Packers get inside linebacker in fourth round: Stanford’s Blake Martinez

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 30, 2016 – 12:43 pm

Blake MartinezGREEN BAY — The Packers wasted no time on Saturday addressing inside linebacker, drafting Stanford’s Blake Martinez with the first of two fourth-round compensatory draft picks, No. 131 overall.

The Packers have another pick coming up shortly, at No. 137.

Martinez started for Stanford, one of the top defenses in the Pac-12, each of the last two years, and led the team in tackles both seasons. In 2015, he earned All-America honors from a couple of publications and posted 141 tackles, leading the Pac-12. The next-highest total on Stanford’s defense was 57.

Martinez also intercepted one pass and broke up six passes. For his career (51 games), he had six sacks, five interceptions and four forced fumbles.

 

 


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Packers draft Utah State LB Kyler Fackrell in third round

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on April 29, 2016 – 9:52 pm

Kyler FackrellGREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers added another linebacker to their room on Friday night in drafting Utah State senior Kyler Fackrell with their third-round draft choice (88th overall).

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound pass rusher started all 41 collegiate games with 253 tackles (36 for a loss), 12 sacks and five forced fumbles.

He missed all but one game during his junior year in 2014 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the second quarter of the season-opener against Tennessee.

Fackrell set a single-season school record with 12 quarterback hurries as a senior, including a single-game school record of six against Colorado State on Oct. 3, 2015.

He’s one of just 15 players in school history to earn first-or-second-team all-conference honors three times during a career.


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Packers trade up in second round for Indiana OT Jason Spriggs

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 29, 2016 – 7:29 pm

Jason SpriggsGREEN BAY — The Packers traded up nine spots in the second round, from No. 57 to No. 48, to select Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs on Friday night.

The Packers traded with Indianapolis. Green Bay gave up a fourth-round pick (No. 125) and a seventh-round pick (No. 248), in addition to the second-rounder at No. 57 to move up.

Spriggs was a four-year starter at left tackle for the Hoosiers, starting 47 games at the position. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2015 and was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy.

According to some draft analyst reports, Spriggs gave up just two sacks in each of the last two seasons. He gives the Packers depth at offensive tackle that was missing last season when the pass protection struggled late in the year during left tackle David Bakhtiari’s absence to injury.

 


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Packers draft UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark in first round

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 28, 2016 – 10:12 pm

Kenny ClarkGREEN BAY — The Packers addressed their primary need on Thursday night in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, selecting UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark with the No. 27 overall pick.

Clark played in 39 career games for the Bruins, starting 29 straight to end his career. He finished second on his team in tackles (75), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six) in 2015. The TFLs and sacks are particularly impressive numbers for an interior lineman who lined up either over the center or between the center and guard most of the time.

Clark was an early entry in this draft, playing three seasons for the Bruins. He earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors last season, moving up from second-team all-conference honors in 2014. His three-year career totals are 164 tackles, 20 1/2 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

The Packers’ need on the defensive line became more significant this past offseason when B.J. Raji decided to step away from football despite having a contract offer on the table from Green Bay.

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Barrington, Freeman will announce Day 2 selections

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on April 28, 2016 – 3:59 pm

Chiefs Packers FootballThe Packers’ past and present will be honored on Friday when former WR Antonio Freeman and current LB Sam Barrington announce the team’s second- and third-round draft choices.

Barrington, a seventh-round pick in 2013, was selected as this year’s team nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. It’s the first time third-round selections will be announced by nominees for the prestigious award, which recognizes players for excellence on and off the field.

Freeman, representing the NFL legends community, had 431 receptions for 6,651 yards and 57 touchdowns in eight season with the Packers (1995-2001, 2003). He ranks third in franchise history with six seasons of more than 50 receptions and three seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards.

Freeman and Barrington join legendary Packers G Jerry Kramer and Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Dave Robinson in announcing selections this weekend. Kramer and Robinson will handle the Packers’ fourth- and fifth-round draft choices from Vince Lombardi’s office at the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Other Packers alumni who have previously announced draft picks include WR Donald Driver, RB Jim Taylor, S LeRoy Butler and WR James Lofton.


