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What the Packers were saying after Thursday’s win over Saints

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 3, 2015 – 10:44 pm

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement) “I’ll start by saying I’m just very pleased with how we concluded the preseason. The reality of it all is it is obviously always fun to win, and it was a great environment tonight, as it always is here at Lambeau. We competed against an excellent opponent and a very well coached opponent. (I am) just very proud of all of our young players, just reflecting walking off the field and just seeing the smiles and the excitement they are going through in the locker room. When you think about the first day they got here, and thinking about how these guys have improved and really took full advantage of an opportunity tonight. I thought the football game in the second half was impressive and I’m very proud of our young players. You can’t help but think, frankly, now the process starts where we have to prepare to release 22 players. The next 48 hours is one of the toughest things we have to go through as a football operation. We’ll start that process immediately, but just to wrap it up, (I am) very, very proud of our young players with the energy and enthusiasm and just the way they flew around tonight. With that, I’ll take your questions.”

(on Brett Hundley’s progress) “Brett Hundley is a heck of a football player. I always enjoyed watching him on TV when he played for UCLA. Jim Mora does a good job out there. Coming here, he’s just a conscientious young man and wanted to do things right. He fully realized the opportunity that was in front of him, the room that he was in with Aaron Rodgers and the other quarterbacks. I just really like his approach and the way he’s gone about it. He’s picked it up quickly. You don’t really get those reps as a young player. The last two weeks have been huge for Brett just for the fact that he’s been able to get out there and play and see some different things. He’s performed very well. I think he’s off to an excellent start.”

(on the potential of Hundley two or three years from now) “I’m taking it day by day. Brett’s going to work hard each and every day. He has a lot to offer as a young man and we knew that when we drafted him. There’s a lot there to work with. He has a lot in front of him, there’s a lot to learn and it’s been exciting watching him get off to a good start.”

(on how he feels about his receiving corps) “I like our receivers. We’re going to have tough decisions to make and I thought particularly the young guys really stepped up tonight and made plays. Myles White, he’s put two back-to-back games together. It was good to have Jared (Abbrederis) out there. All those guys made plays tonight. We ran the ball well, threw the ball well, the young guys did well.”

(on Jared Abbrederis) “Well, number one, just getting some opportunities. His availability, he practiced the first practice (of training camp) and he was able to practice twice this week. You create a 90-man roster, you go down to 75 and you try to get as much information on each and every player and it was no different with Jared.”

(on if his team is ready for the season) “Ready or not, here it comes. It’s here. But really, the next 48 hours is what’s most important. We’ll make sure we get our 53 set and get our practice squad set. We’ll get going on Chicago on Monday. I’m not really thinking about Chicago right now. We’ve had some preliminary work we were able to get done in training camp. That’s been a benefit. We know that’s going to be a big challenge. We’ll talk about that Monday.”

(on Myles White) “Hard worker. Myles White has been right in the middle of everything. Every time we challenge him, whether it’s in the weight room, he’s responded, whether it’s special teams, he’s responded. I think he’s put together, without watching the tape yet, but it looks like he’s put together two good games.”

(on if he has seen enough from his starting defense to know what he has) “Starting defense, well, we really haven’t played them all together. We’ll be ready. I think, like a lot of things, everybody wants to come out of preseason playing really good football and so forth and so forth. But the longer I do this job, you have to be realistic about these preseasons. They go in different directions. You just have to make sure you get as much accomplished as you can. I’m going to quote Marty Schottenheimer here, it takes two or three games to really establish your team identity. You know what you want to be and how you train, and what you want it to look like, but the reality of it is, until you start playing the real games, that’s when it shows up.”

(on special teams) “They got better tonight. The operation was clean in the punt, the kickoff and the field goals. We had the one field goal rush. I thought the mechanic of the players going in and out (went well), and the fourth game is always the toughest game because obviously you’re operating with less people. But from what I saw, I thought the special teams did a lot of good things.”

