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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Packers name Week 1 captains for Jaguars game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 11, 2016 – 9:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and DB Micah Hyde (special teams).


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Packers add T David Bakhtiari to injury report

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 10, 2016 – 1:40 pm

160910-bakhtiari-950PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Packers added left tackle David Bakhtiari (back) to the injury report on Saturday. He’s questionable to play in Sunday’s opener against Jacksonville.

Bakhtiari has started 46 of a possible 48 regular-season games in his first three NFL seasons. He missed three starts last year (including playoffs) with an ankle injury, but didn’t miss a practice during training camp.

Rookie second-round pick Jason Spriggs is listed as the backup left tackle on the Packers’ depth chart.

The rest of the Packers’ injury report remains the same with tight end Justin Perillo (knee) and receiver Jeff Janis (hand) also questionable. Linebacker Jayrone Elliott (hamstring), safety Chris Banjo (hamstring) and receiver Trevor Davis (shoulder) are all listed as doubtful.

Rookie cornerback Josh Hawkins (hamstring) was ruled out on Friday.


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Packers finding out what Jeff Janis can do with club

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on September 8, 2016 – 9:58 am

160908-janis-950GREEN BAY — The work Jeff Janis does this week in practice will determine whether the Packers third-year receiver will play Sunday in Jacksonville, according to Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

Janis sat out of all four of the Packers’ preseason games due to a broken hand sustained early in training camp, but has been practicing for the past two weeks with a protective club.

While it may be difficult for Janis to catch a pass in a game with the club, the coaching staff is using this week’s practice to figure out whether he could contribute on special teams.

Janis developed into one of the NFL’s top gunners last year in punt coverage, which is where he recorded a majority of his 16 special-teams tackles.

Based on what he’s seen in practice, McCarthy doesn’t think it’s out of the realm of possibilities that Janis could play with it.

“I think he proved that yesterday,” McCarthy said. “That’s really what yesterday’s practice was about for Jeff – can he operate with the club? We’ll see how he feels today and frankly I think his work tomorrow will determine if he even has a chance or will be considered to be up.”

Janis, who was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, could provide a lift to special teams with fellow gunner Demetri Goodson set to miss the first four games due to a suspension, and Chris Banjo and Jayrone Elliott nursing hamstring injuries.

Overall, McCarthy has been pleased with the first week of regular-season practice. While the team will conduct its final practice on Friday, it will travel Saturday morning to allow players to get used to the Jacksonville weather.

“It’s not a long flight, but felt it would better to get down there early enough,” McCarthy said. “We’ll do a light workout at the Sawgrass Resort (on Saturday), so they can put the plane ride behind them.”

McCarthy also said he’s optimistic tight end Justin Perillo (knee) will play in Jacksonville, but his availability will be determined by his participation in Friday’s practice.

Other stories:

Spofford: Packers’ defense wants to set the tone in Week 1

Hodkiewicz: Packers see value, versatility in deep safety group


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Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson ‘ready to go,’ plus other key assistant coach comments

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 7, 2016 – 6:20 pm

160907-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and offensive assistant coaches met with the media on Wednesday in the Lambeau Field auditorium. Here’s a sampling of key comments from each one:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on using new RB Pressley on kick returns)

“That’s up to Coach and who’s up and who’s not. He obviously did some things in the preseason, a 106-yard return. That’s what we’re facing is returners with a lot of speed, and he’s one.”

(on new P Schum’s debut in KC)

“I thought he did a good job. He’s kicked in the National Football League and didn’t seem to have any issues. I was more focused on how he was with holding with Mason (Crosby), and that was fine. Once I saw that was going to be no issue, it was business as usual.”

(on the large number of returners)

“I don’t know if anybody really separated themselves, but we tried to get as many returns as we can. Our scheme is not going to change based on who’s back there.”

(on LS Goode’s return)

“Brett’s a professional. He’s done it for an awfully long time. You could tell on the first day he’s been working and working hard at it. I put him in some situations protection-wise and he handled them with no issues.”

(on Janis playing gunner with the club)

“Depends if he’s up. I’ve been impressed with the way he’s practiced. He wants to go and he’s going to do everything he can to go, and it’s up to (McCarthy and the doctors) what they say about that.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Jaguars QB Blake Bortles)

“With the numbers he’s put up, you can see he’s a talented athlete and an ascending player. (Regarding his INTs) That’s part of the growth of any young quarterback. You go back to Peyton Manning’s numbers early in his career. He certainly grew from Year 1 to Year 2 and I’m sure he’s a lot more comfortable this year.”

(on keeping Matthews outside)

“Clay’s an outside guy. We have had, the whole time Clay’s been here, certain elements where he stems and moves. But Clay’s an outside guy.”

(on Jaguars WR Robinson)

“He’s an outstanding football player. He’s very good at the point of the catch. You’ll see him go up and battle to win the ball. He’s had big-play production for them.”

(on Peppers’ snaps)

“I like where Julius is in terms of starting the season. We’ll look week to week in terms of how many reps we want to get him.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Taylor stepping in at LG)

“Definitely mentally tough. Very physical, and he’s been productive. He’s had a good training camp. We cleaned up a few things from training camp, and we’re looking forward to getting the season going.”

