Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has been known for years as “Matty Ice” for his calm, cool approach late in games, but Packers WR James Jones thinks his current QB, Matt Flynn, can lay claim to that nickname, too, after Green Bay’s second-half comebacks the past two games.
“Matt’s a gamer,” Jones said. “He comes into the game, he’s got ice in his veins. That’s the new ‘Matty Ice’ over there. He just comes out and plays ball. That’s what he does. We have 100 percent confidence in Matt that he’ll get the job done and go out and help us win.”
For his part, Flynn said his cool approach in clutch situations is a combination of his laid-back demeanor and a focus on being emotionally in control as a leader on the field.
“I think I’ve always kind of had that,” Flynn said. “I’m a laid-back guy, and that’s my nature. I make a conscious effort not to get too overly excited or too down, just because I feel like there’s a lot of chaos going around, so when we get in that huddle, a couple seconds before we run each play, it’s good for them to have a calming effect in the huddle.
“I definitely get excited, though, when we do good things and it’s crunch time.”
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Packers WR James Jones was miked up by NFL Films for this past weekend’s game and will be part of NFL Network’s “Sound FX” program on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT.
Others in this week’s edition include coaches John Harbaugh of the Ravens and Greg Schiano of the Buccaneers, plus Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder.
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR James Jones (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).
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Packers WR James Jones will be the subject of a feature story on NFL Network’s “NFL Gameday Morning” program on Thursday, which begins at 9 a.m. CT.
The story will focus on Jones’ upbringing, which included time living in a homeless shelter as a child, and his foundation — Love Jones 4 Kids — which helps the homeless in both Green Bay and Jones’ hometown of San Jose, Calif.
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WR James Jones practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day on Saturday and has a chance to return on Monday night after missing the last two games with a knee injury. Jones is listed as questionable on the injury report.
“He did more than yesterday, so we’ll see where he is,” Head Coach McCarthy said. “It’s up in the air. He’s doing everything he can.”
Speaking with reporters after practice, Jones labeled himself “50-50″ and said it all will come down to how the knee feels on Sunday morning after the work he has done with it throughout the week.
“I’m mostly just going to see how it reacts tomorrow,” he said. “If it reacts pretty good, we might have a decent shot. If I wake up sore and all that stuff, I don’t know.
“I don’t know if I’ll go this week, next week, but I felt better. I felt better this week than last week, so I’m excited about that.”
In other injury news, Packers CB Sam Shields sat out practice on Saturday and is listed with an injury to his “toes,” but he’s probable for the game.
“Sam got stepped on yesterday,” McCarthy said. “Frankly, I just held him for precaution. I’m hopeful it’s nothing more than that.”
TE Ryan Taylor (knee) sat out practice on Friday but is listed as probable. He has missed the past two games. LB Brad Jones (hamstring) was a full participant in practice all week and is also probable, set to return after missing the past three games.
LB Nick Perry (foot), who practiced one day last week, did not practice at all this week and is listed as doubtful.
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Packers WR James Jones, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, appears to be getting closer to a possible return after he practiced on a limited basis in pads on Friday.
Jones was a limited participant on Thursday as well, but Mike McCarthy said he was only doing rehab. During the portion of Friday’s practice open to reporters, Jones was running routes with the offense and was dressed in full pads.
“We’ll see how he is in the morning,” McCarthy said.
Also on the injury front, TE Ryan Taylor was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day after missing the last two games following knee surgery. If Taylor can return this week, he might provide a boost to the special-teams coverage units, which have allowed some long returns in the last two games.
Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin returned a kickoff 86 yards and Fozzy Whittaker ran one back 56 yards two weeks ago. Then last week, Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards for a TD.
“The plays that we’ve had come out on us, it’s one guy misses here or one guy mis-fits it,” Taylor said. “We’ve played against some pretty good returners the last couple weeks. But we’ve got a lot of guys coming back now, we’re getting healthy, and right on time because they’ve got a pretty good returner over there.”
Taylor is speaking, of course, about Chicago’s Devin Hester, who brought a punt back 81 yards for a TD against Washington in the Bears’ last game. That was Hester’s 18th career kick or punt return TD, most in league history.
“Everybody just has to take care of their responsibilities and be very disciplined,” Taylor said of facing Hester. “He can fake you out, like he’s taking a knee, and bring it out. You have to be disciplined and be ready.”
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Packers LB Nick Perry may not be as close to returning to the field as his appearance at practice last Friday might have indicated.
Perry did not participate at all in Thursday’s practice and appears to be having more trouble with his injured foot.
“He’s just not ready,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Not moving along as everybody would hope.”
In other injury news, TE Ryan Taylor (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since injuring his knee against Baltimore three weeks ago. WR James Jones (knee) was also listed as limited, though McCarthy said he was doing mostly rehab. LB Brad Jones (hamstring) was listed as a full participant and could be nearing his return.
There were also no new updates on TE Jermichael Finley, as the team is still gathering information and medical opinions on his neck injury. Finley was at the facility on Wednesday, however, for the team picture. His teammates appreciated another chance to see him, and QB Aaron Rodgers noted it always lifts an injured player’s spirits to come back and be around the team, even if only for a little while.
“There’s a comfort being back in this locker room,” Rodgers said. “He went through a difficult injury, is still dealing with it, but this is an escape I think for a lot of us. To be in this locker room with our brothers, be able to joke around and go to practice, sit in meetings. I’m sure it’s been great for J-Mike to come back in. It’s been great to see him and give him a big hug, and he looks great.”
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The Packers will be without both WR Randall Cobb and LB Nick Perry in Week 7’s contest with the Cleveland Browns. Perry suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
“He does not have a chance to play this week,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of Perry’s status.
Cobb’s knee injury will sideline him for “multiple weeks,” according to McCarthy, while WR James Jones (knee) may have a chance to face the Browns.
The first official weekly injury report will not be announced until Wednesday afternoon.
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The Packers’ coaching staff has awarded four game balls to individual players for their performances in the 38-20 victory over Washington on Sunday.
On offense, QB Aaron Rodgers and WR James Jones were recipients On defense, CB Sam Shields was recognized, and on special teams, it was CB Davon House.
Rodgers completed 34 of 42 passes for a single-game franchise-record-tying 480 yards, with four TDs and a 146.0 passer rating. Jones set career highs with 11 receptions for 178 yards, with half of those yards coming after the catch.
Shields was credited with six solo tackles, one assist and four passes broken up, while House recorded a tackle on both kickoff and punt coverage, following up a strong individual special-teams performance from Week 1.
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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:
–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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