Packers’ Nick Perry happy everything’s in working order

Packers great LB Dave Robinson to enter Hall

It was only then that he realized how bad it was and that surgery last November was the best option. He did have his doubts then that the injury would heal well enough to resume the launch of his pro football career. The doubts have faded now. After just a few early days of training camp practices, Perry said it was nice to feel healthy; the knee and the wrist are good. He’s wearing a brace on the wrist just as a precaution, he said, “just to protect myself out there. You don’t want to have any mistakes out there. Anything can happen.” He said he won’t wear it all year; he doesn’t know how long into camp he’ll keep it on. He didn’t wear it in the off-season for critical things like weightlifting. “There’s probably still a little bit of healing still going on,” said Perry. “So far, so good. I have to be healthy, I have to be available to the team.

Packers announce roster moves

But heres what weve learned about the defense so far: AP Photo/Morry Gash Datone Jones is expected to give the Packers’ pass rush a boost this season. Jones looks the part: When the pads went on for the first time Sunday morning, first-round draft pick Datone Jones game went to another level. The defensive end from UCLA eventually will be a three-down player, but for now, at the very least, he looks like the most likely candidate to pair with B.J. Raji as the two linemen in defensive coordinator Dom Capers nickel and dime packages. Hes a guy who can rush the quarterback; I can rush the quarterback, Jones said of Raji. So I feel like we can get after it a little bit. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Jones, who was the 26th overall pick, showed his speed and quickness in the first one-on-one pass-rushing drill of camp. Jollys first step back: Theres no template for a return to the NFL after missing three full seasons because of a suspension, jail time and drug addiction. And after three practices, including just one in pads, it would be foolish to make any definitive evaluation of Johnny Jolly , the once-troubled defensive end who is attempting a heretofore unimaginable comeback. But Jolly, who last played in the NFL in January 2010, has gotten himself back into shape after ballooning to nearly 400 pounds (hes listed at 325, and he would only say that both he and the coaches are happy with his weight). He was able to at least exert some force and move around blockers in the early practices. If he can do that — and a little more — perhaps theres a spot for him on a defense that could use help up the middle.

Packers sign Banjo, Hines; waive McMahon

(AP) – The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Chris Banjo and wide receiver Omarius (oh-MAR’-ee-us) Hines and waived safety Ryan McMahon. The team announced the moves Monday. Banjo, a 207-pound rookie out of Southern Methodist, signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in April before being waived on July 25. As a senior at SMU in 2011, Banjo recorded 82 tackles (50 solo), two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Hines, a 215-pound rookie out of Florida, signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent in May before being waived on July 22. He appeared in 51 games with nine starts during his career at Florida and caught 64 passes for 801 yards and four touchdowns. Hines also rushed for 323 yards and four TDs on 33 carries during his career. More NFL

All times indicated are Central. Thu., Aug. 01, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Fri., Aug. 02, 2013 4:00PM – 6:00PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception Packers Partners Club of Champions Annual Reception Fri., Aug. 02, 2013 7:00PM – 9:00PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center).

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”That bust means an awful lot,” Robinson said. ”That bust will last forever.” Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who drafted Robinson out of Penn State in the first round in 1963, once called him ”as good as any defensive player.” Several of Robinson’s teammates who are in the hall, including Willie Davis, Herb Adderley and Ray Nitschke, claimed they would not have been so honored without Robinson on their side of the ball. Yet he had to wait nearly four decades to be voted in as a senior candidate. Rather than expressing any bitterness over the lengthy delay, Robinson has been as giddy about making the hall as if he had been unanimously chosen in his first year of eligibility. ”I’ve been involved with the board of directors since 1980,” he said, ”so I’ve been around the Hall of Fame a lot. I’ve never been on this side before. … It’s a big thrill. ”For every single man in the Hall of Fame, this is the last thing you’ll ever be elected to. People forget All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls, but they never forget the Hall of Fame.” Robinson never will forget the Packers’ string of three NFL titles, including winning the first two Super Bowls. He points to his 87-yard interception return at Baltimore as a highlight in 1965, when Green Bay beat Cleveland for the league crown.

