On Tuesday, NBC 26 in Green Bay took a look at the secondary ticket market selling admission to the Family Night scrimmage for more than double the face price of $10 being sold directly from the Packers. “NBC26 has discovered many of those tickets are ending up on web based ticket outlets for well above face value,” reports Raquel Lamal. “Prices are ranging anywhere from $15 per seat to $29.50 on Stub Hub. Some have reported seeing Family Night ticket prices as high as $100.” The interesting part is that the Packers haven’t even sold out of tickets yet. People are willingly going out and buying tickets off the secondary market without going to the primary source first. Secondary broker Ticket King said they’ve already sold almost 100 Family Night tickets.
A feature on undrafted Packers rookie defensive lineman Gilbert Pena appears in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Pena’s story of caring for a mother with thyroid cancer has been listed in our Daily Links before, but the reporter Lori Nickel shared some new insight. “When I was at Ole Miss, I was the older guy. When I was at junior college, I was the older guy,” Peña is quoted as saying. “I always used that kind of as a tool for me. I am older. I’ve had the work experience. I know what it’s like to pay bills and have my own place.” It will be difficult for Pena to find a spot on the Packers’ 53-man roster but as a mammoth player in excess of 330 lbs., he’ll be using his size to his favor.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is named the 14th most important Packer of 2013 by FoxSportsWisconsin.com. “Nelson will be an important part of the Packers’ three-man wide receiver group this upcoming season,” writes Paul Imig. “With Greg Jennings now a member of the Minnesota Vikings, the roles of Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones will all become more critical in determining whether Green Bay has a successful year.” It will be interesting to see which Packers wide receiver ends up with the most receptions in 2013. An argument could be made for any of Nelson, Cobb and Jones.
A column on recently released linebacker Desmond Bishop is written by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The decision to release linebacker Desmond Bishop could come back to bite the Green Bay Packers in the back side,” writes Vandermause. While that could happen, I’m willing to bet that it doesn’t happen. General manager Ted Thompson’s history shows a track record that he’s usually right when it comes to releasing a player with injury issues.
Acme Packing Company takes a look at recent Packers players that have gone on to sign with the Vikings.
A discussion by ESPN analysts predicting the best teams in the NFL in 2016 is summed up at JSOnline. The Packers are included.
An article on assistant coaches Edgar Bennett and Kevin Greene appears at Packer Report.
First round draft choice Datone Jones remains unsigned. Lombardi Ave. takes a look at Jones’ situation.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of the book “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.