Wide receiver Greg Jennings joined the crew at the NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Thursday for an interview in the remaining days before training camp begins. Among the topics brought up was the Packers’ running game. “The biggest question, I’m going to do a little self-scouting because defenses don’t prepare for our run game,” Jennings said via PackersNews.com. “Defensive coordinators aren’t wracking their brain, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to stop their running game.’ So can we sustain this high level of explosive level offense without a run game? It’s going to be interesting to see. I’m in belief that we’re going to fix our running game and we’re going to get it going this year. But that’s probably going to be the number one focus of us – us meaning us within that locker room that know we need to change something on that side of the ball.” Jennings also addressed last year’s playoff loss to the New York Giants and answered the biggest question facing the other teams in the NFC North.
Former Packers wide receiver James Lofton will be taking part in the Hall of Fame Invitational on Sept. 27 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia, Ill. “This officially sanctioned Ryder Cup event combines two of the world’s greatest sports and gives participants the rare opportunity to play a classic championship golf course with a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” reads a press release at Packer Report. “All proceeds from the event will benefit the PGA Foundation and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” Lofton is just one of many Pro Football Hall of Famers participating in the event.
A column recalling memories of former teammate Charles Woodson is written by Ryan Riddle at Bleacher Report. “Charles seemed diligent in maintaining a business-like mentality and a distance from everyone in the locker room,” writes Riddle. “Rarely would his face be caught articulating even a fractured smile, yet amidst this, somehow he was respected and liked by all he encountered.” It’s interesting to get the perspective of a former player in writing as the reader is brought inside the locker room. Players share their thoughts in interviews all the time, but it’s not very often when one expresses his thoughts first-hand in writing.
Rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy is listed as the 13th most-important Packer in 2012 by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Enter Worthy, whom the Packers traded up in the second round to take at No. 51,” writes Wilde. “While the first-round selection of USC outside linebacker Nick Perry got most of the attention, Worthy could have as much or more impact in terms of generating pressure. For while getting a complementary edge rusher was just as important for the Packers’ defense, finding someone who could help B.J. Raji inside collapse the pocket and prevent quarterbacks from stepping up to avoid pressure is just as vital.” There’s no doubt Worthy could play a big role in 2012, especially with several other defensive linemen suspended.
Questions about Donald Driver’s future are raised by John Rehor in a column at Eat More Cheese.
Packer Report continues its training camp countdown.
The running backs are previewed in a pre-training camp piece at the Packers official website.
A Packers game played in Maine in 1959 is remembered at FootballGeography.com.
The tight end position in Green Bay is graded by Acme Packing Company.
A look at players entering 2012 with expiring contracts is brought up at Principles and Policies.
Predictions are made for the Packers’ 2012 rookie class by Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.
The depth at the wide receiver position is addressed at Lombardi Ave.
Video: Watch Cheesehead TV’s own Aaron Nagler break down the best and worst case scenarios for the Packers along with the crew at Bleacher Report and snicker when Josh Zerkle suggests the Packers don’t have enough talent outside Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson is overpaid…
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