Packers cornerback makes big play of his new career

All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Wed., Jul. 31, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Thu., Aug.

Three receivers go down as injuries plague Packers

I know those are stories for [the media], but personally, I’m focused on this team. Obviously, you hear about them, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time or energy on them.” Here’s how Rodgers explained his role in the Packers’ locker room: “It’s exciting to be able to be one of the leaders of this football team, and I’m very confident in my style. I think the guys respond well to it. It’s fun being the longest-tenured guy on the team. I’ve seen a lot, I’ve been around a lot, and I’ve learned a lot of lessons. And I think one of the lessons you learn is that you can’t control everything and you shouldn’t worry too much about the things that are said outside the building. You worry about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you.” Indeed, Rodgers is entering his ninth season with the team and is the final player remaining from the Packers’ 2005 draft. The next most tenured players all arrived in 2006: Linebacker A.J. Hawk , cornerback Jarrett Bush , defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and cornerback Tramon Williams . Pickett, 33, is the Packers’ oldest player.

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Two-year starter with marginal production (81-1,088-9). Ran 4.47, vertical of 38 and broad jump of 10-10. Arms (333/4) are 31/4 inches longer than Johnson’s. Myles White (6-0 1/2 182 23 FA-’13 Louisiana Tech) Grew up in Livonia, Mich. Spent two years at Michigan State, suspended after a campus brawl, played a year in junior college and then two for Bulldogs. Sederrick Cunningham (5-10 1/2 192 24 FA-’13 Furman) Signed April 15 despite not having played since November 2011 for Furman. Reception total dipped all four seasons. Runs 4.43. Tyrone Walker (5-10 191 22 FA-’13 Illinois State) Possession type with 4.62 speed, 39-inch vertical and 10-9 broad jump. Caught 90 passes in ’12, giving him 250 for 3,565 (14.3) and 32 TDs. Alex Gillett (6-1 214 22 FA-’13 Eastern Michigan) Caught 14 passes for 132 yards in last four games after serving as starting QB for 31/2 years (35 TDs, 34 picks).

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“I was like, ‘Again.'” Dorsey caught a pass up the middle and then pulled up, appearing to injure his hamstring. He did not leave practice and had his helmet on but did not take any more snaps. Coach Mike McCarthy said he did not know the severity of Dorsey’s injury because he was still being evaluated. With Johnson and Dorsey out, undrafted rookie Tyrone Walker took advantage of his opportunity. He won a spot on the roster after taking part in rookie orientation on a tryout basis and has gotten noticed. Keeping the phone lines open: Even after seeing the two receivers go down, don’t expect general manager TedThompson to give DonaldDriver a call. But, according to receiver JamesJones, Driver would be more than happy to come back and put the pads on again. Like so many other players who retire, it appears Driver is missing football as the season approaches. “I guess he’s feeling like everybody feels when you’ve been playing football since you were 7,” Jones said. “Now all of a sudden it’s done and you kind of get those bubble guts and stuff when training camp comes back around and you want to be back out there playing. I’m assuming he wants to play, that’s why he hasn’t turned in his (retirement) papers or anything.” At Driver’s charity softball game this summer, the 38-year-old seemed at peace with his decision.

