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What the Packers were saying after #PHIvsGB

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 30, 2015 – 12:04 am

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HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:
(opening statement) “I’ll just say that was an eclectic football game for us this evening. As you look at the performance of the first half, particularly the first quarter, it definitely didn’t start the way you want to start a football game. Overall, the three phases didn’t help one another at all. But from that point on, I thought the opportunities (were) created, particularly for a number of our younger players. They benefited from their opportunity tonight. I’m looking forward to the evaluation. This third preseason game and then the fourth preseason game is always a rough week for everybody. There are going to be young men that leave our team come Tuesday. Tonight was about trying to create as many opportunities as we possibly could for those guys. We’re going to have a lot of very good information to evaluate tomorrow as a coaching staff. With that, I’ll take your questions.”

(on Randall Cobb’s injury) “Randall Cobb has a shoulder (injury). Obviously he didn’t return tonight.”

(on Micah Hyde’s injury) “Micah had a neck spasm.”

(on if he thinks Cobb’s injury is as serious as Jordy Nelson’s was last week) “No, I don’t think we’re in that area at all. I saw Randall in the locker room. He was part of the team prayer.”

(on Bryan Bulaga’s injury) “He had an ankle sprain, or maybe more of a bruise.”

(on if it’s getting harder to play veterans in the preseason) “We all have to be practical about this. Number one, the health of your players is at the forefront of everything that you do in your program. Every decision is weighed with an amount of risk. The second and third preseason games there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Part of the plan is to be a little more aggressive in the first game with more reps so you don’t feel the stress of it so much in the second and third games. These are tough contests each and every year because there are so many different variables and they are never exactly the same. Injuries, and why you play certain guys and you don’t play other guys, a lot of it has to do with who they are playing with and what’s around them, too, as far as not only the unit they are playing with, but also the competitions that are going on throughout your team. There’s just a lot of moving parts. But you have to play. You have to play football. I think it’s nonsense to think you can just go and not play your starters throughout preseason. It’s not practical. We all signed up for four preseason football games. That’s what it is.”

(on the defense’s performance) “Just to go back to my opening statement, I think we started poorly as a football team in the first quarter. We looked a little flat in our run defense. We had some communication errors in our coverage. We’ll evaluate that, get all the corrections and calls and adjustments that were made throughout the game and plot the video. This is a tough run for us with a Sunday, Saturday, Thursday schedule. This is the first time we’ve gone that way, so we knew we were going to be stressed at the back end of this preseason schedule. We’ve got to make sure we make do the best we can and get as much work done here in the next couple days before we play the Saints.”

(on Brett Hundley) “Number one, I just wanted to see him play quarterback. That’s the only thing I really told him. Just trust your preparation, the process, everything you’ve gone through to get ready for this game. Get out there and play football just like you always have. I thought he had excellent command of the huddle and the line of scrimmage. He made some adjustments, trusted his feet, his timing playing in the pocket and out of the pocket, which is what you’re looking for. Sometimes young guys take a bit longer to get that. He seemed pretty natural a number of times extending plays. Ball accuracy, decisions, there will be some he will learn from. I thought Brett did a lot of nice things. I thought Matt kept it going. I thought Matt Blanchard played very well. He made the one poor decision on the interception. I’m very proud of our young quarterbacks. They both showed they belonged tonight.”

(on Myles White and Jeff Janis) “Myles, that’s what you’re looking for in Myles. You talk about a young man that has just busted his butt the whole time he’s been here. It’s really exciting to see him have success and he made a number of big plays. Jeff did some things in the passing game offensively.”

(on the special teams) “Special teams was poor. I’m not going to sugarcoat that. We had bad field position time and time again. The holding in the return game, there was way too much of it. Each and every week you play with a different officiating crew, we’re educated on it. Everybody has tendencies. This crew called it tight tonight. It was evident in the first quarter. We did not play with the discipline needed and the fundamentals. Special teams did not have a good evening at all.”

(on Rajion Neal) “I think Rajion is another young guy. You talk about a young man that had an opportunity to be on our practice squad and he’s getting more and more opportunities each and every week throughout this preseason. He’s definitely made plays, particularly the last two weeks with those opportunities, both in the kickoff return and a big time play in the screen. He’s doing a lot of good things. ”

(on if there are more injuries for his team this preseason than in year’s past) “The numbers are average or below average.”

(on if he believes TJ Lang will play in the Bears game) “I would forecast that TJ would line up against the Bears.”

 

CORNERBACK CASEY HAYWARD:
(on tonight’s game) “..going into a regular-season game we’ll be able to scheme a little more, even on offense, defense, all of the above because we’ll have less people. So we’ll know what we’ll be able to do with certain people that we actually have.”

