On the calendar today, the Packers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason finale at 7 p.m. Lambeau time this evening. It's the last audition for players on the fence to make the team ...
Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini is a trade candidate according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Giacomini has prototypical size and temperament for right tackle, won't turn 25 until Sept. 27 and has two minimum-salary years remaining on his contract," writes McGinn. "Those factors make him attractive to some of the teams looking for a tackle." Giacomini probably won't be making the Packers roster anyway, so they'll be glad to entertain a trade for him. They can only hope two or more teams can get in a bidding war and can take the best offer.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and 10 other players showed up at the annual Welcome Packers luncheon yesterday wearing cowboy hats signifying their goal of making it to the Super Bowl being held in Dallas, Tex. this season. "If the Green Bay Packers and their fans are downplaying the team's Super Bowl chances this season, it wasn't evident Wednesday," writes Tony Walter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Talk of the Super Bowl has been a recurring theme for the Packers since training camp opened. Talk ends soon as the season is about to begin.
With the Packers traveling to Kansas City, Mike McCarthy and the team announced a $100,000 donation to nearby Baker University. "For the third straight year, McCarthy and the Packers’ organization have partnered to make a $100,000 donation to the school in Baldwin City, Kan.," writes Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. Baker University is McCarthy's alma mater.
Depth at the safety position is touched upon by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette, and it appears defensive coordinator Dom Capers may be more optimistic than both. “I think we’ve got better depth than we did last year,” Capers is quoted as saying. “I was concerned about our depth last year, and it proved itself out in those first four games when Atari went out in the opener, and we ended up making a roster move after the second game and next thing you know we’ve got a linebacker playing safety.” All eyes will be on Charlie Peprah tonight. A good performance will help his chances of making the team.
The Packers made it through the month of August without any big injuries, an underrated accomplishment, writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. "The Packers have lost no starters for the season, and among their core of key playmakers, only one, outside linebacker Clay Matthews, sustained an injury of note, a pulled hamstring that has sidelined him since the end of the first week of practice, and even he’s expected back next week," reports Dougherty. "So if the starters can get through the one series they’re expected to play Thursday night, the players that matter most will be on the field when the regular season opens Sept. 12." The Packers, of course, have three players on the PUP list, but those injuries did not occur during training camp.
The "last chance" aspect of tonight's game is written about by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. “It’s in my head,” running back Kregg Lumpkin is quoted as saying. “It’s the last week and coaches are making their final decisions. All I can do is just go out there and do what I can do and have faith that Green Bay keeps me or another team picks me up.” Lumpkin is one of those so-called players on the fence. He could really benefit from a good performance tonight whether the Packers notice it or another team.
Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal delivers an anecdote about the reality of the looming final cuts the team must make. "There have been times during training camp that Frank Zombo and Nick McDonald have discussed the possibility that, come this weekend, they'll climb into Zombo's 2006 Chevy Impala and make the 500-mile journey back to their hometown, the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Mich.," writes Polzin. For a newcomer on the Packers beat, Polzin does some good storytelling.
The reality of Tramon Williams becoming a starting cornerback is examined by McGinn. "With youth all around, the last thing the Packers can afford is for Williams' level of play to be a problem," writes McGinn. "There are no guarantees Harris will be activated from the physically unable to perform list, and the organization can't be sure how he will perform if he does reach the field." Even if Harris comes back, Williams may hold onto the starting job if the Packers want to ease Harris back into action by keeping him on subpackages only.
Head coach Mike McCarthy will be visiting his oldest daughter during this road trip to Kansas City with her being a freshman at the University of Kansas this year. “I’m kind of excited to go down to Kansas and see her dorm room and things like that,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “This is neat.”
The Packers will go 13-3 this year according to the 4th and 26 blog at the A.V. Club.
The Stadium View in Green Bay is being considered as one of America's best sports bars.
The veteran offensive tackles are interviewed by Rob Reischel of Packer Plus on the Journal Sentinel's Packer Insider section (subscription required).
Did you catch Cheesehead Radio with guest Kareem Copeland last evening?
How about Cheesehead TV's Aaron Nagler's radio interview on Appleton's 1570 The Score?
Or how about Cheesehead TV moderator Jayme Joer's Q&A over at the Packer Ranter?
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