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The Packers want Eddie Lacy to log more snaps than he did last season, "in order to prevent substitutions from slowing down the offense."

The Packers want Lacy "on the field longer," according to beat reporter Rob Demovsky. "We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game," said OC Tom Clements. Demovsky believes an even more complete role could mean more receptions for Lacy, who caught 35 passes as a rookie. Lacy played 60.2 percent of Green Bay's offensive snaps last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 10:45 PM

The Packers' goal is to run 75 offensive plays per game this season.

The Broncos led the league at 72.1 plays per game last season; the Pack were 11th at 66.8. Getting 75 offensive snaps off weekly isn't very realistic, but speaks to the tempo at which coach Mike McCarthy wants his team to play. The goal is to prevent defensive substitutions, keeping opponents in base formations. "We play pretty fast, but you always want to play faster," McCarthy said. More plays mean more box score production across the board, especially with Aaron Rodgers at the controls. Target Packers in 2014 fantasy football drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 10:30 AM

Brandon Bostick has been working on being a more complete tight end.

A converted receiver, Bostick was talked up by Mike McCarthy as the Packers' best blocking tight end earlier this offseason. He missed the majority of OTAs recovering from foot surgery, and has fallen behind Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless on the depth chart. Bostick will be fully cleared for camp.
Source: packers.com
Jul 12 - 2:31 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Jarrett Boykin will be "hard to dislodge" from his No. 3 receiver role on the Packers.

Assuming he holds off second-round pick Davante Adams -- who struggled with drops during OTAs -- Boykin's outlook is particularly intriguing due to Green Bay's lack of an established pass-catching tight end. He could easily be Aaron Rodgers' No. 3 pass option this year, behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Boykin has a chance to be a re-draft-league steal. His ADP is the late-11th round.
Jul 11 - 3:29 PM

Aaron Rodgers emerged from spring practices impressed by third-round TE Richard Rodgers.

"When we made the pick, some of the so-called experts on the draft channel said he was a late sixth-round pick ... which is pretty laughable when you watch the talent he's got and the ability," said Green Bay's All-Pro quarterback. "You have to be excited about his body type and the hands. He's made some incredible catches, makes it look easy. I think he's going to push for some playing time if he can transfer what he's done in the spring now to the fall and have the potential to be an impact player." Although rookie tight ends tend to struggle in fantasy, Rodgers is in a good enough landing spot to buck that trend, and has a chance to start in Green Bay. He's someone to monitor closely this summer.
Jul 11 - 3:25 PM

Packers undrafted rookie TE Colt Lyerla's ex-teammate from Oregon and current Eagles WR Josh Huff believes Lyerla can be better than Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.

The praise doesn't stop with Huff. "Just a monster," Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell said of Lyerla. "Colt is a beast. I don't know how to explain it. A monster, a beast....He could be anything he wants to be." Lyerla went undrafted after a tumultuous college career that saw him quit the team four games into last season. He then got into drugs and was arrested for cocaine possession. The Packers took a chance on the ultra-talented Lyerla. At 6'3/242, he runs a 4.61 forty and posted a 39-inch vertical. Lyerla could make a year-one impact at an unsettled position in Green Bay. He needs to be owned in all Dynasty formats.
Jul 11 - 11:40 AM

Speaking Thursday, Packers president Mark Murphy called extending GM Ted Thompson's contract a "top priority."

"I think Ted's been instrumental obviously in the run we've had," Murphy said. "So that is a real priority." Thompson is signed through 2016, but isn't the sort of executive usually allowed to get near the end of a contract. Something will likely be worked out before Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 5:21 PM

Packers OT Derek Sherrod spent the entire offseason program at right tackle.

The Packers want the walk-year lineman to focus on one position after being limited to 13 appearances through his first three NFL seasons. OL coach James Campen was impressed with Sherrod's offseason. "The kid looks terrific," Campen said. "The next step for him is to get him into the daily grind, put the pads on and go pound it." Sherrod is not in the mix for a starting job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

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


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