Packers sign Banjo, Hines; waive McMahon

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(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

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13. “We’ve looked at every possible angle of our program, particularly in helping these players get healthy,” McCarthy said. “Certain injuries cannot be avoided. It’s unfortunate, and that’s why when an injury does occur, the training staff, the coaching staff, there’s a video evaluation, there’s obviously input from the doctor on the initial examination, obviously the expression of the player, what he felt and the position his body was in. “You look at everything. We’re on top of it, we’re doing our due diligence, and it’s something we need to improve in. Our statistics speak for themselves the last two out of three years.” Weston Hodkiewicz writes for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, a Gannett property *** PHOTOS: Best shots from NFL training camps Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass during the Indianapolis Colts training camp at Anderson University. Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs with the ball as Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl (53) attempts the tackle during afternoon practice as part of the 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton with quarterback Drew Brees (9) during a morning training camp practice at the team facility. Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws the ball during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-139352 ORIG FILE ID: 20130729_kkt_sv7_023.jpg Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) makes a catch during training camp practice at St.

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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.

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Andrew Phillips, The Business Journal The Wisconsin Lottery will give away two club seat tickets to every Green Bay Packers home game for five years as part of this year’s Packers Wisconsin Lottery offering, the team and the lottery said Monday. Scratch-off tickets of $1, $3 and $5 are on sale now. The $5 ticket has a cash prize of up to $45,000, and players who don’t win cash prizes for any of the tickets can enter a special bonus drawing for Packers tickets and merchandise by mailing in $5 worth of non-winning tickets. The drawing, to be held in March 2014, offers 100 Packers Pro Shop gift cards and 48 Suite Experience prizes, as well as the grand prize of two club seat tickets. The two tickets include an option for purchase after the five years. The new offering is the fourth time the Packers and the lottery have worked together on a Packers-themed game. Past offerings included trips to every road game in 2012 . As a part of that promotion, the state of Wisconsin paid the Packers $476,000 for tickets and travel expenses and was allowed to use the team’s logo. Related links:

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After just a few early days of training camp practices, Perry said it was nice to feel healthy; the knee and the wrist are good. He’s wearing a brace on the wrist just as a precaution, he said, “just to protect myself out there. You don’t want to have any mistakes out there. Anything can happen.” He said he won’t wear it all year; he doesn’t know how long into camp he’ll keep it on. He didn’t wear it in the off-season for critical things like weightlifting. “There’s probably still a little bit of healing still going on,” said Perry. “So far, so good. I have to be healthy, I have to be available to the team. With me being healthy and being out on the field, I feel a lot of great things can happen. That’s just my main concern just being out there on the field.

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Definitely. It was great having the offseason, working through our footwork and the right stances and all that stuff, but you put the pads on and you simulate what youre going to do in a game. Thats the most important training that we get, Lang explained. Youve got to take advantage of that fundamental period, those team periods, every rep you get, just to make sure youre focusing on all that work that we put in the last couple months. These are the days you want to make all those practice reps count. Although the players enjoyed a collective bargaining agreement-mandated day off on Monday, they did have their first padded practice on Sunday and will be in pads the next five days, including Saturdays Family Night Scrimmage. There will be three more padded practices on Aug. 6, 7 and 8 in advance of the preseason opener against Arizona on Aug. 9. Among the periods that are most valuable in practice for the offensive linemen are the fundamental periods, where they work on the finer aspects of their techniques; the 1-on-1 pass-blocking drills against the defensive linemen and outside linebackers, when their pass protection is put to the test; whats called a combo period, where the line is essentially split in half and running backs run behind their combination blocks against a defensive front; and 11-on-11 competitive periods. For McCarthy, the tape of Sundays practice was the most valuable to date in evaluating the progress of his displaced linemen, whether it was watching how Sitton and Lang work in concert with center Evan Dietrich-Smith from opposite sides, or whether Newhouse has improved the finer points of his techniques, or if Bulaga, who was lost for the season to a hip injury last November, looks like his old self. The fundamental tape, the half-line drill really for the first day was pretty good, McCarthy said.

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”I’ve been involved with the board of directors since 1980,” he said, ”so I’ve been around the Hall of Fame a lot. I’ve never been on this side before. … It’s a big thrill. ”For every single man in the Hall of Fame, this is the last thing you’ll ever be elected to. People forget All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls, but they never forget the Hall of Fame.” Robinson never will forget the Packers’ string of three NFL titles, including winning the first two Super Bowls. He points to his 87-yard interception return at Baltimore as a highlight in 1965, when Green Bay beat Cleveland for the league crown. In ’66, the first season ending in a Super Bowl – then called the AFL-NFL championship – the Packers needed to hold on at Dallas to win the NFL title. Robinson ensured their trip to the championship match against AFL winner Kansas City by pressuring Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith into throwing early from the Green Bay 2 on fourth down.

