Brought to light through an article written on the annual Thunder on the Lakeshore airshow in Manitowoc, Wis., an event spokesman said there will not be any military flyovers at Green Bay Packers games in 2013. “The military is not supporting any air shows and flyovers are out too, like those at Lambeau Field for Packers games,” said Curt Drumm, air show producer and president of Lakeshore Aviation. The reason is due to "sequestration" or the $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts. It should be noted that private jet owners could still do flyovers, but whether the Packers would have any interest in a non-military presence is unknown, and at least in my opinion, probably unlikely.
The Packers put fringe NFL Draft prospect Nate Wara, a quarterback at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, through a private workout this week. "After (friend Ben) Chester sent out tapes and contacted countless NFL types, the Green Bay Packers agreed to come out and put Wara through a pro day-style workout," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Pro personnel director Eliot Wolf, scout Alonzo Dotson and two other Packers representatives came down Wednesday to the Oshkosh YMCA to put Wara through the paces." Wara is unlikely to be drafted or even signed as an undrafted free agent, but he would seem to be a good candidate for a post-draft tryout that the Packers hold annually during their rookie minicamp.
Linebacker Dezman Moses recently gave an interview to Fox Sports Wisconsin in which he said all the right thing for a young player fighting for playing time, but had few newsworthy things to say. "As an undrafted guy, those were pretty high expectations I had for myself," Moses is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "My expectations for myself are always higher than what others expect. I've already set goals for next season and am working toward those in the offseason. If you do that every offseason, you'll become a better player." Fans can only take Moses at his word and hope, indeed, that he becomes a better player.
A similar interview to Dezman Moses was given by safety Jerron McMillian to the Packers official website in which he reflected on his rookie season but didn't have anything too memorable to say. “It’s going to be real competitive, and it’s all about competition,” McMillian said of fighting for a starting job this upcoming season. “The more you compete, the better off you’ll be. Bringing it out of each other will help you be a better player.” Best of luck, Jerron. I'm guessing you'll have added competition at your position by the end of Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
SMU defensive lineman Margus Hunt is the pick from Bill Huber of Packer Report in a mock draft by team beat writers.
A column by Tyler Dunne takes note of the improvement needed by the Packers offensive line.
A variety of blog posts appear at Lombardi Ave. on Aaron Rodgers having the seventh-highest online-sold jersey in the NFL, Charles Woodson still being courted by the Packers and Forrest Gregg being honored by the Hall of Fame.
A critique of Todd McShay's mock draft for the Packers appears at Acme Packing Company.
Video: As part of a defensive line position analysis, the folks at the Press-Gazette add some video analysis as well...
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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