The Packers have voted for and selected their captains for the 2013 postseason.
Unlike some teams, Green Bay doesn’t have season-long captains but chooses captains during the regular season on a weekly basis to go out for the coin toss. For the postseason, these six players will serve as captains and wear a “C” patch on their jerseys for as long as the Packers season continues.
They are QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson on offense, LB A.J. Hawk and S Morgan Burnett on defense, and K Mason Crosby and CB Jarrett Bush on special teams.
This is the first time for Nelson and Burnett to be chosen as playoff captains. Rodgers leads the way with five selections now, followed by Bush with four, and Hawk and Crosby with three apiece.
Nelson has set career highs this season in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314). Hawk led the team in tackles with 153, the seventh time in eight seasons he has either finished first or second on the team in that category. Hawk also posted a career-high five sacks.
Burnett finished second on the team with 104 tackles despite missing the first three games due to injury. Bush had seven tackles and one forced fumble on the coverage units, while Crosby posted the highest field-goal percentage of his seven-year career at 89.1 percent, making 33 of 37 field goals.
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The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to five players for their performances against the Cowboys on Sunday.
On offense, QB Matt Flynn and RB Eddie Lacy were the recipients. Flynn completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards with four TDs and one INT for a 113.1 passer rating. He led the offense to five consecutive touchdown drives in the second half.
Lacy rushed 21 times for 141 yards and a TD and added 30 yards on four receptions. He went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season, and at 1,028 he’s closing in on John Brockington’s franchise rookie record of 1,105 yards set in 1971. The rushing TD was also Lacy’s eighth of the season, already a team rookie record.
On defense, CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams were awarded game balls. The duo combined for 14 tackles, and they each had an interception of Dallas QB Tony Romo in the last three minutes of the game.
Shields’ pick, his third of the season, gave the Packers the ball at midfield, down 36-31 with 2:46 left, and set up the go-ahead TD drive. Williams’ interception, also his third of the season, came with 1:22 left and ended any comeback hopes for the Cowboys after they had fallen behind, 37-36.
K Mason Crosby was the game-ball recipient on special teams. Crosby kicked five touchbacks on seven kickoffs and was good on a 57-yard FG, his fifth FG of 50-plus yards this season.
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Packers RB Eddie Lacy has been named the NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, while K Mason Crosby has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
In four games in October — all Green Bay wins — Lacy had 97 carries for 395 yards and two TDs. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry. He also added 11 receptions out of the backfield for 47 yards, giving him 442 yards from scrimmage in four games. That’s an average of 110.5 yards from scrimmage per game.
Crosby made 13 of 15 field goal attempts in the month and all 11 of his extra points for a total of 50 points. He tied a franchise record with five field goals against Detroit in Week 5 and then added four more field goals the following week at Baltimore.
Five of Crosby’s field goals in the month were from 45 yards or longer, with his two misses coming from 44 and 52 yards. He also added three touchbacks on kickoffs this past week at Minnesota when he took over kickoff duties against dangerous Vikings returner Cordarrelle Patterson.
This is the second time in his career that Crosby has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He also won the award in November of his rookie year in 2007.
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The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to the entire offense, to DE Mike Daniels and to K Mason Crosby from the 44-31 victory at Minnesota.
The offense scored every time it touched the ball — five touchdowns and three field goals — until kneeling down on its final possession. The Packers piled up 464 total yards — 285 passing from QB Aaron Rodgers and 182 rushing, with RBs Eddie Lacy (94 yards) and James Starks (57) combining for 151 of those. WR Jordy Nelson had seven receptions for 123 yards, including a 76-yard TD.
Daniels, the second-year defensive end from Iowa, was the game-ball recipient on defense. Daniels sacked Minnesota QB Christian Ponder twice, the first two-sack game of Daniels’ career. The effort doubled his season sack total to four.
Crosby, the special teams award winner, was 3-for-3 on field goals, from 30, 20 and 45 yards, and made all five of his PATs for 14 total points. Crosby also took over on kickoffs after the Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Crosby’s directional kickoffs helped to keep Patterson in check the rest of the game.