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Tavecchio missed just once, from 53 yards. Both also made 53-yarders. In reality, Crosby is competing against himself. If his percentage doesnt improve, the Packers may decide to move on, whether Tavecchio or someone else is the answer. Whatever fundamental tweaks special-teams coach Shawn Slocum made to Crosbys technique at this point have taken a backseat to Crosbys mental approach. As you come into camp, you want to find that [mental] picture, that thing where you get into that rhythm when youre just swinging free and hitting the ball to the line you want, Crosby said. Returner rotation: Considering how much receiver Randall Cobb will be involved in the offense following the departure of Greg Jennings in free agency, the Packers would like to find someone else to return kicks. But theyre not willing to do so at the expense of special-teams production. Thats why Cobb, who has three career special-teams touchdowns in two NFL seasons, continues to take reps in the return game. But hes not always getting the first rep, which can typically be used to figure out who tops the depth chart. During Sundays kickoff return period, backup receiver Jeremy Ross got the first rep.

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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.

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12. “But when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, it’s hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says Man, come on, you’ve got to hold yourself accountable for this.’ It’s hard for someone to see that now because all they’ve heard is I’m doing it the right way, I’m perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws. Seems like an odd remark given that Jennings had a ton of success in Green Bay, primarily with Rodgers throwing him passes. Apparently, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier agrees; over the weekend, he had a sit-down with Jennings and told his veteran wideout to put a lid on the Rodgers talk. “We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done,” Frazier said, according to the Pioneer Press ‘ Ben Goessling. “That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us. He’s good with that.” Rodgers, who has been busy explaining why his best bud Ryan Braun struggles with the truth , was asked Friday about Jennings’ comments. “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.

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Green Bay Packers: Receivers Dropping Like Flies

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Here we go again? The Packers certainly hope Article Source not. Fans and officials alike are hoping the streak of injuries that has befallen the team in recent years is behind them. Early on in training camp, the Packers are already dealing with a number of players physically unable to perform, including Derek Sherrod, Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy, DuJuan Harris and others, and they are now faced with a depleted wide receiver corps. Fortunately, none of the receivers currently out of action are expected starters: seventh-round draft picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey and rookie free agent Sederrick Cunningham. Johnson injured his knee on Saturday when he reached back for an underthrown pass from Graham Harrell. After remaining down on the field for a significant period of time, Johnson was able to walk off the field. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has yet to announce the severity of his injury. Fellow seventh-round pick Dorsey appears to have injured a hamstring after catching a pass over the middle during practice. McCarthy said that both players are still being evaluated at this time.

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“There’s no magic to it,” Clements said. “I guess you have to start with the personnel department, the college scouting, and drafting the guys.” Denver, Atlanta and the New York Giants all are loaded at wide receiver, but the Packers need take a backseat to no one. No matter who ends up as top dog, and Clements wouldn’t hazard a guess, the Packers have three starters and a rookie, Charles Johnson of Grand Valley State, with eye-popping potential. Jones, 29, made one memorable catch after another, didn’t drop a pass until the 13th game (he dropped just three of 108) and scored 14 touchdowns, more than any player in the league except running back Arian Foster of Houston. “He caught the ball well, he was a factor in the red zone and he made some great catches,” said Clements. “He had an outstanding year. “Each year he’s gotten more physical running his routes and getting his defender off him. He’s also become more physical running with the ball.” Jones and Nelson have long been considered more power-possession receivers because of their broad-shouldered physiques and the identical 4.54-second 40 times they carried into the league. But time and time again both players have burned defenses that neglected them on the sideline.

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10:16 a.m. — I get through the east side doors on my second try; the first time, I forgot my ticket in the car and had to walk all the way back. 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.

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It will just make it more interesting, more fun. Everybody is entitled to their opinions and things like that, but I think all of us are a good bunch of guys who are going to push each other and work hard. Starks greatest competition, though, is with the training room. Just as coach Mike McCarthy decided during the offseason to do everything in his power to avoid another injury epidemic like the team suffered through in 2010 and 2012, Starks did the same on a personal level. Working out at Athletes Performance in Pensacola, Fla., Starks focused on many of the rehabilitation exercises physical therapists recommend for recovering from injuries even though he was healthy. His primary goal was to become more flexible, in hopes of avoiding hits or being bent into awkward positions that led to injuries. I have (relatively) stiff hips, and that causes quad problems, hamstring problems, Starks explained. This year, Im loose, more opened up and things like that. I think it helps. But Starks said hes also changing the way he runs, realizing that fighting for every yard is admirable but can be a Pyrrhic victory if he suffers an injury as a result. The toe injury is the prime example, as he tried to keep running with five defenders on his back instead of going down and living to run another day. Thats your instinct, but sometimes I go a little overboard because Im strong.

