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Sitton, Daniels and Richardson are Sunday’s captains vs. Lions

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 21, 2014 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be G Josh Sitton (offense), DT Mike Daniels (defense) and S Sean Richardson (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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Packers DT Mike Daniels chats with fans: Read the transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on June 12, 2014 – 6:58 pm

Packers DT Mike Daniels

One of the more colorful characters on the team, Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels chatted live with fans on Thursday, answering questions that ranged from his wrestling days to video games and everything in between.

Daniels was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 out of Iowa and recorded two sacks, plus a fumble returned for a touchdown, as a rookie. He boosted his sack total to 6 1/2 last season, plus another in the playoffs against the 49ers.

You can read the transcript of the fan chat with Daniels here:

If you don’t see the chat transcript above, click here.


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Lacy, Daniels and Masthay are Sunday’s captains

Posted by packers.com on November 24, 2013 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be RB Eddie Lacy (offense), DE Mike Daniels (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).


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Entire offense, Daniels, Crosby awarded game balls vs. Minnesota

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 30, 2013 – 9:00 am

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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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Game notes: Defense makes big plays but gets banged up

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 24, 2013 – 12:39 am

For the broader overviews of Friday night’s game, check out the game recap and the locker room report. Here are some additional game notes:

–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.

LB Clay Matthews

LB Clay Matthews

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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News & notes: Morgan Burnett’s bigger presence

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 1, 2013 – 2:50 pm

For an update on the kicking competition and some sloppy moments during Thursday’s practice, check out today’s feature story. As for other news & notes:

–Bigger presence: Head Coach Mike McCarthy couldn’t be happier with the start to camp of veteran S Morgan Burnett. It’s a big year for Burnett, who signed a contract extension just before camp began as he became the elder statesmen at the safety position with the departure of Charles Woodson.

S Morgan Burnett

S Morgan Burnett

Burnett had an interception in Wednesday’s practice, and then on Thursday, he chased down a deep ball intended for Jarrett Boykin and knocked it out of Boykin’s hands just as it appeared the receiver was going to have a TD catch.

“It’s not just the upgrade in his play, it’s the upgrade in his exertion of leadership and command in the back end, which is critical in our defense,” McCarthy said. “This is the Morgan Burnett that we know, and I think it’s now just being expressed a little more openly to everybody else. He’s doing exactly what he needs to do.”

Woodson’s departure in some senses forced Burnett into a bigger leadership role, and he also said he feels more comfortable being vocal and forceful with his calls now that he’s in his fourth season.

“As a safety, I have to be loud and decisive with my checks and calls, be the quarterback of the back end, and make sure we get lined up and ready to play,” he said.

“There’s no pressure (with the new contract). It’s really an honor and a blessing to know your organization is standing behind you. It motivates you not to let them down.”

–Officials on campus: A crew of NFL officials was working Thursday’s practice, and they will be at practice both Friday night and for Saturday night’s scrimmage inside Lambeau Field.

The officials will also take part in some of the players’ meetings to go over rules, rule changes and answer questions. The players will also be given a full presentation of rule changes and points of emphasis on Friday (a presentation also will be made to the media on Friday, and packers.com will put the highlights of that here in the blog).

McCarthy welcomes the interaction the players and coaches have with the officials at this time of year, because it only adds to a regular daily meeting the players have during camp that focuses on a specific rule or rule change.

“At the end of the day, everybody wants the same thing,” McCarthy said. “They want to make the right calls, and we want to make sure we’re coaching our guys the right way, because you don’t want to be talking about this on Sundays.”

–Spirited play: CB Loyce Means, formerly of the CFL, got a chance on Thursday to work with the No. 1 nickel defense and appeared pretty fired up about it. Early in practice, he took WR Myles White to the ground in a mini-scuffle on a screen pass and then hopped up and got in on the tackle. Later, in a one-on-one drill, he knocked away a pass on a post route to White.

Means was then beaten for a TD on an inside-out move in the end zone by WR James Jones, but Means looked agitated after the play, suggesting he thought Jones got separation with an illegal shove.

