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Packers still in news over long holiday weekend

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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PackersNews.com kept you informed over the long holiday weekend on the comings and goings of the Packers. In case you missed it, here's a review: *Marshall Newhouse gave up 11.5 sacks in 13 starts last season, yet showed enough to show the Packers he has a future as the Packers' starting left tackle. “The thing with him is he doesn’t make the same mistake twice," said Packers offensive line coach James Campen. "It’s very rare. He’s building his library as a professional football player and at the tackle position. He’s a very smart kid who understands how important it is to protect the backside of the quarterback, and he will get better. He will make strides.”  * Center Jeff Saturday at age 37 is one of the oldest starters in the NFL. But after losing Scott Wells to the St. Louis Rams in free agency, Packers GM Ted Thompson looked at Saturday’s pristine injury history and determined the center has at least one more year of starting-caliber football in him, and perhaps more. Saturday likes what he sees in the Packers' offensive line so far. "The offensive line is five guys strong," he said. "You need all five contributing. You need all five playing as well as possible and communicating with each other and hopefully I just add on to that.” *Former Packers Bryce Paup and Ahman Green talked about the difficulties NFL players face in their lives after football. “It’s tough,” said Paup of his transition into retirement. “For most of us (players), people have only known us as a superstar. All of a sudden you walk out the door, it’s no longer part of who you are. And you search for an identity and there’s a grieving process and you’ve lost something that you never get back.” *How bad did things get for the Packers before Bob Harlan and Ron Wolf helped resurrect the franchise in the early 1990s? Bad enough that some suggested the team should move to Milwaukee. “There was widespread belief in pro football circles and to a degree in this community that the Packers could never win again," said former Packers beat writer and Press-Gazette sports editor Cliff Christl, who moderated a panel discussion on the Packers' turnaround. "Then suddenly the revival occurred.”

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