Sneak Peek: Brett Favre at Gruden’s ‘QB Camp’

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on July 20, 2016 – 1:38 pm

160720-gruden-950Legendary Packers QB Brett Favre will appear on a special episode of Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

ESPN released a clip from the show in which Favre, Gruden and former Packers WR Antonio Freeman run plays from their time in Green Bay.

VIDEO PREVIEW: Hall of Famer Brett Favre goes to Gruden’s QB Camp

The show will be replayed several times from Aug. 4-8, coinciding with Favre’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, at that time.

Gruden’s “QB Camp”  has become a staple of ESPN’s pre-draft coverage, with all the top QB prospects visiting Gruden for an extensive breakdown of their games. Favre visited Gruden’s office in late June to tape the segment. Favre and Gruden go back to the beginning of Favre’s career in Green Bay, as Favre’s first year with the Packers in 1992 was Gruden’s first as an offensive assistant coach under Mike Holmgren. Gruden also coached the Packers’ wide receivers in 1993-94.


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Three Packers make NFL Fantasy Live’s Top 50

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 15, 2016 – 12:38 pm

Jordy Nelson and Aaron RodgersGREEN BAY – Three members of the Packers’ offense cracked NFL Fantasy Live’s Top 50 Players of 2016.

Receiver Jordy Nelson (No. 18), running back Eddie Lacy (No. 24) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (No. 31) represented the Packers in the countdown, which NFL Network revealed this past week.

Nelson missed all of last season with a knee injury, but was coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2014 in which he set career highs in both receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,519) with 13 touchdowns.

Rodgers completed 347-of-572 passes for 3,821 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season. He also added 344 rushing yards (fifth most among quarterbacks) and a touchdown.

Lacy has gained nearly 4,000 yards from scrimmage in his first three NFL seasons with 29 touchdowns. He ranks third among running backs in rushing yards (3,075) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (23) since 2013.


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Kevin Greene sees himself in Clay Matthews

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 14, 2016 – 3:50 pm

Kevin GreeneGREEN BAY – A laundry list of accomplishments paved the way for Kevin Greene’s upcoming induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.

A 15-year NFL veteran, Greene punched his ticket to Canton through production and durability. He was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and named first-team all-pro on three occasions. His 160 career sacks rank third on the all-time list.

While it was his play on the field that fashioned Greene’s Hall of Fame bust, he also takes a great deal of pride in working with Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Ten years after his final NFL snap, Greene was brought to Green Bay in 2009 as an outside linebackers coach on the incoming staff of new defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

When asked during his Hall of Fame conference call on Thursday which current NFL player reminds him most of himself, Greene pointed to his protégé.

“I would say when I look at Clay, obviously I see a lot of the things that I taught him or at least before he made that transition to be an inside linebacker,” said Greene, who coached for five seasons before stepping down following the 2013 season to spend more time with his family.

After taking B.J. Raji with the ninth overall pick in 2009, the Packers traded back into the first round to take Matthews with the 26th overall pick.

While he had an obvious NFL pedigree, there were a lot of unknowns about Matthews at first. A former walk-on, Matthews was new to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme after playing elephant end for the Trojans.

It turned out to be the perfect marriage. With Greene’s guidance, Matthews recorded 111 tackles and 23½ sacks in their first two seasons together. He’s since developed into a six-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

“I think I really instilled in him really how to play this position,” Greene said. “He had some stuff to him but he just listened, he applied, he implemented it and things when I showed him. He ended up doing it the right way and it shows in his play.”

Soon after Greene was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he reached out to Capers and asked his mentor to present him during the Aug. 6 ceremony.

Greene said it was his initial conversation with Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher and Capers, the Steelers’ defensive coordinator at the time, that led to him signing there as a free agent in 1993.

Greene spent four seasons with Capers between Pittsburgh (1993-94) and Carolina (1996, 98), tallying 56 sacks and five forced fumbles. That production in the second half of his career helped establish his Hall of Fame resume.

“I think a presenter really should be somebody who had a remarkable impact on your life, really affected your life the most,” Greene said.

“Dom he brought me to Pittsburgh and put me in a position to have an impact in games. When he was a head coach at Carolina Panthers, he brought me to the new Panthers and put me in a position to impact games.