–Tough customer: Evan Dietrich-Smith is a starter in training camp for the first time in his career, and he’s showing no interest in letting anyone challenge him. After one play on Thursday, Dietrich-Smith was moving very slowly and trying to stretch out his arm and/or shoulder as he walked back to the huddle, but as Don Barclay jogged in to replace him and give him a breather, Dietrich-Smith waved him off and took the next snap anyway.

–Great matchup: Two of the early stars of camp, DL Mike Daniels and OT David Bakhtiari — both fourth-round draft picks the last two years — squared off in the one-on-one pass rush/pass blocking drill, and by subjective measure it was probably a draw.

Daniels used his brute strength to push Bakhtiari well into the backfield, but Bakhtiari managed to keep himself between Daniels and the QB the whole time. Daniels then showed off his strength again in blasting undrafted rookie lineman Lane Taylor off the line before Daniels finally met his strength match in veteran G Josh Sitton, who successfully held his own.

The best block of the day may have been turned in by LT Bryan Bulaga. In the set-the-edge drill against the outside linebackers, Bulaga locked up rookie Andy Mulumba, who has made a good early impression, and then lifted and planted the undrafted free agent on his backside, almost like a wrestler.

–Not his best day: WR Randall Cobb was not at the top of his game with two glaring drops during the workout. On the first, in a one-on-one drill against CB Micah Hyde, Cobb cleanly beat Hyde with an inside-out move but then had the pass bounce right off his hands. Later, in team work, he was open on a go route but had the ball glance off his hands as S Jerron McMillian was closing fast.

“We need to catch the football better,” McCarthy said. “I’ve never been part of a perimeter group that accepts anything less than 100 percent. That’s what we’re striving for.”

–Injury update: S David Fulton (foot) returned to practice after sitting out on Wednesday, and DL Johnny Jolly (ankle) also returned after dropping out early the previous day.

“Johnny has always been a tough guy, always practiced hurt,” McCarthy said. “That was no surprise to anybody. That’s a part of what makes him a unique football player, and obviously with the opportunity he has, I’m sure he’s going to take full advantage of it.”

S Sean Richardson, who had neck surgery last year, still doesn’t have a determination on his future, but it could be coming soon. Richardson has remained as optimistic as possible, all things considered, but there is a chance he won’t get medical clearance to return to the field.

“All the opinions from the doctors now have to weigh in and a final decision needs to be made,” McCarthy said.


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News & notes: Mike Daniels stands out, Eddie Lacy responds

Posted by Mike Spofford on July 30, 2013 – 2:46 pm

For a look at how the banged-up secondary is holding its own in practice, you can check out today’s feature story. Some other news and notes from Tuesday’s practice:

–Daniels making strides: Thus far in camp, DL Mike Daniels might be exhibit A when it comes to players making a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2 in the NFL.

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DL Mike Daniels

A short, stout lineman (6-0, 294), Daniels has added some muscle and looks visibly bigger this season. He appears to have kept his quick first step off the ball, and it’s helping that he’s no longer wearing the shoulder harness he wore his entire rookie season following surgery at the conclusion of his college career at Iowa.

“I tell you what, it was tough,” Daniels said of playing with the harness, though he did manage two sacks and two fumble recoveries (one for a TD) in a part-time role last year. “Losing full motion with my shoulder, and that thing, it really presses on your stomach, so it’s hard to breathe. It feels good not having to wear it, and I will continue with my rehab so I do not have to wear it again.

“I feel good, I feel loose, I feel much more athletic, and I really feel as though I can get every bit of strength and range of motion out of my arm that I can, that I couldn’t last year.”

Daniels best fits Dom Capers’ defense as an inside rusher in the nickel package, and he may be making a bid for more work as a base end with his added size and strength. Either way, he could be on his way to earning a fair amount of playing time in 2013.

“I think Mike Daniels definitely has a lot more pop,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s even playing some of the tougher techniques for his body type better.”

–Lacy responds: As for the Twitter-storm over his conditioning, rookie RB Eddie Lacy said he’s pretty much ignoring it. He also said his conditioning and weight are exactly where he wants them to be.

“I’ve always been big,” Lacy said. “I’m a power back. I pretty much get the tough yards, and I’m fast enough to get around the outside and make big plays. I don’t have a problem with any aspect of the game.”

