Despite showing previous interest in Chris Canty the last time he was a free agent, the Green Bay Packers have not contacted the recently released defensive lineman formerly of the New York Giants, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "As of right now, the Packers have not called (agent Brad) Blank," writes Silverstein. "Maybe they already know the price is too high. Maybe they think he can't play anymore." The length of contract desired by Canty could also be an issue. It would appear Canty can still be an effective NFL player, but for how long? The Packers might not want to offer a contract of three-plus seasons when another team might.
In an interview with former West Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital, Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel learned that NFL Draft prospect Geno Smith has studied a lot of film on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "On that iPad, Smith watched every snap of Aaron Rodgers’ season in 2011," writes Dunne. "Sometimes, Spavital joined him but usually Smith watched the Packers quarterback on his own. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder began mimicking Rodgers’ play-action tendencies. The Packers and Mountaineers run a handful of similar formations. In the split-back, play-action game, Smith noticed that Rodgers rides a prolonged fake to the running back to protect himself longer in the pocket." Regarded as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in this year's Draft class, Smith won't be Rodgers' understudy any time soon. But it's interesting to see the influence Rodgers has on such a highly-regarded young player.
Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre spoke to Jon Saraceno of USA Today about the recent tornado that ripped through his town of residence in Mississippi. "Nobody was killed!'' Favre is quoted as saying. "Look, everybody here is scratching their heads — 'Can you believe it?' Amazin'." During the interview, Favre said the tornado came as close as half a mile from his home. The pictures show scenes of destruction. It really is good news that people were not killed by this natural disaster.
Packers safety Morgan Burnett was recognized by ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert for being one of the few non-NFL offensive linemen to play every single snap in 2012. "That breakdown generated a unique accomplishment for Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett, who was one of four non-offensive linemen in the NFL to achieve 100 percent participation in 2012," writes Seifert. "The others were St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinitis and two quarterbacks, the San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers, and the Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck." Although I saw improvement from Burnett in 2012, I still find it disappointing that a guy who played more than almost any other player in the entire NFL couldn't come up with a few more turnovers.
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila talks about being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in an article by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin, but perhaps more interesting are his comments on the potential of Clay Matthews to break KGB's franchise sacks record. "The way Clay Matthews is looking, he could (break it)," Gbaja-Biamila is quoted as saying. "I don't know how long (my record) is going to last. I don't know how long Reggie White's lasted, probably not as long, I guess. Every record is meant to be broken, so I'm just glad to say I had it at one time and I surpassed the great Reggie White."
The Green Bay Packers Foundation donated a record-setting single year sum of over $450,000 to community organizations in the past year. More on those donations comes from the Packers official website, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Fox 11 and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The offseason check-up series continues at Fox Sports Wisconsin with quarterback Graham Harrell.
Offensive coordinator Tom Clements is the subject of analysis at Acme Packing Company.
Thoughts on Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre are shared at PackersTalk.com.
Video: In addition to another video on his family and contributions to the community, Fox 11 shares this video about Donald Driver and his 10 years hosting "Inside the Huddle"...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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