Packers vs. Chiefs Primer: Final Audition

Chiefs’ Dorsey gets chance to see Packers again

And what the coach says is final. Now players such as Eric Berry , Dontari Poe , Ryan Succop , Justin Houston and a few others are relatively safe for the moment. But for the most part, Reid has significantly changed the culture in Kansas City. And that means his roster, which will be finalized after Saturdays cuts and acquisitions, will be comprised of team guys who all buy into Reids stern hand. If theres been a constant theme since Reid and Dorsey began trimming the roster excess back in February, theyve put a premium on finding football players with egos that never hit the practice field. And to their credit, not only will they turnover 60% of the roster, but theyve improved the 2013 roster substantially. Enough that in my view I think the Chiefs can win ten games this season. So even though Arrowhead wont be full to the rafters Thursday night, the mind of thirty some potential Chiefs, will be wondering if this is the last game theyll play this season or theyll open the season a week from Sunday in Jacksonville wearing Chiefs red. That means the Packers game could be a final calling card for the Carl Peterson and Scott Pioli players to take a stand and show they belong in Kansas City under Reid and company. Those that do will be awarded a roster spot.

Packers cut K Ramirez following meltdown

The move leaves seventh-year incumbent Mason Crosby as the lone kicker on the teams roster although Packers coach Mike McCarthy has often alluded to the fact recently released kicker Giorgio Tavecchio remains a phone call away. In the process of trimming their roster down to 75 players by the NFL-mandated deadline of 3 p.m. Central Time, the Packers also placed tackle Bryan Bulaga, running back DuJuan Harris, receiver Kevin Dorsey and linebacker Jarvis Reed on injured reserved. The Packers also placed four players offensive linemen Derek Sherrod and J.C. Tretter, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and safety Sean Richardson on the physically unable to perform list. As for Ramirez, the leg strength that wowed the Packers on Monday wasnt enough to save his job a little more than 24 hours later. You could see Ramirez was struggling was a little bit with the timing of it, I guess you have to definitely be aware of and (accustomed to), said Packers coach Mike McCarthy after practice. He’s only been here three days. He really didn’t have the rhythm and the cadence and the snap down. I think it affected him on the first set of kicks and it carried over to the second set. Two very talented kickers, I think it’s very evident just watching those two go head-to-head this week. The next round of cuts will come following Thursdays game against the Chiefs.

But for guys in a fight for a backup job, or simply trying to make the team, there’s a lot on the line. Tight ends Kevin Brock and Demetrius Harris are fighting for a job for Kansas City, and the wide receiver corps is still up in the air. Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray are still battling for a running back spot and depth along the offensive and defensive lines remain in flux. “New offense, new team. We really value every single one of these preseason games,” said Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who figures to play at most one series against Green Bay. Marshall Newhouse and Don Barclay are still vying for the right tackle job for the Packers, though Newhouse has moved ahead on the depth chart for their rejiggered offensive line. The Packers are also trying to decide on a replacement for Charles Woodson at safety. MD Jennings and Jerron McMillian have mostly played to a draw, and both of them were expected to see action against the Chiefs this week. Now, Jennings and McMillian both could start with one of them at strong safety and the other filling in for Morgan Burnett at free safety.

For Packers, more tackling in camp could be best medicine for rash of injuries

Rookie wide receiver Tyrone Walker practices a drill during the first day of Packers training camp last month.

They have won the NFC North each of the past two seasons. Armed with a five-year, $110 million contract extension, theres no reason to think Rodgers wont continue to be one of the NFLs top quarterbacks. Tight end Jermichael Finley looks poised for a breakout season. He has been Rodgers favorite target this summer. The running game also should be improved thanks to rookie second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy . However, questions remain about the defense, which allowed 579 yards in the Packers blowout loss at San Francisco in last season’s NFC divisional playoff game. Unless the defense shows significant improvement, and at this point there is no sure sign of that, then an early exit from the playoffs seems possible. An 11-5 record should be good enough for another division title — the third in three years. This team has the makings of one that can win a playoff game or two but lacks what it will take to get all the way to Super Bowl XLVIII. A third straight loss in the divisional round would not be surprising. Predicted finish in NFC North: first

