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Packers Daily Links: Jolly Misses Beginning of Offseason Workouts

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Defensive end Johnny Jolly was not present for the first day of the Green Bay Packers' off-season conditioning program, but he is expected to be there soon, an NFL source familiar with his situation said Tuesday." Rather than an indication that Jolly still hasn't gotten his act in order, his absence is likely due to getting all his ducks in a row and making sure he doesn't violate any terms of parole or things of that nature. Missing a few days of the offseason strength and conditioning program is probably not a big deal as long as he's able to do so in a fairly short manner.

Packers safety Jerron McMillian was interviewed for a feature article by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Perhaps the most interesting thing coming out of the interview was how McMillian addressed being on the field for all of two defensive plays in the Packers' playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. "That's the biggest thing I'm working toward right now," McMillian is quoted as saying, "to be out there." As usual with these types of offseason interviews, McMillian is saying all the right things. But more importantly, he'll have to prove through his actions that he deserves to be out on the field and make an impact.

More from Jerron McMillian comes on the Kielbasa Kings podcast.

An update has been provided on the Lambeau Field expansion over at the Packers official website. "Most of the seating areas are ready for their final three elements – the seats, railings and 'traffic coating' of the concrete, which provides for the abrasive, non-slip surface to help keep walkways and stairways safe," writes Mike Spofford of As the article states, the expansion in scheduled for completion in mid to late July. That would be very likely in time for the team's annual owners meeting, typically held in late July before the start of training camp.

Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett shared his thoughts on Packers offensive lineman Andrew Datko in an interview over at JSOnline. "I think Andrew’s got a chance, I really do," Trickett is quoted as saying. "He needs his shoulders to hold up and that deal but he’s a smart guy. He’s not going to clear the bar out, but he’s a tough guy. He has a degree of toughness. He has played the game with both shoulders strapped down. He’s a tough guy.” Trickett also gave his opinion on NFL Draft prospect Menelik Watson who could be a first-round target of the Packers.

Packer Plus has an in-depth look at NFL Draft prospects at defensive line, inside and outside linebacker, cornerback, safety, kicker and punter.

The daily pre-draft position series continue at with the running backs and Fox Sports Wisconsin with the centers.

As noted at JSOnline, and, the NFL and Packers schedule will be released on Thursday.

A pre-draft interview with Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh appears at JSOnline.

The Packers are working out University of Minnesota kicker Jordan Wettstein, as the Green Bay Press-Gazette notes.

A few "trade down" scenarios are shared at

Acme Packing Company has items on quarterback Graham Harrell and the kicker position in Green Bay.

A handful of draft posts appear at Lombardi Ave. on outside linebackers and running backs.

Quarterback is the pre-draft position du jour at Packer Report with an article, ranking, categorization and feature on Jordan Rodgers.

The Packerpedia podcast enlists Matt Waldman to take a look at the tight end draft class.

Video: The crew at the Press-Gazette takes a look at the quarterback position in Green Bay...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Derek in CO's picture

So, is Jolly still under contract or have the Packers signed him to a contract? Or he is an invite? I haven't heard anything on this.

Evan's picture

He was still under contract and they renegotiated him down to the vet minimum.

Derek in CO's picture

thanks man. I kind of hope he can come in and at least show coaches what he might have left in the tank. Little risk to keeping him around a while. He sure was good when we last had him.

Evan's picture

No problem.

He's certainly a long-shot, but I'll be pulling him more than anyone.

Evan's picture

I'm starting to think trading back is increasingly likely. There are bound to be some teams looking to get back into the late 1st to grab a QB and with the Packers needs/how the talent shapes up, moving back a bit and grabbing an extra 2nd or 3rd makes sense.

lmills's picture

i'm hoping for this.

packsmack25's picture

I think they've probably tried to trade back the last 2 years and then ended up taking the BPA because they couldn't find a partner. Same thing will likely happen this year.

Derek in CO's picture

I think TT is always looking for trades to compile more picks. Interesting to see this year with so many of his staff now at other jobs.

Tarynfor12's picture

Agree....Sherrod was not a 1st rd talent and Perry was a reach to transit to 3-4 OLB...but when you got to make a pick,this is the result.

Everyone start screaming how great Perry is and Sherrod could have been.

But before eithers injury..neither showed what he was drafted for as to 1st rd status.

Franklin Hillside's picture

Wow. You have zero patience.

Should they be cut? They should probably be cut.

keithd007's picture

have u lost ur mind

Tarynfor12's picture

I never mentioned cutting either anywhere.

Just too many build these guys up as solid 1st rd'ers and their not..could either or both contribute on a high level later,sure,anything is possible.

But they weren't 1st rd worthy then and have yet to come close to the hype or expections of such.

Sherrod was IIRC,the 5th-6th rated LT that draft but,it doesn't mean he was 1st rd caliber and he wasn't..just took him there with likely thoughts of him not being around later for our 2nd pick with added emphasis that Tauscher was done and Clifton likely not to last.Emergency room decision..not saying it's bust/wrong..just could have been better.

Unless Neal makes significant strides in the adaptation to OLB this season..EARLY...taking a 4-3 DE to cross over to 3-4 OLB will prove another bad decision,which IMO,would be erased if he added 20 LBS and placed on the DL with his only pass rush weapon...bullrush.

Stroh's picture

Taryn... Neither was in any way a reach! Sherrod was end 1st rd bout 30-35 overall. And Perry was mid/late 1st 20-30 overall. Perry has a difficult transition from college DE to OLB but that doesn't make him a reach! Sherrod is a terrific pass blocker but a little soft run blocking. Once he's healthy he'll be the pass blocker fir Rodgers blindside!

Tarynfor12's picture must have short arms.

Stroh's picture



Notice the part about 5th OT and #25 of 2083 total?.

And Perry...

Notice #4 DE and #27 overall.

WalterFootball has Perry #25.

I don't feel any need to get personal. Just the facts and FYI my appendages are longer than average. :)

Tarynfor12's picture

I wasn't getting was only in jest as to you not being aboard the reach thought of mine.Sorry for the mis-understanding of its intent.

al's picture

lets pray

Lars's picture

Same old, same old with Jolly, including the guessed excuses trying to cover for him. And, people want to take a chance on Montori Hughes?

Brian Carriveau's picture

I'm just trying to get this straight, you think Jolly is missing the offseason program because he's lazy or he doesn't want to be there?

Coating For Packers's picture

But they were not 1st rd deserving then and have yet to come near to the buzz or expections of such.I never described reducing either anywhere

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