(on the cuts among the offensive line) “I think all of our offensive linemen played well tonight. Guys that got the opportunity tonight, from what I saw, I thought they took full advantage of it.”

(on Micah Hyde’s chances of playing in the Bears game) “I haven’t even gone up there on Micah and the guys that were out. We’ll have it for you on Monday.”

(on Demetri Goodson) “I think I’ll have a better handle on it come Monday.”

(on Jared Abbrederis as a punt returner) “Well, just kind of what you saw in college. He’s very natural. He doesn’t flinch. He’s experienced at it, number one. I think any time you see the returner able to have the patience and the cleanness (to) not waste a step on a tight coverage reception tells you a little bit about the guy. He’s got quickness. He has good vision. Just from what I saw on the replays, it looked like his reads were correct. It was good to get him those opportunities.”

 

QUARTERBACK BRETT HUNDLEY:
(on why things were clicking so well on offense) “It’s just fun to go out there and have some fun. Really, that’s the least I can say. The (offensive) line was doing a great job, the receivers were doing an amazing job. They were winning the one-on-one battles. Running backs were running the football very well and our offense was clicking. We just got out there, had some fun, put some drives together, had a couple big explosive plays and (we were) just having some fun.”

(on if the four TD passes surprised him) “It’s a blessing. I’m just out there having fun and doing what I was drafted to do – play quarterback and have some fun – and I said I’ll work hard when I get here. The hard work is paying off, but I’ve still got a lot to do.”

(on likely being the highest ranked rookie quarterback in the NFL this preseason) “It’s an awesome experience. It’s a blessing. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s great to have the highest rating, but it’s a testament to the guys I’m playing with. The (offensive) line, receivers, running backs – they’re winning, they’re doing their job and we’re all out there just having fun. It’s a blessing to be in that position but I’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

(on how much the coaching staff has changed him in the last five months) “A whole lot. They’ve done a great job. Not only the coaching staff, (but) Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien. They’ve really helped me develop as a quarterback and I still have a lot of stuff to work on, but man, it’s been a fun process. From when I first got here doing OTAs to now, the end of preseason, I felt like I’ve put together a great preseason and I’m just ready to keep working and keep learning.”

(on if he feels he’s better than a practice squad player) “I feel like I still have a lot to learn. I think that’s the easiest way to answer it. I’ve only been in the league for a couple months. I have a lot of faith and confidence in my ability, so I feel like I can play on the field and help any team out. But right now I’ve been called to help out the Packers and I’m having a great time doing it. Aaron (Rodgers) is a great quarterback, Scott’s (Tolzien) a great quarterback and to be able to learn from guys like that and be around this kind of facility is hands down the greatest opportunity any quarterback could ask for.”

(on if he’s prepared for his decreased workload going into the regular season) “It is what it is. Aaron (Rodgers) is the greatest quarterback playing the game right now and it’s an awesome experience for me to put together a preseason like this and now understand that I get to learn and really just see the best quarterback play the game. I always said I wanted to be the best some day and God has placed me in this position to learn from a great quarterback. That’s Aaron Rodgers right now, and I’m going to have a great time doing it.”

(on if he’s created a backup quarterback controversy) “That’s not my position to talk on. I’m just here playing football. I’m going to keep playing football and I’m going to love doing it. I’m having a good time right now playing with the guys that I’m around, and that’s up to the coaches.”

 

WIDE RECEIVER JARED ABBREDERIS:
(on the game and his opportunities tonight) “I’m pretty sore right now but it was fun being out there. The crowd was awesome and it was just a fun experience to be out there.”

(on if he did enough to make the team) “I don’t really think about that. There’s nothing you can really do. You run the routes that you’re told, and at the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. So I’m not really worried about it. We’ll see what happens.”

(on his punt returns) “It was fun doing that. Obviously I’d like that one back, but it was fun being out there for the first time. I haven’t played a game in a while so just to be out there is a different experience and it was fun. It took a little bit to get used to, but once it got rolling it was just like old times.”

