On the Green Bay Packers calendar today, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements takes part in the Notre Dame Club of Milwaukee’s annual golf outing at Westmoor Country Club …
Former Packers vice president Andrew Brandt calls the Charles Woodson signing the exception to the rule as a reason why free agency doesn’t work in the NFL. “Yes, sometimes free agency in the NFL does work,” acknowledges Brandt, “although in this case, the Packers were fortunate the circumstances played out the way they did.” In well-rounded fashion, Brandt points out a signing that was a positive for both the player and the team, but his previous evidence that free agency doesn’t work is still more convincing.
The ranking of every player on the Packers roster No. 1 through No. 83 continues by Bill Huber of Packer Report. Yesterday he got as far as No. 66, where he ranked free agent outside linebackers Frank Zombo and John Russell in a dead heat. “They couldn’t have more different football backgrounds,” writes Huber. “Zombo was a star defensive end at Central Michigan of the Mid-American Conference, finishing with 25.5 sacks in his career. Russell played defensive tackle at Wake Forest of the ACC, finishing with a modest 10.5 sacks. Both are making the move to outside linebacker, though Russell’s transition from interior lineman is much more difficult. Russell, who played in the mid-270s at Wake but wants to get down to no more than 260 by training camp, appeared to have the edge after the minicamp. He just looked more physical, which is what the Packers value at that position more than the glory of rushing the passer.” If I was forced to choose, I’d have to say the opposite and give Zombo the edge. Zombo seems more polished at this point, and while Russell may have some potential, he seems more like a practice squad candidate as he develops into a player the Packers can utilize.
Chef Dan Froelich, who’s been providing meals to the Packers during training camp at St. Norbert College for 22 years, is featured in an article at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. I was most impressed at the expectations and code of conduct employees must adhere to when it comes to interacting with professional athletes. “St. Norbert is responsible for a continental breakfast each morning, dinner, a late-night snack, a constant supply of beverages, van rides to and from Ray Nitschke Field and the operation of Victor McCormick Residence Hall,” writes reporter Kareem Copeland. “NFL teams can bring 80 players to camp, and the Packers bunk two to a room on three floors of the St. Norbert dorm. The number dwindles as players are released and the team shrinks its roster to 53 at the end of training camp.” Chef Dan is also on Twitter with the handle @ChefDanF. I encourage you to give him a follow.
Something that the Packers could be subjected to in the future is a test for Human Growth Hormone (HGH). A new, more effective test is reportedly being developed. “The new test, called a bio-markers test, scans the blood for chemicals the body produces after HGH use, which are detectable for up to two weeks,” writes Eddie Pells of the Associated Press. “The test, expected to be available in the coming weeks or months, is a complement to — or maybe an improvement over — the current test, called an isoform test, which scans blood for synthetic HGH.” I suggest reading the entire article as it gives a more comprehensive look at a subject that’s tough to cover in one paragraph. Hat tip to Brian McIntyre of the Other 31.
The signing of free agent running back Brian Westbrook is advocated by Monty McMahon of Total Packers. “If Westbrook has nothing left in the tank, the team can simply cut their losses and go with Jackson and Starks,” writes McMahon. “If he does, he provides the third-down weapon the team is lacking and can mentor Starks until he’s ready to take over the role.” I would be in favor of a move such as this. Westbrook can still be an effective weapon, and as long as he still wants to play, I’d indulge him.
Bob Fox of Packer Chatters puts a lot of stock into the word of Charles Woodson, who recently called Aaron Rodgers the best quarterback in the NFL. “Woodson should know greatness, as he is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, after his outstanding 2009 season,” writes Fox. “Woodson had 74 total tackles, 2 sacks and 9 interceptions, 3 of which were returned for TDs in 2009.”
The five worst moves by Ted Thompson as general manager of the Green Bay Packers are picked by Ian Hanley of Bleacher Report. Among them is the release of safety Anthony Smith last season. “Compounding Smith’s release was the release of Aaron Rouse a few weeks later, leaving the Packers secondary with only Derrick Martin, Matt Giordano, and Jarrett Bush behind Nick Collins and Bigby,” writes Hanley. While some good arguments are presented, Mike Wahle’s name isn’t even mentioned in the discussion, which hurts the article’s credibility, at least in my opinion.
Listen to Greg Jennnings and Dorsey Levens conduct recent interviews on Bottom Line Sports.
Adam Czech of Packer Chatters asks, “How Far Would You Go For Packers Season Tickets?”
Chris Lempesis of Ol’ Bag of Donuts reflects on life as a Packers fan in enemy territory.
PackerWorld Central thinks Korey Hall will win the starting fullback job.
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