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They have been taking mini-timeouts during practice and playing contemporary music to simulate what happens during an NFL game and the TV timeouts. 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.

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Speaking to an estimated crowd of 13,000 shareholders, Thompson cracked a few jokes, delivered his take on the weather, shared the players’ schedule as they arrive for training camp on Thursday and praised eighth-year head coach Mike McCarthy. Then Thompson he looked around the historic stadium, pointed to the recently completed south end zone addition that added 7,000 seats, and recalled the start of his first stint with the team more than 20 years ago. ”There have been a lot of changes over the years,” said Thompson, hired as a pro personnel scout in 1992. ”A lot of changes in the building, the facilities, the stadium.” Murphy said the end zone addition brings Lambeau Field’s total capacity to 80,750, making it the third-largest stadium in the league. The crowd cheered when Murphy said Lambeau Field had surpassed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with the addition. President and CEO Mark Murphy noted the Packers are one of only two teams in the NFC to have made the playoffs each of the past four years; Thompson pointed out that the Packers are one of only two teams in the 32-team league to have put together four consecutive seasons with 10 or more victories. Thompson, now in his ninth season as GM, then added that the Packers have made the playoffs in 15 of the past 20 years. Said Murphy: ”I could not be more pleased with the job Ted’s doing, and I hope you all feel the same way. . He’s built us into a consistent winner and through his hard work, we will be a consistent winner for years to come.” Still, playoff losses the past two years are on everyone’s mind around here.

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There are those days when the boss will be unhappy and you almost feel it is time to start updating that resume that you have sitting on your desktop. Now, imagine when you mess up, there are a whole stadium of people booing you off. Imagine when you get home there are websites all filled with how terrible you are and petitions for people looking for you to be released. This is what happened when Mason Crosby clocked out of his job last season. Being an NFL kicker is a lonely job. It is also a little like being a comedian. Once people find out you are a funny man by trade, the first thing they say to you is say something funny!. If the first thing you say isnt comedy gold, then you arent funny at all. As a kicker, you are supposed to make the kick. In fact, if you do make the kick, people think nothing of it. Thats your job. If you dont make the kick, they get irate and write you off. Much like the comedian, you are thrown into the useless pile and have to try extra hard to prove yourself. Most positions on the field get multiple chances to redeem themselves. Quarterbacks get three chances a down, four if the coaches are really gutsy. A kicker has one option. Just kick. A coach can compensate for a poor QB performance by bringing in more run plays, increase the workload of a TE or WR on the line of scrimmage. A kicker is on his own. There is no safety net.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 6 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ‘shocked’ by Ryan Braun’s suspension Mike Vandermause, USA TODAY Sports 3:36 p.m. 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 38 CONNECT 13 TWEET 6 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.

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Board of directors secretary Daniel Ariens said the team had 5,014,554 shares of stock held by 364,122 shareholders, including those added during the team’s sale two years ago that raised more than $64 million to help pay for stadium renovations. But the event was less about money matters and more about kicking off the 2013 season, with the first practice of training camp set for Friday. “You can just feel it. It’s palpable,” Murphy said after the meeting, referring to the buzz the week creates in the area. The team also has scheduled a 5K run, a kids’ movie night and other fan-friendly events over the next few days. “Training camp has changed quite a bit. You used to have two-a-days and now it’s one practice (per day),” said Murphy, who played eight NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins. “To get people here, we’ve got to have other things going on.” Murphy also said there was “really not anything new” to report about the process of retiring former quarterback Brett Favre’s No. 4.

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier checked into training camp with his usual “unbridled optimism,” writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune . At the same time, writes Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press , Frazier reminded reporters that only four teams have reached the playoffs in each of the past three season: New England, Baltimore, Green Bay and Atlanta. The Detroit Lions had once hoped that Bill Nagy could replace center Dominic Raiola, but on Thursday, they waved Nagy because his injured ankle never healed. More from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press . The “inheritance tax” on Lions coach Jim Schwartz has expired, writes Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News, and “its completely fair to demand more now.” The Lions are looking for another receiver to step up as a playmaker during training camp, according to Justin Rogers of Mlive.com . Schwartz made a surprising admission Thursday, notes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press. He said he was humbled by last season’s 4-12 record. The Chicago Bears signed veteran defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to take the roster spot left by the retired Sedrick Ellis, notes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. Bears kick returner Devin Hester said is looking to “boost my stock” in this contract year, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com .

