By Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel
Aug 27th, 2009
Green Bay — It would be one thing if Donald Lee were fading into the background, messing up his blocks, dropping passes or missing time.
It would be another thing if he were insecure, fretting over this young hot shot Jermichael Finley and the big splash he is making along with the attention he is receiving.
But Lee is frozen lemonade on a hot Mississippi day kind of cool, New Orleans Zydeco kind of smooth.
“I’m not easily rattled by anything,” he says with the deepest voice you can possibly imagine.
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by Mike Spofford, Packers.com
They were just two plays in a preseason game, but they tell a meaningful tale for running back Ryan Grant.
Last Saturday against Buffalo at Lambeau Field, Grant took a first-quarter handoff through a hole up the middle. Bills safety Bryan Scott dove at Grant, arms extended, and tripped him up with an ankle tackle after a 5-yard gain.
Then in the second quarter, a near carbon copy of the previous play. Only this time, when Scott dove, Grant hopped over and through his outstretched arms and picked up 14 yards, his long gain of the night.
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By Kevin Seifert, ESPN
August 9, 2009
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Someone is bearing down every time Aaron Rodgers throws a training camp pass. One play it’s cornerback Charles Woodson. Then it’s safety Nick Collins. Sometimes outside linebackers Jeremy Thompson and Aaron Kampman crash the pocket together. Then it’s Thompson and inside linebacker Brandon Chillar.
“It’s tougher to go against,” Rodgers said. “It really is tougher. Going against our old scheme, there was just a lot of man coverage. You kind of knew you were going to get ‘one-high’ man or ‘two-high’ man or a very rare Cover 2. But what you saw in practice, they were bringing guys off both edges. Corner blitz. Safety blitz. Then they play Cover 2, Cover 3 or Cover 0. They mix up the coverages and the blitzes so often… It makes it a lot more difficult to try to get a read on it. They force you to make a quick decision.”
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By Adam Schefter
ESPN, August 26th, 2009
What two knowledgeable NFL people described earlier this week as an “issue” in the Minnesota Vikings locker room was described Wednesday by a third informed person as a “schism.”
The issue is quarterback Brett Favre, and the schism is the preference that certain Vikings players have for specific quarterbacks.
Sources with knowledge of the Vikings locker-room dynamics say some players believe Tarvaris Jackson gives the Vikings the best chance to win, while other players believe Sage Rosenfels gives the team the best chance to win — which is one of the new twists to this storyline. In the words of one NFL source, Favre has “little support” in the locker room as Minnesota prepares for its Monday night preseason game against the Houston Texans.
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By Tom Pelissero AND ROB DEMOVSKY, Green Bay Press Gazette
Aug 24th, 2009
It became clear during Monday’s jogthrough, when Jason Spitz, Josh Sitton and Allen Barbre took every snap with the No. 1 offense.
Unless someone gets hurt or bombs out the next 2½ weeks, the Green Bay Packers have settled on the starting offensive line they plan to take into the regular season.
“If they keep progressing, this is who we’ll line up with,” coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. “This is the five that we’re going to give a chance to generate the continuity that you establish when you do have five offensive linemen taking all the reps together.”
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By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer
August 26, 2009
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brady Poppinga says championship teams need players who care only about winning, not about who gets to stand in the spotlight.
The veteran Green Bay Packers linebacker insists he’s one of those guys.
“You can’t lose focus on what’s truly important, and what’s truly important is winning a championship,” Poppinga said. “You look at the model, it’s the New England Patriots. I think they’re one of the most successful teams this decade, that’s the model that they’ve established and worked for them. (They) have a bunch of team guys, whether this guy gets the credit or that guy gets the credit, they don’t care. They want to win the Super Bowl.”
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — It wasn’t so long ago that Brian Brohm was considered a potential top-10 draft pick and NFL franchise quarterback.
It only seems that way.
Now in his second year with the Green Bay Packers, the former Louisville star is a distant third on the depth chart to fellow second-year player Matt Flynn, who came into the league with far less name recognition but consistently looks more comfortable under center.
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The professor John Clayton of ESPN said “There is no question that this is Rodgers’ team now that the books are finally closed on Favre.”
Rodgers showed Favre-like toughness last season, playing through a second-degree separation of his right shoulder without missing a start. He needed to make slight adjustments to his throwing motion during a five-week stretch to subdue the pain, but he still threw for 4,038 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. The pain is now gone and he’s back to his natural delivery, which produces one of the strongest, prettiest passes in the league. His next step is to improve his efficiency in the final four minutes of games, but Rodgers earned the confidence of his teammates last year and should get only better this season.
The Green Bay Packers’ roster is bulging with 80 players as training camp opens, but no more than 10 jobs will be up for grabs during the dog days of August.
Of the 53 available roster spots, 43 are all but locked up before the players don helmets and shoulder pads. But just because 81 percent of the team has been determined doesn’t mean there won’t be some spirited competition on Ray Nitschke Field, the Packers’ new training camp home. Six starting positions must be decided: right tackle, center, tight end, fullback, right outside linebacker and punter.
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The Green Bay Packers haven’t ruled out re-signing Mark Tauscher if the candidates to replace him at right tackle don’t pan out.
“We have three young guys we’re excited about, but Mark is someone we’ve talked to,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s why we go to training camp. I would never rule Mark out. He’s a great guy, a class act.”
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