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Kuhn, Raji and Banjo selected as captains vs. Eagles

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 29, 2015 – 4:00 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be FB John Kuhn (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Packers FB John Kuhn attending Broadcast Boot Camp

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 2, 2015 – 9:51 am

FB John KuhnPackers FB John Kuhn is among 24 current and former NFL players attending the ninth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in New Jersey this week.

The four-day program features instructors from all the major sports networks and gives participants a thorough introduction to all areas of broadcast work. Some of the instructors include James Brown from CBS, Curt Menefee from FOX and Ron Jaworski from ESPN.

Former Packers who have participated in the boot camp in the past include T Mark Tauscher and LBs A.J. Hawk and Brady Poppinga.

Because of his participation in the camp, Kuhn is not attending OTAs this week in Green Bay.

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Four Packers among leaders as Pro Bowl voting hits final week

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 10, 2014 – 4:35 pm

Four Packers remain among the leaders at their positions in Pro Bowl voting with less than a week to go.

The fan vote counts one-third in the final selections for the Pro Bowl.

QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Jordy Nelson, G Josh Sitton and FB John Kuhn are ranked either first or second at their respective positions currently. Rodgers has earned the second-most votes overall, behind only Denver QB Peyton Manning, while Nelson ranks eighth in voting across the entire league.

Voting continues until Monday, Dec. 15. To vote, click here.


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Five Packers among leaders in Pro Bowl voting

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 27, 2014 – 9:37 am

Five Packers players are currently ranked in the top two at their respective positions in the Pro Bowl voting that is ongoing on NFL.com.

Aaron Rodgers is the No. 2 vote-getter in the entire league and also No. 2 at quarterback behind Denver’s Peyton Manning.

John Kuhn leads the voting at fullback, while Jordy Nelson and Josh Sitton are second at receiver and guard, respectively. Jarrett Bush is also ranked second in the voting for special teams.

Nelson is No. 9 in overall votes at all positions, the only other Packers player in the league-wide top 10.

Fan voting continues until Monday, Dec. 15, and fans can vote by clicking here. Fan voting counts one-third in the selection process for the 2015 Pro Bowl.

For a look at the latest vote totals, click here.


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Rodgers third in Pro Bowl fan voting; three Packers lead their positions

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 12, 2014 – 7:15 pm

141112-sitton-300QB Aaron Rodgers has earned the third-most votes overall (280,394) in fan voting for the Pro Bowl. Rodgers trails only Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (359,598) and Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (284,575).

Three Packers lead their positions in fan voting: FB John Kuhn (78,995), G Josh Sitton (55,333) and ST Jarrett Bush (25,224).

Fan voting continues through Monday, December 15.

Voting by the players and coaches has not yet been tabulated. Fan voting counts one-third in the selection process for the Pro Bowl rosters, which will be announced on Tuesday, December 23.

See previous Packers Pro Bowlers here.


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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Saints: Lacy, Hayward and Kuhn

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 26, 2014 – 3:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be RB Eddie Lacy (offense), CB Casey Hayward (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).

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John Kuhn, B.J. Raji named to USA Football All-Fundamentals Team

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 15, 2014 – 10:59 am

Packers FB John Kuhn and DL B.J. Raji are two of 26 players who have been named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team for 2013.

FB John Kuhn & DL B.J. Raji

The fifth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.

A total of 11 players on offense, 11 on defense and four on special teams were chosen. Each player will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, is the official youth football development partner of the Packers, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.

A fan vote will determine the All-Fundamentals Team captains, one each for offense, defense and special teams. Voting is open until Jan. 29 and can be done by clicking here. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy.

2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team

QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos
RB: Frank Gore, 49ers
FB: John Kuhn, Packers
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals; A.J. Green, Bengals
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys
T: Jermon Bushrod, Bears; Tyron Smith, Cowboys
G: Jahri Evans, Saints; Andy Levitre, Titans
C: Nick Hardwick, Chargers

DE: Chris Long, Rams; Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets
DT: B.J. Raji, Packers; Kyle Williams, Bills
LB: D’Qwell Jackson, Browns; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Robert Mathis, Colts
CB: Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Richard Sherman, Seahawks
S: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Special Teams
Ret: Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings
K: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
P: Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
LS: Jon Dorenbos, Eagles

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Boykin, Shields and Kuhn are captains vs. Steelers

Posted by packers.com on December 22, 2013 – 11:25 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Jarrett Boykin (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).