McCarthy Eager to Get Early Start on Packers Camp

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He points out the 7,000-seat expansion in the south end zone, new video boards, the new sound system, and renovation plans for the Atrium. The stadium will hold 80,750 fans this fall, good enough for third in the NFL (behind Washington and New Jersey). “We passed Dallas!” Murphy exclaims as we cheer ourselves silly. 12:38 p.m. — I’m with three of the best-dressed owners in the stadium. People started pouring out by the hundreds after treasurer Mark McMullen began talking about boring things like record operations profit and net income. The escapees include Dale Decker, Bruce Roeshner and Chris Handler. Decker is decked out in a Packers jersey, gold athletic shorts and a cheesehead signed by several prominent players. Roeshner is dressed like a vintage ACME Packer from the 1920s, including a leather helmet and decidedly modern title belt.

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The players will get that speech first Thursday night in a team meeting. But the expectations don’t change, not for a franchise that’s won four Super Bowl titles and 13 NFL championships overall. There’s a reason they call this place Titletown, after all, and not just for the two straight NFC North crowns. So it’s up bright and early Friday for a first day of practice that starts at 8:20 a.m. The earlier start is typical for the regular season but not as much for camp. “One of the strengths, I’ve always felt, particularly when you’re dealing with group dynamics, is get ’em up early. Get your heavy lifting done in the morning. And so we were always doing that in-season,” McCarthy said. “We go to the night schedule in training camp for other reasons. The (morning) practice schedule is definitely one of those topics … that I feel will help us as a football team as far as battling potential fatigue injuries, what every team is threatened by in a training camp schedule.” The Packers last year finished 11-5 after overcoming a 2-3 start.

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“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.” Ryan Braun has accepted a season-ending 65-game ban for using performance-enhancing drugs. After being linked early this year to Biogenesis, a now-defunct anti-aging clinic near Miami, Braun adamantly denied that he procured performance-enhancing drugs. He said his name appeared in documents from the clinic only because his lawyers had reached out to its owner, Anthony Bosch, for advice as Braun successfully fought a doping ban sparked by a positive drug test in 2011. Together, Rogers and Braun own a Wisconsin farm-to-table restaurant called 8-twelve. RELATED: BREWERS’ BRAUN SUSPENDED FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON “Fans are what make our business go,” Rodgers said. “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.” Rodgers had previously been ardent in his defense of Braun, even saying on Twitter that he was so confident in his friend’s innocence that he would bet his salary on it. On Friday, Rodgers said he didn’t regret backing his friend up. “Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be a better course of action,” Rodgers said.

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Plus, his 4.35 time in the 40 at his Pro Day at Grand Valley in March helped his stock. But Johnson is proud of his strength and quickness, so slot doesnt bother him, either. We learn everything as a process and they want guys to know every position in case someone goes down, he said. Coming into it, learning offenses has never been much of a problem for me. So Im prepared. He expects to be a part of special teams. Johnson returned five kickoffs for the Lakers last season, averaging 16.4 yards. Any possibility there would depend on how the Packers want to treat Cobb, a standout returner who is counted on as a top-flight receiver. Otherwise, he would be on the frontline on kicks. As for key dates to follow Johnsons pursuit, rosters are cut to 75 players on Aug. 27 and to 53 on Aug. 31.

‘Shocked’ Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says he was ‘lied to’ by Ryan Braun

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Rodgers said he was simply backing up a friend then, and that theyve spoken since Brauns admission. Obviously, in hindsight, a more measured approach next time would obviously be a better course of action. People make mistakes. I definitely believe in forgiveness and moving forward, Rodgers said. Obviously, he has a tough task in front of him moving forward with his career, on and off the field. Asked about the business relationship and the licensing agreement for the 8-twelve MVP Bar and Grill in Milwaukee, Rodgers said that was yet to be determined. As far as the business goes, right now Im focused on football, and I have people who can help me work with those types of issues, he said. But the off-the-field questions werent done for Rodgers, even if it was the first preseason practice of the year. Earlier this week, former Packers receiver Greg Jennings now the with archrival Minnesota Vikings delivered his strongest criticism yet of his ex-quarterback. In an interview with the Star Tribune, he questioned Rodgers leadership and implied the quarterback had become bigger than the team. Dont get me wrong, 12 is a great person, Jennings was quoted as saying, referring to Rodgers.

