Pregame warmup: Brett Hundley expected to play

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 18, 2016 – 5:55 pm

GREEN BAY — Packers backup QB Brett Hundley hasn’t played in an actual game since the preseason finale last season, and he’s expected to get back to game action on Thursday night vs. Oakland at Lambeau Field.

Hundley missed more than a week of training camp with an ankle injury and returned to practice this past week. The injury forced him to miss last week’s game vs. Cleveland, and he would have missed the Hall of Fame Game as well, if it had been played.

Last year, Hundley compiled a 129.4 passer rating in the preseason, No. 2 in the NFL. That rapid development was a key reason the Packers felt comfortable letting last year’s top backup QB, Scott Tolzien leave in free agency. Hundley is now the solid No. 2, with Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams still battling for the No. 3 job, whether that be a spot on the active roster or the practice squad.

Weather update: It’s a near-perfect summer night in Green Bay. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s at kickoff, dropping into the 70s as the game continues. There’s a very small chance of rain, and minimal wind.

Headlines: Here’s a rundown of the headlines from the past few days, in case you missed anything:

Packers vs. Raiders: Five things to watch

Aaron Rodgers, scout-team QB

Micah Hyde, all-everything DB

Jason Spriggs, Kyler Fackrell attacking their craft

‘Light clicked on’ for Carl Bradford

 


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Aaron Rodgers resting again; Packers-Raiders scratches

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 18, 2016 – 5:38 pm

Aaron RodgersThe following players will not play in Thursday night’s preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders:

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12 QB Aaron Rodgers
26 CB Warren Gatewood
42 S Morgan Burnett
47 LB Jake Ryan
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Julius Peppers
57 C Jacob Flores
60 DT Demetris Anderson
63 C Corey Linsley
72 T Josh James
74 G Matt Rotheram
83 WR Jeff Janis
87 WR Jordy Nelson

Oakland Raiders
46 RB Jalen Richard
82 TE Gabe Holmes
97 DE Mario Edwards Jr.


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Cobb, Daniels, Crosby elected captains for Raiders game

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 18, 2016 – 4:00 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), DT Mike Daniels (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).


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Ted Thompson: ‘We’re going to support our players’

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 16, 2016 – 2:25 pm

160816-thompson-950GREEN BAY — Regarding the ongoing PED investigation involving star Packers defenders Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, GM Ted Thompson said very little on Tuesday, other than throwing the organization’s support behind the players who are reportedly being threatened with a suspension should they not cooperate with the NFL’s investigation.

“We’re going to support our players, we’ve always supported our players and we will continue to support our players,” Thompson said, before declining to discuss any specifics of the matter until the situation is resolved.

“I think everyone is going to have an opinion on things. I think there’s a lot of people who don’t understand what’s going on. It’s a little more complicated than we might want it to be. The more people pipe in, especially someone like me, into the whole serenade, the less likely it will work itself out.”

As for whether the Packers are making plans to potentially not have Matthews and Peppers for some portion of the season, Thompson said it’s business as usual.

“Not necessarily specifically them,” he said. “We make contingency plans for all of our players, because you never know what’s going to happen.”

With the Raiders visiting Lambeau Field for Thursday’s preseason game, Thompson will be reunited with Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie, one of three former personnel executives under Thompson who are now general managers in the NFL. The others are Seattle’s John Schneider and Kansas City’s John Dorsey.

Thompson complimented the job McKenzie has done in rebuilding the Raiders’ roster in recent years and said he always appreciates the chance to see his former colleagues across the league.

“I’m certainly proud of all those guys,” Thompson said. “The thing probably more important is the head of that in Ron Wolf and the work that he did. They’re good people and we’re good friends and we’ll always be good friends. You don’t find  many of those people in the world, I don’t think.”

As he did last Friday, Thompson will once again watch Thursday’s game from the sidelines. In evaluating the team’s young talent, he likes to “read people’s faces” as they come off the field, and he can often see their level of, or lack of, confidence. It’s another piece of the evaluation process for Thompson.

“To see that moment when this guy, not necessarily comes of age, because there’s a lot of things that go into it, but he realizes he can play, that’s a fun thing to do,” Thompson said. “That’s a fun thing to see.”