(on Callahan making it as third QB)

“When you see a guy put in the hard work, in the classroom, that’s the starting point, studying, asking questions, and then apply it on the practice field, and then you see him make those plays in the game, it’s exciting. It brings a smile to your face when you see a guy go out and truly accomplish that, and do it the right way.”

(on the No. 1 offense, with Rodgers getting little preseason work, Nelson none, new LG)

“We feel good from a practice standpoint where we’re at.”

Associate head coach/offense Tom Clements
(on the chemistry with Rodgers and Nelson)

“The whole team has had a good two days of practice. Aaron and Jordy are both included in that. They’ve been productive in practice. They look ready to go. They’ll be full-go, no doubt about that. Teams and players get better as the season goes along, but we’re going to try to be at peak performance the beginning of the year.”

(on Callahan making the team from D-III)

“He’s the kind of player who just has a knack to make things happen in a game. He can avoid the rush, make some throws on the run, make some big plays extending the play, things like that. It’s not the standard narrative. It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how you got here. If you get here, do the job well and perform, we’re looking for guys that perform, and Joe certainly filled that bill.”

(on Taylor at LG)

“Lane’s one of those guys that’s made improvements each year he’s been here. He came out of college as more of a run blocker, but he’s developed good pass-blocking skills, so he’s a very solid player. When he played last year, he played well for us, so we’re very comfortable with him there.”

(on Cobb)

“Randall is not the biggest guy on our team, obviously, but he’s one of the tougher guys. He played through a lot of pain last year, and you have to take your hat off to him for that. He’s a dynamic player when he’s healthy. He’s experienced, he’s had a good camp, and hopefully he’ll have an outstanding year for us.”

Offensive line coach James Campen
(on his confidence in Taylor)

“(It’s from) the way he’s carried himself since Day 1 getting here. His growth has been terrific. Very diligent guy. Strong, powerful. He’s got all the physical traits, but his ability to process things and step in, as he did last year a few times, very confident in him.”

(on needing to settle things down after Sitton’s release)

“No. There’s a lot of maturity in that room. Certainly when you lose a friend and somebody moves on, but after a certain amount of time things get back to normal and everything’s fine.”

(on a leadership void without Sitton)

“I don’t think so. That leadership comes in very different forms. We have a lot of leaders in that room. It never has been one guy. Everyone needs to be themselves, be the way they are, and we go on. It’s never been about one guy. The room has never been that way.”

“Josh will be a special player in my heart. We were together eight years. He’s an outstanding football player, but this offensive line will be ready to go play Jacksonville.”

Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt
(on the chemistry between Rodgers and Nelson)

“It’s exactly what you’d expect from guys who have worked together for a long time. It’s like riding a bike. It felt like they’re up to speed and ready to go.”

(on Callahan)

“He earned it on the field. Anytime you come into this system as a quarterback, there’s a lot expected, a lot you have to learn. He’s a football player. You don’t luck into throwing 130 touchdown passes in a college career.”

(on Rodgers)

“He’s focused. That’s the biggest thing. He’s getting into in-season mode. Our meetings are more intense, more involved. I can feel that energy he has and that command of our offense. I wouldn’t expect him to come out looking anything less than like himself.”

Wide receivers coach Luke Getsy
(on Nelson)

“I’m excited to see what he does on Sunday. He took a lot of reps this week. I think he looks pretty sharp. He jumped back in very well.”

(on facing CB Davon House, how the Jaguars will use him, and their DBs in general)

“We’ll be ready for anything they throw at us, no matter where they put him or any of the other DBs. They present a good challenge for us. I’m excited about it. Anytime you’re in our room, we look forward to the challenge of playing against good players. It should be a fun matchup.”

Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio
(on the chemistry between Rodgers and Cook)

“Each day we practice, you see a little bit more. You see Jared getting more comfortable. It’s a good start. It’ll progress as the season goes. Aaron is a great player, but you have to earn his trust and do your job.”

(on the possibilities with Cook)

“You get spoiled when you see it once, and you’re like why can’t we get it all the time. But that’s why we coach, why we practice. Certainly you get excited.”

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
(on Lacy)

“How he looks, his fitness level and how he’s practicing, I would say he’s definitely ready to go.”

(on Burks making the 53 but then losing his spot right away)

“It’s tough, especially from the standpoint of how hard these guys work. Their career, the opportunity to play football could be over. You feel bad. I’ve been around it enough to see all sorts of scenarios happen with it.”

Other stories:

Spofford: Crosby working quickly with new holder

Hodkiewicz: Martinez, Ryan leading youth movement at inside LB

Hodkiewicz: Packers turn up the heat in preparation for Jacksonville


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Where to watch Sunday’s Packers-Jaguars game

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

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– 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.”

Other stories:

Spofford: Crosby working quickly with new holder

Hodkiewicz: Martinez, Ryan leading youth movement at inside LB

Spofford: Rodgers, Nelson ‘ready to go,’ plus other key assistant coach comments


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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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