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In addition to Moses, three more undrafted rookies make 53-man roster

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 31, 2012 – 8:14 pm

With the Packers’ announcement of roster moves on Friday night, three of the survivors were undrafted rookies: offensive lineman Don Barclay, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and safety Sean Richardson. Including outside linebacker Dezman Moses, who had a line on a roster spot almost from the start of training camp, that makes four undrafted rookies who made it.

In a related surprise, cornerback Brandian Ross, an undrafted rookie a year ago who spent time on the Packers’ practice squad, also made the 53-man roster.

Keep in mind, however, that the roster moves may not be complete. Teams have until Saturday to put in waiver claims on released players, and a player awarded to a team off waivers must be placed on that team’s 53-man roster, so some roster shuffling could ensue on Saturday.

Barclay came on strong in the second half of training camp with the No. 2 offensive line and was no doubt helped by his ability to play both guard and tackle. Boykin beat out practice-squad holdovers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel for a sixth WR spot, and Richardson joins his former college teammate at Vanderbilt — second-round draft pick Casey Hayward — on the roster.

The inclusion of Ross on the roster gives the Packers seven cornerbacks, counting hybrid CB/S Charles Woodson.

The Packers’ roster currently sits at 55 players, but LB Erik Walden is suspended for Week 1, and DE Mike Neal is suspended for the first four weeks. While suspended, they do not count against the 53-man limit.

For a look at the updated roster, click here.

Packers.com will have further analysis of the roster after GM Ted Thompson addresses the media at 2 p.m. Saturday. The press conference will be streamed live, with a story to follow.


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Packers-Chiefs Game Recap

Posted by packers.com on August 31, 2012 – 12:59 am

Need a recap of last night’s game? We have you covered! Here are all the stories from Packers.com on last night’s game.

Packers ready to validate favorite’s role?

The Packers ended their preseason on Thursday with a performance worthy of the favorite’s role in which they have been cast for 2012, and they will quickly have an opportunity to validate it when they host the 49ers.  READ MORE

Bubble players make strong final pitches

Sometime on Friday, the roster bubble will officially burst for as many as 22 players.  READ MORE

Packers-Chiefs Game Chat  READ MORE.

Sights & Sounds: Packers-Chiefs

The sights and sounds of the preseason Week 4 Packers-Chiefs match up. WATCH

Packers-Chiefs game photos

Check out photos from Thursday night’s preseason finale between the Packers and Chiefs. Look through the lens of longtime team photographer Jim Biever.  VIEW PHOTOS

Packers-Chiefs Press Box Notes READ MORE

Video:

Packers-Chiefs Game Highlights:

A collection of videos highlighting the game between the Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. WATCH

Packers Locker Room interviews:

Hear directly from the Packers players. Watch

McCarthy: A number of fine performances

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talked to reporters in the Lambeau Field Media Auditorium after Thursday night’s preseason game, a 24-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.  WATCH


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Packers-Chiefs post-game quotes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 30, 2012 – 10:44 pm

GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on breathing easier after QB Graham Harrell’s performance tonight) “Well, I’ve said it all along, I was really cheering for that second- (team) offense. I thought it was a group that had some tough sledding the first two preseason games. Part of it was they were affected the most by injuries in training camp. I thought they got better in Cincinnati. And I thought they performed very well tonight. Graham specifically, I don’t know if we’ve had a backup quarterback, a nonstarter play that well. So, it’s a credit to him. I think he’s handled this path through the preseason. And I’ve been more impressed with what he’s done off the field than on the field. So, yes, I was very pleased with Graham Harrell tonight.”

(on if it’s difficult to make cuts after tonight) “Well, it really is. Look at the body of work, we talked about it yesterday or the last time I was up here, two days ago. There are a number of positions, and when you look at our roster horizontally, you’re going to have a tough time picking a player based on another player at another position. So, I thought a lot of guys made a strong case. You talk about, what did you want to see out of your players? I wanted to see those statements. There were statements throughout that game tonight. And that’s impressive. That says a lot about the men in that locker room. It says a lot about the whole process. You’re talking about a talented group of people that came together, worked their butts off, had a tough training camp, an adverse training camp because of injuries, and started to grow at the right time. It’s a great lesson that we can point back to. Hopefully when the playoffs do come around, if we’re blessed to be in it, we can look back at the preseason and we played the best football when it counted. That was one of our offseason objectives and I was very pleased with the process. Once again, I cannot say it enough, it’s going to be a long 24 to 48 hours.”

(on if he’s OK with the way the No. 1 groups did tonight) “I think the ones we’re ready to play. Obviously, I wasn’t very pleased with the way the game started. I thought they (the Chiefs) were moving a little quicker than we were. With that, handling the ball, we had the five penalties in the first half. I really thought we cleaned it up as the game went on and it’s about scoring points and holding them out of the end zone. I thought our team did a very good job of that.”

(on his level of concern with DT B.J. Raji’s ankle) “I don’t have a high level of concern about B.J. Raji’s ankle right now based off the information I was given and also talking with B.J. First play of the game, that’s not a good feeling. Obviously, we did not put him back in.”

