Thursday, May 25, 2017

Complete Ice Bowl Videotape May Exist

An article on Milwaukee radio station WTMJ’s website has postulated that a tape of the immortal “Ice Bowl” 1967 NFL Championship game may exist after all. It has been accepted as fact that the game was taped over long ago by the network, as was customary at the time. A few clips from the television broadcast were shown in this feature on CBS ’ Sunday Morning program back in 1986. Whether or not that means a copy of the full game does exist is the big question, as we approach the historic game’s 50th anniversary this New Year’s Eve.

Monday, May 22, 2017

On The Newsstands

The current issue of USA Today Sports NFL Forecast (shown above) was picked up this morning on the local gas station’s newspaper rack. We do not know if it is available with the Aaron Rodgers cover elsewhere in the U.S., but is most likely all over the upper midwest. The team’s first full-roster OTA begins today.

Friday, May 19, 2017

1946 Green Bay Brewing Corp. Calendar

Another find in an online auction recently is this 1946 Old Imperial calendar from the Green Bay Brewing Corporation, featuring an image of the 1945 Green Bay Packers. Very cool.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Former Packers DE Clarence Williams Dies

Clarence Williams, a starting defensive end for the Green Bay Packers for most of his eight seasons, died May 8.

Williams, 70, played for the Packers from 1970 to 1977. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13, at Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati.

Nicknamed “Big Cat,” Williams was, at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, known for both his size and his quickness. He grew up in Texas, led his high school to a state championship and then went to Prairie View A&M and was an 11th-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 1969. In 1970 he was traded along with Malcolm Walker to the Packers in exchange for Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley. Having lived his entire life in Texas, he didn’t know what to expect.

Williams started the last seven games at left defensive end in his first season with the Packers and held the job through 1976, playing in 107 consecutive games at one point. After filling in at both defensive end and tackle in 1977, Williams was released in training camp in 1978.

In 1972, when the Packers won the NFC Central Division, Williams led them in sacks with nine, although sacks weren’t yet an official statistic. Three of them came in the title-clinching game against Minnesota and future Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary on Dec. 10.

“I’ve been in Green Bay 10 years and I’ve never seen anybody tackle Fran Tarkenton three times in one game,” linebacker Dave Robinson said in the Packers’ locker room at old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. “But the Big Cat (Williams’ nickname) did it today.”

In 1975, Williams had a career best 10½ sacks, but he always felt 1972 was his best season.

“I don’t think I had a great year after that year,” he said in a 2004 interview. “I had solid years.”

In all, he played in 111 games for the Packers.

“I just didn’t know much about Green Bay,” Williams recalled years later to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I was a small-town country boy from Texas. I watched Green Bay in the Super Bowls and the Packers-Cowboys games all the time on TV. Green Bay was just so far north, and I hadn’t gone anywhere north in my life. I had no sense of the climate or the town… I saw cornfields and woods on the plane and then went straight to St. Norbert’s [the college where the Packers had training camp]. I was young, 24 or 25, and was just in awe. The weather was so different and there weren’t any black people up there. I couldn’t get a haircut anywhere. All I knew about Green Bay was the football team.”

Williams was a player representative for the Packers during his career. He also made Green Bay home when he left football and served as a defensive coach for St. Norbert College for two years.

From 1988-91, he coached at Southeast Missouri State. He moved to Cincinnati in 1994.

Williams is survived by Icy, his wife of 48 years, and his children Clarence Jr., Cary Leon and Marla Rachelle.

Sources: Pro Football Talk; Green Bay Packers; Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Offseason Update

Updated when transactions occur

ROUND 2 (33)   CB Kevin King* • 6’-3” • 200 lbs. • Washington
ROUND 2 (60)   S Josh Jones* • 6’-1” • 220 lbs. • N.C. State
ROUND 3 (93)   DT Montravius Adams • 6’-4” • 304 • Auburn
ROUND 4 (108) LB Vince Biegel • 6'3" • 246 lbs. • Wisconsin
ROUND 4 (134) RB Jamaal Williams • 6’-0” • 212 lbs. • BYU
ROUND 5 (175) WR DeAngelo Yancey* • 6’-2” • 201 lbs. • Purdue
ROUND 5 (182) RB Aaron Jones* • 5’-9” • 208 lbs. • Texas-El Paso
ROUND 6 (212) OL Kofi Amichia* • 6’-4” • 297 lbs. • South Florida
ROUND 7 (238) RB Devante Mays* • 5’-11” • 230 lbs. • Utah State
ROUND 7 (247) WR Malachi Dupre* • 6’-2” • 196 lbs. • LSU
*Contract Signed

