Packers fourth-round draft choice Mike Daniels expressed some frustration about being held out of practice during Green Bay's offseason program. Daniels is recovering from labrum surgery on his shoulder after his season at Iowa ended. “It’s rough. If you tell a fish not to swim, it’s going to be kind of hard,” Daniels told the Packers official website. “Being a football player, it’s hard to sit around and watch everybody else out there getting better, practicing. So I have to find other ways to improve myself.” Perhaps even more discouraging is that the defensive lineman didn't seem particularly positive about being cleared for practice by training camp saying, "We’ll see what the doc says." There's still more than three weeks until camp begins, however.
Fellow fourth-round draft choice Jerron McMillian talked to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about competing for a job in the starting lineup at safety this season. “I just want to compete," McMillian is quoted as saying. "I’m going to learn the playbook as well as I can. I’m going to know my job and know what everyone else is doing around me to help my job at that position. I’ll just go out there and compete, work as hard as I can. That’s all I can do.” Until training camp begins and the pads go on, fans can only speculate about a young player like McMillian. It's possible he might surprise and fight for some playing time, but no one really knows at this point.
More on Jerron McMillian comes from AllGreenBayPackers.com.
A beam-signing ceremony was held at Lambeau Field on Monday to symbolically recognize the progress made on the renovations. Installation of new scoreboards and construction of a new north end zone gate and viewing platform appear to be done, while the 6,700 seating expansion won't be completed until next year. “I think our fans are just going to be blown away when they see the clarity and just the great view and vision that you get from these video boards,” Packers president Mark Murphy is quoted as saying by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Former Packers wide receiver Bill Schroeder and Mark Murphy teamed up with Tiger Woods' niece, Cheyenne Woods, to post the lowest score during the Wisconsin Sports Shootout, a lighthearted five-hole event pairing LPGA golfers and Wisconsin sports personalities in the run-up to the U.S. Women's Open tournament behind held this week in Kohler. “There’s a big difference between hitting the ball far and being consistent down the middle, and that’s why I enjoyed playing with Cheyenne,” Schroeder said of playing with Tiger Woods' niece. Their threesome played one-under par.
Undrafted rookie cornerback Otis Merrill spoke frankly about why he transferred from Wisconsin to lower-level Illinois State during college in an interview appearing on JSOnline. “Just being a young guy, I didn’t take advantage of that time," said Merrill. "When I was waiting for my shoulder to heal, I don’t feel like I was in the meeting room and as focused as I needed to be. When I came back, I was a little behind. It’s a big school. It’s a Division I school, man. You can’t get behind the eight ball. So I just kept fighting and I felt like I really didn’t get a chance after a while so I transferred to Illinois State. I played on and off my first two years. It was a little bumpy here and there but I learned from those two years. I persevered through that and kept staying positive. My senior year, I started and had a great year.” Merrill will be fighting an uphill battle to win a roster spot this season, but he'll be given a fair opportunity just like any other player. If he could make the practice squad, that alone would be huge for a young player like Merrill.
Wide receiver Donald Driver spoke to ESPN.com about his annual charity golf tournament held last weekend in Las Vegas. "Everyone’s efforts helped raise money for the Donald Driver Foundation," Driver said, "to keep up the fight against homelessness and promote higher education for youths."
Five questions about the Packers heading into training camp are answered by Zach Heilprin at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Former Packers safety Chuck Cecil talks about concussions with the Tennessean.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb is called a player ready to "make the leap" by Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com.
Video: Footage of the Wisconsin Sports Shootout with Mark Tauscher, Bill Schroeder and Mark Murphy comes from Gannett...
Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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