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

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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

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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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Mike Daniels named Wisconsin’s pro athlete of the year

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 13, 2016 – 10:32 am

Mike DanielsGREEN BAY — Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels was named the state’s professional athlete of the year at the fifth annual Wisconsin Sports Awards on Tuesday night in Sheboygan Falls.

Daniels was one of four Packers nominated for the award, along with QB Aaron Rodgers, LB Clay Matthews and G Josh Sitton. Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton was the only other nominee. The award is voted on by a panel of media members in Wisconsin.

Daniels led the Packers defensive line in both tackles (66) and sacks (four) in 2015. He also had his first career interception, and he signed a multi-year contract extension before the season ended.

Since coming to the Packers as a fourth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2012, Daniels has steadily developed into a respected defensive leader on the team and late last season he spoke of being an even more influential leader after signing his new contract.

 


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Thursday Night Football to be streamed on Twitter

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 5, 2016 – 9:51 am

GREEN BAY — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that 10 Thursday Night Football games during the 2016 season will be streamed live on Twitter.

The 10 games will be “tri-cast” on network TV (CBS or NBC), cable TV (NFL Network) and online (Twitter). It is not yet known which games these will be. The NFL schedule will be announced later this month.

Also, teams playing on Thursday nights will be wearing “color rush” uniforms that feature one solid color with the pants and jersey. “Color rush” uniforms debuted on Thursdays in 2015 but were optional. They will be mandatory on Thursday nights in 2016.


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Wisconsin Badgers football team visits Green Bay

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on April 2, 2016 – 1:03 pm

wisconsin-blogGREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin football team was in Green Bay on Saturday to get familiar with the site of its 2016 season opener. The Badgers will take on the LSU Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 3 in the Lambeau Field College Classic.

Learn more about the 2016 Lambeau Field College Classic

Wisconsin practiced Saturday morning at the Don Hutson Center – the Packers’ indoor facility – before touring Lambeau Field. Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy also met with the team prior to its practice.


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Packers’ offseason workout dates announced

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on April 1, 2016 – 1:25 pm

160401-offseason-950The NFL announced offseason workout program dates for all 32 teams on Friday. The Packers’ workout dates are below (tentative and subject to change):

First Day — April 18
OTA Offseason Workouts — May 23, 24, 26, June 1-3, June 6-9
Mandatory Minicamp — June 14-16

Some OTA sessions will be open to the public. Which ones will be announced at a later date.


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