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Kramer, Robinson to announce Packers draft picks

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on April 27, 2016 – 6:51 pm

Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson

Legendary Packers G Jerry Kramer and LB Dave Robinson will announce the team’s fourth- and fifth-round selections from Vince Lombardi’s office in the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Robinson, who played 10 of his 12 NFL seasons with the Packers, previously announced the team’s second- and third-round draft picks following his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 as a senior committee nominee.

NFL clubs will host Day 3 draft festivities at a special location of their choosing with Packers fans celebrating Kramer and Robinson’s announcements at the Lambeau Field Atrium restaurant, 1919 Kitchen & Tap.

It continues a tradition of former Packers introducing the team’s draft choices. WR Donald Driver unveiled the selection of CB Quinten Rollins in the second round last year. Others who have been tabbed for the honor include RB Jim Taylor, S LeRoy Butler and WR James Lofton, who announced WR Davante Adams as the Packers’ second-round pick in 2014.

Those chosen to make selections are individuals who have made a significant impact on their team, featuring current and former players, NFL Legends, military personnel, youth organizations, among other special guests.

The NFL draft will be held at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. The third round of the draft begins at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.


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Tundra Line auditions to be held May 15

Posted by packers.com on April 26, 2016 – 9:56 pm

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Tundra Line auditions will be held at Lambeau Field on Sunday, May 15, at 12 p.m. CT. To attend, please enter through the Atrium on the east side of the stadium and take the escalators to the Club Level. Please bring personal sticks or mallets, the audition book, and a practice pad. The Packers organization will provide food and beverages during the afternoon, along with a late lunch. Auditions will conclude no later than 5 p.m. CT.

There are no restrictions or prerequisites for trying out for Tundra Line. However, previous experience is highly recommended. Please see the Tundra Line Audition book for audition materials and more information regarding the audition format.

If you have any questions regarding the audition process, or the Tundra Line in general, please contact Patrick Coughlin at (608) 279-3999 or prcoughlin@uwalumni.com.


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Aaron Rodgers ranks fourth in merchandise sales

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 25, 2016 – 10:09 am

QB Aaron RodgersGREEN BAY — Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ranks fourth in the NFL on the latest Top 50 list in merchandise sales as compiled by the NFL Players’ Association.

The list is based on total sales of all officially licensed merchandise for the 12-month period ending Feb. 29, 2016. Patriots QB Tom Brady is atop the list, followed by recently retired QB Peyton Manning, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Rodgers and Cowboys WR Dez Bryant.

Three other Packers ranked in the top 50, with LB Clay Matthews at 18th, WR Jordy Nelson at 27th and RB Eddie Lacy at 39th.

 


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Thompson discusses draft philosophy and free-agent additions

Posted by Duke Bobber on April 20, 2016 – 10:58 am

Packers GM Ted Thompson

GREEN BAY–With the NFL Draft a little more than a week away, Packers GM Ted Thompson expressed his gratitude to those who have been working feverishly to prepare for it.

“Everybody works so hard to try to help us put it all together,” Thompson said at his annual pre-draft press conference. “It’s an enormous amount of work.”

Thompson pointed to waiting as one of the most challenging aspects of the draft.

“There are gut-wrenching times when you’re so close to getting what you think is the perfect player for your team, and then that player might get picked right in front of you.”

When asked about picking the best available player or picking for need, Thompson was clear in his philosophy.

“If we can take the best player available, that’s the way we want to try to do it,” Thompson said.

Thompson was also asked about a couple of recent free-agent additions to the team.

On TE Jared Cook: “He’s very athletic. Great catch radius. Big target.”

On LB Lerentee McCray: “We thought he had some good snaps over there in Denver,” Thompson said. “We think he’s got a nice body type. He has good athletic ability. He shows the ability to be an outside backer.”

When it comes to the draft order, Thompson has seen both ends of the spectrum since taking command in 2005. The Packers have picked as high as 5th in the first round in 2006 and had the 32nd slot in 2011 after winning Super Bowl XLV. So, which does he prefer?

“It’s more enjoyable when you pick 32nd,” Thompson said, hinting at the obvious implication. “There’s nothing that can be done to make your smile go away.”


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Packers back in Green Bay for offseason workouts

Posted by Duke Bobber on April 18, 2016 – 8:32 am

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Players reported back in Green Bay on Monday for the start of the team’s offseason workout program. Here’s what they were saying on Twitter:


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