Tretter, Daniels and Crosby named captains for Vikings game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 18, 2016 – 4:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be C/G JC Tretter (offense), DT Mike Daniels (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).


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Forbes study ranks Packers fans best in the league

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 18, 2016 – 12:00 pm

160918-fans-950GREEN BAY — A recent study by Forbes magazine has ranked the Green Bay Packers’ fans as the best in the league.

The study took into account what the magazine referred to as several “fan consumption metrics,” including local and national TV ratings, stadium attendance based on capacity reached, merchandise sales, monthly unique audience to official team websites, and social media reach and impressions. The data was compiled over a three-year period.

For more specifics and to see the full article, click here.

 


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Rookie WR Trevor Davis on the mend, could make debut for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 16, 2016 – 9:47 am

160916-davis-950GREEN BAY — Packers rookie WR Trevor Davis might make his NFL debut on Sunday in Minnesota.

Davis injured his shoulder in the preseason finale at Kansas City and was inactive last week for the opener in Jacksonville. He returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday and then was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday.

There’s no guarantee he’ll play even if he’s healthy enough to go, because decisions on the gameday 46-man roster have not been made yet, but Davis is putting himself in the conversation to be on the active list come Sunday night. The fifth-round draft pick from Cal took reps as both a receiver and return man in the preseason.

“I thought he practiced well. He didn’t really have any limitations,” McCarthy said on Friday, reflecting on Davis’ work the previous day. “We’ll see how he goes through today. I liked the way he worked. I didn’t think he had any setbacks. He had a couple nice catches, particularly in the team periods, was productive. His special teams work was good. We’ll see how he progressed today and how we utilize him tomorrow.”

The Packers have one more short practice on Saturday before leaving for Minneapolis for Sunday night’s game.

 


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Where to watch Sunday’s Packers-Vikings game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 16, 2016 – 9:09 am

160916-international-950• If you’re looking for a Packers bar airing the game, try the search feature on Packers Everywhere.
NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.
• NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins analyst Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
• 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.
• Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
• The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

UK
• Sunday 1:30 a.m. (Sky Sports)

CHINA
• Monday 8:30 a.m.

MEXICO
• Domingo 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

CANADA
• Sunday 8:30 p.m. (TSN)

BRAZIL
• Domingo 21:15 (ESPN/Esporte)


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Clinton-Dix can be ‘as good as he wants to be,’ plus other key assistant coach comments

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 15, 2016 – 6:06 pm

160915-clinton-dix-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and defensive assistant coaches met with the media on Thursday in the Lambeau Field auditorium. Here’s a sampling of key comments from each one:

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

On Adrian Peterson:

We’ve seen the best of him at times. You have to play great leverage against him. You have to set the edge outside because he’ll take the ball anywhere. He’s a big guy and an explosive guy. When he gets running north and south, even after the first hit he’ll be falling forward for extra yards. You have to do a great job tackling. Very explosive.

On this year’s emphasis on pursuit and finish:

We got back every year and evaluate things. You asked me about our run defense last year, which is one of the highest percentages of win-losses per play. We felt we gave up too many big runs, which is why you’re run statistics are where you want them to be. … We just felt for us to improve and be the kind of defensive team – our leverage, finishing with the proper leverage. It helps you in not missing as many tackles.

On Julius Peppers’ workload:

You have to be careful. When you have a guy like Julius, there’s a tendency to want to play him more early. It’s sometimes easy to forget how long Julius has been playing. That could vary from one week to the next, but hopefully we can keep going a little bit with what we started. Every great player would like to play every down, but Julius is a smart guy. Where we go with it, who knows? But I look back, he’s played some of his best football at the end of a season.

Associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss

On Nick Perry and Datone Jones’ development:

They have done a great job embracing whatever we’ve asked them to do. They’re off to a really good start. They’ve done a really good job of taking advantage of the opportunity given to them so far. You can’t speak enough about how those guys have stepped up and accepted the challenge of doing a lot of different things.

On young linebackers facing Adrian Peterson:

They played a lot of football versus a lot of good guys. I think when you face someone as elite as Adrian Peterson, you worry more about your preparation and what you do. As long as you go into that game doing your best, then whatever Adrian Peterson does it will settle on the field. You go in there, say ‘this is what we do. This is how we go about doing it.’ Step up, do your best and see what happens.

