Have you ever wondered exactly how the Green Bay Packers discover the likes of DuJuan Harris and Jeremy Ross in the middle of a season and still find ways to incorporate them into significant roles?
As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky discovered, members of the Packers’ personnel department meet in the draft room to discuss out-of-work players with walls papered with names of available street free agents.
On one side, there’s a list of NFL veterans, guys that have several seasons of accrued service. On the other, there’s a directory of players who still have practice-squad eligibility. Most of them never will step foot inside Lambeau Field. Some will come to town for a workout, turn around and head home the same day and never hear back.
And then there are guys like Harris and Ross, who have played critical roles for the Packers during the final stretch of the season and figure to be a part of the today’s game plan against the San Francisco 49ers.
“We go through lists of free agents at least weekly, sometimes twice a week,” Thompson said. “We pick out a few guys that we think might be a good addition. Sometimes we don’t find any that we’re interested in. The fun part is finding some who can help your team.”
You can read the rest of Demovsky’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/bj75rsz
*The Packers and 49ers have a storied playoff history playing against one another. Although Green Bay’s 30-27 loss to San Francisco in the 1999 wild-card round ended the classic era of the rivalry, it still stings 14 years later for those who were a part of it, writes Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause (http://tinyurl.com/ae3hhrr).
*In part one of our two-part Insiders video predictions, Pete Dougherty and Demovsky discuss how they see Saturday’s game between the Packers and 49ers playing out (http://tinyurl.com/abzy6lg).
*Our Packers’ notebook leads with outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene is again among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame plus notes on injuries and weather (http://tinyurl.com/a3msbho).
*The health of San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith leads Dougherty’s three things to watch for today’s game, along with the Packers’ defense matching up against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and underrated backup tight end Delanie Walker (http://tinyurl.com/cz65sth).