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* Notes written by Packers public relations
As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (offense), DT Johnny Jolly (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).
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Packers K Mason Crosby has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his 5-for-5 day on field goals last Sunday vs. Detroit.
Crosby made kicks from 26, 52, 31, 42 and 45 yards in the Packers’ 22-9 victory, improving his mark to 9-for-9 on the season. A Packers kicker hadn’t made five field goals in a game in 13 years, and he tied the franchise record for most in a single game, matching Chris Jacke (who did it twice, in 1990 and 1996) and Ryan Longwell (2000).
Crosby has now made 13 straight field goals in the regular season, dating back to 2012. Including last year’s two playoff games, he has made 15 in a row. Crosby holds the franchise record with 23 consecutive field goals made in the regular season, which he set from Week 13 of 2010 through Week 12 of 2011.
This marks the fifth time in his career that Crosby has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, and the first time since Week 7 of 2011.
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The Packers coaching staff on Monday awarded five games balls to players for their performances in the 22-9 victory over the Lions at Lambeau Field.
On offense, guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton were awarded game balls for their blocking against Detroit DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
On defense, outside linebackers Nick Perry and Mike Neal were the recipients. Perry had the first two-sack game of his career, while Neal added a sack and two other tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
On special teams, kicker Mason Crosby was awarded a game ball for his 5-for-5 effort on field goals. Crosby made kicks from 26, 52, 31, 42 and 45 yards, tying the franchise record for made field goals in a game.
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GREEN BAY–Mason Crosby would seem to be on the verge of retaining the job he’s held since 2007.
In a two-bout, high-stakes kicking competition in Tuesday’s practice at Ray Nitschke Field, Crosby converted all 14 of his field goal attempts. The distances in round one ranged from 33-58 yards and the kicks were into a light wind. In round two, the distances ranged from 35-64 yards and the kickers were downwind. Challenger Nick Ramirez was a combined six of 16, four of seven into the wind and two of nine downwind. He was afforded two extra kicks — both from 58 yards — in the downwind round, and failed to convert either one.
Tuesday’s practice, on possibly the hottest day of training camp, is the last of camp and must be followed by a roster reduction to 75 players by late this afternoon.
Packers.com will provide a full report following practice.
For more on Tuesday’s camp-ending kicking competition, click here.
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–Defense makes high-impact plays, but at a cost: Seattle QB Russell Wilson isn’t easy to get to, but the Packers defense made several big plays against him, recording three sacks and two interceptions of Wilson, who played the entire first half and the first series of the second half.
Unfortunately, some of those players making the big plays also left the game with injuries.
Wilson started hot, converting a pair of third downs with long pass plays on the opening drive, but LB Clay Matthews sacked him for a 12-yard loss in the red zone, leading to a field goal.
“He’s going to make his plays, but for the most part, we got after him, got our hands on him and got him down,” Matthews said of Wilson.
The defense opened the second drive with another sack, this one by LB Brad Jones, before getting a pair of interceptions on the Seahawks’ last two drives of the first half. The first was by CB Casey Hayward, who was making his preseason debut, off a double deflection by LBs Nick Perry and Robert Francois.
“Obviously he’s continuing his playmaking ability from last year,” Matthews said of Hayward, who led all NFL rookies in 2012 with six interceptions. “It was good to have him back out there, good to see what he’s capable of, and we’re going to need it this year.”
Hayward may have come back from his hamstring injury too soon, however. He re-aggravated the hamstring in the game. Jones and S Morgan Burnett also were mentioned by Mike McCarthy after the game as having hamstring injuries.
The second interception came from S Jerron McMillian, who made a diving grab of an overthrown ball at midfield.
The defense got one more sack of Wilson on the opening drive of the second half, as backup DL Jordan Miller brought him down. Another sack by DE C.J. Wilson three plays later was negated by an offensive holding penalty, which the Packers accepted for the additional lost yardage.
Rookie LB Nate Palmer added a sack of backup QB Brady Quinn in the second half, and another sack of Quinn by DL Mike Daniels was nullified by an offsides call on linemate Datone Jones.
“From what I understand, our sack numbers jumped dramatically from 2011 to 2012, so I think we were pretty good last year, and I think we’re improving this year,” Daniels said.