Lacy got a lot of work on Tuesday in the red-zone and goal-line periods with a number of inside runs. He pushed the pile at times, looked nimble on his feet at others, and called it his best day of camp thus far.

“I was comfortable with everything,” he said. “I felt like I ran smooth, I made good reads, and I just hit the hole the way I was supposed to.”

Lacy also looked solid in the first one-on-one blitz pick-up drill on Tuesday between the RBs and OLBs. McCarthy admitted the linebackers have the upper hand because there’s no one else around and the running backs are “on an island,” which isn’t necessarily realistic, but Lacy said the disadvantage will only help the running backs in pass protection in the long run.

“It gives us as the running backs that edge to get better, so when we have to do it in a game, we have (extra) bodies (around), and it will make it that much easier,” Lacy said.

–Injury update: T Kevin Hughes sat out practice, and McCarthy said he was dealing with some headaches. McCarthy also said it could still be 2-3 weeks before RB DuJuan Harris (knee) is back on the field. WR Charles Johnson underwent an MRI on his injured knee on Monday, but McCarthy said he has been given no timetable for his return.

–Hoop games: The famous QB hoop made its first appearance at camp on Tuesday. It’s an elevated hoop with a net attached that serves as a target for the QBs on lobs and fade passes from various distances.

In the first go-round, from roughly 15-20 yards away, all three QBs — Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman — managed to drop one through the hoop and into the net. When they moved back to 40-45 yards or so, Rodgers and Harrell both had rim shots that bounced away, and Coleman had one that went just underneath, but no one got one through the hoop.


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Raji sees himself in young D-linemen

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 21, 2012 – 3:36 pm

A lot has been said already about second-round draft pick Jerel Worthy and fourth-rounder Mike Daniels and what they could mean to the Packers’ defensive line in 2012.

Both players have flashed in practice, but there has yet to be much to shout about during the preseason games. They’re hoping to change that Thursday in Cincinnati, obviously, and veteran D-lineman B.J. Raji believes it should only be a matter of time, because both youngsters entered the NFL with the right approach.

“The thing I like about them, I see a lot of myself in them,” Raji said. “Jerel was a high pick, but he was willing to learn. He didn’t come in with the idea that he knew everything. He came in asking questions. Mike’s the same way.

“Anytime a guy comes in asking questions, you really don’t hesitate to help them, because they see the need, that they need to improve. They need to do certain things to be successful. Both of those guys are competitive, they want to win, and they want to do everything they can to help this defense.”

Raji added that there will be some tough decisions at cutdown time for the roster within his position group.

“This is probably the youngest and deepest D-line I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here,” he said. “This is the game where you want to come out and show you can play within this defense.”


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Meet the Packers’ 2012 draft class

Posted by Duke Bobber on April 28, 2012 – 8:31 pm

Nick Perry

#53 NICK PERRY • LINEBACKER • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Drafted: 1st Round (#28 overall)
Ht: 6-3   Wt: 265

 

#99 JEREL WORTHY • DEFENSIVE END • MICHIGAN STATE
Drafted: 2nd Round (#51 overall)
Ht: 6-2   Wt: 308

 

#29 CASEY HAYWARD • CORNERBACK • VANDERBILT
Drafted: 2nd Round (#62 overall)
Ht: 5-11  Wt: 192

 

#76 MIKE DANIELS • DEFENSIVE TACKLE • IOWA
Drafted: 4th Round (#132 overall)
Ht: 6-0   Wt: 291

 

#22 JERRON McMILLIAN • SAFETY • MAINE
Drafted: 4th Round (#133 overall)
Ht: 5-11   Wt: 203

 

#56 TERRELL MANNING • LINEBACKER • NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Drafted: 5th Round (#163 overall)
Ht: 6-2   Wt: 237

 

#77 ANDREW DATKO • TACKLE • FLORIDA STATE
Drafted: 7th Round (#241 overall)
Ht: 6-6   Wt: 315

 

#9 B.J. COLEMAN • QUARTERBACK • TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA
Drafted: 7th Round (#243 overall)
Ht: 6-3   Wt: 231

 


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