Packers name captains for Sunday night’s tilt with Giants

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 9, 2016 – 2:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (defense) and WR Jeff Janis (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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Jordy Nelson thanks fans on Facebook

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 24, 2015 – 7:34 pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson took to Facebook to thank fans in a message Monday night:


Posted by Jordy Nelson on Monday, August 24, 2015

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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

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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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Eagles: Nelson, Daniels and Crosby

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 16, 2014 – 11:25 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), DT Mike Daniels (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).

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Nelson, Williams and Masthay are Sunday’s captains vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 28, 2014 – 8:00 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).

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Four Packers awarded game balls vs. Jets

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 15, 2014 – 3:00 pm

Game balls went to WR Jordy Nelson on offense, DT Mike Daniels on defense and K Mason Crosby and LB Andy Mulumba on special teams.

The Packers coaching staff has awarded game balls to four players for their performances in the 31-24 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Game balls went to WR Jordy Nelson on offense, DT Mike Daniels on defense and K Mason Crosby and LB Andy Mulumba on special teams.

Nelson set a career high with 209 receiving yards, including an 80-yard TD that broke a 24-all tie. He became the first Packers player with a 200-yard receiving game since 2004, and his 209 yards tied him for the fourth-highest single-game total in franchise history. Nelson’s 80-yard TD also tied him with Greg Jennings for the most TD receptions of 80-plus yards in a Packers career (four).

Daniels was a disruptive force all game, being credited (press box statistics) with five solo tackles, including two for loss, and a sack. His hit on Jets QB Geno Smith in the second quarter produced a fluttering pass that was picked off by CB Tramon Williams.

Crosby made all three of his FG attempts, including a 55-yarder that was the longest by a Packers kicker ever at Lambeau Field. He has now made 18 straight FGs, dating back to last season. Crosby also kicked four of seven kickoffs for touchbacks.

Mulumba was credited with one special teams tackle but later left the game with a knee injury.

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Jordy Nelson’s offensive all-stars cruise past defense, 26-11

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 8, 2014 – 10:02 pm

GRAND CHUTE–A familiar scene for Packers fans played out Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute — an offensive juggernaut rolling over the opposition. Hosting the charity softball game formerly headlined by Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and his team of offensive stars handily defeated the all-star lineup of defensive and special teams players, 26-11.

The game was preceded by a home run derby, boasting impressive blasts by former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien. Tolzien ended up taking home the trophy after outlasting stiff competition from his teammates. Video of the home run derby:

To keep things interesting, cornerback Jarrett Bush challenged Nelson to a home run derby challenge. The loser was required to rattle off push-ups based on the jersey number of his competitor. Since Bush lost, he owed Nelson 87 reps. Video here:

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Packers player to be revealed between 80 and 71 in Top 100

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 20, 2014 – 12:38 pm

A Packers player will be revealed on NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2014 between Nos. 80 and 71 on Wednesday’s show at 8 p.m. CT.

This will be the third Packers player to be revealed on the list so far. Eddie Lacy at No. 90 and Jordy Nelson at No. 83 were featured last week. The list is determined solely by a vote of current NFL players.

Update: The player is LB Clay Matthews at No. 77.


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