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:

Packers’ Nick Perry happy everything’s in working order

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.

Wed., Jul. 31, 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. Thu., Aug. 01, 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., Aug.

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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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