Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison was talking smack about the Packers during an interview this week with KFAN in the Twin Cities.
- Nov. 6, 2013
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Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison was talking smack about the Packers during an interview this week with KFAN in the Twin Cities.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy speaks to the media following each training camp practice. Here is the transcript of that session.
Only one player, center Scott Wells, remains undefeated in the one-on-one pass blocking/pass rushing drill in training camp.
Mike McCarthy showed once again this week why he’s a Super Bowl champion head coach.
So long night practices.
The Packers will hold their final night practice Thursday due to a schedule change announced this morning. The original cap schedule had three more 7 p.m. sessions next week before switching to a 1 p.m. workout Aug. 18 and then 10:30 am. or 10:45 a.m. practices throughout the rest of camp. Starting Monday, the team will start practice at 11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
During the NFL lockout, many players hired personal trainers to devise their offseason workout program.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media after each practice. Here is a transcript of Wednesday's session.
The Packers finally will turn their attention to the Cleveland Browns in practice tonight.
Linebacker Clay Matthews’ revelation on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Rob Demovsky that he played with a stress fracture in his leg last season was stunning.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy holds a post-practice press conference following every workout. Here is a transcript of that session.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley talks a good game, as my latest column points out, but he also backs it up on the field. He has the potential to become one of the best tight ends in the NFL, if not the best.
There was a lot from yesterdays wide-ranging interview with Clay Matthews that didn’t make it into the story that ran today. After all, when a guy drops a bombshell that he was playing last season with a stress fracture in his leg, that supersedes most everything else.
Have you seen the one with Clay Matthews running around the store like a madman and putting the spin move on the mother with two children?
Apparently Jermichael Finley has heard enough talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and their so-called "Dream Team."
Coach Mike McCarthy usually gives his most-veteran players at least a couple of practices off each training camp but is doing so only once this year because of his new one-a-day camp practice schedule.
A story in print and online today addressed the issue of whether the Packers might consider not re-signing Jermichael Finley because of the gigantic price it will cost.
Ted Thompson met the media this afternoon:
Aaron Rodgers didn't have the cornrows, but there was the flat-brimmed ball cap, though it didn't have the slight tilt to the side. The Packers quarterback broke out his Allen Iverson impression during Tuesday's open locker room to the amusement of a gang of reporters. There wasn't the malice Iverson displayed in his famous rant, but Rodgers made his point.
Mike McCarthy says it all the time, that he doesn’t keep score in practice.
The Packers released an unofficial depth chart Tuesday afternoon and the list reflected exactly what we've seen at practice.
The Packers' over-under for regular-season wins this year is 11 1/2, which ties with New England for the highest over-under in the NFL, according to the odds-makers at Bodog.com.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been anointed the clear-cut winners of the 2011 free agency period with the additions of CB Nnamdi Asomouga, DE Cullen Jenkins, RB Ronnie Brown and DE Jason Babin and a trade for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy held a short press conference following Monday night's practice. Here the transcript:
Bryan Bulaga looks like he's found a home at right tackle.
Let’s be honest. The Packers’ offense hasn’t looked very good in the early days of training camp.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he isn't all that concerned about missing the bulk of the Family Night football activities at Lambeau Field due to the severe weather that rolled into Green Bay Saturday night.
Packers President Mark Murphy said the team wouldn't issue refunds for the Packers Family Night practice Saturday night at Lambeau Field that was shortened due to a thunderstorm.
No one got to see K.C. Asiodu in action last night because all but 20 minutes of the Family Night scrimmage was wiped out by bad weather but when they do, he’ll probably be all over the special teams.
Mike McCarthy goals for the Packers' Family Night scrimmage are three-fold:
Receiver James Jones' new three-year contract with the Packers is worth $9.4 million and includes $3.75 million in first-year pay, according to a source with access to NFL players contracts.
James Starks knew there had to be an explanation for why it took so long for his hamstring to heal last year, when the Packers running back missed the first 2½ months of the season because of a hamstring injury that happened during OTAs in May.
Mike McCarthy Friday night press conference transcript:
After this offseason of no-contact between NFL players and teams, Howard Green's career-long battle with gaining weight made him the Packers' biggest concern for physical conditioning coming into training camp.
Evaluating personnel is more critical than ever this summer because the lockout robbed NFL coaches and scouts of valuable time to watch players during OTAs and minicamps in May and June.
Through three padded practices, the offensive linemen hold a 65-37 edge in the one-on-one pass rushing/pass blocking drill.
The kickoff return is one of the most exciting plays in football, but thanks to a new NFL rule, fans will see fewer returns this season.
