Player News - Packers

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Free agent CB Casey Hayward said he'll "probably" test the open market.

The 2012 second-rounder started 13-of-18 games this past season for the Packers and graded out as the team's No. 1 cover corner at Pro Football Focus. Hayward played mostly in the slot in 2015 and could be looking for a full-time gig as an outside corner. After GM Ted Thompson drafted Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins in the first and second rounds last year, the Packers are in okay shape with those two and Sam Shields should Hayward move on.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:41 AM

Former Packers QB Brett Favre was one of four players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

One of the greatest quarterbacks in league history, Favre was inducted in his first year of eligibility. Drafted by the Falcons, he played 16 years with the Packers before finishing his career with the Jets and Minnesota. A six-time All Pro, Favre owns multiple NFL records, including most starts (298) and pass completions (6,300), and is tied with Peyton Manning with 186 career wins. He ranks second all-time in pass yards (71,838) and touchdowns (508). Favre is joined by Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, Seniors nominees Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler, and contributor Eddie DeBartolo as members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. Terrell Owens, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, and Steve Atwater were among the candidates not selected.
Feb 6 - 9:52 PM

Randall Cobb says his Divisional Round injury was a punctured lung.

It was previously billed a "bruised" lung. A puncture is much more serious. Cobb said he was coughing up blood on the sideline after getting injured against the Cardinals. Thankfully, the ordeal resolved itself quickly. It's not an issue heading into the offseason program. After a sluggish 2015, Cobb is an intriguing buy-low Dynasty target. He's still only 25 years old.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 4:19 PM

Impending free agent QB Scott Tolzien is hoping for a shot at a starting job.

"I feel like I've improved every year and played for two great organizations," Tolzien said. "I know there's been a lot of backups in Green Bay that have gone on and been given the chance to start in other places. We'll see what happens, but that would be great if it happened." With Brett Hundley ready to take over the No. 2 job in Green Bay, Tolzien will be looking for work elsewhere. He struggled in two starts in 2013, but he set the preseason on fire two years ago. Tolzien may be given a chance to "compete" with a desperate team, but he is unlikely to earn a starting job this summer.
Feb 4 - 10:23 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Packers OLB Julius Peppers plans to play in 2016.

The 36-year-old Peppers is owed $8 million in salary and bonuses with a cap hit of $10.5 million, but he is coming off his most productive season since 2012. There has been speculation Green Bay could cut Peppers, but they will likely need his help on the outside with OLBs Nick Perry and Mike Neal scheduled to be free agents. Peppers should be back in Green Bay next season.
Feb 4 - 9:06 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes it's "a good bet" Eddie Lacy played "at least" 25 pounds heavier than his playing weight of 234.

In other words, beat writer Rob Reischel thinks Lacy was near 260. Lacy's weigh-in at Alabama's 2013 Pro Day was 5-foot-11, 231. We've gone back to check Lacy's college tape as a comparison tool, and he looks considerably more fit and slender in Crimson Tide than Lacy appeared to be this past year. Wrote Reischel, "In fact, from the waist down, you couldn't tell the difference between Lacy and 301-pound center Corey Linsley."
Feb 4 - 12:04 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects Jordy Nelson to "come back better than ever" after missing 2015 with a torn ACL.

Jordy's been running at full speed for nearly a month; his recovery appears to be going as smoothly as can be. "He's so far ahead with the rehab, he looks great," said McCarthy. "There's no reason to think he won't be good as new." Nelson turns 31 this May. He should have at least a few solid-if-not-great years left. Nelson is intriguing as a sneaky buy target in Dynasty leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:57 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects the Packers to move on from free agent James Jones.

Beat writer Rob Reischel believes the Packers "figure to go with younger players" at wide receiver, parting with 32-year-old (in March) Jones. Although Jones was Aaron Rodgers' most reliable 2015 target, his separation skills were clearly lacking and Jones rarely makes plays after the catch. The Packers will welcome back Jordy Nelson (ACL) and Randall Cobb while Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Davante Adams, and Ty Montgomery vie for complementary roles.
Feb 3 - 11:52 PM

Packers RG T.J. Lang will undergo right shoulder surgery Wednesday.

Lang dealt with injuries to both shoulders this season and is still contemplating surgery on his left one. He's expected to be sidelined 4-6 months and is probably questionable for the start of training camp. The 28-year-old is entering a contract year and coming off arguably his best NFL season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 11:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers want Eddie Lacy to lose 30 pounds.

Rapoport added Lacy is "committed" to losing the weight, "through camp or a fitness program." Lacy refused to talk about his weight during the year, but the Packers made it very clear after the season Lacy's weight was a big concern. Lacy had career lows in carries (187), total yards (946) and touchdowns (5) in 2015. He will need a much better showing in the final year of his rookie deal to land a long-term extension.
Feb 1 - 11:40 AM

Packers News' Pete Dougherty expects free agent James Starks to re-sign with Green Bay.

Starks is looking for an opportunity to start, but there’s not going to be much demand for him on the open market. His best chance at starting could be returning with the Packers and competing with Eddie Lacy. Starks played a career-high 614 snaps this year, posting 993 total yards on 191 touches.
Jan 30 - 7:17 PM

Aaron Rodgers underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after the season.

The procedure took place "within days" of the Packers' January 16 playoff loss to Arizona. A source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky that Rodgers' surgery was a "minor scope," and described it as a "clean-up of an old injury." The procedure may cost Rodgers part of the Packers' offseason program, but isn't a concern for training camp. Rodgers is a buy-low target in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 11:03 PM

Rising second-year QB Brett Hundley is expected to take over as the Packers' backup quarterback in 2016.

Incumbent backup Scott Tolzien is a free agent, while Hundley flashed big-time playmaking ability in his rookie preseason, completing over 69 percent of his throws with a 7:1 TD-to-INT ratio, also averaging 9.7 yards per pass attempt. Hundley was quick to learn the Packers' offense after playing in a zone-read spread at UCLA. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests 22-year-old Hundley could eventually attract interest via trade.
Jan 29 - 3:48 PM

Packers News' Pete Dougherty expects impending free agent NT B.J. Raji to re-sign with Green Bay.

Raji came out of the gate strong in 2015, but a lingering groin injury limited him in the second half of the season. Injuries have been a constant concern for Raji and were part of the reason he was forced to accept a one-year deal last offseason. He could see a bit more interest this time around, but the Packers will not have to break the bank to re-sign him. Fellow impending free agent DL Letroy Guion could be a fallback if Green Bay cannot land Raji at the right price.
Jan 28 - 12:41 PM

Davante Adams believes his struggles this season have helped him become "mentally tough."

Adams struggled through a lingering ankle injury before a knee sprain knocked him out for good in the Wild Card Round. "Having two things that really stopped me from playing," Adams said, "I’ve never really had to deal with that before. But you learn to put up with it. You learn to stay mentally tough throughout that process, and I think that’s something that could help me (going forward)." The injuries did not help, but Adams has proven to be an inefficient receiver who struggles to gain separation and hold onto the ball. He is not a lock for a starting job or even a roster spot next season.
Jan 26 - 12:43 PM


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