WR Montay Crockett • 5'-11-1/2" • 190 lbs. • Georgia Southern
WR-TE Aaron Peck • 6'-2-1/2" • 239 lbs. • Fresno State
C Thomas Evans • 6'-3" • 305 lbs. • Richmond
G Geoff Gray • 6'-5-1/2" • 315 lbs. • Manitoba
G Adam Pankey • 6'-4-1/2" • 307 lbs. • West Virginia
T Christian Schneider • 6'-5-1/2" • 301 lbs. • California-Davis
QB Taysom Hill • 6'-2" • 221 lbs. • Brigham Young
DT Izaah Lunsford • 6'-3" • 310 lbs. • Bowling Green
FB-ILB Cody Heiman • 6'-1-1/2" • 229 lbs. • Washburn
OLB Johnathan Calvin • 6-3, 266 lbs. • Mississippi State
CB Donatello Brown • 5'-11-1/2" • 189 lbs. • Valdosta State
CB Lenzy Pipkins • 6'-0" • 196 lbs. • Oklahoma State
CB David Rivers • 6'-1" • 186 lbs. • Youngstown State
P Justin Vogel • 6'-4" • 212 lbs. • Miami
RB Kalif Phillips • 5’-9-1⁄2” • 218 lbs. • UNC-Charlotte
LB Josh Letuligasenoa • 6'-1" • 252 lbs. • Cal Poly
CB Raysean Pringle • 6'-0" • 191 lbs. • Southern Utah
RB William Stanback  6'-0" • 231 lbs. • Virginia Union
LB David Talley • 6'-1" • 236 lbs. • Grand Valley State
S Aaron Taylor • 5'-11" • 206 lbs. • Ball State
WR Michael Clark  6'-6" • 217 lbs. • Marshall
LB Cody Heiman • 6'-2" • 229, Washburn, Baileyville, Kan.

OLB Nick Perry: Five-years/$59M
OL Don Barclay: One-year/$1.025M
OLB Jayrone Elliott: One-year/$1.6M
OLB Jordan Tripp: One-year/$690,000
P Jacob Schum: One-year/$615,000
TE Martellus Bennett: Three-years/$21M
TE Lance Kendricks: Two-years/$4M
CB Davon House: One-year/$2.8M
DL Ricky Jean Francois: One-year/$2M
G Jahri Evans: One-year/$2.25M

ILB Joe Thomas: One-year/$650,000
DT Christian Ringo: Two-years/$990,000
WR Geronimo Allison: Two-years/$990,000
FB Joe Kerridge: Two-years/$990,000

C Jacob Flores
LB Reggie Gilbert
WR Antwan Goodley
LB Derrick Mathews
G Lucas Patrick
DT Brian Price
TE Beau Sandland
S Jermaine Whitehead

LS Derek Hart: Undrafted in 2015
G Justin McCray: Street free agent
DT Ego Ferguson: From Chicago Bears (released; failed physical)

OLB Datone Jones: To Minnesota Vikings
RB Eddie Lacy: To Seattle Seahawks
G T.J. Lang: To Detroit Lions
TE Jared Cook: To Oakland Raiders
OLB Julius Peppers: To Carolina Panthers
DB Micah Hyde: To Buffalo Bills
C J.C. Tretter: To Cleveland Browns

LS  Brett Goode
RB John Crockett

DT Mike Pennel
RB James Starks
CB Sam Shields
CB Makinton Dorleant
RB Don Jackson
RB Christine Michael

Friday, May 05, 2017

2017 Rookie Camp

It wasn’t publicized very much, but the Packers had their drafted players, undrafted free agents, and tryout players in Green Bay for workouts this Friday and Saturday. Above, courtesy of ESPN, is the list of players in town — 58 in all. The draft picks have a leg up on the others, but all of them have NFL dreams that will be furthered or quashed in the next few months.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nominate Jerry Kramer for HOF

The question that keeps being asked over and over is “Why is Jerry Kramer NOT in the Pro Football Hall of Fame”? The answer is that there is both no answer and many answers. Opinions are plentiful, but most of them make no sense. The ballot above was on his daughter Alicia’s Twitter account (@JerryKramer4HOF), and we’re sharing it here so that our readers — who come here for Packers history content — can fill it out and mail it to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Your cooperation is appreciated. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Draft Picks Get Jersey Numbers

Following the yearly NFL Draft, we wait to see which numbers the draft picks will choose for their Green Bay Packers jerseys. This will become their immediate identity, and their lasting legacy. Above, you will see what the Class of 2017 will wear this season and as long as they are Packers.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Meet the New Packers — Rounds 4-7

ROUND 4 (108) LB Vince Biegel • 6'3" • 246 lbs. • Wisconsin

This two-time all-conference pick came from a football family. His father, Rocky, played linebacker at BYU while his uncle T.D. was a fullback for the Cougars. Vince's grandfather, Ken, played Division III ball and was a Wisconsin and national high school hall of fame coach. Coming from that lineage, it was no surprise Vince was the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior (172 tackles, 21 sacks) and earned a scholarship to play for the Badgers. A foot injury ended his freshman season after two games, but he came on late the following year to start twice (25 tackles, three for loss, two sacks). Biegel led the Badgers with 16.5 tackles for loss (7.5 sacks) as a starter in 2014, and earned third-team All-Big Ten notice with 66 stops, 14 for loss, and eight sacks as a junior. Despite being limited for multiple games, missing two, with a broken foot, Biegel was a second-team All-Big Ten performer in 2016 (six TFL, four sacks).