“Dom has had a tremendous impact on my football career and my family, helping provide for my family very well over the years.”

A long wait to get the call to the Hall of Fame gave Greene time for reflection. While he says he wasn’t the most athletic or gifted, Greene made his mark on the game with his work ethic and a relentless motor.

In Green Bay, he enjoyed handing down the pass-rushing lessons he learned to Matthews and the rest of the Packers’ outside linebackers.

“I really figured out how to pass rush,” Greene said. “I figured out how to put an offensive tackle that was three or four inches taller than me, outweighed me 80-100 pounds, and I figured out how to put him in a position of failure and I did that.

“Can’t really share with you what that is how I figured it out, but obviously I shared it with Clay up in Green Bay and so forth. And it works. That’s how I was able to be productive until the end of my career.”


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Record number of Hall of Famers returning to Canton

Posted by Mike Spofford on July 14, 2016 – 11:43 am

A record 130 Pro Football Hall of Famers will be returning to Canton, Ohio, for this year’s induction festivities from Aug. 4-7, when former Packers QB Brett Favre will join them in donning a gold jacket.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame posted the entire list of returning Hall members here. Several former Packers inductees are planning to be in attendance, including Willie Davis (inducted in 1981), Forrest Gregg (1977), Paul Hornung (1986), James Lofton (2003), Dave Robinson (2013), Jim Taylor (1976) and Ron Wolf (pictured, 2015).

Favre is the 24th individual from the Green Bay Packers to be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame, a total second only to the Chicago Bears (27).

Two other players who briefly played in Green Bay, Ted Hendricks and Jan Stenerud, are also scheduled to attend.

Following Favre’s induction on Aug. 6, the Packers will play the Colts in the Hall of Fame Game in Aug. 7 to open the preseason.


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Rodgers-to-Rodgers Hail Mary wins ESPY’s ‘Best Play’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 13, 2016 – 9:30 pm

160713-Rodgers-950GREEN BAY – The awards keep piling up for Aaron Rodgers’ breathtaking Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers that sealed the Packers’ 27-23 comeback win over the Lions last December.

The 61-yard game-winning touchdown took home Best Play honors at Wednesday night’s ESPY awards. The play, which came on an untimed down due to penalty, previously won the Play of the Year award at February’s NFL Honors ceremony.

Other finalists for Best Play were LeBron James’ Game 7 block in the NBA Finals and Villanova junior Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating shot against North Carolina in the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championship game.

Both Rodgers were on-hand to accept the award and thank fans for voting.

“I’d like to thank God because if it weren’t for God, there wouldn’t be any Hail Marys,” quipped Richard Rodgers during his acceptance speech.

“Other than that, this wouldn’t be possible without this guy right here (Aaron Rodgers) and all of our teammates doing their jobs.”

After the game, Richard Rodgers told reporters he wasn’t even supposed to catch the ball. His responsibility actually was supposed to box out for receiver Davante Adams, but he ended up pulling down the biggest catch of his career instead.

It ended a career day for Rodgers, who caught eight passes for 145 yards. It was the most receiving yards by a Green Bay tight end since Jermichael Finley caught six passes for 159 yards in the wild-card playoffs against Arizona on Jan. 10, 2011.


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Brett Favre visits Gruden’s ‘QB Camp’

Posted by Mike Spofford on July 11, 2016 – 3:22 pm

160711-favre-qb-camp-950GREEN BAY — Former Packers QB and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Brett Favre will be seen in his own one-on-one film session with ESPN QB guru Jon Gruden later this month.

Favre will be part of a special episode of Gruden’s “QB Camp” airing on Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. The show will be replayed several times from Aug. 4-8, coinciding with Favre’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, at that time.

VIDEO PREVIEW: Hall of Famer Brett Favre goes to Gruden’s QB Camp

Gruden’s “QB Camp”  has become a staple of ESPN’s pre-draft coverage, with all the top QB prospects visiting Gruden for an extensive breakdown of their games. Favre visited Gruden’s office in late June to tape the segment. Favre and Gruden go back to the beginning of Favre’s career in Green Bay, as Favre’s first year with the Packers in 1992 was Gruden’s first as an offensive assistant coach under Mike Holmgren. Gruden also coached the Packers’ wide receivers in 1993-94.

