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Packers Daily Links 8.31.10

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Packers Daily Links 8.31.10

On the Packers calendar today, the team hits the practice field for the final day of training camp at 10:15 a.m....

Rookie running back James Starks may practice today reports Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "RB James Starks, who hasn't done anything with the team since injuring a hamstring July 30, said he might return Tuesday," writes McGinn. If Starks practices, he would be ineligible to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the regular season. That would have four short days whether to cut him or place him on the 53-man roster. If cut, he is eligible to be placed on the practice squad.

Outside linebacker Brad Jones has downplayed the fact he's been practicing with a harness on his shoulder says Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. "Jones hasn't taken part in any contact since injuring the shoulder Aug.?19, missing both the Seattle and Indianapolis exhibition games," writes Silverstein. "It appears doubtful he'll play against Kansas City Thursday night, meaning he'll enter the season opener with just one game under his belt." Jones describes his harness as a tape job and not an apparatus he has to wear. He also says he feels good and doesn't anticipate his shoulder being a problem throughout the season.

Cullen Jenkins spoke very highly of rookie defensive lineman Mike Neal. “He’s strong as heck with a lot of quickness and a lot of explosion,” Jenkins is quoted as saying by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “He’s got to be one of the best rookies I’ve seen coming in for a while, especially on the D-line. He just looks like he’s ready to contribute right now. Obviously, he’s going to keep getting better, but he already looks like a good player.” Neal figures to be the first player off the bench on the defensive line considering all the starters stay healthy.

Beyond Neal, Bill Huber of Packer Report says the Packers need Justin Harrell. "Clearly, the Packers want him to make the team," writes Huber. "He’s in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal and has pocketed $6.07 million in guaranteed money — including bonuses of about $518,000 already this year, according to salary data provided to Packer Report. For that money, he’s played in 13 regular-season games and has made exactly zero impact plays." As long as he stays healthy through Thursday's game, I expect Harrell to make the 53-man roster.

Veteran linebacker Nick Barnett is featured in an article from Tom Silverstein noting how he's not the ironman he used to be. "Through nearly five weeks of camp, Barnett has missed twice the number of practices he missed from '03-'08, compelled to take it easy because his twice surgically repaired right knee - along with coach Mike McCarthy - has demanded it. It's just a fact of life he has to accept," writes Silverstein.

A documentary is being created about Packers fans. "[The filmmaker's] project will follow selected Packers fans throughout this season," according to Warren Gerds of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "She has started filming and is looking for people who want to be in the documentary or will help out with the production." Follow the link to find out more about the film.

Mr. Bacon over at Pocket Doppler shares his thoughts on tight end Tom Crabtree. "He is a free agent that has cought [sic] on fire recently and may evaluate management to consider trading Donald Lee," says Mr. Bacon. "Crabtree is the opposite TE of a Finley. He is a pure blocker, which is awesome in its own right. A blocking TE is needed heavily in the goaline situations.  Plus, a TE can be a Fullback as well which could put Quinn Johnson out on a trade. I think its necessary to at least keep this guy because we need a TE with some blocking skills. Finley, for all he is worth right now, is not a blocker he is a athlete."

Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette does a good job detailing punt returner Jason Chery's recent rise from obscurity. Recommended reading.

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sammer's picture

No one is trading for a FB. Sorry, it's not going to happen.

Tommyboy's picture

Well, it's not the most common, but it certainly happens. The Redskins just did it yesterday and I know the Packers were approached about it last year.

bomdad's picture

The Cardinals traded a rookie CB to Philly for a FB yesterday

sammer's picture

And then cut him immediately. The NFLPA is investigating that transaction as a potential attempt to circumvent the 85% rule.

Care to try again? There are more pro caliber FBs than there are jobs most years, period.

jeremy's picture

The Chery story is kinda cool. He's getting to live his dream for at least a little while.

WoodyG's picture

Go ahead ...... Trade Donald Lee ...... If Finley should happen to go down early (it happens), then our TEs are an ILB, a rookie & a blocker ......A position of strength suddenly is a liability ...... The TE position is strong because of Finley AND Lee, not the other three ...........

bomdad's picture

My thoughts exactly. With Lee, you get the whole package, and you can run the whole playbook. Finley has not even played 16 games in a season yet, and his personal life is like watching NASCAR if you know what I mean.

Asshalo's picture

The Starks bit is interested and worthy of following more. Will they or won't they? It's kinda big decision considering the ambiguity of his health and experience.

Signed up for the packer documentary. Probably won't get picked (way too many unique fanatics in packer land), but I offered to help. Helps a good cause too.

I agree with Bacon on Crabtree. I didn't know what the fuss was about until the Indy game when he proved worthy of attention. He'll definitely be someone to watch Thursday.

dilligaff's picture

At this point if Kuhn can be that emergency 3rd running back, I would rather see the Pack keep 2 running backs and keep a player like Crabtree or Q. Johnson.

I am not in favor of trading Lee, would rather see the Pack risk Quarless on the practice squad than to trade Lee.

Really the odd man out as far as the tight end position is Havner, but he has value on special teams and adds depth to the ILB positions.

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