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Over the last two seasons, Shields has nine interceptions, including two during last years playoffs. With Charles Woodson now gone, Shields needs to keep up his level of play to ensure his half of the field will go without problems. 4. A.J Hawk Back in 2006, the Packers selected linebacker A.J. Hawk with the fifth overall pick. While his play has not been a total bust, it has not been on the same level as Clay Matthews. The last two seasons, Hawk has had zero interceptions. With the departure of Desmond Bishop, Hawk has to continue to step up his play in order to maintain his spot as a starter on the defense. 3. Tramon Williams Williams burst onto the scene in 2008 where he had four interceptions. In 2010, Williams had a career-high six interceptions during the regular season, and added three more in the postseason, including a pick six against the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. Since that season, Williams has consistently shown his big play ability. With Sam Shields on the other side of the field, the Packers cornerbacks look to be set for a long period of time. 2. B.J. Raji For a first round pick who didnt even want to come to Green Bay, Raji has become a fan favorite to all Packers fans. Most of that fandom came after his pick six against the Bears in the 2010 NFC Championship game, where he did his own version of Aaron Rodgers Discount Doublecheck. The play made Raji a playoff hero and helped the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, where they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews signed, Raji is the Packers top priority to get signed before he becomes a free agent. Since this is a contract year, Raji will need to prove that, like Rodgers and Matthews, he too is worthy of a large deal.

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Green Bay had been a six-point favorite. Smith was excellent in that one, going 20-for-26 with two touchdowns and no picks. Frank Gore had one of his best games of the year with 112 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two scores, and Cobb had a 75-yard punt return for a score, but the running game was non-existent with 45 yards. San Francisco kicker David Akers tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in the game — he’s now in Detroit. In the divisional round in San Francisco, Kaepernick went wild on Green Bay, rushing for an NFL quarterback-record 181 yards and two scores while passing for 263 and two more TDs. Sure, Kaepernick had been good since taking over from Smith in the regular season, but that effort made him a superstar and household name. Crabtree caught nine passes for 119 yards and two scores. San Francisco’s 579 total yards were a team record for a playoff game. The game was actually close in the first half, with the Niners taking the lead for good on Akers’ 36-yard field goal on the final play before intermission.

Packers make Clay Matthews the highest paid linebacker

Clay Matthews Contract Extension: Packers Sign Pro Bowl Linebacker To New Deal

Together, they could cost the Packers anywhere from $160 million to $175 million over the next six years and account for one-quarter of their salary cap space. There is tremendous risk in sinking so much money into two players in the prime of their careers – Favre and White were at different financial stages of their careers when they were together in the 1990s – because if either one of them fails to perform or suffers a significant injury, the Packers would be left holding the bag. Thompson’s philosophy is to draft, develop and retain, so in signing two proven stars he is putting an exclamation point on the job he, his scouts and the coaches have done in acquiring top talent. Devoting that much salary cap space to two players may just be the price of doing business. But it also means the Packers are going to have to wave goodbye to some other developing players as the years go on and Rodgers’ and Matthews’ salary cap numbers go up. Jermichael Finley? B.J. Raji? James Jones? Sam Shields? Morgan Burnett?

Clay Matthews signs extension

With Matthews’ deal done, the Packers can turn all of their attention to Rodgers, whose extension is expected to make him the highest-paid player in the league. Agent David Dunn represents Matthews and Rodgers, as well as defensive tackle B.J. Raji. “Hopefully, that’s the next order of business,” Matthews said about Rodgers’ extension. “Being good friends with him, represented by the same agent, who knows, hopefully that’s sooner than later.” Matthews said he didn’t think the team would be hamstrung by big contracts for its two biggest stars, and that the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy would keep it competitive. “One thing this organization does well. I know we catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said. “Our free agents are the ones who were up on their contracts. It’s no different than Aaron, myself or whoever’s up next. I’ll leave that to them, but for the most part we’ve had some success here over the last few years in maintaining keep players and I don’t see it to be any different.” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick visit website in the 2009 draft.