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt

On Quinten Rollins’ bouncing back late against Jacksonville:

He accepted the change that was made (at halftime) once it was given. … Whenever a change is made, it’s a group decision. When we do make a change, we’re trying to win that football game. At halftime, I told (LaDarius Gunter) you’re going to go. I told Q we’re going to need you later and we needed him later. If we’re a true team, we’re not going to drop our head. I was proud of the way he came back and bounced back.

On Micah Hyde:

It gives you great comfort at the beginning. When we made the decision Micah was going to the start, there was not panic. He can play it all. He can play everything on defense outside of that defensive line. It gives you great comfort.

On Damarious Randall:

He’s a really smart kid. D does most of the talking anyway. He studies more film than anybody else in the room. He’s started to take a leadership role, but I’ve really been pleased how he’s approached training camp and preseason this year as opposed to last year.

Safeties coach Darren Perry

On where Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has grown in Year 3:

Just learning he still has a long way to go. He works as hard as anyone we have. He’s staying on the grind, staying focused. Ha can be as good as he wants to be. We can’t get too high with the highs and too low with the lows.

On what Marwin Evans and Kentrell Brice did to make the team:

They can line up and know what you’re doing. You have to play with a certain style, a certain demeanor and attitude. They played physical. When the opportunity came to make plays, they showed up. They both can run, which is a big asset in terms of being able to play line of scrimmage and deep part of the field.

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac

On Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion’s workload:

I never in a game felt stressed by their playtime. You had enough of the other guys coming in and then we were in dime, I never felt stressed in the game on that.

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley

On the young linebackers facing Adrian Peterson:

Great challenge. New stadium. It’s everything you could ask for. We have to step up to the challenge. As long as Peterson is stepping on the field, he plays at a level that’s really second-to-none in the league. We have to step up to that challenge and play physical. We have to rally to the ball because nobody wants to be on their own. We have to rally to the ball to get him down.

On Joe Thomas’ development:

I’m proud of the growth he’s made and the commitment he’s made to his role. We talked a lot in the offseason about that defined role and getting the most out of him. At the same time, there were a lot of plays he left on the field when you looked at the tape. He stepped up and made those plays. His play speed was very fast and he’s got to keep it going now.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett

On Mike Zimmer’s scheme and Vikings’ defense:

I think it’s a combination of the two. They play a pretty good scheme as well as the players being in that scheme for quite some time now. They play as a unit. Our task is to stay true to who we are and perform at a high level, and executing.

Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook

On Vikings KR Cordarrelle Patterson:

Tennessee, the opening kickoff of the third quarter, the kick was a returnable ball and he takes it about 60. He’s big and strong. They do a nice job of blocking. You have to tackle him to the ground. You have to wrap, hold on and get him to the ground.

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McCarthy: Packers have ample depth at cornerback

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 15, 2016 – 11:01 am

160915-gunter-950GREEN BAY — The Packers have been down a few cornerbacks this week, but Mike McCarthy said he isn’t concerned about depth at the position.

The Packers Head Coach confirmed starting cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol following his fourth-quarter tackle in Sunday’s 27-23 win over Jacksonville.

The Packers already were without Hawkins (hamstring) going into Sunday’s opener and then lost second-year cornerback LaDarius Gunter near the end of the game due to cramping.

Asked during his Thursday morning news conference if the Packers had enough available cornerbacks, McCarthy answered in the affirmative.

“Yes, that’s the way we’re working,” McCarthy said. “So far, so good.”

If Shields isn’t cleared by Sunday, all three of the Packers’ second-year cornerbacks – Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Gunter – have experience playing outside.

Safety Morgan Burnett and defensive back Micah Hyde also can play either of the slot cornerback spots in the nickel and dime defenses, if needed.

“That’s why you practice,” McCarthy said. “These are things really when you go back to training camp and you’re installation phase. You have to have different combinations of personnel and ability to move guys around.”

McCarthy said he believes the Packers have moved past Sunday’s game in Jacksonville in terms of their recuperation after cutting a few minutes out of Wednesday’s practice. They practice on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Other stories:

Spofford: Lacy got the call right away

Spofford: A new kind of rebound for Rollins

Hodkiewicz: Clinton-Dix can be ‘as good as he wants to be,’ plus other key assistant coach comments


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Packers anticipate noisy opener at U.S. Bank Stadium

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 14, 2016 – 11:02 am

160914-rodgers-950GREEN BAY — New stadium. Same noise.

