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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms Eddie Lacy reported to Packers training camp weighing 260 pounds last July.

That's 29 pounds above Lacy's Combine weigh-in. Per the Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn, "estimates in June" were that Lacy had dropped 15-20 pounds, bringing his weight into the 240-245 range. One NFC personnel director noted post-college weight gains aren't out of the norm for ex-Alabama running backs. "Trent Richardson was like 20 pounds heavier when he reported (to the Colts) than when he came out of there," said the executive. "He lost all his quickness. Lacy's got a little bit of a knucklehead in him, too."
Jul 22 - 11:29 PM

Packers.com's Wes Hodkiewicz said it is not "out of the realm of possibilities" for Green Bay to keep seven receivers on the final roster.

Green Bay only kept five receivers last season, but they also kept three quarterbacks and two fullbacks. With those spots expected to be trimmed to two and one respectively, the Packers will have some room to keep an extra receiver or two. Green Bay deciding to keep a few extra bodies at receiver would be great news for Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery, and fifth-round rookie Trevor Davis.
Source: Packers.com
Jul 22 - 2:22 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects Richard Rodgers to remain the Packers' No. 1 tight end following the addition of Jared Cook.

Reporter Bob McGinn expects Cook to be counted on for some "splash plays," but for Rodgers to remain atop the depth chart. "Splash plays" is certainly something the doughy Rodgers doesn't provide. Even with Rodgers in the fold, Cook could match his 2015 reception total of 39 in a considerably more pass-friendly offense.
Jul 21 - 6:38 PM

Richard Rodgers played as heavy as 272 pounds last season, but was "noticeably trimmer" this offseason.

Rodgers, who is 6-foot-4, is listed at 257 pounds. 272 is obviously an unacceptable number for a 6-foot-4 tight end, especially one expected to catch passes. Either way, longtime Packers reporter Bob McGinn expects Rodgers to remain the Packers' No. 1 tight end even following the addition of Jared Cook. We're betting against Rodgers matching any of the numbers from his 58/510/8 2015 slash.
Jul 21 - 6:35 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn hints third-year WR Jeff Janis might not be a lock for the Packers' final 53.

Specifically about Janis and rookie Trevor Davis, McGinn wrote "it remains to be seen if speedsters Jeff Janis and Davis can make the team or win a role from scrimmage." We would consider Janis a lock to make the 53 on special teams production alone, but whether he earns an offensive role remains an open question despite last January's 7-145-2 breakout against Arizona. McGinn noted that the Packers' scouting staff has "downgraded (Janis) on the basis of straight-line athleticism, tendency to body catch and average ability to adjust."
Jul 20 - 8:07 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Jordy Nelson's ACL recovery is "well ahead of the curve."

The Journal-Sentinel says Nelson is ahead of schedule "due in part to surgical advancements and his own strong will." Nelson said on a radio show last January that he might have been ready had the Packers made it to the Super Bowl. "He's a guy that sees a barrier and knocks it down," WRs coach Luke Getsy said. "Anybody would be a fool to say they wouldn't expect this guy to come back and be who everyone expects him to be." Nelson tore his ACL in the preseason last year.
Jul 20 - 8:00 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky considers Davante Adams a "lock" to make the roster.

Reports on Adams have been all over the place this offseason, with coach Mike McCarthy heaping praise on the third-year receiver and some who cover the team saying Adams needs a "big summer" to crack the roster. Green Bay has about seven quality receivers on the roster and typically only keep five on the 53-man. Adams can't afford to flop and tumble down the chart this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:49 PM

Aaron Rodgers said Jeff Janis is still trying to master the mental side of the game.

"When he can stop thinking so much and react more, you see the athletic ability," Rodgers said. "He's obviously gifted very well with his athleticism, his jumping ability and his speed. He just needs to get to a level where he's not thinking as much and his instincts take over." Janis almost single-handedly saved the Packers' postseason run with two Hail Mary catches in the dying minutes of the Divisional Round loss, but he has yet to carve out a consistent role in the offense. These comments could help explain why. With Davante Adams' future in question, Janis has a real opportunity to seize a role, but he needs to show a better grasp of the offense.
Jul 14 - 9:05 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said WR Jared Abbrederis had "his best offseason."

"I think his route running is exemplary for a young guy," McCarthy continued. "Just all the specifics and details and techniques of route running, I think he's exceptional." Abbrederis played sparingly during the regular season, but he was thrust into a bigger role when injuries struck in the playoffs, recording four catches for 55 yards in the Divisional Round. While he is a smooth route runner, he has struggled to stay healthy and has a glut of talented receivers ahead of him on the depth chart. Abbrederis will need a strong camp to hold his roster spot.
Jul 14 - 9:00 AM

Randall Cobb admitted he struggled in 2015.

"I didn't perform at the capacity that I know I can perform at," Cobb said. "I'm the only one who can change that." Without Jordy Nelson (ACL), Cobb struggled under the pressure of the No. 1 role. His counting stats were well below the career highs he set the year before, and his efficiency nosedived. The good news is Nelson should be fully healthy well before Week 1, and the offense looks poised to bounce back. Despite the terrible year, Cobb is a value in the fourth round.
Jul 14 - 8:55 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Davante Adams needs a "big summer" to keep his 53-man roster spot.

Beat writer Rob Reischel notes GM Ted Thompson has been willing to cut ties with early draft picks if they aren't producing, most recently doing so with 2012 second-rounder Jerel Worthy. Adams averaged 9.7 yards per catch as the Packers' third receiver in 2015, dropping 12-of-96 targets (12.5 percent), and ranking dead last in touchdowns (1) among pass catchers with at least 50 receptions. A true wild card entering training camp, Adams could end up as high as the Packers' No. 3 receiver, or as low as the NFL waiver wire.
Jul 13 - 8:22 PM

John Crockett is expected to open training camp as the Packers' No. 3 running back.

The Packers failed to address running back in the draft, leaving Crockett to battle undrafted rookies Brandon Burks and Don Jackson behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Crockett logged nine carries in two games for the Packers last season, spending most of the year on the practice squad.
Source: packers.com
Jul 12 - 3:23 PM

Jared Cook (foot surgery) says he’s fully healthy.

Cook was sidelined for OTAs, but expects to be cleared for training camp. He’s the early favorite to start despite the missed time. Cook can’t afford any setbacks.
Jul 9 - 6:04 PM

Packer Report's Bill Huber anticipates Davante Adams getting the "first crack" at hanging on to Green Bay's third receiver job.

Adams was an abject disaster in an expanded role last season, failing to separate and dropping far too many balls on the rare occasions he got open. Jeff Janis shined in his 2015 opportunities -- albeit limited -- but Huber noticed him "drop a couple of routine passes during an individual drill at minicamp." Huber mentioned sophomore Ty Montgomery and rookie Trevor Davis as also being in the mix. The Packers run three-receiver sets on over 70 percent of their offensive snaps. This battle will be worth monitoring closely into the fall.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 6 - 11:06 PM

Richard Rodgers said he put an emphasis on improving his "all-around" game this offseason.

Rodgers finished fifth among tight ends in touchdowns last season but his role is a bit uncertain heading into 2016. The Packers will likely use some two tight-end sets with Jared Cook and Rodgers, but it's up to Rodgers to round out his game by improving his shoddy run-blocking and sloppy route-running. Rodgers remains a boom-or-bust TE2 for fantasy purposes.
Source: packers.com
Jul 1 - 3:14 PM


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