1921 photo of Packers founder Curly Lambeau that sold for $4,674 was a fake

Memory of playoff loss still stings for Packers

Via PackersNews.com : One was the Allouez Water and Beverages sign. It appears to match the sign that stood in the old minor-league baseball stadium in Hagemeister Park, which also doubled as a football field. that ballpark was torn down in the spring of 1918, the year before the Packers were born. Two was the snow. The Packers played 18 games, including exhibitions, at Hagemeister Park in 1920 and 21, but only six after Nov. 1. Those were the only two seasons that Lambeau and Wagner played together with the Packers.The problem is that of those 19 games, including the benefit, the only one in which there was snow on the ground was played Nov. 13, 1921 Three was the jerseys. If the game was played in 1921, that was the year the Acme Packing Co. sponsored the Packers..The Packers 1921 team picture shows that at least a handful of players, including Lambeau and Wagner, wore jerseys with Acme Packers written in large bold letters across the front. So what did the unlucky buyer drop$4,674 on?

Three weeks later, Woodson was released, the victim of declining speed and skills as well as a $10 million contract for 2013. Oakland gave Woodson a job in May with a one-year, $1.8 million deal that included a $700,000 signing bonus. Because Thompson added nary a veteran at safety, Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings will get another training camp and regular season to see who’s the better man. One personnel director recently labeled strong safety as a “void” in Green Bay. Another scout might have been reading Thompson’s lips when he said, “In my mind, they’ve already got people there they’ve been training. McMillian is a fourth-round pick.” McMillian runs 40 yards in 4.51 seconds, just a tick ahead of Jennings’ 4.53 (Burnett also clocked 4.51). Having three safeties with good speed no longer means coordinator Dom Capers must try to hide people in coverage, as he did with Peprah and Woodson. “That’s something a lot of people can’t say,” Perry said of having three fast safeties. “The ability to run is exciting to see. With our speed nothing should get out the gate on us.” McMillian is thicker but didn’t tackle any better than Jennings, who might be thin but isn’t hesitant to hit.

Packers GM notes changes at shareholders’ meeting

Marshall Newhouse, who started every game at left tackle last season, moved to right tackle, and the versatile T.J. Lang will play right guard. (Center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who unseated veteran Jeff Saturday by the end of last season, stays put.) “You take your two most accomplished linemen to date to protect the backside of the quarterback,” offensive line coach James Campen said in explaining the switch. “(Bulaga and Sitton) are, at this point, the most accomplished guys. And we expect the other guys to be more accomplished, as well.” 2. RUNNING BEHIND: With Rodgers at the helm, the Packers are always going to be a pass-oriented team. But they at least need to have the appearance of a running game, and its absence last year was glaring. The Packers ranked 11th in the NFC at 106.4 yards rushing per game, and haven’t had a single-game, 100-yard rusher in almost three years. So it was hardly a surprise that Thompson loaded up on running backs early in the draft, taking Alabama’s Eddie Lacy in the second round and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin in the fourth. “We’ll be better, I promise you that,” McCarthy said. “You can write that down.

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Head coach Mike McCarthy made a bold move in the offseason to shuffle his offensive line at all but one of the five positions. Pro Bowl right guard Josh Sitton and right tackle Bryan Bulaga moved to their respective positions on the left side, and the corresponding tandem of incumbent starters T.J. Lang and Marshall Newhouse slid over to the right side. The spring workouts provided a glimpse into what’s to come, but the transition will be accelerated starting with the first camp practice Friday. McCarthy is counting on his top two linemen — Sitton and Bulaga, who’s healthy again after missing the final two months of last season with a hip injury — to keep Rodgers safe. “That’s just not acceptable,” Bulaga said of the abundance of hits on Rodgers. “You can’t have that, and we need to be better.” The Packers still need to solidify a starter at right tackle. Newhouse, who’s been a liability in pass protection, will be challenged by a host of young and eager prospects in camp. McCarthy has been banging the power-running drum since the playoff loss at San Francisco, and understands moving the ball on the ground is a vital element in any equation of which the sum is playoff success.

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. He’s built us into a consistent winner and through his hard work, we will be a consistent winner for years to come.” Still, playoff losses the past two years are on everyone’s mind around here. ”We’re never quite satisfied, we have very high standards here with the Green Bay Packers , we understand that, we understand it was a disappointment in the end,” Thompson told shareholders. ”The NFL is all about getting ready for what’s next – the next play, the next game, the next season. . The NFL is a hard business, it’s hard to predict, but we feel that if we prepare well and play well, we have a chance to win every Sunday. Or Saturday. Or Thursday.” The rest of the event was part business meeting, part pep rally. As the NFL’s only publicly owned franchise, the Packers are the only league team required to reveal detailed financial data.