Clay Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

Matthews, who turns 27 this offseason, is scheduled to earn $3.77 million in cash compensation ($3.73 million base salary, $40,000 workout bonus) in 2013, the final season of his rookie contract. In addition to working on an extension for Matthews, the Packers are nearing a long-term extension with quarterback Aaron Rodgers , with the two sides reportedly being $2 million per season apart . According to Schefter, the agent for Matthews and Rodgers David Dunn would like new contracts in place by the start of the Packers’ offseason workout program, which begins on April 15. According to a source with knowledge of where each teams stands against the cap, the Packers have just under $17.8 million in cap space in 2013, which should be more than enough to get team-friendly, long-term deals done with both Rodgers and Matthews. Matthews was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and has posted 42.5 sacks with seven forced fumbles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed in 58 career games. The four-time Pro Bowler also has 7.5 sacks in eight career post-season games and is arguably coming off his most productive season in the NFL. Despite missing four games due to an injury, Matthews posted 13 sacks in 12 games and has clearly established himself as one of the top pass-rushers in the NFL. As one of the league’s elite pass-rushers, Matthews is understandably targeting the $13 million per year contract average that Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware received midway through the 2009 season, his fifth in the NFL. Matthews is entering his fifth season in the NFL in 2013. If beating the Ware contract is the goal, Matthews will also be seeking over $45 million in “new money” over the first three seasons of the deal along with over $40 million in guaranteed money. Pagination

I’m happy about it, but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed. Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract before it was officially announced by the team. He wrote: “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft “Clay has been a productive member of our team and we are pleased to be able to come to an agreement that will extend his Packers career,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. Matthews, 26, has 42.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Packers, including 13 last season. He has 204 tackles, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games since being drafted out of USC. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success.

Report: Packers, Clay Matthews nearing long-term extension

“Being good friends with him, represented by the same agent, who knows, hopefully that’s sooner than later.” Matthews said he didn’t think the team would be hamstrung by big contracts for its two biggest stars, and that the team’s draft-and-develop philosophy would keep it competitive. “One thing this organization does well. I know we catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said. “Our free agents are the ones who were up on their contracts. It’s no different than Aaron, myself or whoever’s up next. I’ll leave that to them, but for the most part we’ve had some success here over the last few years in maintaining keep players and I don’t see it to be any different.” Matthews was set to earn a base of $3.73 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal, signed after the Packers made him the 26th pick in the 2009 draft. But the 26-year-old’s price tag has gone up considerably as he has become one of the top linebackers in the NFL. He had 42 sacks in his first four seasons, fifth-best in the NFL during that span. He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 in 2010 and 13 in 2012.

Mike Ditka says Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the world

. the talent is phenomenal. The guy up in Green Bay [Aaron Rodgers], I think is the best in football. But thats my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. And I think thats the other thing you have to look at. He has to be the guy in charge. And the team has to know it. Ditka, a former head coach of both the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, also picked Rodgers as the one player he would have like to have the opportunity to coach. How could I say that I wouldnt want to coach [Johnny] Unitas or Bart Starr? Theres been so many great ones.

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Ditka: Aaron Rodgers ‘Best in Football’

. . the talent is phenomenal, said Ditka. The guy up in Green Bay [Aaron Rodgers], I think is the best in football. But thats my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. And I think thats the other thing you have to look at. He has to be the guy in charge. And the team has to know it. And of all the quarterbacks who have played in the NFL, Ditka would have liked to coach Rodgers the Homepage most.

Mike Ditka on Aaron Rodgers: ‘Best in football’

At the top, you have Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, both of whom are widely considered to be among the top five quarterbacks of all-time. Just below them is a steller list that includes Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and Matthew Stafford. In addition to these standout veterans is a crop of young, and mostly dual threat talents that includes Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson. Nevertheless, according to Mike Ditka, it is Rodgers that stands out above the crowd. The legendary former coach told the Chicago Sun-Times that the Green Bay signal caller is the best in the business: I look at guys like [Tom] Brady and [Drew] Brees… the talent is phenomenal. The guy up in Green Bay [Aaron Rodgers], I think is the best in football. But thats my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. And I think thats the other thing you have to look at. He has to be the guy in charge.