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Playing time for Thursday not decided yet

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 15, 2016 – 10:39 am

160815-hundley-950GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy wants to get No. 2 QB Brett Hundley on the field in Thursday night’s preseason game vs. Oakland, but he has to get through Monday’s practice first and review the medical report.

“He looked good,” McCarthy said of Hundley’s first practice back from an ankle injury on Monday. “I want to see him move around today, particularly in the pocket. That’s the big question for Brett as we move forward.

“Hopefully we get him a bunch of time Thursday night. That’s what I’m hoping.”

As for starting QB Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy was non-committal as to what’s in store for Thursday. LB Clay Matthews and WR Randall Cobb also sat out the first preseason game last Friday before returning to practice on Monday. McCarthy was asked if veteran players like them even need to play in the preseason if they feel ready.

“This is not an individual game, this is a team game,” McCarthy said. “There are individuals on our football team due to their experience, the amount of work they’re able to get so far in preseason, they’re potentially ready to play. Play time in preseason is more about playing guys like Aaron, Clay Matthews, how they’re rolled into the game and the combinations of who they’re playing with. We have to wait to get through practice today, get the medical report, and see how it works out.”

Other stories:

Spofford: Rodgers having fun, helping defense as scout-team QB

Hodkiewicz: Hyde embraces utility role in Packers’ secondary

 


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Capers on Matthews: ‘Clay knows what we do outside’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on August 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm

160814-matthews-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ three coordinators plus all the defensive position coaches spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here’s a rundown of some of their key comments on the progress of training camp.

 

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

On Clay Matthews moving back outside:

I think he played there long enough that Clay knows what we do outside there. It’s just a matter of getting your reps and getting ready. He still rushed on third down from the outside quite a bit. I don’t think it’s like he’ll lose anything.

On the Browns game:

I thought we got a good look at the young guys. Hopefully, we’ll see another step this Thursday. We’ll get a good challenge because this is an explosive offensive team.

 

Linebackers coach Winston Moss

On Datone Jones:

I thought Datone really played well. I thought Datone has shown some growth in being able to consistently play in all three phases. I think he took really good job the times he had pass-rush opportunities. I thought he showed some athletic ability when he rushed the passer. Great start for Datone, but he has to keep it going. … He dropped some more pounds. Every single day, he’s going to look more comfortable looking like an outside linebacker than someone’s an elephant-type or making a transition.

On depth at position helping Matthews:

Clay’s a competitor. You have to fight clay to get off the field. We’re going to continue to find ways to try and deploy as many guys as we can. We have to set our depth chart and from there find the best way to deploy these guys and use them as effectively as possible.

 

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac

On Kenny Clark:

He’s a very serious young man. When you talk to him, he’s always looking you in the eye and he takes in everything you could say. Sometimes when you take in younger players, that’s not always the case. He takes his job very serious for a young guy. I do like that about him. Likes to have fun, but doesn’t joke around a whole lot.

 

Safeties coach Darren Perry

On Micah Hyde’s value:

I think that was evident last year when we lost Morgan in the middle of the season and did an outstanding job for us. He’s a very versatile guy, brings experience. When he’s out there on the field, there’s no worries. He’s like a starter for us.

On if he was expecting Morgan Burnett to play Friday:

Yeah we were. Things happen. It was a little setback, but he’ll get healthy.

On Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in single coverage:

Ha Ha’s always been able to cover. I think if you ask for his preference, I think he likes roaming the middle of the field. In a crunch situation, I’ll take him against any other tight end in the league.

 

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt

On what he wants to see from the young cornerbacks:

We just have to play better all the way around. We made some plays, but we didn’t play consistently enough for me. We need to do a better job making sure we hold our vertical control at all times and we’re passing routes the right way.

On rotating the cornerbacks:

We’re going to rotate. That’s just part of what we’re going to do. Each week, we’re going to match guys up the best we see it. … We’re going to take it through every game that we play. You won’t see just one person play just one position. We’re going to play multiple people in multiple positions.

On the young cornerbacks:

I have one guy who has proven himself. Everybody has needs to come on. Yes, we have depth of young guys. We have to prove we can play winning football in this league when we’re playing winning teams. I don’t want to praise anybody of the other group because we haven’t done anything other than Sam.

 

Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook

On Jared Abbrederis’ returns against Browns:

The last return was all him. I don’t know if we blocked anybody. We got in front of some people. I remember asking Brett Bielema, ‘Where’d you get that guy?’ He said, ‘I got him as a walk on.’ That big return was all him.

