Where to watch Sunday’s Packers-Jaguars game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 7, 2016 – 5:34 pm


– If you’re looking for a Packers bar airing the game, try the search feature on Packers Everywhere.
– FOX Sports, now in its 23rd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
– Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
– 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 22nd season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 18th season of broadcasts together.
– Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country.John Sadak (play-by-play) and Jason Taylor (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.
– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 711.
NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.

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Packers turn up the heat in preparation for Jacksonville

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 7, 2016 – 11:03 am

160907-hutson-950GREEN BAY — The Packers pulled practice inside the Hutson Center on Tuesday due to inclement weather, but were still able to simulate the warm Jacksonville temperatures.

The Packers turned off the air conditioning and closed the doors to get the players used to the humid, 90-degree conditions expected for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Jaguars.

Considering it was the team’s first practice in a week, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was pleased with how things went.

“We had a hell of a practice (on Tuesday),” said McCarthy on Wednesday morning. “The workload was tremendous. It was hot inside the Hutson Center.”

There are built-in challenges in preparing for an uncommon AFC opponent to start the season, but McCarthy noted that you have to be careful not to over-examine one foe.

The Packers began working on their installs for Jacksonville during training camp, sitting down with their veterans this past week to analyze the Jaguars’ third preseason game.

McCarthy said he doesn’t have any “big, immediate concerns” with any of Green Bay’s injured players and doesn’t anticipate any significant changes from last week in terms of availability.

As the Packers prepare to go in pads for Wednesday’s practice, there is excitement in the building on the eve of the first meaningful game in nearly nine moments.

“It’s exciting. It’s opening day,” McCarthy said. “This is the first game of the National Football League. Everybody has the same goal. That’s the way we approach it.

“This is what it’s all about – playing real games, getting into a rhythm. Once we get to the stadium and know it’s for real. There’s nothing like gameday.”

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Packers set to wear home green jerseys in Jacksonville

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 7, 2016 – 10:35 am

160907-green-jersey-950The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided to eschew their black, heat-absorbing home jerseys in Sunday’s season-opening game with the Packers. Instead, the Jaguars will wear white jerseys, forcing the Packers to wear their green jerseys traditionally reserved for home games at Lambeau Field. The forecast for Jacksonville on Sunday is a high of 92 degrees and sunny.

In recent seasons, the Packers also wore their green jerseys on the road in Miami in 2014 and Carolina in 2011.

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Mike Daniels featured on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 6, 2016 – 11:41 am

160906-sicover-400GREEN BAY — The Sports Illustrated spotlight shines this week on Packers DT Mike Daniels, who is one of four rising stars featured on the regional covers of SI’s NFL preview issue.

The story centers on four rising stars who have taken advantage of the changes in the game to become the best at their positions.

Daniels, a former fourth-round pick who was labeled by some as too small to be an every-down NFL lineman, had 66 tackles and four sacks for the Packers last season.

He also finished third on the defense with 12 quarterback hits and second in total pressures (22). For his efforts, Daniels earned an extension in December and debuted at No. 95 in the NFL Network’s ‘Top 100’ list earlier this summer.

Other players featured on regional covers include Los Angeles DT Aaron Donald, Carolina G Trai Turner, and Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins.

The SI cover featuring Daniels will appear in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and of course, Wisconsin.

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New vibe expected on practice field today for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 6, 2016 – 11:16 am

160906-new-vibe-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ final preseason game was five days ago. Their last practice was a day before that. When the players return to the field on Tuesday for their first on-field preparations for Week 1 in Jacksonville, Head Coach Mike McCarthy expects something different.

“Absolutely,” McCarthy said prior to Tuesday’s practice. “You could feel the vibe in the meetings yesterday. Each and every year, the 48-hour period after you formulate your roster is a tough time. There’s personal relationships you have to take into account.

“Today there will be a ton of energy. These guys haven’t practiced since last week. With their time off over the weekend, this historically has been a very energetic practice.”

Tuesday is an extra practice compared to a normal preparation week, which normally begins on Wednesday. McCarthy said the extra day will be particularly helpful with the specialists, as long snapper Brett Goode has returned and new punter Jake Schum just arrived last week.

The Packers are expecting a hot day Sunday in Jacksonville, but McCarthy feels the team is prepared, having played a hot game in Miami two seasons ago and just now coming off their summer training camp.

“We have to take care of our hydration, and make sure our players are rested and hydrated going into this contest,” McCarthy said.

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Pregame warmup: Packers’ secondary has several hopefuls

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 1, 2016 – 6:13 pm

KANSAS CITY — So, where are there jobs for the taking on Thursday night in Kansas City?

Keep an eye on the defensive backfield, where a slew of young cornerbacks and safeties have had their moments throughout training camp, making bids for roster spots. There isn’t room for all of them, but one or two could end up on the 53-man roster, and any who clear waivers could return on the practice squad as well.

At corner, the players to keep an eye on are Robertson Daniel, Josh Hawkins and Warren Gatewood. Makinton Dorleant is also in the running for a job, but he injured a hamstring in last week’s preseason game in San Francisco and will not play. At safety, the young contenders are Kentrell Brice, Marwin Evans and Jermaine Whitehead. Brice has probably made the strongest impression of the three and was on the first-string special-teams units in last week’s game, a good sign for him in his bid to make the team.

