In an article about the abundance of talent at the receiver position for the Green Bay Packers by Paul Imig at Fox Sports Wisconsin, James Jones took the opportunity to bemoan his perceived lack of respect. "I still don't get no respect around here, though," Jones is quoted as saying. "That's why, in all my interviews, I'm just going to start saying ‘Respect.' Get me some shirts made." Jones also talks about the frustration all the receivers and even quarterback Aaron Rodgers feel with such a deep group of pass catchers, and that's understandable. But Jones' comments about not being respected come off as sour grapes. Jones tested the free agent market last year and got little interest. The Packers showed him among the most respect in the NFL, albeit for a modest amount of money in a limited role. If Jones wants more respect, he needs to earn it by catching more passes.
Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove claimed his innocence regarding "Bountygate" in a speech given outside NFL headquarters in New York on Tuesday. "Former New Orleans Saints and current Green Bay Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove says it's not his voice saying 'Give me the money' in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the Saints' bounty program," reports the Associated Press. As stated here almost every day, this story is far from over. Stay tuned. New developments occur almost daily.
The complete text of Anthony Hargrove's statement to the press is published at CBSSports.com.
Both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Green Bay Press-Gazette asked the NFL for their comment on Anthony Hargrove's statement and both got essentially the same response from spokesman Greg Aiello: "We stand by the findings of our investigation."
In response to news that defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has applied for reinstatement to the NFL after being released from prison on probation, Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette asked for comment from the Packers. "A team spokesman said Tuesday the Packers wouldn’t comment on a report that Jolly last week asked Goodell to end his indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy," writes Demovsky. The Packers probably won't comment until Jolly is officially reinstated, and as of this moment, we have no timeline as to when a decision on Jolly's future will be made.
It was only a tweet, but television reporter Lance Allan of WTMJ in Milwaukee paraphrased Packers president Mark Murphy commenting on Johnny Jolly in an unaired interview: "Clearly Murphy defers all personnel matters to Thompson, but Murphy indicates Jolly should get his life straight before any talk of playing."
Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf made what's sure to be a controversial comment in an interview published at PackersNews.com. "When I got here, Don Huston was the greatest player ever to play for the Green Bay Packers," said Wolf. "I think everybody will tell you now, the greatest player ever to play for the Packers is Brett Favre." I acknowledge Favre was great, but I'm not sure I'm willing to name the player who threw the most interceptions in NFL history as the best player in Packers history.
Alex Green talks about his recovery from a knee injury and his future with the Packers in a blog post at JSOnline.
Mark Murphy also shot down any rumors about his interest in the Stanford athletic director job in comments made to WTMJ's Lance Allan.
A column about the Packers using their linebacker-heavy "Psycho" defensive package is written by Chad Toporski at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The biggest regression and improvement in Green Bay is touched upon by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com in a blog post.
Video: From ESPN, Anthony Hargrove speaks to reports in New York City...
Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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