Defensive end Mike Neal graduated to doing team drills Thursday night in an encouraging but still early sign he'll be ready to play in the regular-season opener.
Tight ends coach Ben McAdoo said he's OK with tight end Jermichael Finley coming to training camp at a thinner and more cut 240 pounds than the 247 pounds to 250 pounds he usually weighs this time of year.
Here is the transcript from coach Mike McCarth's post-practice press conference Thursday night.
Randall Cobb has a big test tonight, and it’s not on the practice field with the Green Bay Packers.
Rookie cornerback Davon House has never seen the inside of Lambeau Field, so he’s looking forward to the Family Night practice on Saturday.
Last night, Packers coach Mike McCarthy explained his reasoning for not having a regular “live” scrimmage this Saturday on Family Night.
When asked Wednesday if the Packers had the best receiving corps in the NFL, James Jones didn’t hesitate with his reply: “Hands down. Who else? I don’t even know who else would be better than us.”
Here is the transcript of Packers coach Mike McCarthy's press conference following Wednesday night's practice:
With the NFL moving kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35, Packers kicker Mason Crosby is going to swing away.
Wednesday night practices notes:
It’s not under the ideal set of circumstances, but the Green Bay Packers are getting their White House visit after all.
Bodog.com has new odds on the winner of this year's Super Bowl, and the defending-champion Packers are not the favorites.
Newly re-signed receiver James Jones said today there was some interest from other NFL teams in free agency, including the Minnesota Vikings, but he’s glad to be back with the Packers.
Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga was selected with the No. 23 pick in the 2010 draft as a left tackle out of Iowa. He competed with Daryn Colledge at left guard early in last year’s training camp and eventually moved to right tackle with a season-ending injury to Mark Tauscher. He had never played the position before.
Highlights from Packers General Manager Ted Thompson's press conference this afternoon:
One day after cutting Justin Harrell, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson took the blame for the defensive lineman’s NFL failures.
As Rob Demovsky noted in the training camp Insider from Monday night's practice, left tackle Marshall Newhouse and right tackle Ray Dominguez jumped out during one-on-one pass-blocking drills -- the second-year pro Newhouse for the improvement he's made since last year's training camp, and Dominguez for having a rough first night in his first padded practice as an undrafted rookie.
If John Kuhn plays out the length of the three-year contract he signed on Sunday, it will pay him a total of $7.5 million.
First-round draft pick Derek Sherrod's new four-year contract with the Packers includes a $3.301 million signing bonus and $5.326 million in guarantees, according to a source with access to NFL salary information.
As the Pro Football Hall of Fame prepares to induct its newest members this month, I’m reminded of perhaps the most worthy former Green Bay Packers player who hasn’t received the prestigious call.
When the Packers released Brady Poppinga last week, it was worth wondering if he'd get another shot in the NFL.
After the Packers won the Super Bowl following the 1996 season, then General Manager Ron Wolf decided not to keep defensive lineman Sean Jones, opting instead to rely on Gabe Wilkins to take his place.
PackersNews.com is the place to be for exhaustive coverage of the Packers during training camp and all season long. Here's a rundown of our content over the past 24 hours:
Greg Jennings sprinted down the left sideline Sunday during a team portion of the Packers second practice of training camp. Second-year cornerback Sam Shields was in his right pocket. At first.
Packers fullback John Kuhn, who signed a new three-year contract, said he talked to a couple other teams during free agency but Green Bay always remained his No. 1 choice.
Kicker Mason Crosby still can't practice with the Packers because of the bizarre Aug. 4 rule that says veteran free agents -- even those who re-sign with their old team -- can't practice until the first day of the league year.
Brett Swain's odds of making the Green Bay Packers' roster took a hit when the team re-signed James Jones this week, but Swain thinks his special-teams play can help him create a spot on the roster.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media following the third practice of training camp Monday - which was the first padded workout. This is the transcript of the session.
Maybe an injury will make the Packers' decision at tight end for them, but after selecting two tight ends in this year's draft they have five tight ends they like with probably only four roster spots, at most, available for the position.
The easiest way to tell where a bubble player -- one that's fighting for a spot on the roster -- stands is to watch where or if he plays on special teams.
Links from around the NFC North...
Defensive end Mike Neal says he has an excellent chance of returning to practice next week and playing in the Packers' regular-season opener against New Orleans.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media following the final practice of training camp on Tuesday. Here are some highlights of what he discussed:
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers met with the media following the conclusion of the team’s final training camp practice on Tuesday. Here are some highlights of what he discussed:
Linebacker Desmond Bishop appears to have avoided a fine by the NFL for his hit to quarterback Curtis Painter's head in the Packers' preseason game last week at Indianapolis.
