Despite playing safety more often than in the past, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson isn't expected to play much, if at all, in Green Bay's preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday evening. “You know, that’s kind of how it’s been the past years,” Woodson told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I guess it’s pretty much expected.” As a high-profile veteran, Woodson often gets the benefit of the doubt. He's been held out of preseason action before. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers wouldn't commit to saying Woodson wouldn't play at all, but indicated that if he did play, it wouldn't be much. Woodson did make the trip to San Diego.
New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck responded to recent comments by linebacker Clay Matthews who suggested the Giants didn't beat the Packers last year, instead the Packers beat themselves. "Did they play their best ball?" Tuck told ESPNNewYork.com. "I don't know. But we won the football game. I don't think they gave us anything." Matthews' comments were silly, and all they do is provide bulletin board material for the opponent. He might be right that the Packers didn't play their best game, but there's no reason to bring the opponent into it. This issue will come up again when the Packers travel to the Giants in the regular season.
With a lack of depth on the offensive line, the Packers signed 10-year NFL veteran Reggie Wells on Wednesday. "Wells appeared in eight games and started one with Philadelphia in 2010," writes Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette. "After being cut by the Eagles at the end of camp last season, Wells signed with Carolina, for whom he played five games in two separate stints. He was released for a second time on Nov. 30 and hasn’t played since." Considering all the injury issues the Packers have, it wasn't surprising the Packers signed someone, though maybe it was slightly unexpected they signed an older player. Wells will give the Packers some depth in the short-term, but he'll have to earn his roster spot if he's going to stick around during the regular season.
In addition to an expected heavy workload on offense during Thursday's game, rookie running back Marc Tyler has a new role on special teams against the Chargers. "It could be as the up-back on the punt cover team," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Tyler was told Tuesday morning to go play the position because he would be needed when the Packers play the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium." Tyler will see a lot of playing time this evening because the Packers have only two healthy halfbacks going into tonight's game.
More on Marc Tyler appears at JSOnline.
Packers president Mark Murphy talked about retiring Brett Favre's number on Wednesday.
Wide receiver Tori Gurley's chances of making the Packers' roster are dwindling, suggests Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Rookie safety Jerron McMillian is featured in an article by Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
The Packers are the favorites to win the Super Bowl, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
Tight end D.J. Williams is the subject of a post appearing at JSOnline.
The play of running back Brandon Saine is analyzed at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Video: Graham Harrell talks about Thursday's game, courtesy of the Press-Gazette...
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