Packers receive two compensatory draft picks

Posted by Duke Bobber on March 11, 2016 – 1:12 pm

160311-house-williams-950The Packers have been awarded two compensatory draft picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, the NFL announced Friday. Green Bay now has nine selections in April’s draft.

Teams are awarded compensatory draft picks if they experience a net loss in unrestricted free agency the prior year. The Packers lost CB Davon House (Jaguars) and CB Tramon Williams (Browns) while signing no unrestricted free agents from other teams.

Compensatory picks are awarded from the end of the third through the seventh rounds and cannot be traded this year. A rule change will permit compensatory draft picks to be traded beginning in 2017.

Since 1994, the Packers are tied for the second-most compensatory picks awarded in the NFL.

Green Bay’s 2016 Compensatory Selections
Round 4, Pick 33 (#131 overall)
Round 4, Pick 39 (#137 overall)

Compensatory Picks Received, 1994-2016
Baltimore, 47
Dallas, 37
Green Bay, 37
New England, 33

Prospect Primer
Packers Drafts Under Ted Thompson

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CB Tramon Williams signs with Cleveland

Posted by Duke Bobber on March 16, 2015 – 2:47 pm

Tramon WilliamsGREEN BAY — The Cleveland Browns officially announced the signing of former Packers CB Tramon Williams on Monday.

A free agent signing by the Packers in Nov. 2006 out of Louisiana Tech, Williams was an unrestricted free agent. Williams was originally signed to the Packers’ practice squad late in the 2006 season.

For the Packers’ updated roster, click here.

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Bulaga, Williams and Richardson selected as captains vs. Falcons

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be T Bryan Bulaga (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and S Sean Richardson (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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Rodgers, Williams and Goode are Friday’s captains vs. Raiders

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 22, 2014 – 3:00 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).

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Five players awarded game balls vs. Chicago

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 31, 2013 – 8:09 pm

The Packers coaching staff awarded game balls to five players for their performances at Chicago in Week 17.

CB Jarrett Bush was recognized on special teams, while WR Jordy Nelson and RB James Starks were the recipients on offense, plus CB Tramon Williams and LB Andy Mulumba on defense.

Bush had a tackle on kickoff coverage and a forced fumble on a Bears kickoff return. He also recovered a fumble by teammate Micah Hyde on a punt return.

Nelson had a career-high 10 receptions and a season-high 161 yards, while Starks had 11 rushes for 88 yards as part of the offense’s four-TD output. Nelson’s 161 yards were just one yard shy of his single-game career high, while Starks’ 88 yards were his most this season since Week 2.

Williams was credited with six total tackles (five solo) with two pass break-ups and one forced fumble. Mulumba, an undrafted rookie, had a sack among two tackles for loss and three total tackles.

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Five players earn game balls vs. Cowboys

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 16, 2013 – 5:09 pm

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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McCarthy mulling options if Dietrich-Smith can’t play

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 5, 2013 – 4:49 pm

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday that he’s hopeful C Evan Dietrich-Smith can return to practice in some capacity on Friday, but he hasn’t made a final decision on the starting offensive line should Dietrich-Smith not be able to play.

C Evan Dietrich-Smith

C Evan Dietrich-Smith

Dietrich-Smith injured an ankle in practice on Wednesday and sat out Thursday. If he can’t play, he’d be replaced by RG T.J. Lang at center, the same move made in Detroit last week when Dietrich-Smith went down with a knee injury.

One of three other players would fill in from there. One option would be for ro0kie Lane Taylor to take Lang’s spot at RG. Another would be for Don Barclay to slide over from RT to RG, with Derek Sherrod starting at RT. Or Marshall Newhouse could start at either RG or RT, with Barclay playing the other spot.

“The opportunity needs to be earned and performance will drive it,” McCarthy said.

The Packers got no further clarity on QB Aaron Rodgers’ availability for Sunday. He practiced in pads and “made a little progress,” according to McCarthy, but there was nothing more to report.

“He’s a step closer, but how far away, time will answer that question,” McCarthy said.

In other news, CB Tramon Williams acknowledged that he was fined by the league for the contact he made with an official in the end zone in Detroit last Thursday. Williams said the fine was “in the 20s,” meaning thousands of dollars, but he maintained there was no intent behind the contact and that he didn’t know in the heat of the moment it was an official whose arm he swiped away.

