13 Ravens opponents in 13 days: Green Bay Packers
The veteran made only 21 of 33 field goals (league-worst 63.6 percent) in the regular season. Now, for the first time since he kicked aside incumbent Dave Rayner in a preseason battle his rookie season in 2007, Crosby is competing to keep his job. His adversary in training camp will be left-footed Giorgio Tavecchio, an unheralded first-year player. ———————————————– NFL Team Report – Green Bay Packers – NOTES, QUOTES –Maybe Brad Jones had good reason to sing the virtues of head coach Mike McCarthy’s revised offseason schedule this year. “I think it was the best OTAs I’ve ever been a part of,” Jones, a fifth-year veteran, said as the Packers were completing their organized team activities the second week of June. A few days later, the smile that accompanied Jones’ ringing endorsement had to have grown wider. That’s because general manager Ted Thompson went ahead with an anticipated cut of Desmond Bishop on June 17. Bishop’s departure all but ensures Jones will continue to start alongside A.J. Hawk at inside linebacker going into the coming season. Jones started the final 12 games of last season at the position after D.J.
2 Comments Former Green Bay Packers tight end Gary Knafelc is putting pressure on the NFL and the NFL Players Association to provide health care for those who played in the league prior to 1970, according to 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin . Kfanelc played for the Packers from 1954 to 1963. He said that the NFL and the NFLPA have been unresponsive to the concerns of players from his era. Via WTMJ : “We don’t have a voice, and I really believe the reason that we don’t have a voice is that they’re hoping that if we keep dying off at the rate we are, we’ll be all dead and they won’t have to worry about anything,” he said. Knafelc has lobbied the NFLPA, but said that the association is much more concerned with how current players are being treated. He also said that the NFL has been able to deny any connection with ailments that have gotten worse with age due to the lack of medical records from when players were in the league “They say it happened too long ago. They don’t have enough records to justify helping you out at that time. In fact, they even come to the point of , ‘How do we even know that injury was something you did playing football? It was not something you did later on?'” Knafelc is 81 years old, and served as the Packers’ public address announcer for 40 years before retiring. He finished with 154 receptions for 2,162 yards and 23 touchdowns playing most of his career in Green Bay. More from SB Nation:
Former Packers TE frustrated with health care for retired NFL players
They let veterans Charles Woodson and Greg Jennings, two major building blocks from years past, go in the offseason and signed no veteran free agents of note. They drafted 11 players in April, led by UCLA defensive end Datone Jones. They also selected a pair of running backs in Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin with the hope that they will improve their 20th-ranked rushing attack. The skinny: As long as Aaron Rodgers is in the lineup, the Packers will be formidable. Rodgers is considered by many to be the NFLs best quarterback, taking the torch away from elder statesmen Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Despite the loss of Jennings, he still has a fine trio of receivers in Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. As for the defense, the Packers have a lot of young talent on that side of the ball, having put a major emphasis on defense in the past two drafts. They are optimistic that 2012 first-rounder Nick Perry can become a pass-rushing threat to pair with sack specialist Clay Matthews III. Recent history: There is not much history here at all, let alone recently.