Despite having to leave the field due to a knee injury this past Sunday against the Broncos, wide receiver Donald Driver is not expected to miss any further playing time. “Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Donald Driver’s knee feels good, and the veteran wide receiver should be able to play in Sunday’s game at Atlanta,” according to an Associated Press report.
Details of wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s new contract extension have become available. “The three-year extension Nelson received is worth $12.6 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The deal places him 27th among all NFL wide receivers in average salary per year at $4.2 million.” Attention now turns to other high-profile players such as tight end Jermichael Finley and center Scott Wells who have contracts expiring after this season.
Further information on suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly’s recent arrest comes from an Associated Press report. “Jolly was arrested with two others during a traffic stop at 1:55 a.m. Saturday,” writes Michael Graczyk. “Deputies said they pulled him over after Jolly was seen throwing a bag out a window. The bag wasn’t recovered but during the stop Jolly dumped a cup believed to contain codeine on the floorboard. Officers also recovered two bottles believed to contain codeine.”
Turnovers have been one of the few bright spots for the Packers defense this season, writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. “Though the Packers’ pass rush hasn’t been dominant like it was at times last season, they have made enough big plays to offset the major chunks of yardage,” writes Demovsky. “They rank a respectable 15th in opponent passer rating (88.6) largely because through Sunday’s games they were tied for the league lead with eight interceptions. They picked off Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton three times, including one that Charles Woodson returned for a touchdown.”
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers discussed the problems ailing the defense and talked about giving up “yardage in big chunks.” Tom Silverstein writes, “Capers didn’t specifically single out safety Morgan Burnett, but he didn’t have to because Burnett was clearly responsible for two of the biggest plays in the game and another big play that was wiped out by penalty. Of the two plays that did count, one led to a touchdown and the other was a touchdown.” The pass rush, which is behind last year’s pace as far as sacks go, is touched upon as well.
More on giving up big plays comes from the Packers official website.
A reason for optimism regarding the defense is given by Eric Baranczyk and Cliff Christl in a column for the Press-Gazette. “Go back to last year and the Packers allowed 320 yards or more in six of their first eight games, then gave up that many only once in the last eight,” reads the column. “That’s the goal in the NFL: Peak late.”
The surprise onside kick from last Sunday’s game against the Broncos is examined by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. “Jordy Nelson is not normally on the kickoff coverage team,” writes Copeland. “Teams understand personnel packages and will be extra careful if the Packers trot out a random receiver on the coverage unit.” I think the onside kick showed an aggressiveness that proved the Packers are out to do a better job than last year during the regular season when they barely sneaked into the playoffs.
Running back Ryan Grant’s time missed due to injury appears to be over. “Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said running back Ryan Granthas been cleared by the medical staff after missing Sunday’s game with a bruised kidney,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report.
Despite the delays that caused fans to miss the kickoff of Sunday’s game versus the Broncos, the Packers have said they’ll continue to use metal-detecting wands at the next home game at Lambeau Field. “Metal-detecting wands will remain a part of Lambeau Field security for Green Bay Packers home games, but police and Packers security hope to iron out the glitches that caused several fans to miss the kickoff Sunday,” writes Paul Srubas of the Press-Gazette.
Mike McCarthy addresses improvement in an article by Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press.
The Packers‘ coordinators discuss several issues at JSOnline.
Reaction from cornerback Charles Woodson is at PackersNews.com.
Charles Woodson is part of an article about NFL secondaries at Packer Report.
Video: A fundraiser for the Donald Driver Foundation will be held at Lambeau Field Friday Oct. 14…