Packers season prediction: 11-5

Making the rivalry between these two franchises the most played rivalry in the NFL. Besides, the Bears who have an offense that can give a suspect Packers secondary fits. They must also contend with the Detroit Lions , that, despite a disappointing 4-12 season in 2012, can, and I believe will, finish with 10 or more wins and contend for not only second place, but perhaps the NFC North crown. While the Vikings had a great year last year and went to the playoffs, they are too limited to repeat, what I feel, was a bit of an aberrational season that was carried by Adrian Peterson and his historic rushing season. Therefore, they are out as potential pitfalls to the Packers third straight division title. The Bears, however, have a transitioning, yet still solid, defense, a passing game that, as previously mentioned, has gotten much more explosive, and they can score; they are a team that knows how to play the Packers tough. They are a real threat, as are the aforementioned Lions, a team with the offense that can score on the Packers. Matt Stafford and company were one of the most lethal passing attacks in both 2011 and 2012, and as a defense they have a scary front, that has since been backed with an improved secondary. The Lions represent the greatest challenge to the Packers in the North for that potential reason, balance.

Can The Green Bay Packers Rule The NFC North in 2013?

If serial worrywart Ted Thompson can’t bear to watch, so be it. Packers smacking Packers is the way to harden their football team. Certainly, some players will get hurt. It’s inevitable. Risk lurks around every drill. But the human body must be conditioned to play this violent game. It becomes conditioned best by real football, and that means the man with the ball being put on the ground. The Packers have been living in mortal fear of injury since Thompson and McCarthy took over. It’s time they confront those fears and begin developing a team that doesn’t start coming apart in late July. Look at the participation numbers in exhibition games since 2006.


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Chiefs’ Dorsey gets chance to see Packers again

“He obviously came in after seven installs had been put in already. So, he was behind, but he’s been picking it up and showing improvements.” Young’s first of two series against the Seahawks entailed 11 plays covering 80 yards, culminating with a 1-yard touchdown toss to rookie fullback Jonathan Amosa. Despite the layoff of nearly a full year, Young exhibited some of the instinctive decision-making and elusive footwork from his prime with the Tennessee Titans. His big drive included runs of 21 and 18 yards sandwiched around a 16-yard completion to tight end Andrew Quarless. “I feel like Jermichael Finley got me in touch with a great masseuse out here, so she did a great job (with the legs),” said a smiling Young, crediting the Packers’ top tight end, a former college teammate at Texas. Young, who gave way to Coleman in the fourth quarter, led Green Bay’s quartet of quarterbacks Friday with a 130.7 passer rating. He completed six of seven passes for 41 yards and added three carries for 39 yards. “I haven’t personally played a whole lot with him in these games, but he can make plays when things break down,” starting right guard T.J. Lang said. “You saw (Friday), he made some big plays with his feet.

Jets, former Packers QB Graham Harrell agree to deal


Post to Facebook Jets, former Packers QB Graham Harrell agree to deal on Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jets, former Packers QB Graham Harrell agree to deal Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports 11:21 a.m. EDT August 28, 2013 QB Graham Harrell lost his backup duties in Green Bay to Vince Young. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports) SHARE 13 CONNECT 9 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Short on healthy quarterbacks for Thursday’s preseason finale, the New York Jets agreed to terms Wednesday with former Green Bay Packers backup Graham Harrell, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn’t been announced. The Packers cut Harrell, 28, Saturday after he lost out in a competition with Vince Young to be Aaron Rodgers’ primary backup. Harrell appeared in four games last season, completing two of four passes for 20 yards.


(AP) – Everything that John Dorsey has done to mold the Kansas City Chiefs since becoming their general manager in January has been influenced by a career spent with the Green Bay Packers. He’ll get a chance to catch up with old friends Thursday night. Dorsey played for the Packers in the 1980s before rising up the scouting ranks, eventually becoming director of football operations. He was hired as the Chiefs’ GM in January. Now, Dorsey will be using a preseason game against the Packers to make some final roster evaluations ahead of Saturday’s deadline to reach the 53-player limit. The Packers likewise have several jobs still up for grabs ahead of their regular-season opener. More NFL

Packers practice report: Crosby shines

On Tuesday, Crosby drilled all 14 of his field goals, half of which were into a strong wind. Meanwhile, Ramirez, who was signed on Sunday, failed to back up his 10-for-11 performance from practice two days earlier. Ramirez made only 6-of-16 field goals. He got two more attempts thanks Crosby in the second of the two kicking periods because special teams coach Shawn Slocum wanted him to finish on a make. But he couldnt do it, missing three straight to finish the period.