The Packers released linebacker K.C. Asiodu and guard Adrian Battles in order to get down to the 80-player roster limit.
Here are the final training camp records in the one-on-one pass blocking/pass rushing drill.
The Green Bay Packers this morning released two veterans -- tight end Spencer Havner and wide receiver Brett Swain -- along with tackle Theo Sherman, a rookie free agent.
Here are some highlights from Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s post-practice news conference:
Ryan Grant's career turn in the last year is exactly why he held out of training camp back in 2008 looking for a new contract.
There always seem to be good stories in the Packers’ auxiliary locker room, where late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents are housed before they make the team.
Here are some highlights from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy's post-practice news conference on Monday afternoon.
Aaron Rodgers didn't practice Monday because of what coach Mike McCarthy described as a foot strain.
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson spoke to the media before practice Monday morning, discussing topics ranging from the offensive line to the league's roster cut down. Here is the transcript:
Could things get any better for the Packers?
Aaron Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 4:40 left in the first quarter to cap a 10-play, 81-yard scoring drive that featured the Packers’ no-huddle offense.
The Packers had to settle for a 26-yard Mason Crosby field goal after Aaron Rodgers was sacked by Dwight Freeney on third down. It capped a 14-play, 61-yard drive to give the Packers a 10-0 lead.
Vic So’oto sacked Curtis Painter on the Colts’ first drive of the second half and forced a fumble, which was recovered by the Packers at the Indianaplis 20-yard line. But the Packers had to settle for a 32-yard Mason Crosby field goal, which pulled them within 14-13.
Mason Crosby nailed a 50-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lead the Packers to a 24-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
INDIANAPOLIS – Think winning a preseason game with a late flurry didn’t mean anything to the Green Bay Packers?
It certainly was unusual to see inside linebacker Desmond Bishop working in the one-on-one pass rushing drill yesterday. That’s normally reserved for defensive ends and outside linebackers. Bishop and the rest of the inside linebackers are normally at the other end of the field doing 7-on-7 pass coverage drills during that period.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings suffered a bruised knee in practice yesterday, which is why he didn't participate in the Packers' practice today, according to coach Mike McCarthy.
Evaluating Derek Sherrod going in this year's draft might have been a little harder than the other top tackle prospects because of Mississippi State's offense, and it might explain why his transition to the NFL hasn't been as fast as the tackles chosen ahead of him.
According to a report, Packers running back Ryan Grant has taken a pay cut that likely will assure him a spot on the Packers' opening-day roster.
If you’re wondering whether the Packers will keep a roster spot open for injured outside linebacker Frank Zombo, his position coach, Kevin Greene, has a definite opinion.
Working exclusively at left tackle after losing the left guard competition to T.J. Lang, rookie first-round pick Derek Sherrod looked more at home. Despite missing Monday’s practice because of a right knee injury, Sherrod had a perfect week in the one-on-one pass blocking drill.
T.J. Lang finally has a home on the Packers' offensive line and is hoping to make it permanent.
As members of the Packers defensive line continue to drop like flies in training camp, it would be easy to second-guess General Manager Ted Thompson’s decision not to aggressively try to re-sign defensive end Cullen Jenkins.
Lost in the news yesterday of Frank Zombo’s broken scapula and T.J. Lang being named the starting left guard was the return of perhaps the Packers’ most important playmaker on defense, Clay Matthews.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today he would like his starters to play around two quarters in Friday's road preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Fights in training camp are hardly a rarity in the NFL. But fights between two players at the same position, that's another matter.
Everyone loves a good old-fashioned fight like the one between Nick McDonald and Marshall Newhouse on Tuesday at practice inside the Don Hutson Center.
Diondre Borel fumbled the second-half kickoff, which set up a Cardinals touchdown. Five plays later Richard Bartel hit Stephen Williams on a 7-yard touchdown pass against Sam Shields to pull the Cardinals within 14-13 less than two minutes into the second half.
Highlights from Packers coach Mike McCarthy's post-game press conference following the Packers' 28-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field:
In just 17 days the Packers will open their regular-season schedule against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.
Linebacker Frank Zombo suffered a broken scapula during pre-game warmups against the Arizona Cardinals Friday night and will miss what Packers coach Mike McCarthy says is a significant amount of time.
Frank Zombo figured at worst he had a bad bruise.
Mason Crosby did a full round of kickoffs and place kicks in practice Wednesday and had no trouble with his left ankle.
It was a rough week for the defense, especially the outside linebackers, who combined to go 4-20, in the one-on-one pass rushing/pass blocking drill.
