Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, who finished third in the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, was interviewed by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin who quoted him as saying, “I want to start outside. I feel like I can be an outside guy now full-time.” Of course, Hayward’s bread and butter last season was guarding slot cornerbacks in the nickel and dime packages where he did a more than adequate job replacing Charles Woodson. But Hayward obviously wants to be a three-down player, and he’ll have plenty of competition from Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and Davon House. May the best man win.
An NFL personnel executive was interviewed by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about newly signed Packers tight end Matthew Mulligan. “He will add physical presence to the running game,” said the executive. “This guy is a bigger, sturdier, thicker-bodied type than (Tom) Crabtree. Big, strong, physical, tough, in-line, point-of-attack, strong-side blocker.” By no means will Mulligan be guaranteed a roster spot in Green Bay, but at this time of year, when rosters can include up to 90 players, there’s no hurt in bringing in a guy that can help the Packers in their running game. They could use a boost in that regard.
Over the weekend, NFL Draft prospect David Quesenberry was interviewed by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. Quessenberry generally confirmed the Packers interest in the San Jose State offensive lineman. “I’ve been getting a lot of different feedback from a lot of different teams,” Quessenberry said. “A lot of people see me as a tackle, and others see me as a guard or center. A team like Green Bay, they see me at all five, and that’s where my value is, being able to play all those positions and handle all that. I’ve gotten real positive feedback from them.” For a team like Green Bay that seems to put a lot of stock into college left tackles, Quessenberry makes a lot of sense.
Packers president Mark Murphy was interviewed by the Racine Journal Times over the weekend and addressed the Packers’ perceived lack of interest in free agency. “Look at the teams who have done that,” Murphy is quoted as saying. “Two years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were anointed the Dream Team and NFL champions. It’s not that we can’t afford it. It’s really just that we think the best way to spend money is to identify your core players and reach long-term extensions with them rather than taking other people’s players.” The pot shot Murphy took at the Eagles is good for a chuckle, but he’s right. Going after big-name free agents is rarely in the best interests of the organization.
Newly signed cornerback Loyce Means was interviewed by Packer Report for a feature article in which he shared his story of meeting a Packers scout in a airport.
Several Packers players made an appearance at the 25th Annual Big Event for Little Kids at Shopko Hall in Green Bay that raises educational funds for children under 10 by Bellin Health.
The “Final Four” Packers players in the poll at AllGreenBayPackers.com are unveiled.
A column mourning the loss of “Fan Fest” appears at PackersTalk.com.
Lombardi Ave. names Michael Clay of Oregon as a prospect to watch.
Video: Lambeau Field is the site of a state budget hearing in Green Bay on Monday. More from WBAY-TV…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “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 email@example.com.