(on his first game experience since 2014 and taking his first hit) “It was good. It was on the first punt return, so popped right up, felt good and wish I would have taken that one to the house. It was a good time.”

(on his expectations for tonight) “I don’t know. I knew I’d play a lot since we only had limited guys, so I knew I’d have opportunities. You just have to go out there and do your best. It was fun and I was just…I didn’t really have many expectations about what would happen. I was just looking forward to the opportunity to kind of see what it was like, and since I really haven’t played a game in a long time.”

(on getting out on the field finally) “Yeah, it was good to get out there and take a couple shots on my one catch, take a couple hits and pop right up, so that felt good to just not really worry about anything. But it’s been a long trip, last year and the beginning of camp this year, so it was fun to be there and we’ll see what happens.”

 

WIDE RECEIVER JEFF JANIS:
(on his level of preparation compared to last year coming out of the preseason) “I think a lot more. Having another year of offense under my belt definitely helps and just being in the meeting room with all the veterans, hearing them talk all the time helps a lot. And obviously this preseason has helped, so I feel a lot more comfortable.”

(on doing anything different since Jordy Nelson was injured) “I’ve tried to keep everything the same. I try to just take notes in meetings, whenever anybody points something out, make sure I write it down so when that time comes I’m in the same spot that he needs me to be. Pretty much just film study, film study whenever I get home, trying to make sure I know where I’m going to be on every route.”

 

WIDE RECEIVER MYLES WHITE:
(on the upcoming roster cuts) “I don’t know what they’re going to do upstairs. It’s not my job to make that cut. I think I did my part and we’ll see what happens.”

(on making those cuts a tough choice for management) “Yeah, that’s all I want to do is make it tough on them. If they’ve got to cut me, I just hope they have to look the other way to do it.”

(on good timing with another good performance tonight) “I’m glad I was able to finish strong. It was a blessing and hopefully it was enough.”

(on the biggest difference from last year and grading his performance) “Just overall confidence and knowledge of the offense. The more confident and knowledgeable you can be in the offense, the faster you can play and I think I’m playing at a fast level. My routes are very crisp this year just because I have an understanding of the time frame and the time clock with the quarterback.”

(on going through the experience of final cuts last year) “Yeah, it does…I have a very good mindset this year, just making sure that I do what I can on the field and the chips will fall where they may and I’m at ease with that.”

 

WIDE RECEIVER LARRY PINKARD:
(on if he was looking up at the scoreboard during his touchdown run) “I kind of was looking up and looking out the corner of my eye at the same time to see where he was at because I was running out of gas about that last 20 yards. Yeah, I kind of peeked out the corner of my eye to track to see where he was at.”

(on the logjam at the wide-receiver position right now) “We’re all on the same page pretty much. Basically I’m with the quarterbacks and we’ve all been working these past couple weeks after Jordy went down and Cobb went down, someone has to step up and that’s all we’ve been going over in the classroom.”

(on the emotion of the next 48 hours) “I did all I can do, that’s all that was asked of me. I can only control what I control. I control my play and I think I played pretty well the time I was out there.”

(on his shoulder and if he’s OK) “I’m definitely OK. I landed on it wrong. It’s a sprain and I should be all right by next week.”


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News now! Hundley throws four TDs in Packers win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 3, 2015 – 9:01 pm

150903-q4-650GREEN BAY — Rookie quarterback Brett Hundley made a statement for the future by throwing for 236 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-10 win over the visiting New Orleans Saints.

Hundley, a fifth-round draft pick from UCLA, finished the preseason with consecutive impressive performances. So did wide receiver Myles White, who caught two of Hundley’s four touchdown passes.

The Saints held a 10-0 lead after a quarter of play.

Green Bay finished the preseason 2-2 and will play at Chicago in the season-opener a week from this Sunday.

 

 

 


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News now! Hundley TD pass gives Packers 17-10 lead

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 3, 2015 – 8:20 pm

150903-q3-650GREEN BAY — Brett Hundley might’ve clinched a roster spot with his 77-yard touchdown pass to Larry Pinkard in the third quarter of Thursday’s preseason finale against visiting New Orleans. The touchdown pass propelled the Packers to a 17-10 lead after three quarters of action.