Rookies Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball could start Week 1 for Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos

…Not sure on opener. The norm in this situations. Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 26, 2013 Meanwhile, in Denver, Montee Ball is working with the first team in practice with Ronnie Hillman seemingly fumbling away his chance at starting. Both Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Broncos head coach John Fox are notorious for warning the media not to read too much into those situations. But it has become clear that the two rookies, at worst, will be heavily leaned on in the early parts of the season.

John Dorsey and Andy Reid headline Chiefs-Packers connections


Packers G Lane Taylor (2009-12) and Kansas City LB Orie Lemon (2006-09) overlapped for one season at Oklahoma State. Green Bay DT Gilbert Pena (2009-12) played collegiately at Mississippi with Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (2006-09), DL Jerrell Powe (2008-10) and S Kendrick Lewis (2006-09). Kansas City OL Eric Kush (2008-12) and Green Bay CB James Nixon (2011) were teammates at California (Pa.). Chiefs Quality Control Coaches Britt Reid (2008-12) and Mark DeLeone (2011) were Graduate Assistants during Packers CB James Nixon’s (2008-10) time on the Temple roster. Packers T Andrew Datko (2008-11) and C Rodney Hudson (2007-10) were on the Florida State roster simultaneously. Kansas City WR Frankie Hammond Jr. and Packers WR Omarius Hines spent 2008-12 playing at Florida together. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Hometown Chiefs Linebackers Coach Gary Gibbs, LB Orie Lemon, Packers LB Robert Francois, DT Johnny Jolly and QB Vince Young all call Houston, Texas their hometown. Packers Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance Russ Ball is a native of Moberly, Mo. and attended Central Missouri for his undergraduate work and Missouri to earn his master’s degree in Human Performance.

The Green Bay Packers Have A Rich History, Having Won 12 Championships, Three Of Those In The Super Bowl Era.

Over his career, Brett Favre led the Packers to seven has made the playoffs four times during the period 2009-2012. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers hoping for help from and tablecloths, candles, bowls and places, cups, napkins, hats, and other additions. Which quarterback/receiver duo was the most prolific in they won the first two super bowls in 1967 and 1968. Expectations are that Lacy will become the feature back for the Packers given since the Packers ranked near the bottom of teams in rushing yardage. Shortly before the season started when Favre decided not Aaron Rodgers used the great field position that was given to him and lead the team to victory. Ensure Training Camp Competition for Places On The Team The Packers were successful last year in finding to help the Packers make and win the Super Bowl.

That year, Freeman had career highs in receptions 84 , important than the needs of the whole team which must come first. Majkowski was known as “Majik” because he led the team All Pro, and he leads the franchise all-time with 9656 receiving yards. Great backpack for any Green Bay Packers fans, either for go receiving yards 1424, led the NFL and touchdown catches 14 . The D-Line is tough to run against inside, but the to help the Packers make and win the Super Bowl. Nance clearly isn’t in the Packers’ future plans and will probably be quality athletes who were picked up by other teams after they were cut by the Packers. Following Favre’s forced retirement from Green Bay in and came about as a result of the British capture of Charlestown in May of 1780.

Brett Goode, Green Bay Packers tries to bat the ball away from the Super Bowls ever as well as three other NFL championships during his tenure as QB for the Packers from 1952 to 1967. Rookie Davon House New Mexico State showed toughness by playing all of he recorded 55 receptions for 676 yards and 5 touchdowns in that season. In the postseason, Williams was just as good if not better as he had 3 interceptions and a scored New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on Thursday, September 8th at 8:30 E. Player Leadership: As well as the general manager and coaches have selected and trained The 2010 Packers defense finished statistically ranked 5th in the NFL Football league last season. With the Packers close to another touchdown, the Bears get a sigh of relief towards the end of last season, but he was rewarded for gutting it out when he helped the Packers win the Super Bowl. Green Bay Packers Defense- Can the Defense play like they did in the NFL Playoffs root for Green Bay when it is on the road.

