In the aftermath of criticism of Aaron Rodgers’ leadership capabilities from the agent of Jermichael Finley and Desmond Bishop, wide receiver James Jones and other teammates defended their quarterback on Tuesday. “Me and A-Rod are way closer than that, man, to let something like that come in between us,” Jones is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “We’re out there trying to win the ball game. It was my fault. I gave him mixed signals. I mean, we’re all emotional out there, man. It’s common, man. We do a lot of head gestures and stuff like that, the camera may not just be on us. Me and him, we’re both competitive, we’re trying to win. It was my fault. We don’t ever want to turn the ball over. I’m not mad at him. Shoot, we’re trying to win, man. Get on me. I messed up.” Jones was the target of public criticism from Rodgers in the Packers’ victory over the Bears last Thursday night when Jones ran a poor route. Jones also acknowledged that Rodgers apologized.
The Packers received a bit of good news in the injury department when Greg Jennings returned to practice on Tuesday. “Green Bay’s starting receiver returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday after missing the Chicago Bears game Thursday with a groin injury,” writes Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel. “He had five receptions for 34 yards in the season-opening loss to San Francisco and usually draws the top cornerback on defense, so his presence alone may create opportunities elsewhere on offense.” Running back James Starks (turf toe) and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (groin) also practiced on Wednesday, which is making for a healthy team heading into the Seahawks game.
Several rookies played prominent roles for the Packers in their win against the Bears, which is starting to gain some attention seeing as how well they played. “Against the Bears, six rookies chipped in on defense: First-round pick Nick Perry and undrafted free agent Dezman Moses were part of a three-man rotation with veteran Erik Walden at left outside linebacker; second-round pick Jerel Worthy and fourth-round pick Mike Daniels each registered his first NFL sack as part of the defensive line rotation; fourth-round pick Jerron McMillian was the nickel/dime safety when Woodson would shift in sub packages and had his first NFL interception; and second-round pick Casey Hayward was the dime cornerback,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. The veterans on the team are encouraged by the contributions of the rookies, which provides peace of mind.
More on the rookies on defense comes from the Packers official website.
Packers defensive lineman Jerel Worthy talked to the media on Tuesday about facing a former college opponent, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “For a guy who may be undersized, he has one of the biggest hearts out on the field,” Worthy is quoted as saying by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “He’s a very good quarterback. He’s very efficient, very smart. If he can’t see back there, he’s going to find a way to where he can get downfield and see the wide receivers. He’s going to make the plays. He’s a damn good player.” Worthy had a couple memorable matchups against Wilson when the two played at Michigan State and Wisconsin respectively.
The Packers are ranked third this week in the AP’s Pro32 poll.
Rookie linebacker Dezman Moses won his first regular season game for the first time in almost a year.
Mike McCarthy also answered fan questions in his weekly feature at the team’s official website.
NFL Films president Steve Sabol passed away on Tuesday. His memories of the Packers are shared at the Press-Gazette.
The Packers offense is the focus of an article at Packers.com.
Tom Crabtree and Brett Goode talk Packers football at PackersNews.com.
Statistical analysis on coverage sacks and pressure interceptions comes from AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Clay Matthews is named Pro Football Weekly’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Several thoughts on a couple of the Packers’ practice squad players are shared by Russ Lande at the National Football Post.
Cedric Benson is the subject of a blog post at Lombardi Ave.
Video: LeRoy Butler breaks down some Xs and Os at JSOnline…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.