On the calendar today are the official Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps taking place in Green Bay, Glendale and Kenosha…
With reports that the Packers have told players to report to Green Bay as early as this weekend, Pete Dougherty notes that a couple team-related events are likely scheduled to occur before the official start of training camp. “Sources have told PackersNews.com in recent weeks that the team would likely bring players in prior to the start of camp for weightroom and classroom sessions,” writes Dougherty. It would seem possible that such sessions would involve rookies and first-year players perhaps before veterans report. However, that is entirely speculation on my part.
Even if the first official meeting doesn’t happen until Saturday, players could actually return to Lambeau Field as soon as Friday, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Players have been told that the doors at 1265 Lombardi Ave., which have been shuttered since the lockout began on March 11 – save for the brief lifting of the lockout during the draft – will open on Friday,” writes Wilde. “The team will then have a meeting on Saturday in advance of training camp, which is scheduled to open on Saturday, July 30.” Friday would perhaps be notable for the first time players would have access to services such as the training staff or strength and conditioning personnel.
Had there not been a lockout, there may have been a lot more attention given to wide receiver Donald Driver this offseason, because he may not have practiced at all. “The lockout gave me the opportunity to heal and not try to rush back to prove to people or prove to the media I’m not done yet,” Driver told Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “If I didn’t show up for OTAs, and I’m hurt and everything, people would say I may be winding down. Driver was reportedly in a boot for two months following the Super Bowl and received treatment at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney, Tex.
Cornerback Sam Shields was the subject of a few jokes after posting a picture of his new tattoo of the Packers’ Super Bowl ring on his neck on his Twitter account. “At least he’ll feel okay someday when he has to sell the actual thing to pay for medical care,” writes Jack Dickey at Deadspin. You can see the picture of Shields’ tattoo on their website. It’s not very discreet, to say the least.
A feature on former Packers secretary-treasurer Frank Jonet, who will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this weekend, appears in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Even experts on the Packers’ early years might not have heard of Frank Jonet, the taciturn, civic-minded accountant who helped steer the franchise through bankruptcy receivership in the mid-1930s and played a key role in the desperate stock sales of 1935 and 1950 that kept the franchise alive,” writes Pete Dougherty. Former Packers president Bob Harlan, who is presenting Jonet during the ceremony on Saturday, is interviewed as part of the article.
Former Packers offensive lineman Marco Rivera, who will also be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, was interviewed for an article at the Packers official website. “Rivera was named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad each of his final three years in Green Bay (2002-04), before he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys,” writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com. “He became the first Packers lineman since Gale Gillingham 33 years prior to make three straight all-star games.”
The wide receiver position is previewed at Packer Report. “If (James) Jones re-signs, the five-man corps will be Jennings, Driver, Jones, Nelson and Cobb,” writes Bill Huber. “If Jones departs, Brett Swain and Chastin West are the front-runners for the No. 5 spot. The only other receiver on the roster is Antonio Robinson, an undrafted free agent from Nicholls State who spent training camp with the Bears and was signed to the practice squad on Jan. 20. The Packers will add at least two or three undrafted rookies to the mix.”
A series of articles accompany Packer Report’s wide receiver preview (subscription required) including one on statistics, another on the battle for roster spots and one on the top concern at the position.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he hasn’t been informed of a team meeting in Green Bay on Saturday, notes Lombardi Ave.
Video of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tyler Dunne discussing the Packers is posted at JSOnline.
The Packers will be even more dangerous in 2011 says Elliot Harrison of NFL.com.
Mel Kiper prepared an “audit” of the Packers for ESPN where he took an early look at next year’s draft.
Free agency is touched upon by Bob Fox of Packer Chatters.
A picture of Lou Michaels appears at Packerville, U.S.A.
Vic Ketchman answers his mailbag at Packers.com.
A light-hearted look at training camp comes from a Bleacher Report writer.
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.