Player News - Packers

Date: Team: Pos:

Packers selected UCLA DT Kenny Clark with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Clark (6'3/314) turned pro after making 30 starts in three years at UCLA, logging 20.5 tackles for loss and breaking out as a pass rusher in his 2015 junior year with six sacks. Clark tested well for his meaty size at the Combine, running 5.06 with a 28 1/2-inch vertical and 29 bench-press reps. Clark has a wrestling background and plays like it, attacking with a non-stop motor and winning with bull-rush power. Still developing, Clark won't turn 21 until October and offers lots of ceiling. He projects as an eventual starter with the ability to handle one-, three-, or zero-technique tackle.
Apr 28 - 11:11 PM

A source tells ESPN's Rob Demovsky that Eddie Lacy has lost 15-18 pounds since the end of last season.

"He looked good," Aaron Rodgers said after seeing Lacy at Monday's workout. "Obviously been doing a lot of P90X." Lacy drew similarly positive reviews from Jordy Nelson and Mike Daniels. Multiple photos have circulated on social media showing a cut up Lacy looking nothing like the out-of-shape bruiser he was in 2015. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Lacy will probably be in the best shape of his NFL career.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 3:03 PM

Jordy Nelson (ACL) says he was able to do "everything" in the Packers' first offseason practice.

These are extremely light "practices," mind you, but it's another important step in the right direction. The 31-year-old (in May) wideout has already begun running routes and plans to go through the same conditioning program as the rest of his teammates. Nelson figures to be babied along through the offseason, but has a good shot at being full go for training camp.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 1:41 PM

Packers agreed to terms with T/G Don Barclay.

Barclay made five spot starts last season, struggling mightily and allowing nine sacks while seeing action at both tackle positions. The Packers are hopeful that Barclay will return to pre-injury form another year removed his 2014 ACL tear. When healthy, Barclay has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line. Barclay turns 27 years old later this month.
Apr 17 - 7:15 PM

In-house reporter Mike Spofford suggests the Packers could move on from Eddie Lacy after this year.

Lacy’s conditioning led to career lows in total yards (946) and touchdowns (5) last season. The Packers have a window to extend him while his value is low, but are expected to let Lacy play out his contract year. Reportedly in the best shape of his life this offseason, Lacy is a prime bounce-back candidate.
Source: packers.com
Apr 16 - 4:21 PM

Packers re-signed S Chris Banjo to a one-year, $675,000 contract.

The Packers’ special-teams captain will return for his fourth season. Banjo is a restricted free agent in 2017.
Apr 16 - 4:07 PM

Ty Montgomery (ankle) will be limited in OTAs.

Montgomery hasn't had any setbacks from late-December surgery, but still isn't running. Coach Mike McCarthy doesn't expect Montgomery to be fully cleared until training camp. A 2015 third-round pick, Montgomery will fight for passing-game scraps behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb when he gets healthy.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 8:15 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Eddie Lacy has undergone a "remarkable" physical transformation this offseason.

What Breer considers "remarkable" is Lacy's "redistribution of weight" from his midsection to his shoulders and arms. "I know the people around Eddie Lacy really feel like the Packers are going to be happy with what they see when Lacy reports for the offseason program next week," Breer said. It jibes with what everyone else has been saying this offseason, including coach Mike McCarthy. Lacy appears to have gotten the message after his sluggish 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 2:53 PM

NFL suspended Packers CB Demetri Goodson four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs.

The 2014 sixth-round pick appeared in 14 games for Green Bay last season, recording 10 tackles and one pass deflection. Goodson will be allowed to participate in all of the Packers' offseason activities. When Goodson returns, he'll serve as depth behind starters Sam Shields and Damarious Randall.
Apr 8 - 4:41 PM

Packers signed Jared Cook, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

Another $900,000 is available via incentives. Cook received interest from several teams after being released by the Rams, but the opportunity to play with Aaron Rodgers was too big to pass up. Coach Mike McCarthy has talked about Green Bay's need for a big body to work the seams. Cook certainly fits that profile, but he has never been able to put it all together. Perhaps playing with a top-tier quarterback will unlock his potential. Cook will be an interesting flier in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 10:42 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers are "set to sign" free agent TE Jared Cook.

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the deal has been done since last week. Cook will take his physical and sign the contract Monday. Coach Mike McCarthy spoke at the Owners Meetings about the need for a "big man" to run down the middle of the field in the passing game. Cook has both the size and athletic ability to be that player for the Packers, but he has never been able to take advantage of his physical gifts on a consistent basis. He has also never played with Aaron Rodgers. Cook will be an interesting late-round name in drafts this summer.
Mar 28 - 8:57 AM

The Packers will continue to use Datone Jones as an edge rusher.

Green Bay started using Jones on the edge midway through last season, and coach Mike McCarthy liked "what he did out there." A former 3-4 end, Jones will likely have to drop some weight as he transitions into more of an edge role. The 2013 first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but the Packers could pick up his fifth-year option.
Source: ESPN
Mar 26 - 11:22 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy suggested the Packers are in the market for a tight end.

"Big people running down the middle of the field, I’ll make no secret about it," McCarthy said. "I think that’s a key to offensive success, whether that’s a big receiver or big tight end or a big man running down the middle of the field, making those safeties cover you." Incumbent tight end Richard Rodgers offers reliable hands, but he lacks the athleticism and after-catch ability to be a big-time factor down the seam. The Packers could utilize Jordy Nelson more in the slot as he comes back from a torn ACL, but they lack real talent outside as well. With the big names in free agency gone and lackluster talent available in the draft, Green Bay might be stuck with Rodgers for another season.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 8:44 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy admitted the Packers' offensive struggles last season stemmed from the receivers not "winning the one-on-ones."

"We consistently saw very similar defenses throughout the year and you have to win those situations," McCarthy said. "You can run every crossing route in football and get in stacks and bunches -- and we’ve done it -- but at the end of the day it comes down to beating the other guy with technique and fundamentals." McCarthy can qualify all he likes, but plenty of other teams consistently scheme inferior wide receivers open. He failed to do that last season even after it became abundantly clear his receivers were losing against man coverage. The return of Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) should help, but he will be 31 and coming off a serious injury. The Packers need to add some pass catchers this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 8:38 AM

Aaron Rodgers (knee scope) is expected to be ready for OTAs in April.

According to a source, Rodgers has been "running around," and is close to full health. The source reiterated Rodgers' operation was "just a cleanup" procedure. Rodgers started all 16 games each of the past two seasons after missing seven contests with a broken collarbone in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 5:23 PM


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