Rookie safety Jerron McMillian acknowledged in an interview with Fox Sports Wisconsin that he hasn't cut his hair in a long, long time. "It's been seven years and counting," McMillian is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "I don't know if it's the longest in the NFL, but it's past the middle of my lower back." McMillian, a fourth-round draft choice this year, is asked about the implications of having such long hair and said there's been many times it's been grabbed during games. Like many Packers players before him, McMillian's long hair is in dreadlocks.
The play of linebacker A.J. Hawk is examined in a feature by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In question is the lack of impact plays made by Hawk, which inside linebackers coach Winston Moss addressed in an interview. "His year was just quiet," said Moss. "When he got in, there wasn't a lot of tackle production and there weren't interceptions so you look at his stat line and you say, 'Well, what the hell did he do last year?' A.J. is not a problem. A.J. is not an issue. A.J. didn't play poorly last year. He just didn't make those impact plays." On several occasions in the article, Moss came to the defense of Hawk, making it seem as if there's no plans in place to remove Hawk from the starting lineup any time soon. But there is competition on the roster. What happens in training camp will play into the personnel used this season.
Fellow linebacker Desmond Bishop sticks up for A.J. Hawk in a blog post at JSOnline that was intended to accompany the article. "Anybody could have an off year, a down year or a year they really didn’t want," Bishop is quoted as saying in reference to Hawk. "The one thing about A.J. is that he’s always going to go out there and work hard. When plays come his way, he’s going to make them. That’s one thing you can count on from A.J. Hawk. I know I’m not, and nobody else is worried about his ability and productivity for this upcoming year." Between Bishop and Moss, they are pretty insistent about their confidence in Hawk. I wouldn't expect them to say any different, but I'm not sure fans would be willing to give Hawk the same vote of confidence.
Former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher will be beginning a broadcasting career in earnest this upcoming season. "Tauscher and former wide receiver Troy Brown are the two former players who will spend one regular-season Sunday working on air for one of the league's United Kingdom television partners," according to Fox 11 in Green Bay. Tauscher got the gig after recently taking part in the NFL's Broadcast Boot Camp. He's joined the radio broadcast of Wisconsin Badgers football games in the past.
Five Packers players have been named to the NFL Network's Top 100 Players list, notes Fox Sports Wisconsin.
First-round draft choice Nick Perry is the focus of a feature article at Packer Report.
Packers rookies will be attending the annual rookie symposium soon, according to PackersNews.com.
Former Packers assistant and current Saints interim coach Joe Vitt denies several claims by the NFL in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Video: Wide receiver Greg Jennings recently joined NBC Sports Talk to talk about several topics...
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