Packers Daily Links 7.11.10

Cornerback Al Harris' appearance in a feature article of the New York Times highlights today's spin around the world of Packers football ...

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers predicts the Netherlands will beat Spain in the World Cup finals today ...

Cornerback Al Harris is featured is Saturday's New York Times in a story about him and childhood friend, Kevin Soto, an ex-convict who got involved with "drugs, gangs and crime." "In August, Harris and Soto will release a Christian rap album, the culmination of two lives that veered in opposite directions and converged again recently," writes reporter Greg Bishop. The two have remained good friends despite Soto's difficulties thanks in part to Harris' faith in Soto, who has begun to turn his life around as religion has played a big part in life.

A series ranking every player on the Green Bay Packers roster was begun by Bill Huber of Packer Report. It's starting slowly, only getting up to No. 72. Among those tied for No. 72 is undrafted rookie wide receiver Jeffrey Moturi, a player most fans haven't heard much about yet. The 5-foot-11 Moturi showed some good stop-and-start skills on short routes during the offseason practices. "An undrafted player from UTEP, Moturi caught 17 touchdown passes in 2007 and ranks third in school history with 26 touchdowns and fourth with 170 receptions," writes Huber. One of the players Huber has ranked tied for last at No. 79, safety Anthony Levine, is underrated. Mark my word, Levine is going to turn some heads during training camp this summer.

Tight end Jermichael Finley makes a list of 10 NFL players on the verge of breaking out this season by Sam Farmer in the Chicago Tribune. "Green Bay fans know Finley well, so it's not as if he's toiling in anonymity," writes Farmer. "But he should garner his share of national attention this season, especially with the continued rise of quarterback Aaron Rodgers." It's good to see Farmer acknowledge Finley's rise to prominence. I'd say Finley "broke out" last season, but I'm not one to argue with Mr. Farmer.

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson impressed more than any other player this offseason, according to Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette during a recent chat with readers. "The surprise to me was Jordy Nelson," writes Copeland. "Much better hands than I thought coming in. Consistently found a way to get open. Seemed like it was Rodgers to Nelson on every big play." Nelson doesn't seem like the type who will disappear once the pads go on, so there's reason to believe he'll keep up his play-making ways into training camp.

A plan to get more fans into Lambeau Field through a novel idea for season tickets is put together by C.D. Angeli of Tundra Vision. "When you read stories about people who are waiting 40 years for their tickets today, realizing the list is far longer now, it's a potential way to make a lot of people happy," writes Angeli. One caveat, you're going to have to click the link to read Angeli's plan.

John Rehor of Green Bay Packer Nation calls upon general manager Ted Thompson to keep more players that can contribute to special teams. "If players are kept for their ability on one side of the ball, and the thought of who plays on special teams takes a backseat to these talents, this unit will continue to suffer," writes Rehor. "Players cannot be held over simply because they have potential (Breno Giacomini, Brady Poppinga, and the immortal Jarrett Bush); rather players need to earn a spot because they can contribute every second they are on the field. This is where Thompson needs to make the tough decisions, and cut those who don’t fit this mold."

Hope you got to see our column on defensive lineman Jarius Wynn and where he fits into the Packers' plans in 2010. "The drafting of two rookies at Wynn’s position did the Georgia product no favors," I wrote yesterday. "And it’s enough to evidence to make one wonder how much confidence the coaching staff has in him."

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July 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

John Rehor makes an excellent point. I hope Copeland is right about jordy, And good on Al for sticking by a friend.

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July 11, 2010 at 02:03 pm

Thanks for reading-much appreciated.

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July 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I've been hearing the same reports about Jordy Nelson since minicamps ended. I think he'll have a long road ahead of him as James Jones is vying for increased playing time as well. Nelson should have a breakout year barring any injuries. I just hope the coaches don't hinder his progress by putting him back on return duties.

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