Wide receiver Donald Driver responded to questions on Tuesday about the small amount of playing time he received in the Packers' season-opening loss to the 49ers. “I didn’t go into that game thinking I wasn’t going to play,” Driver told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The way it came out, I didn’t. It sucks, but that’s the way it goes.” Driver played all of three snaps in the 49ers game, and he wouldn't have even played that had Greg Jennings not hurt his groin late in the game. Depending on Jennings' status for the upcoming Bears game, it's possible Driver's role could expand on Thursday but nothing is a given.
Running back Cedric Benson talked about playing his former team with the media on Tuesday, but for him, motivation goes beyond playing the Bears. “You know what? It’s extra incentive every week for me,” Benson is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “The fact that they’re a former team, you know, you always want to do great against those guys. But that’s not the driving force here. Every week, it’s always extremely important to get the job done.” The Packers failed to get their ground game going on Sunday with Benson averaging only 2.0 yards per carry, which obviously needs to improve.
Head coach Mike McCarthy basically acknowledged on Tuesday that the Packers' situation in the secondary is still fluid and jobs are subject to change. “It’s a competitive situation,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “There’s competitive situations that go on throughout your football team all season. Some you’d like to see rectified earlier than others. We still don’t play with just 11 players on offense and defense. So, it’s really part of that. But, yes, as far as who’s the staring corner and who’s doing what and what package, there’s also another side to it." There's a decent chance Sam Shields and Jerron McMillian get promoted to bigger roles in the defensive backfield, but if that's happening, nobody's saying for sure yet.
Cornerback Davon House continued to practice in a limited fashion with a harness on his injured shoulder on Tuesday, but he made some encouraging comments to reporters afterward. “Today, I didn’t think about it at all. I said before that I’d have to change up my game," House told Tyler Dunne of JSOnline about playing a physical style of game. "The truth is that I might have to change nothing up. That’s good.” The fact that the Packers haven't used their injured reserve exemption on House is a positive sign. It makes sense that the Packers would hold House out of Thursday's game, but maybe he'll return with an usually large period of rest before the Packers' third game of the season against Seattle on Monday night football.
More on Davon House comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers dropped to fifth in the AP's Pro32 rankings.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop is watching a lot of Netflix this week, says Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Punter Tim Masthay is profiled at Packer Plus.
The defense is the focus of an article by Rob Reischel at Packer Plus.
Former Packers safety Matt Bowen breaks down Frank Gore's touchdown run against Green Bay from Sunday.
The importance of winning in the division is stressed by Mike McCarthy.
Some questions are brought up by Tyler Dunne in a video at JSOnline.
The Packers announced the alumni players who will appear at Thursday's game.
Video: Jerry Kramer joins host Tom Crabtree on Clubhouse Live...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America" and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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