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Micah Hyde produces on punt returns

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 14, 2013 – 6:17 pm

Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said rookie CB Micah Hyde was a little hesitant on his first two punt returns on Sunday in Baltimore, but after that he began exploding up the field.

CB Micah Hyde

CB Micah Hyde

With the multiple-week injury to WR Randall Cobb, Hyde was likely to become the Packers’ full-time punt returner anyway. But even without Cobb’s injury, Hyde may have locked down the job with three consecutive returns of 23, 20 and 16 yards in the late second and early third quarters.

“I thought we blocked them well on the three explosive gains, and I thought Micah was real decisive after he caught the ball,” Slocum said. “He got off the spot well and got vertical.”

Another rookie defensive back, S Chris Banjo, showed up once again on the coverage units with a couple of tackles of Baltimore’s dangerous kick returner, WR Jacoby Jones.

P Tim Masthay also had a key play, booming a punt from the back of the end zone when the Packers were snapping from their own 1-yard line. The punt traveled 52 yards and had to be fair caught.

The Ravens had one long punt return, for 38 yards by WR Tandon Doss, and the only other significant blemish for the special teams was the mistake by FB John Kuhn to try to pick up the blocked punt. After it had crossed the line of scrimmage, Kuhn’s failure to pick it up became a muff and the Ravens recovered, keeping possession.

Slocum said the Packers had seen the Ravens get a punt blocked against Denver back in Week 1, so the punt-return team stayed aggressive. LB Andy Mulumba nearly got a second block later in the game. The first one was by TE Ryan Taylor, and the ball caromed forward and over toward the Packers’ bench.

“Don’t grab it,” was Slocum’s thought as he saw Kuhn going after the ball practically right in front of him. “The ball crossed the line of scrimmage, and after a blocked kick crosses the line of scrimmage, it’s going to be our ball if we stay away from it, and that was a mistake.

“It’s something we covered and cover quite often. He knew it. He was trying to make a play and made a poor decision.

“If there were no one around, it was clear and there’s no traffic and a guy makes a play, you pat him on the back and remind him of the rule. But in that situation, it’s close enough to the line of scrimmage, it’s close enough to the scrum of the bodies, and we should have stayed away from it.”

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Matthews back at practice but limited; Hayward ruled out again

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 2, 2013 – 5:04 pm

Packers LB Clay Matthews, who missed the second half of the Week 3 game in Cincinnati due to a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Wednesday but only on a limited basis. His availability for Sunday’s home game against Detroit remains in question.

LB Clay Matthews

LB Clay Matthews

“I think Clay is getting better,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s made a lot of progress since coming off the field in Cincinnati. I’m hopeful he’ll be able to do more tomorrow. That’s the plan.”

Elsewhere on the injury report, CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) has been ruled out for the fourth straight game. Since re-aggravating his hamstring injury in the third preseason game, Hayward has now been out for six weeks.

RB James Starks (knee) is also out and will be sidelined “a couple weeks,” McCarthy said. Also, backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten sprained a foot in Monday’s practice and will be out multiple weeks.

The other six players on the injury report were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. They included S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), TE Jermichael Finley (concussion), RBs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot) and FB John Kuhn (hamstring).

In speaking to reporters for the first time since his concussion, which occurred on the first offensive series in Cincinnati, Finley called it a “long process” to get medical clearance, but he said he understands the reasons for the protocol and the protection of players’ health. He said it took a couple of days before he felt mostly normal again.

“Jermichael looks good. The bye week has helped him,” McCarthy said. “He looked like Jermichael. He’s in a good place. He practices very hard. It was good to have him back.”

To see Wednesday’s feature story on the Packers running game, click here.


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