In a profile-type feature at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reporter Tyler Dunne goes in depth on the Packers’ recent fifth-round draft choice Micah Hyde, a cornerback from Iowa. Hyde ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which dropped his stock, but there are other qualities that help make up for it. “He’s a film rat,” Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker is quoted as saying. “He understands what the offense is trying to do and he’s smart enough where he understands the game a little bit. . . . I don’t think you can coach that. You can give them ideas and tips and say, ‘look for this’ and ‘look for that,’ but I think he had more of a feel for it. And sometimes you say, ‘How did he make that play? How was he aware to make that play?’ He just has it.” I’m reminded of Casey Hayward and his relatively slow 40 time the previous season. He turned out okay. The Packers can only hope they’ve found the same type of player.
Sixth round draft choice Nate Palmer is profiled by reporter Wes Hodkiewicz over at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, in which the college defensive end from Illinois State talks about making the transition to outside linebacker. “I still have a lot to learn because defensive end is my primary position,” Palmer said. “But I feel like some of the things that I have learned will help me learn, help me adapt, help me get quicker. I know it’s going to be a learning curve, but I’m just ready to get to work.” Palmer steps into a good situation in Green Bay after Erik Walden and Frank Zombo left as free agents this offseason. There’s less depth at outside linebacker than other positions on the team, but Palmer still needs to prove himself.
The official website of the Packers and reporter Mike Spofford followed wide receiver Randall Cobb during an offseason strength and conditioning workout, which provided some good behind-the-scenes insight. “I just want to continue to improve, to get stronger, to get more powerful, to get more explosive and build myself up as a player, and build into a leadership role on this team,” Cobb said. “I want to do everything I can to put us in the best position for next season.” At the end of the article it was interesting to read how safety Sean Richardson and tight end Matthew Mulligan were among the top performers in a contest in which players attempted to throw a medicine ball the furthest.
Media outlets made note of the Packers wearing their throwback uniforms this season, including The Wearing of the Green (and Gold), Acme Packing Company, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Packer Report, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lombardi Ave. and JSOnline.
The toe injury of running back Eddie Lacy is scrutinized over at Lombardi Ave.
Speaking of Eddie Lacy, his jersey along with Datone Jones‘ are now for sale by the Packers Pro Shop.
Fifth round draft choice Josh Boyd is profiled at Packer Report.
Video: The NBC affiliate in Milwaukee gives a quick sneak peek of Aaron Rodgers’ appearance in The Office this Thursday…
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.