Citing a report by Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, Wes Hodkiewicz of PackersNews.com notes that former Packers running back Ryan Grant is working out for the division rival Detroit Lions. "With five running backs already on the roster, the Lions have featured 25-year-old Kevin Smith over the first two weeks of the season with former second-round pick Mikel Leshoure being eligible to return this week after serving a two-game suspension," writes Hodkiewicz. There were reports over the summer that the Lions were interested in working out Grant, but Grant's agent said the money wasn't right, which seemed like a bold-faced lie. Three weeks into the season it seems impossible for Grant to accept anything above a nominal fare if he truly wants to play.
The agent for tight end Jermichael Finley took to Twitter to criticize the leadership of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as pointed out in an article by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com about Rodgers and his public admonishment of wide receiver James Jones in last Thursday's win over the Chicago Bears. "ARod is a great QB he isn't a great leader," agent Blake Baratz is cited as saying in Twitter shorthand. "There's a major difference. Leaders take the blame & make every1 better. He doesn't." In Rodgers' defense, several other people––both teammates and those in the media––have defended Rodgers and his leadership style, as pointed out by Wilde. It's somewhat odd that Finley's agent initiated a discussion that didn't have anything to do with his client other than the loose association that he and Rodgers play on the same team.
More on Aaron Rodgers and Jermichael Finley's agent appears in USA Today.
The Packers worked out nine free agents, according to Scout.com's Packer Report. "The Packers tried out running back Davin Meggett, outside linebacker Kendrick Adams, guard George Bias, cornerback Conroy Black, outside linebacker Robert Eddins, running back DuJuan Harris, outside linebacker Cordarro Law, cornerback James Nixon and outside linebacker Chavis Williams," writes reporter Bill Huber. "Meggett, out of Maryland, is the son of former Giants star Dave Meggett; Harris carried nine times for 42 yards for Jacksonville last season; Eddins spent time on Buffalo’s practice squad last season; Williams spent a little time on Baltimore’s 53-man roster last season." The article does not say when the Packers worked them out. The most interesting name, at least to me, is Law who fits the profile of 3-4 outside linebacker and did good things for Southern Mississippi last season.
The fantastic start to the season by outside linebacker Clay Matthews is analyzed by ESPN.com, AllGreenBayPackers.com and Matthews has been named the Packers Hall of Fame's Featured Player of the Week.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated does an in-depth breakdown of the Packers' fake field goal for a touchdown last Thursday.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers came to inside linebacker D.J. Smith's defense after a poor game in pass coverage.
An improving defense and sluggish offense are noted in an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The play of B.J. Raji is improving, according to Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Have Aaron Rodgers' retinas been burned while filming a Pizza Hut commercial? The Packer Ranter investigates.
Video: Randall Cobb answers questions from his appearance on Inside the Huddle...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America" and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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