Details are sparse, but Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb reportedly returned to his hometown of Alcoa, Tenn. where he ran a youth football camp and shot a commercial for ESPN and Under Armour that is scheduled to air nationwide in August. “(Cobb) told me to throw a ball high over his head,” high school quarterback Mitchell McClurg is quoted as saying. “I threw one maybe too high. He jumped up, turned and contorted his body, went up and snagged it out of the sky with one hand. That’s one catch that will probably be on the ESPN commercial. Even the film crew went, ‘Wow!’"
More on Randall Cobb appears at PackersTalk.com.
Another Packers wide receiver will be appearing in a television commercial as well. Jordy Nelson will star in a Wisconsin tourism advertisement this fall and will premiere locally. "The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a premiere party at the Meyer Theater in Green Bay on Aug. 1," according to the Associated Press. "The ad will start running in Milwaukee, the Twin Cities and Chicago on Sept. 9." It's also reported that Nelson will write a monthly blog for TravelWisconsin.com.
Linebacker Nick Perry is named the fifth most important Packer of 2013 by FoxSportsWisconsin.com. "Green Bay needs Perry to be very good this upcoming season," writes Paul Imig. "The expectations can't be too outrageous, but Perry has to be a strong complementary piece for the Packers. Starting 16 games is necessary, but so is him being able to be a consistent pass-rusher and dependable run-stopper off the edge." The depth at outside linebacker is rather thin, so if Perry doesn't emerge, some of the only options beyond him are second-year player Dezman Moses and sixth round draft choice Nate Palmer.
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji is named the sixth most important Packer of 2013 as part of the same series.
Aaron Rodgers' red-zone production is detailed in an article at Packer Report.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette makes note that defensive lineman Gilbert Pena is one of the oldest rookies in the NFL.
Linebacker Brad Jones is featured in the "Making the Leap" series at NFL.com.
Injuries are discussed in a post over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The Packers' home opener is discussed at Lombardi Ave.
One of Angelo Pease's college coaches is interviewed at JSOnline.
Video: Angelo Pease talks to a television station near his hometown in Cairo, Ga....
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