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Packers Daily Links: Packers Hall of Fame Sets Attendance Record

As part of the annual financial report released Tuesday in which the Packers reported a record net income of $42.7 million, they also set new attendance records at the team's in-house Hall of Fame and Lambeau Field tours as well. Additionally, the Packers set sales records for the team's Pro Shop both in-store and online. "That's something we are really proud of," Packers president Mark Murphy is quoted as saying in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. "We made an emphasis to increase sales in our Pro Shop, particularly online." After seeing figures like that, it comes as no surprise that the Packers turned record profits in the past fiscal year. They don't have to share their local income with other NFL teams, and obviously interest in the team ran high following their most recent Super Bowl title.

More on the annual financial report comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Packers official websiteAssociated Press, Packer Report, ESPNMilwaukee.comFox Sports Wisconsin, WBAY-TV and Fox 11.

The Packers are one of 19 teams to have inquired about Supplemental Draft prospect Larry Lumpkin of Carson-Newman according to his agent, reports Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. It also says the Packers are likely, though not confirmed, to attend Lumpkin's workout on Wednesday in Irvington, Ala. "Lumpkin recorded 96 tackles, 10 for losses last season at Carson-Newman after transferring from Alabama A&M," writes Wilson. The NFL's Supplemental Draft takes place on Thursday.

In an interview with JSOnline, former Packers defensive lineman Gilbert Brown commented on B.J. Raji. "B.J. has all the tools to be great," said Brown. "I think he has the drive, he has whatever he needs. But he has to turn it up a notch I would say. Because if he gets out there, creates havoc and makes noise, it's contagious. Everybody wants to be like that. B.J. has it. He's the monster in the middle. He has to set the tone for the team. That's what I always tried to do even though we had Reggie, Santana (Dotson) and Sean (Jones). Somebody has to set the tone sometimes. If you have to go against the grain to make some noise, that's what you have to do." Brown's comments could possibly be construed as criticism of Raji, but at the same time, his suggestion to Raji to take it up a notch is very general in nature, which doesn't come off as very helpful either.

Former Packers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher attended the Marshview Conservation Club's 13th annual sports banquet in Kohler, Wis. on Tuesday where he commented on his ex-teammate, Brett Favre. "The wounds are going to be healed," Tauscher is quoted as saying in the Sheboygan Press.

Pre-training camp positions are profiled with the quarterbacks and the wide receivers in the Journal Sentinel's Packer Plus publication.

Other Packer Plus articles include a column on young players on the defense and a feature on former Packers linebacker Jim Flanigan.

More position profiles on the quarterbacks and the running backs come from Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Packer Report continues its roster and training camp countdown series.

Cornerback Sam Shields is listed as the No. 16 most-important Packer of 2012 by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com ahead of full-time players like Desmond Bishop, Bryan Bulaga and Morgan Burnett. Seems quite high for a guy who doesn't play all three downs.

Jaguars defensive end Drew Nowak, a Green Bay area native, commented about possibly returning to the area in an interview at PackersNews.com.

A roster prediction for the outside linebackers is made by Acme Packing Company.

The wide receivers are previewed before training camp at Packer Addicts.

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Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Considering Wilde's criteria:

"The overall talent and ability level of the player; the importance of his position; and the depth the Packers have at his position. So it’s not a list of the 20 best Packers players in 2012; think of it as a list of the 20 players the team can least afford to lose if it wants to book a return Super Bowl trip after last year’s disappointing end to a remarkable 15-1 season."

....though subjective, his higher ranking makes sense. With Williams coming off an injury, Woodson aging, House an unknown and only a rookie rounding out the depth chart I can understand why he places a premium on Shields development for the 2012 squad to advance to a Super Bowl.

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I still don't know his development is more important than a guy like Morgan Burnett, for example. Burnett is heading up a safety position vacated by a three-time Pro Bowler. Shields, as of yet, hasn't been good enough to play all three downs. The Packers could lose Shields and go with Davon House or Casey Hayward and still get the job done. That's my two cents.

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Based on Wilde's criteria I, like you, would have elevated Burnett over Shields.

I disagree about Hayward and House. At this point, we really don't know what they bring to the pro game or how well they've picked up the defensive concepts while Shields is entering his 3rd year as a pro in the system. Not interchangeable, at least not at this point.

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