Captains selected for Packers vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 20, 2016 – 1:25 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).


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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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Pitch Perfect Packers appear on TODAY show

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on October 30, 2015 – 10:54 am

twmf-fullIt began with a tweet.

Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari shared his love for the 2012 hit movie Pitch Perfect on his Twitter account, which ultimately landed him and Packers teammates Clay Matthews, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang and Don Barclay roles in the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which was released earlier this year.

As part of the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” series, the Packers movie stars were featured on NBC’s TODAY show Friday morning, where they provided a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the silver screen.

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Bakhtiari, Matthews and Hyde selected as captains vs. 49ers

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 4, 2015 – 11:25 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and DB Micah Hyde (special teams).


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Packers head to Pitch Perfect 2 premiere

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on May 8, 2015 – 9:53 am


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Four Packers awarded game balls vs. Carolina

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 22, 2014 – 10:36 am

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GREEN BAY — Four Packers players were awarded game balls by the coaching staff for their performances in Green Bay’s 38-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

On offense, the game balls went to offensive tackles Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari. Their blocking on the edges contributed to RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks averaging better than five yards per carry each, while QB Aaron Rodgers posted a lofty 154.5 passer rating.

On defense, a game ball went to CB Casey Hayward, who intercepted a pass for the second straight game. Hayward now has eight interceptions in his career.

On special teams, a game ball went to veteran Jarrett Bush, who played 26 snaps on special teams alone and posted a season-high three coverage tackles.


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Bakhtiari, Matthews and House are Thursday’s captains vs. Vikings

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 2, 2014 – 3:25 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), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Davon House (special teams).


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Bakhtiari, B. Jones, Banjo are Sunday’s captains

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 10, 2013 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Brad Jones (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).


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NFL debut a homecoming for rookie LT David Bakhtiari

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 5, 2013 – 5:13 pm

Packers LT David Bakhtiari said his family has had season tickets to San Francisco 49ers games at Candlestick Park since he was a little kid.

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LT David Bakhtiari

How fitting, then, that the rookie will be making his NFL debut this Sunday at the same stadium his family has visited countless times over the years.

“I grew up in their backyard,” Bakhtiari, a native of San Mateo, Calif., in the Bay Area, said of the 49ers. “It’s almost kind of ironic. It will be cool. I’ll see how my emotions are come Sunday.”

His emotions will need to be under control in order to handle one tough assignment — San Francisco pass rusher Aldon Smith, who has 33 1/2 sacks in his first two pro seasons. With veteran Justin Smith rushing next to Aldon Smith, the 49ers have possessed one of the toughest pass-rushing combos to handle in the league.

Bakhtiari has handled everything thrown his way thus far, keeping him confident, yet he remains humble. QB Aaron Rodgers has confidence in Bakhtiari protecting his blind side and said these are the battles he should relish.

“He’s up against a Pro Bowl guy, one of the best in the business, and he’s continuing to get better. You can see it on the film,” Rodgers said of Aldon Smith. “He’s still athletic as all get-out.

“It’s a tough test, but that’s what you want. If you want to be considered an elite player at your position, like I know David does down the road — he’s a confident guy — these are the kind of matchups you want.”

It’s hard to say whether or not Bakhtiari’s parents are thrilled about their son going up against their hometown team right off the bat. Bakhtiari said his dad is going to wear Bakhtiari’s No. 69 Packers jersey with a 49ers jacket over it for the game.

Bakhtiari said the last 49ers game he remembers attending was the 2011 NFC Wild Card game between San Francisco and New Orleans, one that became a playoff classic with multiple lead changes in the waning minutes. He’s not making any predictions as to whether or not Sunday’s game will go down in history somehow.

“I want to make it a ‘W,'” he said. “That’s the biggest thing on my mind. Whether it’s memorable or not, that’s left to the eye of the beholder. I just want to go in there, play good football and hopefully our team comes out on top.”

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News & notes: Dome will be new to LT David Bakhtiari

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 15, 2013 – 4:35 pm

For the rundown on Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference after the final practice of the week prior to the preseason game in St. Louis, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news & notes from Thursday:

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–Bakhtiari new to domes: It’s just the preseason, but rookie LT David Bakhtiari will get his first taste of playing football in a dome on Saturday night in St. Louis, and that could be important.

“I’ve been in a lot of loud stadiums, but I don’t think I’ve played in a dome before,” Bakhtiari said. “It will be my first time for that.”

As usual, the Packers piped in crowd noise during the week of practice for many of the team (11-on-11) periods to work on their silent count. The experience, even if it’s only loud for the first series or so and won’t be as loud as it would be in a regular-season game, could be valuable for Bakhtiari because the Packers have three regular-season dome games this season — at Minnesota, Detroit and Dallas.

–Youth in secondary still shining: Rookie CB Micah Hyde made yet another big play in practice on Thursday, leaping at the goal line to intercept a pass that was intended for a receiver running a crossing route in the back of the end zone.

It wasn’t as spectacular as the interception Hyde made on Wednesday (click here and scroll down to the “Plays of the Day”), but it was a pretty nifty play nonetheless. With CBs Tramon Williams (knee) and Casey Hayward (hamstring) still sidelined, Hyde likely will start on Saturday night.

Mike McCarthy noted how strong an impression Hyde made when he first arrived in Green Bay for rookie orientation. The coaches were firing punts and kickoffs out of a Jugs machine to numerous players and various places on the field, testing the rookies’ abilities to track down the ball and catch it in difficult spots. Hyde, a fifth-round draft pick, stood out during the drill.

“To see his ability to catch the ball on the run and do different things, I was tempted to put him on offense,” McCarthy said. “I think he has that type of ball-skill ability. He’s doing some really good things as a young player.”

Another young defensive back who made a big play on Thursday was rookie S Chris Banjo, who intercepted a pass in the end zone intended for TE Brandon Bostick. Banjo wasn’t signed until three days into training camp but is making a bid to stick around in some capacity.

“I love the way he’s played,” McCarthy said of the SMU product. “He’s one of the guys we recognized in our team meeting. The safeties are a lot like our whole defense. We have very good depth over there.”

–WR response: In response to retired WR Donald Driver’s comments about QB Aaron Rodgers’ leadership, which lined up in some ways with the criticisms put forth earlier by former Packers WR Greg Jennings, current WR James Jones had this to say about players taking responsibility for their mistakes:

“It’s everybody’s responsibility,” Jones said. “Everybody in here is a man. You’re not in college no mre, you’re not in high school no more. When you make a mistake, you have to own up to your own mistake.

“Just because we have a good quarterback, it ain’t his responsibility to take everybody else’s wrongdoing. If we make a mistake, we own up to our mistakes. When he makes a mistake, he owns up to his. He lets us know when (we’re) wrong, and we let him know when he’s wrong.”

–Injury update: In addition to the injury updates provided in today’s main story, OL Andrew Datko returned to practice from a concussion. He had been out since late last week.


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