Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and center Scott Wells expressed their displeasure for the NFL’s new rule requiring centers to wear to wear a microphone. “Aaron Rodgers and Scott Wells haven’t actually talked about divvying up the weekly $5,000 fine, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback and center both heard about Baltimore center Matt Birk getting hit in the pocketbook for not wearing the NFL-mandated microphone last week, and they kind of like the idea,” writes Jason Wilde. Rodgers and Wells don’t like the opposing team having recordings of the quarterback’s audibles and cadence.
Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga said he was optimistic about playing on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. “Bulaga, who missed the last two games with a knee injury, practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday, and the Green Bay Packers second-year right tackle said afterward that he expects to be back protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Lambeau Field,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. Whether he’ll line up at left or right tackle, we don’t know. My guess is right tackle.
New practice squad addition Cecil Newton––brother of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton––spoke to reporters for the first time on Thursday and the conversation invariably turned toward his family. “Cam started growing up and I started growing out,” Newton told Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. “A lot of people took on to him as the athlete of the brothers. I had to work a lot harder than he did because he was just blessed with some God-given talent inside.” Newton will reportedly play the three interior positions on the offensive line.
Mason Crosby is a kick away from tying a franchise record for consecutive field goals without a miss. “Chris Jacke holds the team record with a 17-kick streak in 1993,” writes Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press, “and Crosby’s streak is the third-longest active streak in the NFL, behind Atlanta’s Matt Bryant (23) and Detroit’s Jason Hanson (21).” Crosby has 17 touchbacks on the year on kickoffs.
Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse is featured by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “For three games running – at right and left tackle – red flags have been minimal,” writes Dunne. “The 6-foot-4, 319-pounder allowed a pair of sacks to Denver Broncos rookie Von Miller. The next week, the Georgia Dome should have been a house of horrors for Newhouse. The Packers trailed, 14-0, when he supplanted Clifton on the blind side. But Newhouse was nearly flawless. He allowed zero sacks and just one pressure. The offense rolled up 426 total yards.”
Additional coverage of Marshall Newhouse comes from the JSOnline blog.
Punter Tim Masthay’s statistics don’t look good. “He’s fifth worst (in the NFL) if you consider his 40.6 gross average and he’s second worst if you consider his 30.8 net average.” He started off slow last year as well and then really turned it around.
Linebacker Frank Zombo has a “great chance” of making his season debut on Sunday, according to Fox Sports.
Wide receiver James Jones is featured in an article by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Rookies are the topic of a blog post by Rob Demovsky at PackersNews.com.
Offensive line coach James Campen is proud of his young tackles, according to Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette.
Donald Driver is the focus of an article at Packer Report (sub required).
The Packers talk about their throwback uniforms in a video at NFL.com.
A statistical analysis of Aaron Rodgers appears on the NFC North blog at ESPN.com.
Former Packers safety Matt Bowen writes a column on blitzing the Packers at the National Football Post.
The Packers Women’s Association holds their annual Food Drive this weekend.
Derek Sherrod is one of 39 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes playing in the NFL.
Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay reports on an upcoming business summit taking place at Lambeau Field…
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