The NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2013″ will conclude at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday with the unveiling of the Top 10.
There is one Packers player in the Top 10, and it’s obviously QB Aaron Rodgers.
The only other Packers players in the Top 100 thus far are LB Clay Matthews (No. 31) and former CB Charles Woodson (No. 85), who is now with Oakland.
Rodgers was No. 1 on this list last year and has therefore made the Top 10 for the second straight year. His ranking will be revealed on Thursday.
Update: Rodgers was ranked No. 6.
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The Packers clarified the NFL’s new public safety policy and how it will be applied at Lambeau Field to a media gathering on Friday.
Director of Security Doug Collins and Director of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey explained in detail the policy regarding both carry-in bags and seat cushions. Here are the highlights:
–Bags to carry items into the stadium must now be transparent and can be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches, which is roughly the same size limit that has been in place in the past.
–One gallon Ziploc bags and hand-size clutch purses are also permitted to carry in items.
–Anything larger than a clutch purse must be transparent.
–The lists of prohibited items and allowed items within the permissible bags have not changed.
–Portable seats or seat backs are still allowed, as long as they’re of solid construction with no concealable areas and have no arms.
–Single-piece seat pads made of various materials, including styrofoam, are also still allowed.
–Seat cushions with zippered covers or zip pockets or other concealable flaps are not allowed.
As a follow-up, a walk-through demonstration of a person entering Lambeau Field under the new public safety policy will be conducted and videotaped next month.
View Packers.com’s photo gallery with more examples of what you can and can’t bring into Lambeau Field.
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The event will run from 2-8 p.m. and will be self-guided, allowing ticket holders the opportunity to explore the newest stadium expansion at their own pace. Invitations have been mailed out to seat holders in the new south end zone, who will receive a map of the areas open for viewing upon their arrival.
Seat holders will have an opportunity to get a photo of themselves with a view of the stadium in the background, and some concession stands in the south end zone will be open, with special pricing for the event. The video boards will be showing the 2012 Packers highlight film on the hour, every hour, beginning at 3 p.m.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was a guest on The Rich Eisen Podcast on Tuesday. Eisen is an NFL Network studio host, and the link can be found on nfl.com right here.
Other topics of the podcast include Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson and the signing of QB Tim Tebow by the New England Patriots.
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A few notes from Wednesday’s minicamp practice, which for the second straight day was held inside the Don Hutson Center due to wet weather.
–LB Brad Jones did not practice, which moved LB Jamari Lattimore up to the No. 1 defense, paired alongside A.J. Hawk.
–WR Charles Johnson did not practice after practicing on Tuesday.
–Players sitting out both days of practices this week included WR Jarrett Boykin, WR Kevin Dorsey, RB DuJuan Harris, S Sean Richardson, CB Davon House, LB Dezman Moses, LB Desmond Bishop, T JC Tretter, T Derek Sherrod, DT Ryan Pickett, DE Josh Boyd and DE Jerel Worthy.
–QB Aaron Rodgers was really on his game during an extended red-zone period. In one series of plays, he hit TE Jermichael Finley over the middle near the goal line as Finley slightly collided with S David Fulton, connected on a lob pass to TE D.J. Williams near the end-zone sideline, and then scrambled a little to his left before firing a 25-yard strike off his back foot to WR Randall Cobb at the front pylon.
–The defense nearly stopped Rodgers’ hot streak moments later when Hawk deflected a pass into the end zone intended for WR Jeremy Ross on a crossing route. CB Sam Shields dove to try for the interception off the deflection, but the ball barely grazed the ground as Shields’ corraled it and the pass was ruled incomplete, much to the chagrin of the defensive players.
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The NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2013″ is down to the top 40, and a Packers player will be profiled in the Nos. 40-31 segment scheduled to air at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday.
That player’s name and his ranking will be revealed during the show. Through the first 60 players, so far only one player who played for the Packers last season has been profiled. DB Charles Woodson, who played for Green Bay from 2006-12 and recently signed as a free agent with Oakland, was ranked No. 85.
The weekly series will continue each Thursday until only the top 10 remain. Back-to-back episodes at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT on June 27 will profile the top 10 players.
Update: The Packers player profiled on Thursday was LB Clay Matthews, who was ranked No. 31. To see the video of his profile, click here.
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For the first time in a practice open to the media on Tuesday, kickers Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio competed head-to-head with dueling field goals.
Both kickers went 3-for-3, hitting from 38, 43 and 50 yards, all with plenty to spare. Leg strength has never been an issue with Crosby, and it doesn’t appear to be with Tavecchio either.
Later in practice, the offense went against the defense in a 7-on-7, two-minute drill. With the first units on the field, QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR James Jones down the seam inside the 5-yard line and then capped it off with a TD pass to WR Randall Cobb on a quick in route.
Then with the twos, QB Graham Harrell twice hit undrafted rookie WR Myles White to convert fourth downs and keep the drive alive. The second came moments after CB Loyce Means nearly got an interception to win the drill for the defense. Harrell then finished the drive with a TD pass to TE Brandon Bostick, who made a nice diving catch at the pylon.
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Packers LB A.J. Hawk is among the 24 current and former NFL players slated to take part in the league’s seventh annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., from June 17-20.
The seminar includes instructors from the NFL’s various broadcast partners and introduces the participants to the different parts of broadcast operations. All the players will serve as live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio during the program.
Hawk, a first-round draft pick in 2006, joins several other former Packers players who have participated in the program.
Former Packers LB Na’il Diggs will also participate in the program. Diggs, a fourth-round draft pick in 2000, played six seasons for the Packers. After his collegiate career at Ohio State, Diggs played in 84 games for Green Bay.
According to a league press release, 128 players have taken part in the camp from 2007-12, and 48 of them have earned broadcasting jobs. Last season former Packers T Mark Tauscher, along with former Patriots WR/CB Troy Brown, was selected to serve as a studio analyst for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K.
Tauscher, a seventh-round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, played in 134 games for the Packers during his 11-year career. The former Wisconsin Badger was the team’s 2008 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Voted on by his teammates, the award is given annually to one member of each NFL team for displaying commitments to the principles of courage and sportsmanship while serving as inspirations in their locker rooms.
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