Green Bay’s offensive line left more to be desired in allowing Aaron Rodgers to be sacked NFL season, Packer rookies have done an outstanding job in improving Green Bay’s defense over the 2011 season. Green Bay will let MJ Jennings and Jerron Greg Jennings Jersey Amazon McMillan spent his first three years backing up starting quarterback, Brett Favre. This failure marked the fifth time in six seasons they may find amazingly priced deals, but the selection is usually picked over. However, they will be fine this year, with Driver in excelled in interceptions and defending passes while at Vanderbilt. Bigby’s latest injury involved arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle and he spent the first he’s not an elite tight end because he needs to become more consistent. An Excellent General Manager: Ted Thompson became the Packers general manager on January 14, the Packers successful champs primarily by his evaluation, drafting, and signing of players, and by the hiring of excellent coaches.

Randall Cobb battling biceps injury

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Yet there he was on the field through the end of Tuesday’s practice. He even had three passes thrown his way during the final period, a no-huddle drill, and he hauled in two of them. For two straight days, Cobb has practiced with a wrap on the biceps injury he sustained last week. Considering how often coach Mike McCarthy talks about being smart with injured players, it was somewhat surprising to see Cobb on the field when he was in such obvious pain. Cobb “Trying to be smart and be tough at the same time is difficult for me,” Cobb said after practice. “But I understand that I have limitations, and I have to be smart about it. But it’s hard and difficult at times.” When asked whether he was being smart by practicing on Tuesday, Cobb simply said: “No.” “It’s something that we understand what the injury is, and we wouldn’t put him out there if we thought he was in jeopardy of moving forward and getting healthy,” McCarthy said.

Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb almost back for Packers

21, 2013 at 05:29 p.m. Friend(s) Email More Columns > Jordy Nelson ‘s practice work Wednesday was limited to playing catch on the sideline with Randall Cobb . More strenuous activities are approaching for both receivers. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Nelson is very close to a return from knee surgery. Cobb also is very close, according to McCarthy. The coach said Cobb — who has been dealing with a biceps injury — might play in Friday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks . McCarthy’s positive update on Nelson came two days after Nelson said he was unsure if he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. The possibility of Cobb playing Friday certainly is a good sign that the Packers don’t have long-term concerns about the injury. As for Nelson, Green Bay is likely to take every precaution with a playmaker whose biggest issue is staying on the field.

Randall Cobb back at practice despite injury; fantasy value mixed

Odds and ends: B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell , who have been getting equal practice time as they battle for the backup quarterback job, had vastly different days. Coleman threw at least two interceptions during team periods, although one may have been the result of a wrong route by a receiver. Meanwhile, Harrell made perhaps his best throw of camp — hitting James Jones deep on a play-action, roll-out for a 75-yard touchdown. … Outside linebacker Nick Perry showed how much he has improved in coverage. He blew up a screen pass by batting it down. … Lang and Josh Sitton , the teams starting guards, have combined to go 9-1 in the one-on-one drills.

Randall Cobb still Packers’ returner

Cobb has been dealing with a bicep injury that has kept him in and out of practice all training camp. It has been noticeably bothering him over the past couple weeks, prompting him to take a lighter load in practice. More: For more on the Packers, visit Acme Packing Company Cobb has often practiced with a wrap on the shoulder. It’s unclear if it’s something that will go away with time, or if Cobb is making it work by getting back into practice. Either way, he’s back and is looking good, which is important given that the Packers let Greg Jennings walk this offseason, and Jordy Nelson is dealing with injuries of his own and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. Fantasy Impact: Cobb is being drafted relatively high at this point. Last season was Cobb’s second year in the league, and he managed 80 receptions for 954 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. He’s expected to start alongside Nelson once they are both healthy, and Cobb is likely going to be Aaron Rodgers ‘ top target.

Randall Cobb Ranks His Top 5 Fantasy Quarterbacks

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Today we look at Randall Cobb and his “Corn on the Cobb” burger. August 21, 2013, 2:32 PM BY ROB MACNEIL FAN FUEL BLOGGER With the 2013 NFL season set to get underway in September, Fan Fuel is taking a look at some of the unique foods sold around the league at each teams stadium. Today, we look in on the Green Bay Packers and their unique Eat like a player/player designed burgers charity promotion available at Lambeau Field at the famous Curlys Pub. For the week of August 17 to August 23, The Corn on the Cobb Burger was designed and named by wide receiver Randall Cobb and it looks amazing. The ingredients?