In hindsight, some Packers trades worked out terribly

Mossy Cade, defensive back Clay Matthews Jersey Guaranteed Shipping From San Diego for 1986 first-round choice and fifth-rounder (conditional) in 1987 Head coach Forrest Gregg consummated the trade for Cade on Sept. 5, 1985, in hopes the former University of Texas standout could bolster the team’s secondary. Cade was drafted in the first round (sixth overall) by San Diego in 1984, but signed with the United States Football League and played with the Memphis Showboats in 1985. Signed just three days before the start of the 1985 regular-season opener, Cade did not crack the starting lineup in his first season in Green Bay and recorded just one interception in the 8-8 season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback started in 1986 and proved to be an effective duo with Mark Lee as the defenders combined for 13 interceptions. Cade recorded four interceptions for 26 yards in the dismal 4-12 season his last in Green Bay. Cade was convicted in May of 1987 of two counts of second-degree sexual assault for the rape of his 44-year-old aunt in Houston in November 1985. He served 15 months in prison and never played another down in the NFL. John Hadl, quarterback From Los Angeles Rams for first-, second- and third-round choices in 1975, and first- and second-round choices in 1976 Simply put, Devine sold the farm for Hadl, who was coming off an All-Pro and Pro Bowl season when he led the 12-2 Rams to the playoffs and was named the NFC’s Player of the Year.

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Backup quarterback, depth at receiver and the starters at cornerback are other battles to also keep an eye on. To win one of those jobs, the players will have to show over the next month why they deserve the spot. For a complete analysis of the top positional battles, click here . Rookie, UDFA Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Few NFL teams rely as heavily on the draft-and-develop approach as the Packers, which makes each incoming crop of new players even more important for the advancement of the roster overall. By the end of April’s draft, the Packers had spent a total of 11 picks on new players. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy highlight the group. But the Packers also picked up a promising crop of undrafted free agents, and recent history has shown that a few from that group will likely make the final 53-man roster. For the complete breakdown of the Packers’ draft picks and undrafted free agents, click here . Bubble Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports In most training camps, 40 to 45 roster spots are all but locked up before any kind of contact is made. The Packers fit in that category, with a solid core that will make the final 53-man roster. However, this reality leaves 8-10 roster spots that are up for grabs. The players that don’t have a job locked up are considered on the “bubble.” A few familiar names, such as James Starks and D.J. Williams, will have to prove they deserve to stick around for another season. If not, we could see them on the cutting block come the end of August. To find out who is on the Packers’ roster bubble as we enter into training camp, click here .

Green Bay Packers: Top 5 burning questions

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1. Can the offensive line protect Aaron Rodgers? Since Aaron Rodgers took over the starting quarterback job in 2008, he has constantly been under pressure. Last year, Rodgers was sacked a league high 51 times. That is too many times for a franchise quarterback to be hit. To try and fix the protection problems, head coach Mike McCarthy made some changes during the offseason, moving his two best blockers, Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton, to the left side of the line to protect Rodgers blind side. Bulaga will be the left tackle and Sitton the left guard. Rodgers is the face of the franchise, and if the protection doesnt improve, he wont be the face for long. 2. Will Defensive coordinator Dom Capers solve the read option? 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran wild against the Packers in the playoffs. One key to his success was the genius of Jim Harbaugh to use the read option offense. The option confused Packers defenders all day long as Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now, he did throw 263 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the read option is what killed the Packers. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was heavily criticized following the game for not stopping the option. Lucky for Capers, the Packers play the 49ers week 1. After that game, we will know if Capers did his homework over the off season. 3. Who fills the void of former wide receiver Greg Jennings? When he was healthy, Greg Jennings was a pro bowl caliber receiver. Now Jennings is with the Vikings, which leaves an open spot in the Packers offense. The expectations are for receivers James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb to be Aaron Rodgers main targets, along with tight end Jermichael Finley. The question is, who will emerge as the fifth target for Rodgers? The top two candidates for the job are Jeremy Ross and Jarrett Boykin. Ross was used primarily in the return game, while Boykin caught only five passes, including a clutch fourth down reception against the Vikings. No matter who wins the job, the gap left by Greg Jennings needs to be filled. 4. Who will win the starting running back job? Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were drafted in this past years draft to help improve the Packers running game. They join James Starks, Alex Green, and DuJuan Harris to compete for the starting job. Starks shined during the Packers playoff run, while Green and Harris swapped the starting job last year as Starks recovered from knee surgery. Will the veterans prove they should be starters, or will the two rookies show why they were drafted? The running game has been nonexistent since Ryan Grant started having injury issues. With five running backs on the roster, at least one should be able to fix the problem. 5. Will Mason Crosby have a bounce back season? Prior to last season, Mason Crosby was making field goals with ease, clearing the goal post by many feet. After missing two field goals against the Colts last year, the goal got smaller, along with Crosbys confidence. Every time he lined up for a field goal, Packer fans were holding their breath. At the end of last season, Crosby started to make his field goals, and his confidence looked like it had improved. Coach McCarthy brought in competition for Crosby, just in case his kicking woes return. As long as Crosby keeps making his field goals like the end of last season, his job will not be in jeopardy.

