Cobb, Montgomery and Matthews out; Packers-Falcons inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 30, 2016 – 1:55 pm

161030-wrs-socialThe following players will not play in Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons:

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18 WR Randall Cobb
23 CB Damarious Randall
24 CB Quinten Rollins
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
88 WR Ty Montgomery
89 TE Jared Cook

Starting lineup changes: 17 WR Davante Adams will start in place of Cobb, 82 TE Richard Rodgers will start in place of Cook, 34 RB Don Jackson will start in place of Starks, 56 LB Julius Peppers will start in place of Matthews, 39 CB Demetri Goodson will start in place of Randall and 36 CB LaDarius Gunter will start in place of Rollins.

Atlanta Falcons
20 S Sharrod Neasman
26 RB Tevin Coleman
32 CB Jalen Collins
71 G Wes Schweitzer
77 DT Rashede Hageman
82 TE Joshua Perkins
98 DL Cliff Matthews


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Bulaga, Hyde and Goodson named captains

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 30, 2016 – 10:25 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T Bryan Bulaga (offense), DB Micah Hyde (defense) and CB Demetri Goodson (special teams).


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Sunday TV map: Packers at Falcons

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 27, 2016 – 6:19 pm

Packers TV map

– 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 the majority of the country.

– Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– 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.

– Sports USA Radio will air the game on radio across the country. John Ahlers (play-by-play) and Charles Arbuckle (analyst) will call the action.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 709.

NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.

TV map is courtesy of 506sports.com. View the full image.


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Kenny Clark’s instincts kicking in

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on October 27, 2016 – 11:03 am

161027-clark-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ top-ranked run defense got back on track in Thursday’s win over Chicago, limiting the Bears to only 69 yards on 18 carries.

While rookie defensive tackle Kenny Clark played only 15 snaps in the 26-10 victory, the Packers’ first-round pick made his presence felt with two tackles on back-to-back plays in the second quarter.

The first came on a 3-yard gain by Jordan Howard for a first down, but what was impressive was how Clark raced down the Bears running back near the sideline for the stop.

On the next play, Clark then stuffed Ka’Deem Carey for a 1-yard loss, which ultimately set the table for the defense stopping the Bears’ drive.

So far, Clark has been responsible for 148 of the 620 defensive snaps that Packers rookies have played this season, racking up 10 tackles and a pass deflection in six games.

“He’s playing faster,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think you can definitely see Kenny’s very comfortable in what he’s doing now. You’re definitely seeing the instincts now kick in and making plays.”

The Packers, who reclaimed the top spot in NFL run defense this past week, are allowing 72.4 yards per game on the ground this season.

The team will hold a padded practice on Thursday with linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) scheduled to participate on a limited basis, according to McCarthy.

Running back Don Jackson appeared to get a good report back on his injury. The undrafted rookie was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice, utilizing extra padding to protect his injured hand.


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Packers now hitting tough road stretch

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 26, 2016 – 11:08 am

161026-road-game-950GREEN BAY — After four straight home games with the bye week mixed in, the Packers begin a stretch of four road games in five weeks with their trip to Atlanta this weekend.

The Packers haven’t played on the road, and dealt with crowd noise and other such challenges, since Week 2 at Minnesota back in mid-September.

“We knew it was an unusual schedule when it came out in the spring,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “The seven-day routine, that’s the reality you need to grab onto whether you’re playing home or away.”

Following a short break after last Thursday’s contest vs. the Bears, the Packers will play their final 10 regular-season games without a break. Nine of the 10 games will be on Sundays, with the one Monday nighter coming at Philadelphia in late November.

“It’s a 10-week plan,” McCarthy said. “At some point in your season, you go to a winter schedule where you cut back on the field time, increase meeting time and shorten the day by a half hour or so. We’re going to start some of that next week. We’re planning for the 10-week stretch. The medical report drives the final schedules.”

Regarding the team’s health, McCarthy said RB Don Jackson, who left the Bears game with a hand injury, will try to do the full gamut in practice to see if he can carry the ball with the injured hand.

“He’ll go through half-line drill and full physical team (11-on-11),” McCarthy said. “He has to go through that to give us direction on how we proceed to Sunday.”

Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

 


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Julio Jones ‘has the whole package’

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 25, 2016 – 12:52 pm

161025-julio-jones-950GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy had one word for Falcons WR Julio Jones’ statistics this season. “Outrageous.”

Through seven games in 2016, Jones has 40 catches for 830 yards, an average of 20.8 yards per catch and nearly 120 per game. The Packers haven’t faced Jones for two years, but back in 2014 he came into Lambeau Field and set a stadium record with 259 receiving yards in Green Bay’s shootout victory.

“We’re very well aware of what he’s capable of,” McCarthy said on Tuesday.

“He has the whole package. He can beat you deep, he can beat you on the back-shoulder throw, he goes up and high-points the football. He gets out of breaks on crossing routes. Everybody wants to talk about the talent, but he’s an accomplished route-runner.”

As far as guarding Jones on Sunday in Atlanta, the Packers will be without CB Damarious Randall, whom McCarthy confirmed had surgery on his injured groin and will be out this week. McCarthy did not give a timeline for Randall’s return.

CB Quinten Rollins could be out as well. He has missed the last two games with a groin injury and said in the locker room that he was taking it “day by day” this week.

That could leave the Packers down to LaDarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson as their top two outside corners against the Falcons, the same tandem that started against the Bears last Thursday.

“They’re getting better,” McCarthy said. “You look at all the guys that have been given opportunities. That’s kind of the way our season has gone. It’s important for us to continue to grow.”

 


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