Differing suggestions regarding the future of wide receiver Greg Jennings were thrown about over the past day as Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel urged trading Jennings and Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette thinks the franchise tag could be an option. “General managers, unlike coaches, are paid to think long term,” writes McGinn “Trading Jennings would be the kind of bold stroke that Thompson generally has been averse to making, but if handled properly could keep Green Bay in the Super Bowl hunt for years.” McGinn, in particular, doesn’t think the franchise tag is a good idea with Jennings as it wouldn’t alleviate the need for salary cap space considering all the other players the Packers must soon sign to big-time deals including Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji.
Greg Jennings is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game, although Adam Schefter of ESPN says Jennings has a 50-50 shot at playing. More on Greg Jennings as the injury report comes from the Press-Gazette, Journal Sentinel, Packer Report, Fox Sports Wisconsin and ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Linebacker Clay Matthews, in an interview, expressed the need for the Packers’ rookies to contribute posthaste. “We don’t have time for them to get acclimated,” Matthews is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. “We need them to contribute right off the bat. Obviously that was evident with Nick Perry playing opposite of me, Jerel (Worthy) being in there, some of these younger guys. So we’re going to need to have them continue to study and make sure they’re abreast of everything so that way when they’re thrown into the game, it’s not as if they’re a rookie but that they’ve been a part of this team for a while.” Matthews is absolutely right. If the Packers defense is going to get better, they’re going to need big time contributions from the first-year players, including Jerron McMillian, Mike Daniels and Dezman Moses too.
More on Clay Matthews’ comments on the rookies comes from PackersNews.com.
The challenge of facing Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be a challenge for the Packers on Thursday night. “Williams likely will draw the assignment of covering Marshall full time tonight,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “With Charles Woodson’s move to safety in the base, he no longer will be matched against a receiver for an entire game. In the 2010 game against Marshall (versus Miami), Woodson started the game on him, drew a pair of penalties — one for illegal contact and one for holding — while splitting time with Williams on him.” How the Packers contain Marshall and perform against the Bears’ passing attack will definitely be one of the biggest keys to the game, maybe the biggest.
The Packers cornerbacks responded to recent comments by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler welcoming pass coverage and wishing them good luck. “He can go ahead and talk,” Jarrett Bush told JSOnline. “The game is played between the white lines, not in the media. So we could exchange words and whatnot but we’ll probably exchange words on the field.” Just like Williams will be challenged with Marshall, all the Packers corners and defensive backs will have a tough task ahead of them. It will be imperative for them to have a better day than they had against the 49ers.
More on the Packers secondary comes from Packer Report.
The offensive personnel of the Packers is examined in a post at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
There will be no pylon camera for Thursday’s Packers-Bears game, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The Packers need to run and stop the run, from the Packers official website.
If you’re going to Thursday’s game, be reminded of construction.
A tongue-in-cheek discussion of the Packers landing USC quarterback Matt Barkley next year comes from ESPN.com.
Safety M.D. Jennings discusses riding the Zippin Pippin roller-coaster in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers says he wants to avoid overexposure in his advertising campaigns.
The Packers face Brian Urlacher at less than 100 percent.
The Packers-Bears rivalry is noted by the Associated Press.
Donald Driver answers questions on a local television show.
Video: Former Packer 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” and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.