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Packers Daily Links: Palmer Leaves Lasting Impression at Illinois State

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Packers Daily Links: Palmer Leaves Lasting Impression at Illinois State

In an interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Illinois State defensive line coach Spence Nowinsky spoke highly of Packers' sixth round draft choice Nate Palmer. "I’ll emphatically go to my grave saying this, we will never, ever, ever have the leisure of probably ever getting another transfer like Nate Palmer," Nowinsky is quoted as saying by reporter Wes Hodkiewicz. Granted, the folks at Illinois State are biased, but it's interesting to hear about Palmer's background at Illinois and how he came to transfer to the FCS level. I have a feeling Palmer's background on special teams is a big part of the reason the Packers drafted him.

Former Packer Paul Hornung is interviewed about his horse, Titletown Five, which is running in the second leg of Saturday's Triple Crown series in the Preakness Stakes. “I think he’s going to run good,” Hornung is quoted as saying by reporter Rob Demovsky. “We don’t know if he’s fully ready. If he hadn’t chipped a bone in his knee early on, who knows what would’ve happened. I think he would’ve been right there (in the Derby). He’s that good. Wayne (Lukas) thinks he’s that good and if he thinks he’s that good, he knows more about it than I do, but I’ve been around this all my life.” I found it interesting to hear that Titletown Five had actually beaten Kentucky Derby winner Orb in a maiden race when they were two-year olds. Titletown Five was given 30-1 morningline odds, the longest odds in the entire Preakness field.

A story on cornerback Jarrett Bush appears at the Packers official website about when he spoke to students at the Wisconsin School of the Deaf just a few days ago on this year's Tailgate Tour. Bush talked about his own experience of having a learning disability. “I wasn’t good at school, but I had the dedication and determination to go to the teacher and learn," Bush is quoted as saying. "I didn’t get it right the first time, but maybe the fifth or sixth time I tried it, I got it right.” A few years ago I had an opportunity to cover a football game at the Wisconsin School of the Deaf as a journalist, and I remember it fondly as one of the more unique experiences I've had as a writer. And I think it's really cool that the Packers chose to stop there while on the Tailgate Tour.

The Packers official website describes the past day's Tailgate Tour stops. They played bingo at a nursing home, helped build a playground in Monroe, Wis. and finally made a stop in the state of Iowa for the first time ever.

Mark Murphy said the stop in Dubuque was the largest crowd they've had on the Tailgate Tour, according to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

A couple items on Randall Cobb and breakout players appear at

Another blog post on Randall Cobb in addition to one on C.J. Wilson are published at Acme Packing Company.

Articles on Jake Stoneburner and Brandon Bostick come from Packer Report.

Over at Lombardi Ave., they take a look a look at the quarterback position and share a few thoughts on the Packers.

The Packers will be hosting a USA Football youth coaching school in June.

Video: With Thursday's Tailgate Tour stop in Dubuque, a local ABC affiliate takes a look at the charity the Packers helped raise funds for...

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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Jarrett friggin Bush. I've been down on him in the past, but as a person, he seems very solid.

RC Packer Fan's picture

A lot of people get down on Jarrett Bush. Which I understand because he has given up a lot of plays as a corner. That just tells me that he is not a corner.
To me, I think he could be an above average safety. He is very physical and if they put him at safety where he didn't have to be left 1 on 1 in coverage I believe he could be a good fit.
Also he is a very good special teams player. Probably our best special teams player... If people would look at him more in those ways I feel that they would probably like Bush more then hate him.

Also from everyone I have heard that knows him, Jarrett Bush is one of the best people on the team.

jrunde10's picture

Dubuque is my hometown. I'de say it's 40% packers, 40% bears and 20% vikings. It's actually on the border of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. The minute that you cross over to Wisconsin it's about 100% packers. There are plenty of season ticket holders in town. My family has been to games through a few season ticket holders. Though it's closer to Chicago (3 hours), it's not much farther to Green Bay (4 hours).

I would have loved to have attended to tour in Dubuque, but I am in Florida on vacation. My Facebook feed was blown up with friends taking pictures at this thing.

MarkinMadison's picture

Dubuque. I thought that WAS in Wisconsin. They talk funny there. Long "O"s. They're definitely not Iowans. ;-)

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Went to 7th grade in Dubuque, worst year of my life! :-) Mom and sisters still live there... Some good people 'round dem der parts.

MarkinMadison's picture

Don't worry Fitz, you didn't miss anything. If 7th grade wasn't the worst year of your life, then you've probably done hard time.

Mojo's picture

I know Illinois State defensive line coach Spence Nowinsky was probably excited to talk about Palmer, but I'm guessing he found more pleasure than leisure in getting him as a transfer.

Palmer reminds me of a slightly quicker, slightly more athletic version of Dezman Moses(although Moses did well with the 3-cone and shuttle drills). Both have almost the exact same height and weight. Now if Palmer has Moses' desire we might have something here. As I recall from last year Moses was getting by his man at a decent pace, but was just a half-step away from making contact with the QB. Maybe with slightly better athleticism, Palmer makes those plays.

al's picture

more football pls :)

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