Hundley had completed eight of 12 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

 

 

 


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News now! Packers rally to tie Saints at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 3, 2015 – 7:27 pm

150903-q2-650GREEN BAY — Packers QB Brett Hundley directed two scoring drives in the second quarter as Green Bay rallied to tie Saints at halftime, 10-10, on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers nearly got on the board early in the quarter. RB Rajion Neal ran for 12 yards to convert a third down on the first snap of the period, and two plays later, a pass to TE Andrew Quarless picked up another first down, putting the Packers in the red zone. QB Scott Tolzien’s next pass was picked off, however, as Saints CB Kyle Wilson stepped in front of WR Myles White, thwarting the scoring threat.

Green Bay did get on the board on its next possession. The defense forced a punt, which WR Jared Abbrederis returned 17 yards — making three tacklers miss — on his first NFL touch of the ball. After a Saints sack on third down was wiped out by an illegal contact penalty, QB Brett Hundley connected with Abbrederis on a 6-yard pass on third down. The gain was short of the marker, but it set up K Mason Crosby’s 54-yard field goal to make it 10-3 with 4:56 left in the half.

The Packers’ defense got another stop, this one with the help of a pressure and QB hit on third down by LB Jayrone Elliott, forcing an incompletion. Abbrederis returned the ensuing punt 10 yards, and Hundley’s 13-yard scramble gave the Packers a first down in Saints territory at the 2-minute warning. Right after the break, a screen pass to RB John Crockett picked up 22 yards, and WR Jeff Janis gained 7 on a crossing route. Janis then hauled in a 14-yard TD pass with 58 seconds left, and Crosby’s PAT tied the game at 10.

Green Bay’s defense forced a quick three-and-out, but Abbrederis fumbled the ball on the punt return. A Saints penalty nullified the turnover, though, and New Orleans had to punt again. The re-kick went out of bounds, and Crosby tried a 66-yard field goal on the final play of the half. It came up short.


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It’s the most important game of their lives

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 3, 2015 – 7:13 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfZach from Pittsburgh, PA

Vic, I know this is the last game of preseason and it’s all about evaluation, but the Packers can’t be this bad. Can they?

You’re right. It’s the last game of preseason and it’s all about evaluation.

Bill from Mesa, AZ

Vic, so far I’m watching a very unimpressive game from all three areas, offense, defense and special teams. What do you believe needs to happen in this game to ensure this team is ready for the regular season?

It’s ready. If it wasn’t, the starters wouldn’t be taking the night off.

Joel from Shawano, WI

It looks like too many Packers players don’t care if they have a job in the NFL. I expect more from guys fighting for their jobs than I have seen so far.

Rajion Neal is fighting for a job, and I think he’s got a lock on one.

Aaron from Point Pleasant, MD

Vic, it just dawned on me: When I sit back, relax and watch the Packers play, you’re at work.

That’s right. And when you turn off the TV and celebrate a win, I begin writing about that win so you can enjoy it again.

Matt from Kaukauna, WI

Vic, it seems the Packers are playing a lot of man coverage? Is Capers using the preseason to find out which DB can play man to man?

The Packers in general are using the preseason to evaluate personnel, and there’s no better evaluation scheme than man to man.

Christian from New Orleans, LA

You were against Clay being utilized more inside because he would get worn out simply eating blocks. Now it sounds like you’re for the move inside. I appreciate your thinking can still change and grow. What brought about this change of thought?

Chip Kelly.

Doug from St. Germain, WI

I like the grit Abbrederis showed returning a punt that should be fair caught any other time. Harris playing running back with a club on his hand. It’s do or die time for many of these guys. Great drama.

It’s the most important game of their lives.


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News now! Packers trail Saints, 10-0, after one

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 3, 2015 – 6:42 pm

150903-q1-650GREEN BAY — Saints reserves held a 10-0 lead over Packers reserves, after the first quarter of Thursday’s preseason finale at Lambeau Field.