(on seeing Micah Hyde go down with a neck injury) “That’s one of my best friends on the team. I’ll definitely be praying for him. He’s a big piece to our team, defense and special teams, he does a lot for our team. He’s probably the most versatile player on our team. So just to have somebody go down like that and just to hear it’s a neck thing…we hope it’s the best for him and we’ll pray for him and I’ll definitely check up on him tonight, call and go by and see him and everything.”

 

150830-janis-300WIDE RECEIVER JEFF JANIS:
(on his touchdown play) “It was kind of the same play I scored on last year here and had my first Lambeau Leap. Just an inside fade and Matt (Blanchard) threw a great ball and it was right on, made the catch, so it was a well-executed play.”

(on getting a lot of reps tonight) “Pretty well. I was trying to be a little more physical run-blocking and I kind of cut down on missed assignments, things like that, so I thought it went pretty well.”

(on any loss of confidence getting down early in the game) “Not really. We were just trying to focus on moving the ball and making clean plays.”

(on the value of the preseason, especially for young wide receivers) “They’re really valuable…just to get guys out there to see what they can do and carry things over from practice to the game. I think that’s huge too and that’s what the coaches want to see and that’s what everyone else wants to see.”

(on the young receivers needing to step up after injuries to Cobb/Nelson) “Yeah, definitely. That’s it, we all know we’ve got to step up and everybody that’s a receiver has got to be ready to take reps. I think everyone is ready and we’ll see what happens.”

 

WIDE RECEIVER TY MONTGOMERY:
(on not letting wide receiver injuries affect him) “It’s tough, but it’s really only tough for like a split second because you still have a job to do. Personally, you have a job to do and as a team you have a job to do. And until we know exactly what’s going on, we don’t know anything so we just have to keep moving. Like I said, it’s for a split second and then you’ve got to keep moving.”

(on if the wide receivers took a step forward today) “I believe so. I think we caught the ball well. We all got open today. Myles had a really good game and Jeff had a really good game. Ed came in and played well, he got open. I don’t think he (Ed Williams) had any catches but he got open. I think all of us for the most part stepped up like we were asked to.”

 

GUARD JOSH WALKER:
(on where he goes from here heading into last preseason game) “I’ve got to get better. There’s always stuff to clean up. Another thing is, like I just said about technique, I’ve got to get my technique better. I’ve got to play clean…overall just getting the little things down.”

 

WIDE RECEIVER MYLES WHITE:
(on QB Hundley working against Philadelphia’s first-team defense) “He definitely got settled in and more comfortable. You could tell his confidence was growing play by play, and he’s going to be a good player in this league.”

(on Hundley in the huddle) “Real calm. Brett’s a funny guy. Quarterback is kind of the mirror for the offense so they always have to remain calm and composed and he did a good job of that.”

(on Blanchard) “Matt did the same. They (Hundley and Blachard) did great jobs and made some great throws and the results speak for themselves. We kind of started late, but at the same time this is the preseason and it’s all about execution.”


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News now! Big night for Myles White; Packers lose

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 29, 2015 – 10:08 pm

150829-q4blog-650GREEN BAY — Matt Blanchard threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Janis in the fourth quarter, but it was too  little too late and the Packers lost to the Eagles at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, 39-26.

In the battle for the Packers’ No. 3 wide receiver job, Myles White caught nine passes for 89 yards, Janis caught three for 72 yards and Ty Montgomery caught two for 71 yards.

AP_582215989693whiteBlanchard completed eight of 11 passes for 87 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Packers, 1-2, will conclude the preseason at home against the Saints next Thursday.

 


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News now! Hundley impressive, but Packers still trail

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 29, 2015 – 9:32 pm

150829-q3blog-650GREEN BAY — Rookie quarterback Brett Hundley had thrown for 315 yards after three quarters of play at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but the Packers trailed the Eagles, 39-20.

After having thrown a pick-six interception early in the game, Hundley settled down and began building an impressive night statistically. He completed 22 of 31 passes, including two touchdown passes and one interception. Hundley completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Kennard Backman late in the third quarter, and was making a strong bid for a spot on the Packers’ 53-man roster.

 


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News now! Eagles hold big lead, 39-14, at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 29, 2015 – 8:42 pm

150829-q2blog-650GREEN BAY — The Packers offense got enough going in the second quarter to score twice, but Green Bay still trailed Philadelphia, 39-14, at halftime of Saturday night’s preseason game at Lambeau Field.

The Packers finally got on the board early in the second quarter on a 1-yard TD run by James Starks. Before the quarter change, Starks had gained 25 yards on a screen pass, and then WR Jeff Janis hauled in a 29-yard pass from QB Brett Hundley, who was roughed after the play. The penalty moved the ball to the Philly 12-yard line, and the Eagles had two more defensive penalties, giving the Packers first downs.