–Harris limps off: Another notable injury was to RB DuJuan Harris, who got his first preseason action and had three carries for two yards, plus one reception for 11 yards. But after the 11-yard catch, Harris was slow to get up and said afterward his knee was bothering him, the same knee that kept him out of the first two weeks of training camp.
“I’m all right,” he said. “I walked off. Everything will be good.
“It felt like it’s been forever since I took a carry. I feel like I could have done a little more on some of those, but we’ll see when we look at the film.”
–Crosby makes it count: K Mason Crosby bounced back from his three-miss practice on Wednesday to convert his only FG try on the night, from 38 yards in the first quarter.
“Whatever happens during the week, I need to have a good game,” Crosby said. “I felt good on that field goal.”
–Finding daylight: In what could be shaping up as a battle for the last RB spot on the roster, third-year pro Alex Green found some daylight on a wide toss play, cutting upfield for 31 yards, more than double the longest rush by a Packers back in this preseason.
“It’s very important to go out and show at least a little bit of what you can do,” Green said. “Hopefully it’s enough for the coaches to like.”
Assuming Harris plus draft picks Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin make the team, a final RB spot could come down to Green or James Starks, who didn’t get any carries Friday night and was unable to make up for a fumble in last week’s game in St. Louis that led to his removal from the contest.
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WR Randall Cobb was playing through some obvious pain in Tuesday’s practice. For an update on that, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news & notes:
–Boykin, Jolly stand out: Undrafted rookie WR Tyrone Walker has received a lot of attention lately, but second-year pro Jarrett Boykin isn’t about to give up his roster spot that easily.
Boykin had a strong practice on Tuesday, making several catches working with both the regular offense and scout-team offense.
Boykin made a nice grab on a comeback in traffic, a diving catch of a slant from QB Vince Young and later a spinning catch in the middle of the field. He nearly capped off his day by hauling in a deep ball from QB B.J. Coleman along the sideline, but the throw was just out of reach and bounced off his outstretched hand.
DE Johnny Jolly was another player who looked to be having a strong practice. In the one-on-one pass-rush drill, Jolly slipped by G Greg Van Roten with a quick spin, and then he beat C Patrick Lewis with a swim move.
It should be noted that Van Roten then bounced back with strong reps against DE B.J. Raji and DE Mike Neal.
–Kickers perfect: Both Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio were a perfect 8-for-8 on field goals in another head-to-head duel. The kickers kicked two series of four kicks, the first from 33, 43, 48 and 50 yards, and the second from 34, 39, 45 and 54 yards.
As has usually been the case, Crosby’s kicks have carried a longer distance, and it’s especially noticeable on the longer field goals.
“Right now I’m hitting the ball really well,” Crosby said. “I’m striking it solid, and I’ve put a few good days together here, and that’s positive. But definitely Giorgio is hitting great balls and it’s motivating for me. I’m focused in and making sure that I’m taking care of my business.”
The day prior, Crosby was 7-for-8 and Tavecchio was 8-for-8, meaning the two kickers have combined to go 31-for-32 over the last two practices.
“These last two days were good,” Crosby said. ” It was good to test our bodies and test our minds a little bit and get out there and hit two long sets in a sense. I think hitting that many balls really pushed me and got me into a rhythm and into a good spot.”
–Hayward still out: Mike McCarthy made it sound as though the return of CB Casey Hayward, who has not practiced all training camp due to a hamstring injury, was not imminent, though his medical reports have improved.
“Casey Hayward’s injury is going to take time,” McCarthy said. “He’s made a lot of progress in the last 5-6 days. As far as the timeline, we’ll have a better understanding next week how close he is.”
A defensive rookie of the year candidate last year, Hayward led all rookies in 2012 with six interceptions.
–Pickett misses practice: DE Ryan Pickett missed practice due to a personal matter. He indicated on his Twitter account that he had to take one of his children to the hospital, but everything is fine.
G T.J. Lang (back) continued to sit out, as did fellow lineman Andrew Datko (concussion). McCarthy said Datko is “getting close” to passing the tests that are part of the concussion protocol.
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