Effort-based worker bee with edge-setting hands and attitude, but a lack of power that could lead to inconsistency in play. Biegel's football character is off-the-charts and he can be counted on to put the effort into improving in areas that need work. He lacks individual rush talent but could be a good fit for teams utilizing exotic rush packages. Average NFL ceiling but has the demeanor and traits of a potential special teams demon.

ROUND 4 (134) RB Jamaal Williams • 6’-0” • 212 lbs. • BYU

Williams led the Cougars in rushing in all four seasons in which he played, even though he has had off-field and injury issues during his time in Provo. The all-state pick from California played immediately as a true freshman, starting eight games and rushing for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on 166 carries. He also added 315 yards and a touchdown on 27 receptions. Williams was an FBS All-Independent team pick as the full-time starter in 2013, gaining 1,233 yards and scoring seven times on 217 totes (18-125 receiving). His junior season was derailed by a knee injury and suspension for multiple team code violations, including an underage drinking citation. He rushed for 518 yards and four scores in seven games that year, still leading the team in rushing. Williams sat out the 2015 season entirely after withdrawing from school for personal reasons, always intending to return for his senior season the following fall. He carried the mail for the Cougars 234 times in 2016, accumulating 1,375 yards and scoring 12 times, though he missed three games with an ankle injury. He finished fifth in the country with 137.5 yards per game last fall, in part thanks to a 287-yard, five-touchdown effort against Toledo before the ankle injury occurred.

His NFL size and physical nature give him a shot to make the back-end of the running back depth chart, but his inability to create for himself with broken tackles and elusiveness puts a ceiling on his draft value.

ROUND 5 (175) WR DeAngelo Yancey • 6’-2” • 201 lbs. • Purdue
(From Broncos through Browns and Patriots)

Purdue has won a total of nine games in the four years Yancey has been on campus, so he's flown a bit under the radar. The Atlanta native has been a strong part of any success the team has had since 2013, however. As a true freshman, he started five games, catching 32 passes for 546 yards and two touchdowns. He was a part-time starter again in 2014 (seven starts, 12-147, three TDs) before hitting his stride as a junior. Yancey led the Boilermakers with 700 yards on 48 receptions, scoring five times in the process. For the second year in the row, he paced the squad with 951 yards on 49 catches and 10 touchdowns, earning third-team All-Big Ten accolades in the process.

Four year letterman who has relied on quantity for his production totals. Yancey is a stiff-hipped vertical receiver only with good size but below average hands. A team could sniff around on him on Day 3, but he will struggle to uncover against NFL man coverage.

ROUND 5 (182) RB Aaron Jones • 5’-9” • 208 lbs. • Texas-El Paso
(Compensatory Selection)

Aaron and his twin brother, Alvin, were El Paso kids that weren't highly rated, so staying around home made sense. It's worked out well for UTEP, as Alvin has led the team in tackles the past two years while Aaron amassed over 4,000 rushing yards during his career. Aaron led the Miners with 811 yards as a freshman, scoring four times, even though he missed three games due to a broken rib. Healthy throughout 2014, he earned second-team All-Conference USA honors with 1,321 yards (5.5 per) and 11 scores (also 30-293, three TDs receiving). The good luck didn't stay in his junior year, however, as he suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle in practice. Jones exploded in 2016 after that redshirt year, ranking fourth in the FBS with 1,773 rushing yards and scoring 17 times (28-233, three TDs receiving). He was a first-team All-Conference USA pick in his final year.

ROUND 6 (212) • OL Kofi Amichia • 6’-4” • 297 lbs. • South Florida

Amichia fits the Packers’ profile. He was a two-year starter at left tackle, including earning first-team all-AAC as a senior. He anchored a line that powered an offense that finished among the nation’s leaders in rushing offense, scoring offense, total offense and sacks allowed. Before moving to left tackle in 2015, he started two games at right tackle in 2014 and was a backup center in 2013.

He is athletic, with a 4.99-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at USF’s pro day. Athleticism and quickness off the ball are the strengths of his game, he said. At 6-foot-3 5/8 and 302 pounds, he put up 32 reps on the bench press. He's up to 308 now, he said. That's up about 15 pounds from what he weighed as a senior. He was a superb pass protector. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the fifth-best pass-protecting tackle in this draft class.