That’s what the Green Bay Packers are expecting as they ready for Sunday’s night game against the Minnesota Vikings, the first regular-season contest played at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy recently toured the more than $1 billion facility, which still consists of the giant horn the Vikings’ previous venue, The Metrodome, was known for.

Considering the venue and excitement for the first game at the stadium, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy already has a sense of how loud it will be on Sunday night.

After preparing for the Jacksonville heat last Sunday, the Packers plan to practice this week with the noise turned up like they did at various points throughout the summer.

“We cranked it up. In our walk-throughs, we have music up very loud,” McCarthy said. “It’s significantly different in the Metrodome (but) you have a number of stadiums that are very loud. That’s part of our prep. It’s part of our day operation.

“My understanding is it’s going to be very loud in the new stadium. It’s an impressive facility.”

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer hasn’t announced whether Shaun Hill or recently acquired Sam Bradford will start Sunday against the Packers. McCarthy said Green Bay will prepare for either quarterback.

While the roof at U.S. Bank Stadium is transparent, McCarthy said the Packers won’t tour the venue when they fly in on Saturday afternoon. Since it’s a night game, he believes they’ll get the necessary preparation in Sunday’s pregame warmups.

After a solid week of preparation going into Jacksonville, it’s up to the Packers to build off that momentum in Minnesota.

“Communication is a big part of it. It’s part of the challenge of playing over there,” McCarthy said. “That’s not going to change compared to how we’ve had to prepare in prior seasons. We’re focusing on our preparation. We had a good preparation week going into Jacksonville. We’re trying to build off of that and emphasize those things.”

Along with congratulating David Bakhtiari on his extension, McCarthy also said during his Wednesday morning news conference that cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol.

The Packers will practice 19 minutes less than a normal Wednesday to help the team come back from Sunday’s draining game in Jacksonville.


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NFL furthers commitment to player health and safety

Posted by packers.com on September 14, 2016 – 7:00 am

Today the NFL is launching Play Smart. Play Safe., an initiative to drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries, enhance medical protocols and further improve the way the game is taught and played by all who love it.

Read NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s letter announcing the initiative.

For more information visit PlaySmartPlaySafe.com.


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Pregame warmup: Packers LT David Bakhtiari to start after all

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 11, 2016 – 11:08 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Packers LT David Bakhtiari, who was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with a back issue, is active and expected to start today vs. Jacksonville after all.

The Packers were already going to start a new LG in Lane Taylor, who is taking over for the departed Josh Sitton, so it’s very good news that Bakhtiari is good to go.

Also for Green Bay, WR Jeff Janis is active despite needing to wear a club cast on his broken hand. Most likely, Janis will only play special teams as a punt gunner and only be used as a receiver in an emergency, but that remains to be seen.

In a surprising development on the Jagaurs’ side, RB Chris Ivory is inactive after reportedly being taken to the hospital for a medical issue. T.J. Yeldon will start at RB for Jacksonville.

Weather update: The forecast for Jacksonville hasn’t changed. The kickoff temperature at 1 p.m. ET is expected to be 91 degrees, and temperatures are expected to remain in the low 90s throughout the game, with the heat index in the upper 90s.

If the kickoff temperature is above 90, it would mark the third-hottest game in team history. For more on that, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

Catching up: If you’re just tuning back in to the Packers after the long offseason, you might like this little primer on the Top 10 news flashes to get you ready for 2016.

Around the NFC North: The Packers are opening a season against an AFC opponent for the first time since 2000, and in a bit of scheduling consistency, the entire NFC North is opening on the road against a foe from the AFC South. Minnesota is at Tennessee, Chicago is at Houston and Detroit is at Indianapolis. The Vikings and Bears are playing at the same time as the Packers, while the Lions play later this afternoon.

TV map: Here is the updated TV map for the FOX early game, courtesy of 506sports.com


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Packers-Jaguars inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 11, 2016 – 10:29 am

160911-inactives-950The following players will not play in Sunday afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars:

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6 QB Joe Callahan
11 WR Trevor Davis
26 RB Jhurell Pressley
28 CB Josh Hawkins
32 S Chris Banjo
68 T Kyle Murphy
91 LB Jayrone Elliott

Jacksonville Jaguars
10 QB Brandon Allen
29 DB Josh Johnson
33 RB Chris Ivory
64 G Chris Reed
81 WR Bryan Walters
93 DE Tyson Alualu
98 DE Chris Smith

Starting lineup change: #24 T.J. Yeldon will start at running back in place of Ivory


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