Player News - Packers

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The NFL will interview Clay Matthews next month about an Al-Jazeera report that linked Matthews and others to performance enhancing drugs.

The interview will be conducted when Packers camp opens on July 29. Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and James Harrison will be interviewed as well. It's unclear if Peyton Manning, who was also named in the report, will be asked to meet with league officials. Charlie Sly, a former intern at The Guyer Institute in Indiana, connected Matthews and others to PEDs but has since retracted his allegations.
Source: USA Today
Jun 24 - 1:26 PM

Packers QBs coach Alex Van Pelt believes Brett Hundley can be a "solid starter" in the league.

Part of Van Pelt's job is to build the confidence of players at the position he oversees, but this was notable nonetheless. Teammates and coaches rave about Hundley's competitiveness, and his physical tools were never in doubt. Van Pelt did acknowledge Hundley has room for growth with understanding "hot routes and protection assignments." Hundley ripped up last year's preseason with a 7:1 TD-to-INT ratio. Green Bay plays five preseason games this year.
Jun 20 - 11:44 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky left WR Jared Abbrederis off his 53-man roster projection.

The Packers are deep at receiver, meaning someone with talent will end up getting cut. Abbrederis played a big role in the Divisional Round with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb sidelined, but he has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Abbrederis likely needs to beat out either Ty Montgomery or rookie Trevor Davis to earn a roster spot.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 10:04 AM

Packers second-year QB Brett Hundley has "inspired total confidence in his coaches" after a solid OTA/minicamp season.

This showed up especially when the Packers let incumbent backup Scott Tolzien leave for Indianapolis without a fight. Per beat writer Ryan Wood, Hundley's competitiveness "has blown away teammates and coaches." On the field, he has shown a "live, powerful arm" and "his grasp of the offense is clear." Also a dual threat, Hundley could flirt with QB1 value in the Packers' talented offense if something happened to Aaron Rodgers.
Jun 17 - 11:13 PM

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, third-year WR Jeff Janis "continually beat" the Packers' first-team defensive backs on deep passes during OTAs and minicamp.

The Journal-Sentinel names Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as Janis' burn victims, all of whom are high-quality starters in a pass defense that last year ranked No. 6 in Football Outsiders' DVOA. Beat writer Ryan Wood believes "Janis is coming," and states he "has a real chance to carve a role" in the Packers' passing game if Janis cuts down on his mistakes. At this point, we'd deem Janis the favorite for Green Bay's No. 3 receiver job ahead of Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis.
Jun 17 - 11:09 PM

Packers signed first-round NT Kenny Clark to a four-year contract.

Clark missed most of the offseason due to UCLA's late graduation. He projects as Green Bay's Week 1 starter on the interior despite the missed time. With Clark under contract, Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Will Fuller, and Josh Garnett are the only remaining unsigned first-round picks.
Jun 17 - 6:35 PM

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky expects Jared Cook to start over Richard Rodgers.

The Packers view Cook as their starter after giving him a one-year, $2.75M deal. Cook was one of the standouts at voluntary practices, but can’t afford an extended absence coming off foot surgery. Due to blocking limitations, Cook has never been an every-down player. The Packers may limit him to pass downs/red-zone situations.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 11:35 AM

Eddie Lacy is expected to do more workouts with P90X founder Tony Horton before training camp.

Lacy drew raves for his work with Horton following the season. He reported to OTAs in the 240-pound range, but the Packers still have concerns with his shape. Lacy is on track to regain his starting role, but can’t afford any conditioning issues entering a contract year.
Jun 15 - 5:11 PM

Coach Mike McCarthy said he'd "have zero issue" attempting the two-point conversion after every touchdown this season.

The Packers obviously won't attempt the "two" every single time, but McCarthy becoming more aggressive would be a boost to the offense. Of course, if Green Bay went for two more it'd knock K Mason Crosby down a few pegs in fantasy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 1:04 PM

Jeff Janis has been working as the Packers' primary kick returner at minicamp.

Janis is short on return experience; he returned just seven career kicks at Saginaw Valley and the first four of his NFL career last season. Janis did average 24.8 yards on his four returns and developed into the team's top gunner. As a late-round flier, Janis would get a boost in return-yardage leagues.
Jun 15 - 12:56 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he's more concerned about Eddie Lacy's body composition than his weight.

The Packers measure their players' body fat via annual DXA scans. "Every player has a body composition, so that's what we focus on," said McCarthy. "That's a daily focus and evaluation between the weight room and the training room and the nutrition." Lacy is listed at 231, but ballooned above 260 during a career-worst 2015 season. The contract-year running back is in the 240s now, but the Packers will focus more on Lacy's body fat than weight.
Jun 14 - 10:59 AM

Packers fourth-round LB Blake Martinez has been practicing with the first team throughout OTAs.

Martinez opened OTAs as a placeholder for injured ILB Sam Barrington (foot), but after a strong month of practices he's now become a legitimate threat to take Barringon's job. "He looks very comfortable," said coach Mike McCarthy. "He’s off to a very good start." We haven't seen Martinez in pads yet but the rookie has certainly been a bright spot during Green Bay's offseason program.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 9:16 AM

Packers second-year CB Quinten Rollins suffered a dislocated finger at OTAs.

Rollins injured the finger during the Packers' first OTA of the spring. His bone came through the skin, requiring stitches. Rollins has been limited to individual work ever since and isn't expected to be "full" until training camp. Rollins received strong marks from PFF for his coverage as a rookie across 368 snaps.
Jun 6 - 7:23 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said third-year WR Jeff Janis is "doing a lot of good things" at OTAs, but reemphasized that Janis needs to keep working on "the fundamentals" of wide receiver.

A playoff hero against Arizona (7-145-2), Janis scored a 60-yard touchdown on a deep jump ball at Monday's OTA session, beating Packers top CB Sam Shields. With Jordy Nelson (ACL) on the shelf, Janis is gobbling up first-team reps. "Special teams he had an excellent year last year, graded out as one of our top players," said McCarthy. "I’d like to see him take that same step as a wide receiver." 6-foot-3, 219 with 4.42 speed, Janis oozes physical tools but still needs to earn the trust of Aaron Rodgers.
Jun 6 - 5:57 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Jared Cook's foot injury isn't a long-term issue.

McCarthy said doctors feel good about his return, though no timetable has been established yet. We already know Cook will be sidelined through OTAs. Before his surgery, Cook was one of the standouts at voluntary practices, leading ESPN's Rob Demovsky to call him the team's best offseason addition. We're guessing Cook will be ready well ahead of Week 1.
Jun 6 - 3:08 PM


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