The NFL Spring Meetings in Indianapolis continue today where Packers president Mark Murphy is in attendance…
In an interview with Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Brandon Jackson spoke frankly about the uncertainty of his future in the NFL and the Packers in particular. “I’m a competitor. I love to compete,” Jackson said. “It didn’t surprise me one bit, to tell the truth. … When they got a running back in the third round, I already knew what the word was. Brandon Jackson is out the way now. All that stuff. You hear the talk. There’s no way you can’t hear the talk when it’s about you. So, they talk about him being a good third down guy and all that.” The Packers drafted running back Alex Green of Hawaii in the third-round this past April.
Punter Tim Masthay informed Fox 11 TV in Green Bay that he’s been working informally with his former college teammate and now Packers teammate, second-round draft choice Randall Cobb. “Masthay gave the receiver some tips about returning punts in the NFL, including styles of kicks NFL punters like to use and nuances in the rules governing punt coverage units,” writes Justin Felder of WLUK-TV, the local Fox affiliate. “He also told Cobb to get ready for Packers fans.” Included in the article is a picture of Masthay working out at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. where he and kicker Mason Crosby have been working out this offseason.
North Carolina tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Allen Mogridge was interviewed for a feature on the Packers official website of new seventh-round draft choice Ryan Taylor. Mogridge spoke highly of Taylor’s performance in his final collegiate game, a Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee in which Taylor had a career high nine catches for 85 yards. “The Music City Bowl,” Mogridge said. “Grab your bowl of popcorn, turn the thing on and watch it, if you want to get a picture of Ryan Taylor. He was a warrior in that game. The article also delves further into Taylor’s special teams prowess where he’s expected to have his biggest impact, particularly early on.
A scouting report on Ryan Taylor is provided by Packer Report (subscription required).
More photos of rookies Randall Cobb and Alex Green from the NFL Players Rookie Premiere Event appear at Packer Report. “Cobb, who was assigned No. 18 by the Packers, got to wear that jersey,” writes Bill Huber. “Green has not been assigned number and wore No. 00.” According to a report at ProFootballTalk.com, the players wore 00 for indoor shots and their college numbers for their outdoor shots.
Packers president Mark Murphy spoke with Albert Breer of the NFL Network at the NFL Spring Meeting in Indianapolis on Monday. As expected Murphy was asked about the lockout. “It’s just timing,” said Murphy on what’s preventing talks now. “It’s like a lot of negotiations, it takes a deadline. And when do we reach that? I guess each side has its own (deadlines). I think at the end of the day, you’d hope that cooler hears will look at it and say, ‘We need to resolve this and let’s figure out something that works for everyone.’ ”
Mark Murphy was also asked by Breer how the Packers were going to be even better in 2011. “We’ve got 15 really good players coming off injured reserve,” said Murphy.
Wondering whether the Packers have the three best cornerbacks in the NFL is Al Bracco of AllGreenBayPackers.com. “Last off-season, many Packers followers (including myself) thought cornerback to be one of the Packers’ biggest positions of need,” writes Bracco. “So naturally, Ted Thompson did nothing to address it in the draft, but then miraculously struck gold with UDFA Sam Shields. The combination of Woodson, Williams and Shields would prove to be a point of strength for the Packers in 2010, surprising just about everyone.”
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers reportedly attended Tom Coughlin’s golf tournament on Monday. According to Scott Hanson of the NFL Network, Capers is looking forward to the Packers’ ring ceremony and was wearing a Super Bowl hat.
Special teams is the focus of an article by Bill Huber of Packer Report in which coordinator Shawn Slocum is interviewed (subscription required).
Also focusing on special teams is a post by Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company.
Greg Jennings is ranked as the no. 5 wide receiver in the NFL by Michael Rodney of Packer Update.
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