The first one wiped out a deflected interception. The last one, a defensive pass interference in the end zone on a pass intended for TE Richard Rodgers, put the ball on the 1 for Starks to finish the drive.

The Packers defense finally got a stop, though the Eagles with backup QB Mark Sanchez did drive to the Green Bay 25-yard line. The Packers stopped RB Ryan Mathews on a third-and-1 run, and Mathews was flagged for a facemask on top of it, leading to a punt.

After another Packers punt, the Eagles struck again, driving 55 yards in 11 plays for a TD. An offside penalty on Packers NT B.J. Raji on third-and-1 from the Green Bay 34 proved costly, and Sanchez found WR Jeff Maehl for a 9-yard TD pass with 3:04 left in the half.

Hundley answered with his second TD drive of the quarter. A screen pass to RB Rajion Neal gained 18 yards to start the drive, and another screen to Neal for 36 yards produced the score. In between were completions for first downs to TE Richard Rodgers and WR Myles White. K Mason Crosby’s PAT pulled the Packers within 32-14 with 1:01 left in the half.

But the Eagles weren’t done. A 50-yard screen pass to RB Kenjon Barner jump-started another scoring drive. Maehl added 19 yards on a WR screen, and CB Casey Hayward was flagged for pass interference near the goal line, putting the ball on the 2. An illegal formation penalty on the Eagles wiped out Barner’s TD run, but Sanchez found TE Trey Burton for a 7-yard TD with just 4 seconds on the clock. The PAT made it 39-14.

 


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It’s only the preseason, it’s only the preseason …

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 29, 2015 – 8:21 pm

150813-ask-vic-halfLes from Las Vegas, NV

Just tuned in. Did the world come to an end?

The world can’t end in the preseason.

Rollin from Los Angeles, CA

I’m sure everyone is freaking out about the defense. But, how are you, Vic?

I’m feeling some tightness in my finger strings. I might have to let Mike take it from here.

Julie from Brooklyn, NY

Well, Vic, what’s the defense’s excuse?

Apparently they’re not ready to play at this pace. That’s not an excuse, that’s an observation.

Tanner from Chicago, IL

Boy, am I glad we got this wakeup call in the preseason and not in Week 1. Philly can make you look silly, but does this performance from the defense concern you?

Yes.

Evan from Green Bay, WI

Vic, I’m about to freak out. If Cobb is seriously hurt, we are in serious trouble.

It would be a harsh blow.

Emily from Reading, PA

I keep telling myself preseason is about evaluation. What have we learned so far?

I’ll tell you what I’ve learned: Chip Kelly has introduced us to the future of professional football.

Kevin from Rockton, IL

Here’s my solution to the preseason issue. Cut the number of preseason games to two, but remove them from the season ticket packages. Reduce the cost of the season ticket packages by an appropriate amount (say 10 percent), but allow the owners to sell the preseason tickets independently. This brings in new income to the owners to help offset the season ticket income reduction, while giving the opportunity to those without season tickets to see an improved preseason product. Thoughts?

Kevin, this is my 44th season covering the NFL. In that time, I have unfortunately witnessed 44 preseasons, and the same issues we’re trying to solve today are the same issues we were trying to solve 40 years ago, and nobody has solved them. It’s the preseason. The outcomes of the games are meaningless, but the games are meaningful as they pertain to preparation and evaluation. A coach has to decide whether he wants to risk injury, or risk not being prepared. It’s that simple, and it was that simple 40 years ago.

Jon from Waukesha, WI

I get a feeling your inbox is going to be panic. This game plan was about as basic as it gets. I’m not super worried.

Here’s the good news: A week from now, nobody will care about the preseason. All of the focus will be on the season opener in Chicago and optimism will dominate.

Allison from Sumter, SC

Vic, With all due respect to you and McCarthy, our entire defense can’t be bad players, so the obvious next look would be at the coach.

Allison, I want you to go outside into that sweet Carolina summer air, take a deep breath, blow it out and think sweet thoughts. You’re taking this much too seriously. Now, repeat after me, “It’s only the preseason, it’s only the preseason, it’s only the preseason.”


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News now! Packers trail, 25-0; Cobb injures shoulder

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 29, 2015 – 7:45 pm

150829-q1blog-650GREEN BAY — The Packers trailed the Eagles, 25-0, after one quarter of play at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but the bigger news was a shoulder injury to wide receiver Randall Cobb.

The Eagles received the opening kickoff and returned it 67 yards to the Packers 38-yard line. Immediately, the Eagles went no-huddle.