Packers’ rookie RBs expected to carry the load

Casey Hayward, who flourished in the nickel role as a rookie last season with a team-high six interceptions, and a healthy Davon House figure to push for starting gigs. Right tackle. The fallout from head coach Mike McCarthy’s unusual offseason flip of tackle Bryan Bulaga and Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton from the left side to the right side of the offensive line leaves a potentially significant void at Bulaga’s old spot. Marshall Newhouse, the displaced fourth-year left tackle, presumably will get first shot at right tackle when training camp opens. He will have to fend off the feisty Don Barclay, who as an undrafted rookie started the final six games of last season at the position with Bulaga sidelined, and perhaps a worthy rookie challenger such as David Bakhtiari (fourth round). ———————————————– NFL Team Report – Green Bay Packers – NOTES, QUOTES –The Packers and safety Morgan Burnett reached agreement on a four-year contract extension worth $24.75 million, the NFL Network reported. According to the report, $8.25 million is guaranteed. Burnett, a third-round draft pick in 2010, was heading into the final season of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent in March if he had not signed an extension. He has started all 16 games in each of the last two seasons for the Packers.

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But you know what? They drafted Franklin to protect themselves. They did a good job getting the extra guy.” Franklin, according to Van Pelt, isn’t the prototypical big back the Packers have played with for 20 years. “But he runs hard and he’s tough to tackle,” said Van Pelt. “He’s always cutting and moving forward. What he lacks in size he makes up for in quickness.” Van Pelt appears to value the ability to pass protect as highly as the ability to run and catch. That’s why fullback John Kuhn was the third-down back almost all of last season. Would the Packers prefer a better athlete on third downs than Kuhn? “If you can get a guy you can trust and protect as good as John Kuhn,” replied Van Pelt. “He’s a safety blanket out there at times for Aaron (Rodgers).

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However, in each of the last three seasons they haven’t ranked better than 20th in rushing offense. They’ve made it work, but there’s little doubt they’d like to get more out of their run game this year. Enter rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. The Packers selected the backs to improve an offense that averaged just 3.9 yards per carry last season. While they’ll both have a role in the offense, it’s Lacy who warrants our fantasy attention. Lacy had a huge junior year at Alabama, running for 1,322 yards and finding the end zone 19 times, which helped carry the Crimson Tide to another National Championship. He immediately becomes the best running back in a potent offense, and that alone makes him a worthy starter in fantasy leagues. The Packers are likely to still use John Kuhn in goal-line packages, but Lacy is not some slight back like James Starks. The 230-pound wrecking ball is perfectly capable of bulldozing his way into the end zone in short-yardage situations. It’s not all good news, however.

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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. All times indicated are Central. Fri., Jul.

Rodgers’ parents coming to Lakeshore Weekend

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Its a fun relationship, we try to go see them over at the stadium and catch up with them, they usually feed us some brats and burgers and stuff, Rodgers said. Its just a nice friendship that developed. (Page 2 of 2) Miesfeld and Benning asked the Rodgers if they would come to Sheboygan in late July to volunteer for Lakeshore Weekend. It wasnt a problem for Ed and Darla, they said. To me, its astounding that people would take the time to fly to Sheboygan from California, just to help with an event, Miesfeld said. That just shows the type of people that they are. Theyre ready to work, too. Theyll be volunteering Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With the amount of volunteers currently signed up for the weekend, Karl, the volunteer coordinator, is thrilled to have their help. Right now, they only have 71 percent of the volunteers they need. Anything that we can do to get people down there and get volunteers there to make it a successful weekend, thats what its all about, Karl said.