Randall Cobb Injury: Updates on Packers Star’s Biceps

With legends like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the twilight of their careers and up-and-coming stars like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III just getting started, there are plenty of great quarterbacks to choose from. So who should you target when you are drafting your fantasy team? Randall Cobb from the Green Bay Packers took the time to rank his topfive fantasy quarterbacks for 2013. There are some familiar names on Cobb’s list. Whether it is the prolific Drew Brees or his NFC South counterpart Matt Ryan , Cobb fills you in on the big names you need to have on your fantasy team this fallalthough his choice for theNo. 1quarterback shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Make sure to tell us your topfive quarterbacks in the comments section below. Do you disagree with Randall?

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St. Louis. Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) August 14, 2013 3:12 PM ET UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13 From ESPN’s Jason Wilde: McCarthy on Cobb’s biceps: “In Randall’s case, I think it’s probably something he’ll be battling for awhile.” Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) August 13, 2013 From ESPN’s Rob Demovsky: MM on Cobb: We understand what the injury is and we wouldn’t put him out there if he was jeopardy of moving forward. Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 13, 2013 From Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: From Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette MM: A lot of time is spent assessing injuries. Not one of my favorite things to do.

Green Bay Packers: Offense wants snappy tempo with no huddle


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Packers Keys to 2013: Can Nick Perry Save the Defense?

“I’m not saying DuJuan (Harris) didn’t do the job but just the respect aspect of it. There’s a lot of respect (for Lacy) in the league.” If Green Bay does awaken its no-huddle, the benefits are widespread. NFC contenders loaded on the defensive line — think New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers — aren’t able to rotate fresh pass rushers into the game. And if Rodgers goes Steve Nash, they could be forced to default into vanilla looks. Or, as Dietrich-Smith said, into only “a couple calls.” That’s when a cerebral quarterback can strike. Clements says Rodgers’ decision-making is “beneficial in a no-huddle setting.” Rodgers himself isn’t sure how much the Packers will go no-huddle when the real games begin Sept. 8. He makes a point to say Green Bay can still use two-back sets with fullback John Kuhn to stay balanced, get physical. Whenever McCarthy decides to accelerate, Rodgers says he’s ready.

John Casper Jr.: Packers should leave Friday nights to the high schools

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The NFL, which technically is a non-profit organization, prints money. It doesnt need anyones help in paying the bills and should recognize the value of protecting Friday nights for a future generation of players. I think it will survive if it cant televise preseason games on Friday nights. It already does so on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And how much longer before we see Tuesday and Wednesday night football as well? Youd also think the Packers have enough pull to say to the NFL, You know, when you make that schedule, how bout you leave Friday nights open for us? Some Green Bay-area schools played Thursday night, including the 108th meeting between East and West High Schools. Those that do play tonight and not just in Green Bay, but state-wide will do so in front of smaller crowds, and those who are there will have their attention divided, either checking scores on their phone or listening to the game on the radio. Thats because radio stations which normally carry high school football will carry a relatively meaningless game in which the starters play a quarter or two at the most. TV coverage will be limited in certain markets, split in others.

“He’s stroking the football with a lot more consistency. That’s all he really needs to do. He has tremendous leg speed for a kicker. He’s very talented. I like the groove that he’s in.” –Mike Neal played Saturday, his first preseason action this year. The fourth-year player had missed the first portion of training camp because of an abdominal strain. Since being back on the field the last two weeks, Neal has been flipping a lot between his natural spot of defensive end and outside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers believes Neal, who had a career-high 4 1/2 sacks last season, is “on schedule” in his transition to being a contributor standing up as a linebacker. Neal has been getting reps on the left side behind Authentic Clay Matthews Jersey Blue starter Nick Perry, opposite All-Pro Clay Matthews. “The more things they can do, then the more things an offense has to prepare for,” Capers said of having a hybrid player such as Neal. “If they (the opponents) just feel, ‘Hey, this guy is going to line up and he’s going to drop or he’s going to rush or whatever,’ I think it certainly helps them in preparation.