The return of Daryn Colledge tonight to Lambeau Field as a member of the Arizona Cardinals is another reminder that nothing stays the same in the NFL.
Some pre-game Packers-Cardinals notes:
Jay Feely booted a 39-yard field goal to give Arizona a 3-0 lead with 6:09 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals drove 66 yards in 11 plays for the field goal.
The Packers' No. 1 offense used a no-huddle attack in driving 78 yards in 7 plays for a go-ahead touchdown. Aaron Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on a 20-yard back-shoulder completion for the touchdown to put the Packers ahead 7-6.
Receiver Donald Driver learned an important lesson three years ago when the Packers jettisoned legendary quarterback Brett Favre.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference today that defensive lineman Mike Neal torqued his knee in practice Tuesday and is "day to day" in terms of his playing status.
If you saw a lot of Packers players smiling today at training camp, there was a reason.
The Green Bay Packers have shown no interest in re-signing Brandon Chillar when he gets healthy to improve the depth at one of their potentially thinnest positions, inside linebacker.
In the Packers’ preseason opener last Saturday, all four of Mason Crosby’s kickoffs went into the end zone.
Friday night football lights should be reserved for high school players and their fans.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today at his post-practice press conference that contrary to what he reported to the media yesterday, defensive lineman Mike Neal did indeed have an MRI scan on his knee.
The Packers have a decent amount of salary-cap room, about $13.1 million according to a report on ProFootballTalk.com, with which to sign two or three players to contract extensions this season.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy usually doesn't have a full-blown practice scheduled for the day before game, but this week will be different.
Packers defensive end Mike Neal said in a tweet this afternoon that he's fine after a scary knee injury in practice earlier in the day.
In practice today, Packers receiver Jordy Nelson looked more like the guy who dropped three passes in Super Bowl XLV than the guy who also had nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown in that game against the Steelers.
Backup tackle Chris Campbell had surgery for torn meniscus in his knee and will be out for about two more weeks, according to his agent.
It’s debatable how much of a shot rookie running back Alex Green would have gotten to carry the ball anyway given that Ryan Grant and James Starks are expected to get the bulk of the carries.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today in a press conference following practice that T.J. Lang graded out a little better than rookie first-round draft choice Derek Sherrod in the team's exhibition opener against Cleveland Saturday night.
The Green Bay Packers went to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday. Starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop slept on bus while his teammates toured and shook hands with the Commander In Chief.
About the only downside of the new training camp schedule the Packers began today was that practice was held in the heat of the mid-day sun.
The new kickoff rule became the hot topic around the league after the first two days of preseason games. Teams now kickoff from the 35-yard line instead of the 30 and returns were significantly down as the ball sailed deep into the end zone. According to NFL.com, 16 percent of kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2010. That number was 33 percent in the first week of the 2011 preseason.
Kickers and punters tend to stick together and stick up for one another.
The Packers’ visit to the White House last week was a big hit. President Obama, an avid Chicago Bears fan, cracked some funny jokes, Packers’ team members responded in kind, and by all accounts a good time was had by all.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't give many details on the knee injury suffered by defensive lineman Mike Neal in practice today.
For the second straight year the Packers opened the preseason with a loss to the Cleveland Browns. Last year theyfell to the Browns 27-24 at Lambeau Field. On Saturday night, the Browns won 27-17 at Cleveland Stadium.
CLEVELAND -- Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers had three injuries of unknown severity in Saturday night's exhibition opener against Cleveland.
CLEVELAND -- Kicker Mason Crosby's injured ankle on his plant foot wasn't at full strength but was good enough for him to kick for the Packers in their 27-17 loss in a preseason game Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns.
It’s been said that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson doesn’t say much during interviews.
If they aren't considered burning issues, then maybe they are hot button topics, or at the very least they fall into the category of "frequently asked questions" concerning the 2011 Green Bay Packers.
Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields and tight end Jermichael Finley were among the 11 Packers players scratched from tonight's preseason game against Cleveland.
The Packers offense went three and out on its first series, and the Browns responded with an eight-play, 71-yard touchdown drive, with Colt McCoy passing 27 yards to Josh Cribbs for a touchdown against Pat Lee in coverage.
Peyton Hillis’ three yard touchdown run capped a five-play, 66-yard scoring drive to give the Browns a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The play of the game so far was made by the Browns defense, which blitzed a pair of linebackers that resulted in a sack, Graham Harrell fumble, and 43-yard return for touchdown by Titus Brown. That is the difference in the game so far.
The Green Bay Packers visited the White House to meet President Barack Obama on Friday afternoon in an event that became a humorous exchange with, perhaps, the most famous Bears fan in the country.