Posted on: May 21, 2008 1:55 pm

Packers OTA's

This is the status for injured Packers for OTAs.

Not cleared to participate in OTA's: Justin Harrell, Johnny Jolly, Will Blackmon

Not cleared to participate, but are being evaluated week to week and hope to gain clearance to participate: Daniel Muir, Colin Cole, Abdul Hodge, John Kuhn, Cameron Stephenson and Troy Humphrey.

Will miss first couple OTA's but should participate: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

Have full clearance to participate: Noah Herron, DeShawn Wynn, Ryan PowdrellJunius Coston and Tyrone Culver.

Everyone else did not have injury concerns and unless is granted permission to not attend from the team and coaching staff, they should be there.

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Tags: OTAs, Packers
Posted on: May 5, 2008 9:31 am

Packers Rookie Camp

The Packers had their Rookie Camp this weekend.  This is for rookies to get some practice time in front of their new coaches, to get indoctrinated into the Packer Way, and learn about the storied tradition of this franchise.  They will learn about names like Lombardi, Starr, Favre, Hutson, and Lambeau.  They will learn what it means to be a Packer and what a priviledge it is to play for the most storied franchise in the NFL.  Some of the standouts from Packers Rookie camp this past weekend were people like Patrick Lee, Breno Giacomini and obviously Brian BrohmMatt Flynn was good as well.  Obvioulsy this is just competition against fellow rookies, so it is really difficult to gain a good assessment until the minicamps or training camp itself.  However, Ted Thompson has struck gold in the past two drafts and his 2005 one wasn't bad either.

Lee is coming in hoping to win the nickle corner job.  Woodson and Harris have a solid stranglehold on the 1 and 2 corners.  Lee, hopefully is the long term replacement for one of them.  He like to play bump and run which fits into the mold of the Packers as Harris and Woodson both like to employ that strategy.  I was excited about this pick on Opening Day and all indications so far are that this was a quality pick at the end of round 2.

Breno Giacomini, was tried at both the left and right tackle positions and looked at home at both spots.  This is valuable because he can come off the bench and play multiple positions, which increases our versatility there and we likely will have to find an extra body to cut somewhere on the field as we will probably field 6WRs vs 5 from last season.  Versatility by the backups on the O-line will quite possibly help make that decision easier.

Both Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn got their first taste of the Packer playbook and looked to have no real problems picking it up.  They will both take their playbooks home and further study it and get even more familiar before June minicamp.

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Posted on: March 5, 2008 9:36 am

With Favre it wasn't always about the spectacular

There are certain plays in every legendary career that you remember because they were big plays on the big stage. Favre has his share of those notably the 54 yarder to Rison in the Super Bowl and the pass to Sharpe in the final minute of his first playoff game.  However there are many things you remember about Favre that aren't spectacular plays but they are things that separate him from any other QB the game has ever seen.  I remember when Chidi Ahonutu of the Bucs gave Favre a viscious lick and thought there was no way Favre would get up.  Not only did Favre get up, he got in Ahonutu's face screaming "Is that all you got!" and that took Ahonutu aback and most everyone watching.  I remember a play in the NFC Championship game in January of 1997 in which the defender has him wrapped up and is taking him to the ground.  Favre shovels the ball forward towards Levens.  It was only a 3 yard play but significant in that game.  It is Favre doing his rendition of Elway warming up while on the Tonight Show.  It is Favre throwing a snowball at Driver in the playoff game this past season against Seattle.  One word that sums Favre up best is "Fun"  He always made sure he and his teammates had fun on the field and never lost sight that this indeed is a game and it is meant to be fun.  For all of Favre's accomplishments, this might be his most significant.  The fact that he never forgot that it was indeed a game.
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Tags: Favre, Packers
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