Punter debut: The Packers’ new punter, Jacob Schum, will make his Green Bay debut tonight. Schum was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay earlier this week and replaced Tim Masthay, who was released. Undrafted rookie punter Peter Mortell was released a day before Masthay.

The job isn’t necessarily Schum’s for the regular season, though. He’ll try to make his best impression tonight while the Packers will have their eye on any available punters over the weekend as well.

Weather update: Another beautiful night for preseason football. Temperatures in Kansas City at kickoff are expected to be in the mid-70s, dropping into the high 60s later in the evening. There’s no rain in the forecast and winds are light.

ICYMI: In case you missed any of this week’s headlines, here’s a rundown:

There’s more on the line than jobs in Kansas City

Jared Abbrederis on verge of major step in his career

Jeff Janis getting a feel for wearing a club again

Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers cleared in PED probe

Randall Cobb looking like himself again


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Lengthy list of Packers not suiting up vs. Chiefs

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 1, 2016 – 5:37 pm

160830-cobb-nelson-rodgers-950The following players will not play in Thursday night’s preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs:

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12 QB Aaron Rodgers
18 WR Randall Cobb
20 CB Makinton Dorleant
21 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
27 RB Eddie Lacy
32 S Chris Banjo
37 CB Sam Shields
42 S Morgan Burnett
44 RB James Starks
48 LB Joe Thomas
52 LB Clay Matthews
56 LB Julius Peppers
63 C Corey Linsley
76 DT Mike Daniels
82 TE Richard Rodgers
83 WR Jeff Janis
87 WR Jordy Nelson
91 LB Jayrone Elliott
97 DT Kenny Clark
98 DT Letroy Guion

Kansas City Chiefs

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Captains for final preseason game picked

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 1, 2016 – 3:00 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be T/G Don Barclay (offense), LB Nick Perry (defense) and WR Jared Abbrederis (special teams).

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LB Jayrone Elliott receives 2016 community service award

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on August 31, 2016 – 4:43 pm

160831-elliott-950GREEN BAY — Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott received the 2016 community service award at the annual Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce “Welcome Back” luncheon on Wednesday at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Elliott has been exceedingly active in the Green Bay community since he came to the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2014.

In two-plus years, Elliott has visited several schools around the area, participated in local “Play 60” initiatives, assisted with the Packers Youth Football Camp and performed several other acts of community service.

He previously won Toledo’s community service award in December 2013, but said on Wednesday that last year’s recipient, Packers linebacker Sam Barrington, inspired him to do even more.

“Last year, Sam Barrington stood up here and challenged guys to get into the community.” Elliott said. “I took it personally and told him next year I wanted to be up here. Not for the award but for the recognition we do in the community.”

Elliott participated in this year’s annual Tailgate Tour throughout Wisconsin earlier this summer with Barrington, receiver Jared Abbrederis, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, and alumni LeRoy Butler, Robert Brooks and Sean Jones.

The event has raised more than $2 million for charity in its 11 years.

Meanwhile, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a few other Packers players came to the luncheon decked out in cowboy-themed garb in what’s become an annual tradition.

A year ago, Rodgers attended the luncheon in full U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot suit, complete with helmet and mask.

See photos from the lunchon

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Thompson: Final cuts are ‘a hard time, a confusing time’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on August 30, 2016 – 11:19 am

160830-thompson-950GREEN BAY — The week of final cuts always are Ted Thompson’s least favorite time of the calendar year and it never gets any easier.

On the eve of his 12th roster cut-down as Packers general manager, Thompson knows the task before him. Each NFL team needs to pare down its roster to the 75-player limit by Tuesday afternoon and then the final 53 on Saturday at 3 p.m. Central Time.

The Packers began their cuts earlier this week with Green Bay native Peter Mortell being among the six players released on Monday.

“It’s not only a hard time – it’s a confusing time,” Thompson said. “You’re spending all this time building guys up and building the team up and getting stronger, and then all of a sudden you have to start going the other direction.”

Thompson, a former undrafted free agent himself, knows how stressful the week of final cuts can be on rookies looking to make their NFL dreams a reality.

It’s up to him to determine who prevails from a competitive field of undrafted rookies to crack the final roster, balancing needs at certain positions with required depth at others.

Then, there’s also injury flareups to consider.

“It’s difficult to say the least,” Thompson said. “You have to make long-term decisions sometimes based on short-term (situations). We might get the report that it’s going to be two or three weeks and then they’ll be OK. Then, you’re two or three weeks and they’re not any better and you’re three weeks in.”

Thompson will be a busy man in the coming days, which was evident when his phone rang twice during his Tuesday morning news conference.

“If we were in the draft room, that would cost me 50 cents,” Thompson quipped.

Thompson admitted there is “a lot of fishing” that occurs as the clock ticks closer to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Over the next few days, both he and his personnel department will field prospective calls from across the league.

The last time the Packers made what could be deemed as a “significant cut-down trade” was in 2011 when they shipped rookie offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick.

While Thompson says he tends to be conservative in nature, he wouldn’t rule out making a trade in the coming days.

“I don’t know whether we all have too much information or not enough information but there are teams that are a little more aggressive trading,” Thompson said.

“I would classify us as not very aggressive and it’s probably my fault. Like I said I’m a builder … I’d rather work with the guys we have and get them better than trade them to get somebody else’s guy.

“But we have made trades and certainly have conversations making trades. It’s possible we can make one in the next few days.”

In the end, it’s all done in the interest of attaining his ultimate goal – winning another Super Bowl.

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