Why the Green Bay Packers Shouldn’t Trade Jermichael Finley

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A team with Super Bowl aspirations would be hard to justify creating such anunnecessaryhole on the roster less than a month before training camp. The compensationeven at a second-round levelsimply doesn’t make up for the creation of such a hole. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Finley is entering a contract season in Green Bay. A second-round pick from the Patriots would likely end up in the later portion of the round. A top-60 pick is hardly enough to miss out on Finley in a contract year, especially given the NFL ‘s compensatory-pick system. If Finley walks following the 2013 season and signs a lucrative deal in free agency, the Packers could receive up to a third-round pick in return. Very few losses actually fetch a third-rounder, but Green Bay could be confident in receiving decent compensation for Finley if he leaves in free agency. The Packers would then have somewhat simple math: A full year of a motivated Finley plus a potential mid-round compensatory pick or a late second-rounder and the loss of the offense’s third-leading receiver? For as accomplished and talented as quarterback Aaron Rodgers is, the loss of both Finley and Jennings in one offseason would be a tough pill to swallow. Jennings, who caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns over seven seasons in Green Bay, bolted for more money with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. The Packers are still mostly set at receiver, but Jennings leaves Green Bay as one of the game’s top route-runners and a versatile, explosive weapon. Should the Packers trade Jermichael Finley at some point before or during this season? Yes Submit Vote vote to see results Should the Packers trade Jermichael Finley at some point before or during this season? Yes 5.8% Total votes: 2,129 The Packers could count on Jennings to be effective in the slot, outside and as a vertical receiver.

Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and replacement ref Lance Easley

Well Packers fans, you’ll be thrilled to know that Lance Easley, the replacement ref who made a mockery of the sport by giving Tate that touchdown, is now enjoying his bit of celebrity around Seattle. He even took a smiling picture signaling touchdown with Tate at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, which he umpired. Fun, right? Lawyer Milloy took a picture and posted it to Instagram of Easley giving the TD signal with a huge smile on his face. BustedCoverage.com had many pictures from around the Internet of Easley mugging for pictures with Seahawks players and fans. We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon. So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl? It certainly can’t be ruled out), this guy is hamming it up with the Seahawks. Oh, and Easley is coming out with a book too, called “Making the Call.” The blown call affected Green Bay’s season, and now Easley is flaunting the mistake and cashing in on that.

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This is the small part of Lacy’s life the hurricane couldn’t wash away. Lacy almost never watches ESPN. He rarely watches football period. Arguably the best running back in college football has watched only two of his Alabama games outside of film sessions. Cartoons trump all. They extract the “real childish” kid from Gretna that Lacy misses so much. No, Katrina never stole Lacy’s love for, um… Little Quacker on “Tom and Jerry.” “I love whenever they have the little duck, that little orange duck!” Lacy says. “I love the way he sounds when he talks.” In countless ways, he’s still that kid from Gretna. Sure, he owns an Xbox, Playstation and Wii, but Lacy can still appreciate a Mario Kart marathon on oh-so-ancient Nintendo 64. He still hates onions.

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We Packers fans don’t tend to hate as much. Dislike an orange-and-blue-clad football team? Sure. Jokingly have anger towards the Bears? You got it.But don’t take it to hate.Detroit’s football haplessness, lots of other qualities don’t engender hateWhen it comes to the Lions…well…perhaps there’s a bit more antipathy with that whole anger thing.The guy whose leg invented the “Suh Stomp” is indeed an often-loathable character. He definitely brings his shares of boo’s from around the NFL, and certainly among NFC North opponents.Detroit, as a city, has also received its share of derision, with one of the most pain-filled, hope-lacking inner-cities in America.Why should that engender hate? In truth, it should more engender sympathy, compassion and desire for positive change instead of hatred.Plus, what have the Lions done since 1957? Made an NFC Championship Game in 1991.That’s it. And failure doesn’t tend to breed hatred from an opponent.