 


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Aaron Rodgers ranked No. 6 on NFL Network’s Top 100

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 6, 2016 – 8:02 pm

160706-rodgers-950GREEN BAY – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was voted No. 6 in the NFL Network’s “Top 100” list, which is determined solely by current NFL players.

Rodgers completed 347 of a career-high 572 passes for 3,821 yards with 31 TDs and eight INTs. His 39 completions of 25-plus yards led the NFL, while his 3.88 TD/INT ratio was third-best.

The two-time NFL MVP fashioned one of the most memorable plays of his NFL career in connecting with tight end Richard Rodgers on a game-winning Hail Mary to beat Detroit 27-23 on Dec. 3.

The 61-yard completion was the second-longest come-from-behind game-ending touchdown pass from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, second only to Lions QB Earl Morrall’s 65-yard TD pass to TE Jim Gibbons on Dec. 4, 1960.

A little more than a month later, Rodgers completed another 41-yard TD off a Hail Mary at the end of regulation to WR Jeff Janis to force overtime in the Packers’ divisional playoff against Arizona.

It marked the first game-winning or game-tying passing touchdown at the end of regulation in NFL playoff history.

“He has the best arm in football. Without a doubt,” Arizona DB Tyrann Mathieu said.

Rodgers is the third Packer on this year’s list, joining LB Clay Matthews (No. 57) and DL Mike Daniels (No. 95).

Rodgers topped the list in 2012 following his first MVP season and was voted second a year ago. His other recent rankings have been No. 11 (2011, 2014), and No. 6 in 2013.


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Aaron Rodgers to be revealed in top 10 of NFL’s Top 100 players

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on July 6, 2016 – 10:18 am

160706-rodgers-04-950GREEN BAY – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will be revealed in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016” during a two-hour special Wednesday night, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

It will mark the sixth career appearance on the list for Rodgers, who finished No. 2 last year and No. 1 in 2012 following his first MVP season. The list is compiled solely by a vote of current NFL players.

Rodgers will be the third Packers player on this year’s list, as DT Mike Daniels ranked No. 95 and LB Clay Matthews was voted No. 57.

The following players, listed in alphabetical order, will be revealed between Nos. 10-1:
Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants, WR
Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE
Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR
Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB
J.J. Watt – Houston Texans, DE


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Super Bowl wins, Oakland game going on YouTube

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 1, 2016 – 3:49 pm

Green Bay Packers' Nick Collins (36) celebrates a touchdown with Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

GREEN BAY – The fans have spoken and three of the most iconic games in Packers’ history are heading to YouTube.

The NFL recently announced that it will upload full network broadcasts of some of the most memorable games in NFL history. The results are in from a fan vote conducted this past week on Facebook to determine which three Packers games will be added to YouTube prior to the start of the 2016 season:

-The Packers’ XLV victory over Pittsburgh (35 percent of the vote)

-The Packers’ XXXI victory over New England (30 percent)

-Brett Favre’s 4 TDs against Oakland in 2003 following the death of his father (17 percent)

Each club was given five initial game options which were chosen in collaboration with NFL Films and the 32 clubs based on fan appeal, historical significance and network broadcast availability.

The Packers’ 1993 NFC wild-card game against Detroit and the 2000 Monday Night Football game against Minnesota were also on the ballot.

Ninety-six games will be uploaded in their original broadcast presentation with the exception of broadcast commercials and halftime shows. Individual voting executions were conducted via Facebook through online polls. Each poll can be accessed by clicking the team logo on nfl.com/youtubegames


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Vote for your favorite Packers games to watch on YouTube

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 24, 2016 – 2:25 pm

160624-superbowl-950GREEN BAY — Prior to the start of the 2016 season, the NFL will upload the full network broadcasts to YouTube of three Packers games voted on by the fans.

Fans can cast their votes by going to the Packers’ Facebook page to see the five choices. The three with the most votes will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube account. To cast your vote, click here.

The five options are:

Super Bowl XXXI
Super Bowl XLV
1993 NFC Wild Card game at Detroit
2000 Monday Night Football vs. Minnesota
2003 Monday Night Football vs. Oakland

Voting is now open and will continue into next week. For access to the polls for all NFL teams, click here.

 


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