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.

Packers wide receivers at a glance

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.

Green Bay Packers: 5 key players on defense

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.

Aaron Rodgers as Packers’ elder statesman

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.

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