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Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 11, 2013 Burnett was drafted in the 3rd Round with the 71st Overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft as a junior out of Georgia Tech. Thompson moved up 15 spots at the price of their 4th Round Pick (122) but it was for a player Thompson coveted. Burnett got right to work as a rookie intercepting his first interception in just his second game. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL against the Detroit Lions in Week 5 and was lost for the season. Burnett came back strong the following season, starting in all 16 games while recording 107 tackles with 3 interceptions and 11 passes deflected. While Burnett may not have created a lot of turnovers his ability to play safety positions and providing strong coverage skills and help against the run were evident. Burnett made even more progress this past season, steadily improving into an all-around safety. While Burnett saw a jump in tackles in 2012 to 123, it was his consistency and reliability that are making him a mainstay for the Packers defense. Burnett joined St.

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Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and replacement ref Lance Easley

Capers is on the spot, and safeties coach Darren Perry could be next in line for that position. Offensive line: Green Bay allowed 92 sacks the past two seasons, only one fewer than NFC North rival Chicago’s much-maligned line. Some of that is a product of Rodgers holding the ball too long in an effort to make the big play, but tackle play continues to be an issue. McCarthy flipped the line at OTAs; he moved tackle Bryan Bulaga and guard Josh Sitton to the left side, and put right tackle Don Barclay and right guard T.J. Lang on the strong side. Evan Dietrich-Smith replaces Jeff Saturday at center. Derek Sherrod, a first-round pick in 2011, is still working back from a gruesome leg injury suffered in his rookie year. He would add much-needed depth. Schedule Analysis: We’ll find out what the Packers’ defense learned in Weeks 1-2 against dual-threat quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern stands among the legends

The Packers have an impressive history of grooming quarterbacks. Ever since ex Texas Tech pass slinger Graham Harrell became Rodgers primary backup, the question has been asked: Can Harrell be the next former Packers understudy to ascend to a starting role (a la Matt Flynn, Rodgers, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Doug Pederson and Mark Brunell)? The answer is still unknown. Rodgers is at the top of his game and in the prime of his career. Opportunities for a Packers backup quarterback are rare and usually confined to preseason games. For that reason, Harrell and second-year quarterback B.J. Colemanwill continue to be largely unknown quantities for as long as they remain Green Bay Packers. Undrafted rookie free agent Matt Brown does not figure to be a factor in the 2013 Packers backup derby. If the Packers continue with their recent trend of keeping only two quarterbacks on the regular season roster, this may work in Harrells favor as Coleman still has practice squad eligibility. Among the two, Harrell is most like Rodgers in terms of physical stature/size (6-foot-2). Rodgers outweighs Harrell by about 10 pounds, but Coleman is the largest of the three at 6-foot-3, 231 pounds.

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A lot of the big guys wanted to replace some of the weight loss, so theyd order beer. One guy would order two pitchers of beer right away with one glass, Nick said. Theyd come in, theyd shoot the breeze about their contracts, about their families, about the season, all that stuff. They blended really well with the clientele. They got along great with the people here. Nickys would eventually see clientele coming from all over the state and beyond because of its reputation as a Packers hangout. But business tapered off in the mid-90s as the Main Street area near downtown Green Bay developed hotspots like McSwiggins and the Cock & Bull Publick House. And again when Washington Street started to develop a bar scene of its own. But Nick said business always returned and has been steady since Nickys completely remodeled in 1998 to add a restaurant. The atmosphere: During its renovation, Nickys wanted to hold on to its history and classic look, so reclaimed Cream City brick from Milwaukee was used with a heavy mortar to make it look rustic. The original bar area is decorated with photos, trophies and helmets.

We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon. So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl? It certainly can’t be ruled out), this guy is hamming it up with the Seahawks. Oh, and Easley is coming out with a book too, called “Making the Call.” The blown call affected Green Bay’s season, and now Easley is flaunting the mistake and cashing in on that. Fans, outside of Seattle anyway, shouldn’t be too thrilled about Easley backslapping with a team he made a shady call in favor of. It’s probably safe to say he should avoid any book signings near Green Bay. – – – Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and “Like” Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be. More sports news from the Yahoo!

