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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers RB DuJuan Harris' 2013 knee injury was a ruptured patellar tendon.

We knew the injury was to Harris' patellar tendon, but not that it was ruptured. This is an injury that commonly derails running back careers, most notably and recently Cadillac Williams and Ryan Williams. Ruptured patellar tendons can sap explosion. Harris participated in OTAs, and in June coach Mike McCarthy stated Harris "looks like he's back to full strength." Harris projects as Green Bay's No. 3 tailback this season, behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
Jul 9 - 10:27 PM

Packers rookie Jared Abbrederis' special teams ability gives him a leg up in the battle for a roster spot.

Green Bay is searching for a replacement for Randall Cobb on both kickoff and punt returns. Abbrederis was an excellent college returner, and worked with the Packers' special teams in spring practices. Abbrederis will battle fellow rookie Jeff Janis, Chris Harper, and Kevin Dorsey for the No. 5 receiver job in camp.
Jul 7 - 11:13 AM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports the Packers would like to sign contract-year WR Jordy Nelson to an extension "sooner rather than later."

The Packers want to extend Nelson before opening talks with Randall Cobb. Nelson, 29, is due $2.55 million in the final year of his contract. He's been one of the top receivers in the league over the last three seasons and could command $10 million annually. Green Bay's $13.64 million in cap space could allow the sides to reach a deal prior to training camp. Nelson is 29 years old, but an extension would solidify his Dynasty value by keeping him with Aaron Rodgers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 7:27 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky expects ILB Jamari Lattimore to push for more playing time this season.

Brad Jones is expected to keep his starting job next to A.J. Hawk, but his role in base packages could be reduced. Lattimore made four starts filling in for Jones last year and was an upgrade against the run. He could see semi-regular snaps as a rotational player this season. The Packers were among the worst teams in the league at defending the run in 2013, allowing 125 rushing yards per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 2:36 PM

Packers second-year DE Datone Jones expects to "break out this season."

Jones played just 13 percent of snaps as a rookie. The Packers have moved on from free agent Johnny Jolly, leaving Jones, Julius Peppers, and Mike Daniels to form a rotation outside of NT B.J. Raji. Jones managed 3.5 sacks last season despite limited playing time and has potential to emerge as Green Bay's best lineman. The Packers are counting on in-house improvement from their front seven after finishing as a bottom-ten defense in 2013.
Jul 4 - 8:47 PM

Packers 2012 second-round pick Jerel Worthy will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

Beat writer Rob Demovsky believes Worthy's "place on the roster is far from guaranteed." A one-gap penetrator at Michigan State, Worthy struggled to assimilate into DC Dom Capers' two-gap scheme as a rookie, and was a non-factor in two appearances last season, after returning from ACL surgery. He could be pushed off the roster if Johnny Jolly and/or Ryan Pickett is re-signed.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 1:35 PM

Coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers has had his "best spring."

The broken left collarbone that derailed the Packers' 2013 season has been fully healed for more than seven months now. So it's not a surprise that Rodgers, now 30 years old, 11 pounds lighter and squarely in his prime, is looking sharp. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that the average age of starting Super Bowl quarterbacks over the last 48 years is 29.80.
Jul 1 - 7:01 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky doesn't believe ILB Brad Jones' starting job is in jeopardy.

LBs coach Winston Moss also insisted that Jones remains the starter next to A.J. Hawk. Jones signed a three-year, $11.75 million deal last offseason, but had an all-around poor season. He proved to be a solid run stopper who also held his own in coverage during his breakout 2012 campaign. Jones recently turned 28.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 11:24 AM

Packers second-year LT David Bakhtiari added close to ten pounds of muscle in the offseason.

Coach Mike McCarthy has also now committed to Bakhtiari as his starting left tackle. Measuring in at 6'4/300 last season, Bakhtiari struggled with the bull rush and as a run blocker. The added strength should help in both areas. Bryan Bulaga is the right tackle. Derek Sherrod will be the Packers' swing tackle.
Jul 1 - 8:58 AM

According to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, seventh-round WR Jeff Janis "showed up regularly" during team drills at OTAs and minicamp.

Janis is pretty well buried behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, and Davante Adams, but each of the former three are entering contract years, giving Janis forward-thinking opportunity. At 6'3/219, he drew Nelson and Eric Decker comparisons coming out of Saginaw Valley State. Janis is worth a flier in Dynasty leagues. He ran 4.42 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 4:51 PM

Packers second-round WR Davante Adams reportedly battled drop issues during OTAs and minicamp.

We wouldn't make too much of this as Adams showed excellent ball skills and strong hands while catching 131 passes from Derek Carr at Fresno State last season. We're still expecting him to push Jarrett Boykin very hard for the No. 3 wideout job at training camp. Adams has a significant natural talent edge.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 10:30 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel highlighted Packers third-round TE Richard Rodgers as "an MVP of OTAs."

Beat writer Tyler Dunne notes Rodgers was plucking passes out of the air one-handed and says if he can prove to be a decent in-line blocker, Rodgers could open the season as the starter. Andrew Quarless isn't going to scare anyone, and Brandon Bostick reported to spring practices overweight. The Packers' tight end depth chart remains wide open, but it appears Rodgers has the early lead. Any tight end playing with Aaron Rodgers is going to be worth monitoring.
Jun 26 - 9:30 AM

Packers TE Brandon Bostick reported to OTAs weighing 270 pounds, more than the team would like.

Bostick broke his foot last December and couldn't condition optimally for most of the offseason. "I have to get my weight under control, come back and my goal is to be the starter," said 25-year-old Bostick, who wants to get down to 6'3/260. A former 230-pound Division-2 wide receiver, Bostick is battling Andrew Quarless and rookie Richard Rodgers for Green Bay's starting tight end job.
Jun 25 - 8:42 PM

According to the Green Bay Post-Gazette, the Packers' coaching staff "would like to lessen the burden" on Eddie Lacy this season, incorporating more of James Starks and DuJuan Harris.

Piling up 285 rookie-year carries -- and in 11 weeks toting it more than 20 times, including playoffs -- Lacy played the final month of last season on a repeatedly sprained ankle. Scatback Harris is a coaching staff favorite, while Starks was more efficient than Lacy last year, averaging 5.5 YPC with six runs of 20-plus yards. Perhaps Lacy won't flirt with 300 carries again, but he will stay active in the passing game and should have no trouble scoring double-digit TDs as a three-down back in one of the NFL's top offenses. He's a mid-first-round fantasy pick.
Jun 25 - 6:59 PM

Vic Ketchman of the Packers' official website believes Randall Cobb could lead the league in receptions this season.

Pierre Garcon led the league with his 113 grabs last season, and five players had 100-plus catches. Cobb's career-high to this point is 80 catches in 2012. Cobb reeled in 25 passes on 34 targets in his first four games before breaking his leg last season, which extrapolates to 100 catches on 136 targets across a 16-game schedule. 13 receivers saw more than 136 targets in 2013. Cobb is certainly capable of leading the league in grabs, as he's going to be used even more with James Jones out of the picture. Cobb is a lower-end WR1.
Source: packers.com
Jun 25 - 3:36 PM


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