Packers quarterback Graham Harrell spent his offseason working out with trainer Bobby Stroupe in Texas, reports Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette in a feature published Monday. “It’s resulted in Harrell trying to improve two of his main weaknesses entering the league — athleticism and arm strength, which also are the most recognizable characteristics of his primary competition, the 6-foot-3 (B.J.) Coleman,” writes Hodkiewicz. Last year, Harrell had the edge over Coleman in experience and the touch on his passes. This year, however, those edges would appear to becoming less prominent by the day. Coleman will make a major push for Harrell’s No. 2 job this summer.
A feature on running back Alex Green was published at the Packers official website on Monday, which focused on the competition at his position and training camp. “It’s going to be very competitive,” Green is quoted as saying by writer Mike Spofford. “Every back on the roster is capable of being a contributor to the offense, from the drafted to free agents. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to push everybody in the backfield to get better.” Green is going to find himself in a similar boat as Harrell, being pushed by younger players. When the Packers took rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the NFL Draft in April, they made a statement that they’re only going to be keeping backs that will be difference makers in the offense.
Linebacker Brad Jones was named as the eighth most important Packer of 2013 by FoxSportsWisconsin.com. “General manager Ted Thompson believes in Jones a great deal,” writes Paul Imig. “Jones was an unrestricted free agent earlier this offseason and was garnering a lot of interest from other NFL teams. But Thompson didn’t want to let Jones get away, signing him to a three-year, $11.75 million deal. That is not the type of money that the Packers could afford to give to a player that they view as a backup. That is the contract of an NFL starter.”
The Packers official website started an online campaign to vote for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to win an ESPY award.
Linebacker Terrell Manning talked to the Fayetteville Observer, near his hometown in North Carolina.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson will make an appearance at the premiere of his Wisconsin tourism commercial, as noted at Lombardi Ave.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of the book “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.