Green Bay Packers fans sure to love picture of Golden Tate and replacement ref Lance Easley

Golden Tate hangs with Seahawks-Packers replacement referee

Well Packers fans, you’ll be thrilled to know that Lance Easley, the replacement ref who made a mockery of the sport by giving Tate that touchdown, is now enjoying his bit of celebrity around Seattle. He even took a smiling picture signaling touchdown with Tate at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, which he umpired. Fun, right? Lawyer Milloy took a picture and posted it to Instagram of Easley giving the TD signal with a huge smile on his face. BustedCoverage.com had many pictures from around the Internet of Easley mugging for pictures with Seahawks players and fans. We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon. So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl?

Oct. 21, 1956: Packers Rout Rams, 42 to 17; Howton Tops Hutson’s Mark

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4. It took only eight plays and a Ram holding penalty to do it. The penalty gave the Packers another break after a third down pass was incomplete. The payoff was Rotes 14 yard bullet to Knafelc, who cut perfectly in the end zone. Cone booted for the fourth time and the Packers led, 28-10. NFLALL-TIMERECEIVINGYARDS:SINGLEGAME 1. 336 Flipper Anderson, Los Angeles Rams, 1989 2. 309 Stephone Paige, Kansas City Chiefs, 1985 3. 303 Jim Benton, Cleveland Rams, 1945 4. 302 Cloyce Box, Detroit Lions, 1950 5. 291 Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2000 6.

Packers Second Year Projections: Casey Hayward Aims to Be More of a Playmaker

You probably do: it was kind of a big deal and basically the tipping point for ending the referee lockout . Tate’s catch is certainly in the past, but that doesn’t mean that Packers fans still don’t feel a sting when they see something like Tate and former replacement ref Lance Easley hanging out at Richard Sherman ‘s softball game, reminding everyone about that time Green bay got hosed: This pic comes to us from Lawyer Milloy on Instagram ( via For The Win ) … Lawyer Milloy (@LawyerMilloy) July 7, 2013 And it sounds like this wasn’t just a one-off picture, but more of a giant joke that Sherman and company played amongst themselves. Russell Wilson , who threw the Hail Mary (Fail Mary?) pass, Clay Matthews Jersey was in on the fun as well. Touchception ref with a questionable “safe” call on a ball at first. Russell Wilson argues, throws hat, throws base, all in jest. Seattle Sportsnet (@alexSSN) July 7, 2013 It’s a lot easier to joke about this now because both the Seahawks and the Packers made the playoffs, even if the ref might’ve ended up costing Aaron Rodgers and Co. homefield advantage against the 49ers . (Not that any amount of frozen tundra was going to stop the Packers from spinning in circles trying to keep Colin Kaepernick in check.) And, of course, it’s a lot easier to joke about it when you’re the Seahawks and the catch helped propel you to victory.

Hayward has been getting rave reviews this off-season, and head coach Mike McCarthy believes Hayward’s natural abilities will propel him to more production in 2013 . You can just see he’s very comfortable out there (with) his instincts and his route recognition. He had a couple routes he jumped today. I look for him to be a much better player in year two. Casey Hayward is just a natural football player. He is exceptional in that it comes very natural to him. He’s very fluid in everything he does, hand-eye coordination, and excellent hands. If the Packers defense can produce an improved pass rush in front of Hayward with the addition of a healthy Nick Perry and rookie defensive end Datone Jones , and combine that with improved play from the young safety group behind him, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hayward threatens to record double digit interceptions this fall. It’s a lofty goal, but I believe Hayward has shown enough natural ability as a ball-hawking defensive back in his rookie season that he will only improve after a full off-season of drills and film study.