It only took the Eagles six plays to score, which they did on an 8-yard pass from Sam Bradford to Darren Sproles. Tim Tebow’s PAT rush attempt failed, and the Eagles led, 6-0, with only two minutes gone from the clock.

Brett Hundley opened at quarterback for the Packers. He was unable to move the sticks. His third-down pass intended for Cobb resulted in Cobb favoring his right shoulder as he left the field.

It took the Eagles eight plays to march 55 yards for their second touchdown, a 3-yard pass from Bradford to Trey Burton. Tebow’s PAT pass attempt was incomplete.

Rookie Ty Montgomery avoided disaster on the ensuing kickoff when he was able to recover his fumble. Disaster did strike shortly after when Eagles cornerback Walter Thurmond intercepted a Hundley pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles missed their PAT kick attempt, leaving them with an 18-0 lead with 6:34 to play in the first quarter.

Hundley and Montgomery produced the Packers’ first big play of the game, a 52-yard catch-and-run play to the Eagles’ 40. The drive stalled and Mason Crosby came on to attempt a 51-yard field goal. It hit the right upright and caromed wide to the right.

Bradford’s pass to Sproles gained 33 yards and the Eagles were threatening to score again. Bradford hit Brent Celek for a 7-yard touchdown with 2:11 to play. The PAT kick made it 25-0.

 


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Pregame warmup: Three new starters on O-line for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 29, 2015 – 5:52 pm

GREEN BAY — As they had all week in practice, the Packers will have three new starters on the offensive line for tonight’s preseason game vs. Philadelphia at Lambeau Field.

LT David Bakhtiari (knee), LG Josh Sitton (ankle) and RG T.J. Lang (concussion) are out for tonight’s game after not practicing all week. Expected to start in their place are Don Barclay at LT, Lane Taylor at LG and Josh Walker at RG.

Walker is trying to make an NFL roster for the first time. An undrafted rookie a year ago with the Colts, the Middle Tennessee State lineman was released at the final roster cutdown and signed by the Packers to their practice squad early in the regular season. He remained there all season and now appears on the verge of locking down a spot on the final 53-man roster.

With three starting offensive linemen out, it’s uncertain whether starting QB Aaron Rodgers will play. He’s not officially listed as a scratch for the game, but there’s no guarantee he’ll take a snap. No. 2 QB Scott Tolzien (concussion) has not practiced all week, so it could be a big night for reserve QBs Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard.

For more on the young QBs, check out this feature story.

Time to shine: In the aftermath of WR Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury, the Packers are going to take a long look at young receivers Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis and Myles White in the final two preseason games. So far in the preseason, Janis has been the most productive of the three, but he’s had his ups and downs. Same for White. Montgomery was taking the snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice this past week, so he’ll be getting the first crack at locking down the No. 3 receiver job.

With the opener in Chicago just two weeks away now, for the young receivers, it’s a classic case of a long way to go and a short time to get there. They’ll be watched closely, and the game film is sure to be scrutinized, too. Rodgers made it pretty clear this week what he wants and needs to see to have more trust in the younger targets.

Job undecided; communication test: The Packers tried three kickoff returners last week in Pittsburgh with mixed results. The rotation could continue through the last two preseason games as the special teams looks to upgrade its worst unit from a season ago.

Also, the top priority for Green Bay’s defense tonight is to be able to communicate calls and signals smoothly and efficiently against Philadelphia’s high-tempo offense.

For more on both of those storylines, click here.

Last week of training camp: The Packers have one short week of training camp left, concluding with the final preseason game on Thursday vs. New Orleans at Lambeau Field.

The first round of roster cuts is due on Tuesday afternoon, with the roster needing to be trimmed to a maximum of 75 players. Tuesday is also the last open practice for fans to watch this season. It’s slated for 12:15 p.m. at Ray Nitschke Field.


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

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2015 – 5:35 pm

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

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
10 WR Javess Blue
41 DB Kyle Sebetic
46 RB Alonzo Harris
69 T David Bakhtiari
70 G T.J. Lang
71 G Josh Sitton
84 WR Jared Abbrederis
87 WR Jordy Nelson
95 DE Datone Jones

 

The following players will not dress:

Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
36 DB JaCorey Shepherd
51 LB Emmanuel Acho
86 TE Zach Ertz
90 LB Marcus Smith


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Kuhn, Raji and Banjo selected as captains vs. Eagles

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2015 – 4:00 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be FB John Kuhn (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).


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How to watch Saturday’s Packers-Eagles game

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 28, 2015 – 10:30 am

150828-matthews-eagles-300– Kickoff: Saturday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. CT

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass.

– 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 and Olivia Harlan serving as the sideline reporters. 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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