Appearing on the NFL Network on Monday, Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones talked about the potential departure of wide receiver Greg Jennings and the makeup of the team's remaining wide receivers. "I can see me, Jordy (Nelson) and Randall (Cobb) getting about 80 catches a piece," Jones is quoted as saying by Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. "I can see us all having over 1,000 yards." Jones also said he thought Cobb had the best chance to get 100 catches as the team's slot receiver. Bold statements? Perhaps, but the Packers have already come close to having three 1,000 receivers in their pass-happy offense under Mike McCarthy.
James Jones also had a conversation and Xs and Os session with former Packers safety Darren Sharper at the NFL Network.
The Green Bay Packers raised ticket prices for a fourth consecutive year on Monday. Packers president Mark Murphy cited a desire for the Packers to be in the middle of the pack in terms of the rest of the NFL, and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives a recent historical perspective. "Murphy released similar statements for price increases from $8 to $11 per ticket in '10, $2 to $4 per ticket in '11 and $3 to $5 per ticket in '12," writes Silverstein. "In each case he did not identify where the Packers ranked in ticket price at that time." Fans will complain about rising ticket prices, and then observers will point a season-ticket waiting list that is in the neighborhood of 100,000 strong just waiting for their own chance. But I think what's happening is that the days of being a true season ticket holder and attending every single game is starting to become extinct. On one hand, there's nothing wrong with giving your tickets to a fellow fan, but how many are selling to fans of the visiting team for a high price in order to pay for their season tickets?
Over at Acme Packing Company, they examine the possibility of the Packers going after defensive lineman Sammie Lee Hill in free agency. "If the Packers acquire Hill he would definitely bring size to the line at 6’4" 329 lbs," writes Devin Shanley. "Hill has shown an ability to push the pocket and get some interior pass rush that all teams crave, logging 4 sacks for his career so far. PFF has given him generally positive grades in pass rushing the last few years and this year gave him an overall grade of +5.6." The question, of course, is what kind of money will Hill command? The Packers could get involved with a mid- to low-tier free agent, but can't afford to be paying big-time bucks.
A column is written by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette saying the Packers have learned from keeping Donald Driver for one season too long.
One of the children Aaron Rodgers visited on behalf of the MACC Fund is interviewed by WTMJ4 in Milwaukee.
Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay covers the rising ticket prices at Lambeau Field...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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