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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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.

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


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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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