ROUND 7 (238) RB Devante Mays • 5’-11” • 230 lbs. • Utah State
(From Broncos)

Built like a truck with muscular legs and a powerful, broad chest. Has a 420-pound bench press to his name. Physical runner with a penchant for finishing with a bowed neck and heavy pads. Looks to accelerate through contact and can create additional yardage with his power through contact. Patient runner willing to follow lead blockers and accelerate when the time is right. Has adequate speed to threaten to the edges and force linebackers to flow hard. Fluid hips and light feet for a back his size. Praised by teammates and coaches for attitude and work ethic.

After a monstrous performance early in the season against Weber State, Mays was never able to get completely right after injuring his ankle against USC. While he may have slid off of radars after the season, his 4.5-second 40-yard dash and 40.5-inch vertical leap were likely a wake-up call for evaluators who could be intrigued by his size, power and explosiveness. Mays has the physical tools to find his way into a camp and battle for a spot at the back end of the running back depth chart.

ROUND 7 (247) WR Malachi Dupre • 6’-2” • 196 lbs. • LSU

Malachi Dupre was not voted first or second-team all-conference during his career, and has not ranked among the more prolific receivers in the country due to the Tigers' inconsistent quarterback play. Dupre actually led LSU in receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, even though his statistics aren't extraordinary (43-698, six TDs in 2015; 41-593, three TDs in 2016). The former five-star prospect and high school state champion triple, long, and high-jumper from New Orleans was voted to the SEC's All-Freshman team in 2014, however, by averaging 22.7 yards per reception (14-318, five TDs).

Big target who has suffered from arrested development due, in part, to quarterback inconsistencies at LSU. Dupre is a developmental receiver with some upside but it could take some time before he's ready to contribute. Could be a potential third or fourth wide receiver with time and coaching.
Source: NFL

Friday, April 28, 2017

Meet the New Packers — Rounds 2 & 3

ROUND 2 (33) CB Kevin King • 6’-3” • 200 lbs. • Washington

King played for former NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, so it's not a surprise that he has the skills to play defense at the highest level. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick at cornerback the past two seasons, using his length to make plays on the ball each season (39 tackles, three interceptions, five pass break-ups in 2015; 44 stops, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions team-high 13 PBUs in 2016). His one-handed interception in the end zone against Arizona State was one of the best plays in college football last fall. King began his career for the Huskies at safety, starting twice as a true freshman (17 tackles) and then 12 of 13 games in 2014 (65 tackles, one INT, three PBU). His senior year was the first time he did not miss games during the season, as he missed five games due to injury and one to illness during his first three years.

Unusually tall cornerback with experience playing in the slot and as a starting safety. Showed improved instincts and ball production in 2016, but there are still concerns about whether he has the athleticism and recovery speed to utilize his length to play the football. Might be best suited to more zone coverage or off-man based on his speed limitations, but in either scheme he'll need to improve his aggressiveness as a tackler.

ROUND 2 (60) S Josh Jones • 6’-1” • 220 lbs. • N.C. State

Jones was not a household name outside of the Research Triangle during his time at North Carolina State, and was snubbed for all-conference honors by ACC coaches. League media recognized that he was an impact defender for the Wolfpack, however, giving him honorable mention notice in 2016 after he led the team with 109 tackles (four for loss) and three interceptions, also breaking up eight passes. Jones had started eight games as a true freshman, finishing second in the ACC with four interceptions (he also had seven pass break-ups for the year). In 2015, he was a solid starter but lacked many big plays (63 tackles, 2.5 for loss, one INT, two PBU).

Jones is a height-weight-speed prospect to be sure, but he's not just a traits-based safety. Jones has the appetite for hitting that teams will want around the box and he has the speed and ball skills to range and help against vertical threats from a deep safety spot. The big area of concern will be Jones' ability to play with better discipline in coverage and as a tackler. He has the ability to become a good, long-time starter in the league.

ROUND 3 (93) DT Montravius Adams • 6’-4” • 304 lbs. • Auburn

The former national top-five defensive tackle high school recruit reached his potential in 2016, earning second-team all-conference honors (8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks). Adams was a three-year starter after contributing as a true freshman (20 tackles, sack), lining up with the ones in 2014 (8.0 TFL, three sacks, INT) and earning third-team All-SEC honors as a junior (three TFL, 2.5 sacks).

Adams disappointed the scouting community with a pedestrian junior season that lacked passion and production. This season, he played with greater consistency of effort and found his way into the backfield far more often. Can be disruptive off the snap but is not the type of player to recover quickly if beaten early in the rep. He is a rotational defensive tackle for gap-attack defenses, but is unlikely to offer much as a pass rusher.
Source: NFL