Like I’ve Had To Justify Myself Every Year’
Its more so trying to play the best and if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers, that right there in itself is a motivation. You want to play against the best. Just like when I was playing for Green Bay, the games I cherished the most were playing against the Vikings because I got a chance to play against Adrian Peterson. “So little stuff like that, thats my mindset. I want to play against the best and it was an opportunity to play against Aaron Rodgers two times a year. That was kind of unique and something I really liked, but thats just the kind of person I am. Thats just me. After meeting with Leslie Frazier, Bishop believed the Vikings were a good fit. And repeating what he said the day of his release in Green Bay, Bishop pointed to his crowded position and the fact that his torn hamstring tendon is rare. The Packers, he explains, chose to be cautious. It was really just a numbers game, I suppose,” he said. “Its a lot of uncertainty with me coming back off this injury and the two guys who played, A.J.
Rodgers is suddenly most experienced Packer
Its humbling and silly at times to think about it , Rodgers said. But money doesnt change people, I dont think. I think it highlights characteristics in your personality that maybe werent so visible when you didnt have as much. So Ive tried to remember that and stay true to who I am as a person and as a teammate. “The guys have been great. Theres jokes every now and then, but Im trying to be the same person in the locker room that I was when I was a backup and working on the scout team. It gives you an extra responsibility that you take care of the people that are important to you and realize that you have an opportunity to make an even bigger difference in your community and in your world. Rodgers isnt worried about having to live up to the contract and he shouldnt. The Packers paid him for future performance but they did so using a strong body of work to make a judgment. You know, Ive felt like Ive had to justify myself every year, so this is nothing different, he said. I wouldnt look at it as a burden.
Soon after the departure of the 38-year-old Driver, the Packers let go of 36-year-old defensive back Charles Woodson for financial reasons. A short time later, standout receiver Greg Jennings, 29, also was on his way out as a free agent. Take away three key pieces from the Packers’ Super Bowl-winning team of just three seasons ago, and it’s little wonder why what’s left of the relative old guard has been singing a “put up or shut up” tune this offseason. “Guys know there’s a short window for a team to be as good as we are, and you have to make the most of those – and that’s by winning championships,” sixth-year wideout Jordy Nelson said. “We know we’ve been close (the last two years), we know we’ve had the team (to contend for more titles), but came up short.” The notable personnel losses since the end of last season notwithstanding, the Packers remain the team to beat in the NFC North and should be in the conversation for conference-title contenders. The reshaped offense still is formidable with Rodgers at the controls and may finally have some balance to it with the additions of highly regarded running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the draft. The Woodson-less defense also has some young reinforcements in the wake of the horrific 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Strengths: Rodgers inflicted most of his damage on opposing defenses last season – 4,295 passing yards, 39 touchdowns to only eight interceptions, league-best 108.0 passer rating – without an injury-riddled Jennings and a sparingly used Driver on the field. “It was me, Jordy and Randall (Cobb),” James Jones said of the guys who gave Rodgers a trusted and productive receiving corps in 2012. Those three playmakers are ready to break out even more in the coming season.