Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Unfortunate Situation

Well, we all know that it can happen at any time to any of the players. But you sure hope it doesn’t happen to one of your top players. The Packers must now embark on the 2015 NFL campaign without the services of WR Jordy Nelson, due to his ACL injury sustained in the second preseason game in Pittsburgh on Sunday. How the offense will adjust, and who will come to the forefront, is yet to be seen. One more thought... reducing the number of preseason games would not have had any impact on this situation. Would it be any better if it happened in the first game of the regular season? The injury could’ve happened on any play during Training Camp as well. It’s just rotten luck, that’s all.

Graphic: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Titletown District Plan Unveiled

We had hoped that they might do it at the Shareholders’ Meeting on July 28th, but today the Green Bay Packers unveiled their initial plans for the Titletown District. What is that, you ask? Well, the team has been buying up land around Lambeau Field to expand their stadium “footprint” where they can earn revenue that will not have to be shared with the other 31 teams. The model is based on Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium — home of the NFL champion New England Patriots, which we reported on back in March. You can read that here.

To read the details of the Titletown District that were presented today, please go here and here. The photos shown here were supplied by the Packers at today’s 11:45 a.m. press conference.

2015 Training Camp — Day 7

Players arrive and get ready for the Monday, August 10 practice of 2015 Packers Training Camp. Above, the linebackers and defensive backs are always among the first to come out.

As two players get some help with their stretching, former player and broadcaster — and now Packers.com Sports Analyst — Larry McCarren (in hat) observes the scene.

Synchronized stretching. 

LB Jayrone Elliott (#91) and LB Julius Peppers (#56) compare notes while not involved in the drill of the moment. 

LB Nate Palmer (#51) makes a stop on an unidentified ballcarrier during a “Team Tackling” drill. 

LB Julius Peppers (#56) does the same thing. 

Some special teams practice. 

K Mason Crosby (#2) strolls the sideline until he’s needed. 

The quarterbacks go through their early practice paces. QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) takes a shotgun snap. 

Offensive linemen get some instruction. Identified players are T Fabbians Ebbele (#68), T/G Don Barclay (#67), and T David Bakhtiari (#69).

GM Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach Joe Whitt, Jr. watch some of practice at midfield.

QB Aaron Rodgers leads the other quarterbacks in footwork drills. 

Offensive linemen battle each other. 

Special teams time of practice, featuring field goals. 

Up close and personal. 

And who said there was no tacking these days in the latest CBA era? 

RB Rajion Neal (partially obscured) tries to slip through an opening in the line. 

QB Brett Hundley gets a throw off with virtually no pressure. 

RB James Starks runs to daylight. 

RB Alonzo Harris gets his turn with the ball and makes some yardage. 

QB Aaron Rodgers gets nice protection and a pocket to make this throw. 

QB Aaron Rodgers making some adjustments at the line of scrimmage. 

TE Richard Rodgers (#89) turns on the gas after making a reception against LB Josh Francis (#45). 

QB Aaron Rodgers throws one direction while glancing in another direction. 

RB Rajion Neal tries to outrun a pack of defenders. 

Rookie WR Ty Montgomery goes down after (we learned later) getting two hard hits to the groin. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy has a few words with QB Aaron Rodgers between drills.

LB Clay Matthews (#52) talks shop with LB Sam Barrington (#58). 

WR Ty Montgomery came back into the action after being out a few minutes for injury. 

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) gets the shotgun snap with RB Eddie Lacy (#27) by his side. 

The starting offense huddles up during scrimmage action. 

RB Rajion Neal (#34), RB Eddie Lacy (#27), and RB James Starks (#44) on the sideline. 

QB Aaron Rodgers jokes with some teammates as practice winds down. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy gathers the troops together at the end of practice. 

Above and below, the defensive secondary gets together to grab some fast balls out of the juggs machine following practice. 

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

CB Quinten Rollins

DB Micah Hyde

DB Kyle Sebetic 

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers watches the post-practice action. 

“O.K., boys... that’s it. Let’s hit the showers.”