“I’ll appeal,” he said. “Hopefully they give me some money back.”

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Nelson, Williams and House are Monday night’s captains

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 4, 2013 – 3:00 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

– Tonight’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Tramon Williams (defense) and CB Davon House (special teams).

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News & notes: McCarthy takes exception to Manning penalty

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 26, 2013 – 5:40 pm

On Monday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy talked about the decision to release K Giorgio Tavecchio and what that might mean going forward, while QB Aaron Rodgers recapped the Packers’ preseason thus far.

Other news & notes …

–Highly questionable call: McCarthy isn’t going to tell LB Terrell Manning to do anything different next time.

LB Terrell Manning

LB Terrell Manning

In the fourth quarter of last Friday’s preseason game vs. Seattle, Manning blitzed Seahawks QB Brady Quinn and drilled him, shoulder to chest, as he released the pass and the two crashed to the turf. Manning was then flagged for roughing the passer, with the official explaining that Manning brought his weight down on Quinn at the completion of the play.

McCarthy doesn’t agree, at all.

“I thought Manning’s hit on the quarterback was textbook,” McCarthy said on Monday. “Frankly, when the quarterback jumps in the air and the linebacker is blitzing, and he hits him with the shoulder and so forth, I don’t know how you don’t have a weight-bearing issue. I think (the problem is) the way the rule is defined and written as opposed to the intent of it.

“I think there needs to be a second action by the defender in a pinning, weight-bearing mode, and that clearly wasn’t the case with Terrell. He hit Brady Quinn, who was in the air, both his feet were off the ground, and when they did hit the ground, he continued in one fluid motion and rolled off. So I didn’t agree with the call at all.”

Manning was visibly upset with the call at the time, but to his credit, he kept his composure for the most part. The penalty came on third-and-8 and gave Seattle a first down, but three plays later the Seahawks punted anyway.

“At the end of the day, I had to move on quickly because when I’m out there, I’m the signal caller, so I have to get my defense lined up and ready for the next play,” said Manning, who said he hasn’t heard from the league about any possible fine. “Of course I was a little shocked and displeased, but I have to have short-term memory out there to make sure the team is ready to go.

“The coaching staff definitely had my back. They said it was a good, clean hit, keep going. Anytime you have the head coach and everybody else telling you that, you feel pretty confident in what you did.”

McCarthy often has expressed confidence in the league’s efforts toward player safety, but the application in this instance didn’t take all the circumstances into consideration.

“We can’t control the fact the quarterback’s feet are off (the ground),” he said. “In fairness to the referees, those plays happen fast, and I get all that, but I don’t think that’s what we’re looking for.”

–Williams back to work: CB Tramon Williams practiced on Monday for the first time since the first padded practice of camp, which was back on July 28.

CB Tramon Williams

CB Tramon Williams

He’s been nursing a painful bone bruise on his knee since then, but he tested it out in a limited number of snaps in Monday’s no-pads practice, and the early reports were good.

“It felt OK. Coaches limited my reps, obviously, but it felt good for the most part, moving around against different guys,” said Williams, who played some bump-and-run against receivers and didn’t hold back when he was on the field. “I wondered how that would feel, but it held up. It was encouraging.”

Encouraging enough for Williams to feel better about his chances of making it all the way back for the season opener at San Francisco, but as has been his approach, no guarantees.

“I think so,” he said when asked if Week 1 is realistic. “I still don’t want to go out and say that I will be there Week 1, but for me to be out here now, I think it’s definitely a possibility.”

–More on injuries: McCarthy ruled out LB Brad Jones (hamstring) from Thursday’s game in Kansas City, having already done so with S Morgan Burnett and CB Casey Hayward, who also have hamstring injuries.

Rookie WR Kevin Dorsey (toe) and LB Dezman Moses (toe) did not practice on Monday.

RB DuJuan Harris (knee) is getting a second opinion on his injury, so there’s no definitive update on his situation.

–Smooth it out: The backup center position has been a rough spot through much of training camp. Early on, Don Barclay was having QB-C exchange issues before moving back to tackle full time, and lately Greg Van Roten and Patrick Lewis have struggled with some shotgun snaps.

Van Roten is the leader for the backup job but rolled another shotgun snap back to the QB in practice on Monday.

“Greg has been given the majority of (the second-team work),” McCarthy said. “He needs to clean some things up. He had one or two things go on today that he needs to clean up, … and from Seattle.”

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