On the Packers calendar today is the James Jones Youth Football Camp taking place in San Jose, Cal....
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive lineman B.J. Raji appear in commercials promoting ESPN's ESPY Awards. "The ESPYs will again be hosted by 'Saturday Night Live' head writer Seth Meyers," writes Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. "The campaign likens the ESPYs to prom night for the sports world, with Meyers as the chaperone. And just as the ESPYs bring together key sports figures, so does this very special prom, with attendees like Carmelo Anthony, Lindsey Vonn, Raji, John Wall, Matthews and Kevin Love." The videos are embedded below.
All 10 Packers draft choices are reportedly taking part in the NFLPA's version of the Rookie Symposium next week, according to Bill Huber of Packer Report. That makes the Packers ahead of the league average. "According to an NFLPA official, the association received registration requests from 177 of the 254 players chosen in the draft nearly two months ago," writes Len Pasquarelli for an article appearing at Packer Report. "That represents 69.7 percent of the draft class. Registration ended Wednesday." The event is held from Monday through Wednesday of next week in Bradenton, Fla.
Center Scott Wells is featured in an article appearing in The Tennessean. “Once you have tasted greatness and feel it, and you win a championship, that makes you want it more because you see how real it is, you see it is attainable,” Wells is quoted as saying. “When you hold that Lombardi Trophy, you celebrate with your family and friends and get that Super Bowl ring and put it on, that only drives me to do it again." Wells' personal trainer is also interviewed for the article who says the center has had the best offseason of his career.
Tight end Tom Crabtree took over the no. 1 spot on ESPN's Twindex list rating professional football players on Twitter. On Crabtree's activity, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com notes, "Made himself available for photos with fans and his new Super Bowl ring with an announcement of his location... Also offered a critique on the direction comic book heroes are heading and shared a classic Michael Scott quotation." It's good to see Crabtree getting some recognition from a national perspective for what Packers fans following him have seen for quite a while.
Acme Packing Company makes note of a Sports Illustrated article mentioning how the Packers finished first in a statistic called Passer Rating Differential. "I didn't know the Packers had the best differential in 2010, but I knew Aaron Rodgers had a very high passer rating (No. 3 overall), and their defense kept their opponents to a very low one (No. 1 overall)," writes Brandon Benson. "And I'm not surprised that it was the reason for their success because the team is built on their strong pass offense and defense. The NFL is a passing league and being the best at passing and stopping the pass should be every team's first priority."
Former Packers linebacker Ben Taylor is having a successful career as a high school baseball coach in Virginia, noticed Jeff Ash of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He took over as the Skyline baseball coach and had a rookie season to remember," writes Ash. "The Hawks went 13-11 for their first winning season, won their first district championship and earned their first regional berth. Taylor was named the Northern Virginia Daily’s prep baseball coach of the year."
The Packers' run game receives some attention at Packer Report. "In no area was Ryan Grant missed more last season than on first down, when the Packers averaged merely 3.5 yards per carry," writes Bill Huber (subscription required).
Wide receiver James Jones and his free agency prospects are looked into at Packer Report as well (sub required).
The best Packer to ever wear no. 90 is debated at the Packers official website.
The top 10 Packers defensive backs of all-time are listed in a Bleacher Report slide show.
Clay Matthews is the topic of a post at the Rock 'N' Roll Cecil Club.
Commenting about Scott Wells is Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company.
A picture from the Green Bay Packers Youth Camp in Mequon, Wis. appears in the Washington Post.
Video: Here's the ESPN commercials featuring B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews...
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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