The Packers have signed all of their 2013 draft choices except for the first two, defensive lineman Datone Jones and running back Eddie Lacy. "The Green Bay Packers have used $4,111.502 of their $6,131.322 rookie pool after signing nine of their 11 draft picks, a source with access to salary data told Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson," according to Bill Huber of Packer Report. The $4.1 million represents the draft choices' first-year money only. Due to the NFL's rookie wage scale, it's pretty much predetermined how much each first-year player will get paid, although there is a little bit of wiggle room.
The changes taking place at next week's Organized Team Activities are described at the Packers official website. First of all, the practices open to the public will be taking place on Clark Hinkle Field. "Another difference was mentioned by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday when rookie orientation wrapped up, and that’s less 'team' work during OTAs, meaning there will be fewer 11-on-11 periods between the offense and defense," according to the article. "That suggests more fundamentals and drill work to prepare the team for training camp." One more change is detailed, and that's taking four quarterbacks into OTAs compared to last year's three. The purpose is to put less wear and tear on starter Aaron Rodgers.
An interview with Brandon Boctick appears in an article at the Green Bay Press-Gazette on the tight end position in Green Bay. “The more important thing has been blocking for me,” Bostick is quoted as saying by reporter Wes Hodkiewicz. “I can run and catch passes, but I’ve been working on my blocking and focus on the details of that. The playbook, this will be my second year here so I’m thinking they’re expecting me to know the playbook and take the next step.” Bostick switched his number from 48 to 86 during the offseason. There's a reason the Packers kept Bostick on their practice squad the entire 2012 season. He'll get a chance to show what he's got this year.
An article similar to the one we posted on defensive lineman Datone Jones over the weekend here at Cheesehead TV appears over at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The ceremony honoring former Packer Reggie White as a "Hometown Hall of Famer" is covered by the Associated Press.
The Packers assigned jersey No. 1 to rookie quarterback Matt Brown for the first time since Curly Lambeau, as noted by the Wearing of the Green (and Gold).
Rookie running back Angelo Pease is profiled over at Packerpedia.
It's questioned whether a rookie can start on the Packers offensive line over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The Packers backfield is the topic of a post over at Lombardi Ave.
An article on the young outside linebackers in Green Bay appears at Packer Report.
Video: Packers president Mark Murphy talks about Family Night with Fox 11 in Green Bay...
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 [email protected].
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