Rodgers, Hawk tee-off in Tahoe

“We can’t allow there to be any drop-off.” Graham Harrell, last year’s No. 2, will face a challenge from second-year man B.J. Coleman. Both have plenty to prove. Harrell, 28, had a rough training camp last year but lit it up in the preseason finale against Kansas City to keep his job. Harrell threw just four passes last season but almost cost Green Bay the game against New Orleans with a fumbled handoff at the goal line. Pro Football Weekly listed Harrell as the league’s worst backup quarterback last season. And NFL.com recently listed Harrell at No. 31. That means the door could be open for the big, strong-armed Coleman (6-3, 231) to jump up a notch.

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When ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith noted the drop-off between Brett Favre / Aaron Rodgers to Ponder, Jennings had an interesting response: “Brett Favre? Receivers around him. Aaron Rodgers? Receivers around him. Christian Ponder? Receivers around him.” Unlike previous interviews, Jennings did mention Rodgers’ name. But he also somewhat cryptically said that “you get respect when you give respect” when asked why he apparently thinks more of Favre than Rodgers. The video is worth your time.

Until then, The Green BayQB is trading touchdown passes for tap-in birdies. Rodgersis teeing it upwith a number of other celebrities at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe this weekend. The former MVP played a friendly practice round on Thursday with teammate A.J. Hawk in a modified scramble format. And as Hawk said, it’s not exactly friendly competition. “Not really, because he beats me by so much,” said Hawk.”We can’t really have a friendly rivalry there, you know. I’m not good enough to challenge him yet. Maybe someday. I’m not good enough in my golf game yet.” The first round of the official tournament gets underway on Friday.

With some team improvements, Aaron Rodgers looks to lead offense back to the top

Aaron Rodgers has led the NFL in passer rating the past two seasons, including an NFL-record mark of 122.5 in 2011.

He works hard, he has great leadership. I think he’ll be fine.” “You look at Tom Brady and all the best quarterbacks in the league, it takes four or five years for them to really get in a groove,” Green said. ” Aaron Rodgers sat behind (Brett) Favre for years. (The criticism) comes with the territory.” Fantasy Tip: While it may not be a make-or-break year for Dalton, there are high expectations for the Bengals, and that offense as a whole. A strong year from Dalton will go a long way in solidifying him as a top fantasy quarterback. Vikings | Desmond Bishop wanted to play against Packers Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:16:51 -0700 Minnesota Vikings LB Desmond Bishop said part of the reason he chose to sign with the team was to play against his old team, and QB Aaron Rodgers in particular. “It was part of the reason,” Bishop said. “And if I can get a chance to play against Aaron Rodgers , I think that right there, in itself, is a motivation. You know, you want to play against the best. …

Ditka: Aaron Rodgers ‘Best in Football’

Mike Ditka: Aaron Rodgers ‘is the best’ QB in NFL

Nevertheless, according to Mike Ditka, it is Rodgers that stands out above the crowd. The legendary former coach told the Chicago Sun-Times that the Green Bay signal caller is the best in the business: I look at guys like [Tom] Brady and [Drew] Brees… the talent is phenomenal. 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. He also said that Rodgers is the one player he would love to have the opportunity to coach.

With some team improvements, Aaron Rodgers looks to lead offense back to the top

Aaron Rodgers has led the NFL in passer rating the past two seasons, including an NFL-record mark of 122.5 in 2011.

More … “There’s been so many great ones,” Ditka wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. “But if I had to coach one guy in my career, maybe it’d be Aaron Rodgers .” Wrote Ditka: “I look at guys like (Tom) Brady and (Drew) Brees … the talent is phenomenal. The guy up in Green Bay, I think is the best in football. But that’s my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. And I think that’s the other thing you have to look at. He has to be the guy in charge.

Tiny Green Bay, Wis., has become the gold standard for quarterbacking play in the NFL. Few franchises have ever had it better than the Packers since Favre’s arrival in 1992. “We’ve been extremely fortunate at that position,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said recently. San Francisco’s Joe Montana and Steve Young are the only Hall of Fame quarterbacks to follow each other. That pair led the 49ers for 21 years (1979-’99), which is the same amount of time the Favre-Rodgers duo has guided Green Bay (1992-2012). In their two-plus decades in Green Bay, Favre and Rodgers have combined for two Super Bowl championships, four Most Valuable Player awards, 623 touchdown passes and approximately 83,300 passing yards. The Montana-Young duo combined for five Super Bowl titles, four MVPs, 465 touchdowns and roughly 65,000 passing yards. At 29, Rodgers remains in his physical prime. His mental skills are off the charts.