Scott Tolzien opened at quarterback for the Packers. He was completely surrounded by reserves, as Packers starters took the night off.

Luke McCown started at quarterback for the Saints and threw a 45-yard completion on the Saints’ first play of the game. Damarious Randall was the defender.

McCown moved the Saints to the 11-yard line. Two plays later, McCown threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Willie Snead. With 10:36 to play in the first quarter, the Saints led, 7-0.

The Packers were unable to move on either of their first two possessions. The Saints began their second possession at their 39.

Ryan Griffin replaced McCown and Griffin’s 16-yard pass to Snead gave the Saints a first down at the Packers 10. The drive stalled and the Saints kicked a field goal to take a 10-0 lead with 2:59 to play.


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Pregame warmup: Wide receiver depth takes center stage again

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 3, 2015 – 4:49 pm

GREEN BAY — A lot of attention this preseason already has been paid to the Packers’ receiving corps, and that won’t change in the preseason finale tonight against the Saints at Lambeau Field.

With Jordy Nelson on IR and Randall Cobb (shoulder) and Ty Mongtomery (hamstring) sitting out due to injuries, it’s likely Jeff Janis and Myles White will take a ton of snaps. There’s been no announcement on Davante Adams for tonight, but if Adams does play, it probably won’t be for very long. Traditionally, the Packers have played their starters little to none in the fourth preseason game.

After Janis and White, other receivers expected to get their share of playing time include Jared Abbrederis, Ed Williams and Larry Pinkard. It’s unclear whether the Packers will keep five or six receivers on the final roster, but everyone on the bubble should get a chance to state his case tonight.

Long time coming: Abbrederis has yet to play in a preseason game, or any game for that matter, in his brief NFL career, and he’s expected to make his debut tonight. The Wautoma, Wis., native and 2014 fifth-round draft pick from the homestate Badgers missed all of last preseason and season with a torn ACL, and then he sustained a concussion in the first training camp practice this year.

He finally returned to the practice field on Tuesday this week. Can he earn a roster spot in essentially one night? He’s going to give it his best shot, and you can read what he had to say right here.

Roster cutdown looming: The Packers, and all NFL teams, have to trim their rosters to the mandated 53 players by 3 p.m. CT Saturday. Green Bay’s roster currently stands at 75. Following roster cuts and the 24-hour waiver period, teams can then establish practice squads of up to 10 players.

GM Ted Thompson reiterated on Wednesday that there’s often a player not necessarily in the team’s plans who suddenly jumps out in the final preseason game and makes the team. Who might be that someone tonight? The tight end position is far from sorted out, and you can read about the reserve candidates here.

Countdown: The regular-season opener against the Bears in Chicago is now just 10 days away.

 


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List of Packers who will not dress vs. Saints due to injury

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 3, 2015 – 4:30 pm

The following players will not dress for Thursday night’s game due to injury:

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18 WR Randall Cobb
33 DB Micah Hyde
39 CB Demetri Goodson
58 LB Sam Barrington
70 G T.J. Lang
88 WR Ty Montgomery
95 DE Datone Jones


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Tolzien, Palmer and Crosby selected as captains vs. Saints

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 3, 2015 – 3:00 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be QB Scott Tolzien (offense), LB Nate Palmer (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).


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How to watch Thursday’s Packers-Saints game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 3, 2015 – 9:00 am

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– Kickoff: Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass. Out-of-market fans can watch the game LIVE with NFL GamePass. Start your free trial today.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over the 16-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska and Honolulu in Hawaii.

– The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. An informative half-hour pregame show will air prior to the game, hosted by Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV, and featuring former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher.

– In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KGCW-TV/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KWWL-TV/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska; KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.

– In its fourth season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee, WACY-TV/My32 in Green Bay/Appleton and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast four preseason games with Kevin Holden (play-by-play) and Epigmenio (Epi) Guerrero (analyst) calling the action.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.


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