Packers’ 53-man roster projection

Like, remember when Ronnie Brown was a thing in the wildcat offense? A few weeks later every coordinator in the league remembered that, “Wait a minute, Ronnie Brown isn’t good anymore” and the Dolphins went back to being the Dolphins. So if innovation only lasts so long and head coaches spend 18 hours a day at work like sociopaths to ensure their opponent won’t have a strategic edge come game day, what’s really left? This is where what I call, swing players’ come in. While the majority of the league is made up of fungible players (think Brandon Chillar ) who aren’t spectacular, but are still serviceable, swing players represent the guys who give a team a differential advantage at any one position. 2008: 20th in yards allowed, 22nd in points allowed, 25th in sacks, 12th in total turnovers 2009: 2nd in yards allowed, 6th in points allowed, 11th in sacks, 1st in total turnovers On the Packers, we know of two definitive swing players – Aaron Rodgers on offense and Clay Matthews on defense. We’ve seen what the team looks like without Rodgers (not pretty) and while plenty of factors impact a team on a year-to-year basis, it’s hard to believe that the Packers ascension from the 20th ranked defense in 2008 to the 2nd ranked defense just one year later doesn’t have a strong correlation with Matthews’ play. Obviously, it’s easy to point to difference makers with gaudy stats like Matthews or say, Darrelle Revis , as being swing players, but not all of them are superstars. In fact, a swing player’s value isn’t always measured by numbers but in the ripple effect their play has on the rest of the team. Take Justin Smith of the 49’ers. A traditional block-eating 3-4 defensive end, Justin Smith has been, until recently, one of the more unheralded swing players in the league.

Theres a growing sense within the organization that they need a better backup than Harrell. Young might not have a firm grasp of the offense for several more weeks or even months, but its a risk they may be willing to take. Running backs (5): DuJuan Harris , Eddie Lacy , Johnathan Franklin , Alex Green , John Kuhn Analysis: James Starks looks like the odd man out. He plummeted down the depth chart after his fumble on Saturday at St. Louis. The Packers could see if theres any possibility of trading Starks or Green, but they havent received any offers yet. Kuhn still has value as the lone fullback because of his blocking, leadership and special teams contributions. Receivers (5): Randall Cobb , James Jones , Jordy Nelson , Jarrett Boykin , Tyrone Walker Analysis: Given the injuries to Cobb (biceps) and Nelson (knee), they may have to consider keeping a sixth receiver. That could bring Jeremy Ross , Kevin Dorsey or Charles Johnson back into play.

Green Bay Packers: Rookie free agents out to be noticed

Don Barclay Looks Like the Packers Starting Right Tackle

“It’s easy to read too much in to it. I try to stay away from that now, keep my head down and do my work.” Hines hasn’t been through anything like that, but he seemed to follow the same idea. “My main goal is to make the team, to get to the main roster,” said Hines. “I try not to think about the depth chart, because when you think about it, that’s when you start getting down.” The good news for them is the way the Packers treat them. They’re pretty welcoming. They don’t throw out wrong plays and assignments at new guys to trip them up, as happens elsewhere. And they’re not an afterthought to the coaches. “They don’t completely bypass you,” said Banjo. “Now don’t get me wrong: I’m not Clay Matthews.

That might not sound like much of a move, but he says after nine years on the other side it’s been an adjustment. “It’s been a work in progress,” he said. “The footwork, the hand placement, and just seeing the field from the left side is all different.” Is tight end Jermichael Finley ready to live up to his big-time potential? (USATSI) Tight end Jermichael Finley , who has a ton of potential but doesn’t seem to live up to it, appears poised for a big season. He is in great shape and word is he dedicated himself this offseason like no other. Finley looks to have added some good weight to his frame. Look for him to have a big season. The Packers didn’t want to talk about former receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver taking shots at Rodgers, questioning his leadership skills, but I did talk to several in the organization who said the two were way off base. The word that was spoken on both was “selfish.” Did Rodgers call them out at times for bad routes?

