During his weekly in-season radio interview with the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not seem particularly optimistic about wide receiver Greg Jennings signing a contract extension with Green Bay. “I think you have to be realistic about it and think that it might be (our last year together),” Rodgers is quoted as saying by host Jason Wilde. “I have loved my time with Greg, Greg and I are going to be buddies whether he’s here or not." Jennings is in the final season of his contract with the Packers, and while there's the possibility he may return beyond 2012, the wide receiver has spoken to several media outlets about the uncertainty.
The R&B group Boyz II Men will sing the national anthem at the Packers' season opener on Sunday, Fox 11 in Green Bay reports.
Packers legend Bart Starr appeared at Lambeau Field on Tuesday as part of campaign by Tide laundry detergent that will give away t-shirts to every Packers fan during the team's first game against the 49ers. Starr also talked about his connection to the Packers. "I follow them uniquely closely, and I always will," Starr said in an interview with Fox Sports Wisconsin. "It's just a part of my makeup and a part of my body and thought process, because of having been here for so many years and continuing to follow them and having so many friends around here."
A season prediction from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn forecasts a regression towards the mean for the Packers in 2012. "Despite playing one of the three or four softest schedules in the league, the forecast here is for a 10-6 finish, or a five-game drop from 2011, and elimination short of the Super Bowl," writes McGinn. I definitely don't see the Packers going 15-1 again, but 10-6 seems lower than I expect.
The Packers remained in the No. 1 spot in only the second-ever voting of the Associated Press Pro32 rankings. "Best team in regular season last year and have chip on shoulder after playoff loss," said Chris Collinsworth of NBC Sports, one of the voters on the panel. The Pro32 rankings will be updated weekly during the season, much like the Top 25 polls in college football.
Another look at the 49ers comes from the Press-Gazette.
A season preview for the Packers is undertaken by Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press.
Graphic illustrations of the Packers' various defensive packages are created by the Journal Sentinel.
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler talks Xs and Os with Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
Several Packers players helped build a local playground on their day off on Tuesday.
Cornerback Brandian Ross survived the Packers' roster cuts.
Linebacker Nick Perry is spotlighted by Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.
Head coach Mike McCarthy answers questions in his weekly in-season feature at the team's website.
Video: Aaron Rodgers appears in commercials for a new advertising campaign by Pizza Hut...
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