On Jeff Janis injury:

Obviously Jeff was making plays. He’s done a great job with the gunner position. That transformed into the return position. Anytime you have a good player who makes plays for you, that’s the game. You just have to go on.

On gunner options:

Robertson Daniel did a nice job. He’s learning the position. Goodson when he gets back, he can do it. Quinten Rollins is pretty good at it. You just hate to lose guys early.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett

On Eddie Lacy:

Off to a good start. That was one of the goals going into the game, we wanted to run the football. Broke tackles – something we measure everyone by – ability to break tackles. … We talked about the energy he’s bringing in the classroom environment and bringing it onto the field. We just have to continue down that path and be consistent.

 

Other stories:

Spofford: Lacy felt ‘more explosive’ in Packers’ preseason debut

Hodkiewicz: Signing with Packers a dream come true for Steuck

Spofford: Janis won’t practice this week; no timeline established


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Jeff Janis won’t practice this week; no timeline established

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 14, 2016 – 11:02 am

160814-janis-950GREEN BAY — Packers WR Jeff Janis will not practice this week due to a hand injury, Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced on Sunday, but there’s been no timeline established for his potential return.

Multiple media reports have indicated Janis has a fracture in his hand. McCarthy did not get into specifics and said he had not discussed further details yet with team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.

“He will not be available this week,” McCarthy said of Janis.

The Packers begin their transition to an in-season training schedule with Sunday’s practice, which McCarthy said would be like a Wednesday during the regular season. Practice won’t be as long, but there is more teaching time in the meeting rooms to prepare.

“We have to teach them that process, running an opponent scout team, those types of things,” McCarthy said. “With the post-practice meetings, we’re still in a training-camp mode.”

Friday’s preseason opener against the Browns showed many typical things on film from a first preseason game. The coaching staff graded the game film on Saturday and has gone over all the player grades heading into the new week.

“We have a lot of work to do, fundamentals especially,” McCarthy said. “That’s always the case after the first week.”

 

Other stories:

Spofford: Lacy felt ‘more explosive’ in Packers’ preseason debut

Hodkiewicz: Signing with Packers a dream come true for Steuck

Hodkiewicz: Capers on Matthews: ‘Clay knows what we do outside’


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Pregame warmup: Rain chance diminishing at Lambeau

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 12, 2016 – 6:10 pm

GREEN BAY — Earlier in the week, the forecast practically guaranteed rain for Friday’s preseason game between the Packers and Browns at Lambeau Field, but with kickoff approaching, the chances of rain are now very slim.

It’s cloudy in Green Bay, but the current forecast is for a 15 percent chance of rain during the evening. Temperatures are expected to drop from the mid-70s into the high 60s with minimal winds.

Depth chart battle: With QBs Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley both sitting out tonight, the Packers will be turning their offense over to rookies Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams, as the battle for the third QB job begins. Whether the winner gets a spot on the active roster or (more likely) the practice squad remains to be seen, but the two young guys will be getting plenty of snaps tonight.

For more things to watch in tonight’s game, click here.

Other headlines from the week:

Communication comes natural to Blake Martinez

Jared Cook, Ty Montgomery start strong upon return

Leaner Sam Barrington plans to bring same edge to defense

 

 


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Cook, Montgomery suiting up tonight; Packers-Browns scratches

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 12, 2016 – 5:41 pm

160812-cook-montgomery-950The following players will not play in Friday night’s preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
18 WR Randall Cobb
20 CB Makinton Dorleant
47 LB Jake Ryan
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Julius Peppers
57 C Jacob Flores
58 LB Sam Barrington
60 DT Demetris Anderson
63 C Corey Linsley
68 T Kyle Murphy
72 T Josh James
77 LS Jesse Schmitt
83 WR Jeff Janis
85 TE Mitchell Henry
87 WR Jordy Nelson

Cleveland Browns
12 WR Josh Gordon
16 WR Andrew Hawkins
19 WR Corey Coleman
23 DB Joe Haden
31 DB Trey Caldwell
70 DL Nile Lawrence-Stample
83 WR Dennis Parks
87 TE Seth DeValve
93 DL John Hughes III


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Three captains named for Packers-Browns game

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 12, 2016 – 3:00 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (defense) and LB Jayrone Elliott (special teams).


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