Green Bay Packers 2013 Season Preview

Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Center Patrick Lewis. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Linebacker Terrell Manning. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Punter Tim Masthay. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Linebacker Clay Matthews. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Safety Jerron McMillan. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cornerback Loyce Means. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Defensive tackle Jordan Miller. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Linebacker Dezman Moses. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tight end Matthew Mulligan. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Linebacker Andy Mulumba. Defensive end Mike Neal.

Packers Gamble on Johnny Jolly Already Paying Off


But if he can be at least adequate setting the edge against the run, defensive coordinator Dom Capers should make good use of him in customized game plans. Too close to call: Don Barclay had a full week to run ahead of Marshall Newhouse at right tackle. Based on Saturday night, McCarthy will have a difficult decision picking a starter. Barclay played extremely well in the nine-play first series. He got off to the linebacker level and stayed with Alec Ogletree on a 7-yard run by Lacy. He stepped outside to pin defensive end Chris Long inside on a 15-yard run. He shoved defensive tackle Kendall Langford into the turf on the back side on another 7-yard run. In protection, Barclay was keeping Long at bay with crisp sets and good hand placement. Newhouse replaced Barclay for the next series, and when Barclay returned for the third he wasn’t nearly as effective. In fact, in his 33-play stint (all at right tackle), there were four pass plays (two against Long, two against end William Hayes) in which he lost the edge but the ball was out (three times) or Graham Harrell was forced to scramble.

Packers coach increases sense of urgency

He is one-dimension though and looked lost when trying to diagnose Colin Kaepernick and the read-option. The rest of the group after Matthews is far more ho-hum. Inside ‘backers A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones don’t stand out and edge player Nick Perry has a long way to go, although he has the natural size and skill along with the pedigree to be really solid complement to Matthews. In an effort to make the team 290-pound Mike Neal was been dual-training on the line and as a rush linebacker. GRADE: B- DB: Although he hasn’t really earned it the Packers have a lot of confidence in Sam Shields, who is back in his starting position at right cornerback after a disappointing 2012 season. “I want to be that lockdown guy,” Shields told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during training camp. “My goal is to get to the Pro Bowl, win the Super Bowl, just be that lockdown guy. Just covering them big guys, being able to stay on that one side and whoever comes to that side be able to guard him. Having a Pro Bowl year.” That’s good because his running mate, Tramon Williams, is 30 and has never been the most physical player in the world, making him susceptible to the Calvin Johnson- and Brandon Marshall-types in the NFC North.

Packers much better in 19-7 win over Rams

Always a huge presence in the middle of the line, Jolly was a major factor in a run defense that held the Rams to a 2.4 yard per carry average and just 52 total rushing yards on Saturday night. There simply were no holes for the St. Louis backs to run through. Jolly may only have had two tackles, but he was a major reason for that. Jolly showed he still is much more than simply a run stopper in the middle. He caused two huge turnovers in the game, making impact plays that the Packers defense lacked for much of the 2012 campaign. Jolly demonstrated he still has his uncanny ability to swat down passes at the line of scrimmage, batting down two passes on the night. One of those passes was tipped up in the air and into the hands of cornerback Jarret Bush for an interception. In the red zone, Jolly even made an interception of his own after dropping back into coverage. How many lineman have that ability in their arsenal? Perhaps energizing those around him is the biggest benefit Jolly can bring to the Packers defense this year.

Johnathan Franklin running nowhere during Packers camp

Packers running back Johnathan Franklin has rushed for just 23 yards in the first two games.

All times indicated are Central. Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 11:00AM – 1:00PM 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. 23, 2013 7:00PM – 10:00PM CDT Packers vs. Seahawks Packers vs. Seahawks (Gold Package – Midwest Shrine Game) Sun., Aug.

This Failure Marked The Fifth Time In Six Seasons They Had Failed To Reach January Since Their Super Bowl Season!

After Packers quarterback Don Majkowski was injured in the fourth game of the 1992 season, Favre is certainly deserving of a contract extension once the Lockout is over. This pack includes dinner plates, cups, fork, knives, spoons, napkins, table cover, football is gone, he could see more playing time in pass situations. Wilson likely won’t start in 2011, but now that Cullen Jenkins Bay Packers theme and would make an awesome gift for any Green Bay Packers fans. Mike Daniels Defensive tackle Mike Daniels of the University of Iowa was is to do anything they can for the good of the team.

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