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Packers-Chiefs game blog replay

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 30, 2012 – 10:28 pm

Packers-Chiefs game chat

For a replay of packers.com’s live in-game chat during Thursday’s Packers-Chiefs game, click here.


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Harrell stars in win over Chiefs

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 30, 2012 – 9:04 pm

The Packers concluded their preseason with a 24-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs that left the Packers at 2-2 and their fans feeling a whole lot better about backup quarterback Graham Harrell.

Harrell rebounded from a slow start to the preseason by completing 13 of 15 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He relieved Aaron Rodgers with the Chiefs leading, 3-0.

Rodgers and the Packers No. 1 offense played briefly, as Rodgers threw only two passes, completing one for five yards. Cedric Benson was the Packers starting running back and he rushed four times for 11 yards.

It was the Packers No. 2 offense that turned the game into the home team’s favor. Harrell teamed with second-year wide receiver Tori Gurley on a deep pass to the one-yard line, and Alex Green scored on a two-yard run.

Later in the second quarter, Green scored on a perfectly executed screen play that covered 17 yards and gave the Packers a 14-3 lead at halftime.

A 12-yard Harrell to Jarrett Boykin touchdown pass in the third quarter gave the Packers a comfortable 21-3 lead and capped Harrell’s night. He celebrated his performance with a fist pump following the touchdown pass to Boykin. It was a gesture that released a lot of frustration that had built up through the first three preseason games.

Several players considered to be on the roster bubble played well for the Packers, which will further complicate General Manager Ted Thompson’s decisions on Friday, when Thompson must reduce the roster from 75 to 53.

The rookie Boykin led the Packers with five receptions, but Gurley and Diondre Borel, holdovers from last year’s practice squad, each caught two passes and made moves on earning a roster spot.

Defensively, the Packers allowed more than 200 yards rushing, but they made two goal-line stands, one resulting in a Sam Shields interception, and pressured Chiefs quarterbacks. Erik Walden capped a great preseason with a sack.

 


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Packers-Chiefs halftime quotes from McCarthy

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 30, 2012 – 7:46 pm

HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(on Graham Harrell) “I think it’s nice for the second- (team) offense to have some success. They need to continue in the second half like we talked about … He knows what he’s doing. He’s had some opportunities. I thought he played well in the first half.”

(on whether players stepping up today make roster decisions easier or harder) “It’s going to be hard either way. Just the fact of where we are as a football team, it’s extremely competitive. I just want to make sure that everybody gets an opportunity here in the second half.”


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Packers-Chiefs gameday scratches

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 30, 2012 – 4:55 pm

From tonight’s live blog, Mike Spofford wrote:

Not suiting up for the Packers: CB Charles Woodson, CB Davon House, RB James Starks, LB Robert Francois, C Jeff Saturday, T Andrew Datko, DT Ryan Pickett, WR Donald Driver, TE Tom Crabtree. To my knowledge, Woodson, Saturday and Driver are not injured; probably just getting a vet’s night off.

Not suiting up for the Chiefs: WR Terrance Cooper, S Kendrick Lewis, CB Brandon Flowers, DB Jalil Brown, RB Cyrus Gray, DB De’Quan Menzie, DL Allen Bailey, DT Anthony Toribio.


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League, players’ union agree to new IR rule

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 30, 2012 – 3:36 pm

The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association have agreed to a new injured reserve exemption that had just been rejected by the players’ union last week. The two sides also agreed to move back the annual trading deadline two weeks.

The new IR rule will allow one player placed on IR to be eligible to return to the active roster during the season, following a minimum of eight weeks. The player must be designated as a possible returnee when he is placed on IR, and each team gets only one such exemption.

Because teams have already trimmed their rosters to 75, teams could still designate a player already placed on IR as their one exemption, but they’ll have to follow a special procedure to do it. That player will have to be removed from IR and placed on the 53-man active roster at the cutdown deadline, by 8 p.m. CT Friday night. Then, after 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that player can be placed back on IR with the exemption, and another player can be signed to take his place on the 53-man roster.

There had been speculation that Packers LB Desmond Bishop could be a candidate for the new IR rule. He was placed on IR earlier this week as the Green Bay roster was reduced to 75, and GM Ted Thompson indicated that Bishop’s situation wasn’t affected by the potential rule change. Now that the rule has been approved, if the Packers do indeed want to give Bishop a chance to return this season, he’ll have to be one of the 53 players on the active roster at the cutdown deadline Friday night.

As for the trading deadline, it has been moved back to the Tuesday following the Week 8 games. It had previously been the Tuesday following the Week 6 games.


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Packers vs. Chiefs Roster Card

Posted by packers.com on August 30, 2012 – 3:13 pm

Download the roster card for tonight’s game here: http://pckrs.com/2tgl


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Packers again wear cowboy hats to Welcome Back Luncheon

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2012 – 2:43 pm

QB Aaron Rodgers

The Lambeau Field Atrium hosted the annual Welcome Back Packers Luncheon Wednesday.

A number of players donned the now familiar cowboy hats and bolo ties, similar to the 2010 luncheon, when players were hinting at their goal for the season: Super Bowl XLV in North Texas.

New Orleans hosts Super Bowl XLVII at the culmination of the 2012 season, but the only beads in sight were on a table backstage.

Click here to view photos from the luncheon.


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