Even though the Packers’ new Nike uniforms didn’t change from their old ones at all, they’re reportedly open to alterations as soon as next season. “The Packers also decided against using the new technology Nike introduced as part of this transition, including a different fabric that is purported to be lighter, especially when wet,” writes NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. “But that issue could be revisited after the 2012 season. ‘We are open-minded on that aspect,’ (Packers spokesman Aaron) Popkey said.” Fans shouldn’t expect major changes, but minor ones could be coming.
When the NFL’s preseason schedule was announced on Wednesday, it became apparent the Packers’ opener on national television at San Diego on Aug. 9 on ESPN will have implications on the start of training camp. “Rules of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated last summer state that players can report 15 days before the team’s first preseason game, including one day for physical exams,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “That means players likely will report on July 25 and begin practicing on July 26, a Thursday. From 2009 to 2011, the preseason opener has been on a Saturday and the first practice of camp has been two Saturdays earlier.” The date of the annual shareholders meeting could be impacted as well.
NFL Draft prospect Shea McClellin of Boise State is featured in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “After Shea interviewed with about 15 teams at the combine, he brought home various sets of NFL gear,” writes Tyler Dunne. “To grandma, the Packers hat and skull cap stood out immediately. That’s where (grandma) Terry hopes he goes. She remembers watching Lombardi’s teams growing up and says her grandson would fit right in.” McClellin is being viewed as a player that could be drafted late in the first round.
Aaron Rodgers and Mike Holmgren are referenced in an Associated Press article on Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.