Packers Daily Links: P.J. Hill Works Out for Packers

The former Wisconsin Badgers running back had a tryout with the Packers on Monday. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Former Wisconsin Badgers running back P.J. Hill had a tryout with the Packers on Monday, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Hill, 5 feet 10 inches and 218 pounds, has been out of football since being released by the New Orleans Saints in February," writes McGinn. Badgers fans will remember him as a three-time 1,000 rusher in college. But he's a poor man's Ron Dayne: good enough to succeed at the college level but too big and slow for the NFL. The Packers also had wide receiver T.J. Green in for a workout. There's no guarantee the Packers will sign either.

When the Packers signed offensive lineman Herb Taylor yesterday, they passed up on former Packer Mark Tauscher. "Tauscher’s father, Denny, said that his son had yet to file his official NFL retirement papers, but when Tauscher worked as a guest color analyst on the broadcast of the University of Wisconsin’s regular-season finale against Penn State, he indicated he was finished playing," writes Jason Wilde of Taylor figures to be the top backup at tackle on Sunday when the Packers face the Bears while Ray Dominguez will be a reserve on the interior of the offensive line.

More on Herb Taylor comes from Packer Report, twice (subscription required), the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and JSOnline.

Details of practice squad wide receiver Tori Gurley's pay raise are published by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. "Gurley’s weekly paycheck, beginning last week, increased from $5,700 to $22,058," writes Demovsky. "Gurley’s base salary on the practice squad was $96,900, while the rookie minimum this season is $375,000. Players are paid in 17-week installments." Last week Gurley spurned an offer to join the 53-man roster of the Minnesota Vikings to remain with the Packers. To stay with the Packers, Green Bay increased his pay.

A feature on Charles Woodson appears at Fox Sports Wisconsin focusing on how the 35-year-old cornerback is playing well at his relatively advanced age for an NFL player. Woodson doesn't lack in confidence. "To be honest with you, I look around the league now and I don't see anybody playing better than me at corner," Woodson said. Woodson has lost a step and struggles following receiver downfield. But the Packers know better than to put him in those types of situations. Woodson defends the slot as frequently as possible and as good as anyone in the league at that spot.

An article by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines an aspect of Aaron Rodgers' game that's been talked about in the past: his running. "Initially, (the coaches) wanted 10 yards a game, 160 a season, on average," writes Nickel. "Rodgers rushed for 329 yards (including playoffs) in his second starting season in 2009. Then he rushed for 410 yards last year. He calculates, quickly, that was about 20 yards per game." Perhaps even more than his running totals is his ability to keep plays alive with his legs. He can avoid a pass rush and still deliver a throw, and that's invaluable.

More articles on Aaron Rodgers come from and JSOnline.

Mike McCarthy answers questions at the Packers official website. He says Saturday will be the first time since he's been the coach that the team won't stay at a team hotel for a home game.

Running back Ryan Grant told a radio station that the key to beating the Packers is them making mistakes.

A column on the value of wide receiver Greg Jennings is written by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette.

Scouting reports on the Bears come from the Journal Sentinel (sub required), Press-Gazette and Packer Report (sub).

Mason Crosby's recent misses get attention at

Former Packer Matt Bowen writes about tight end Jermichael Finley at the National Football Post.

John Elway comments on the Packers' first loss.

The playoff picture is looked at by Fox Sports.

The 1972 Dolphins are talk about the Packers once again, hopefully for the last time this season.

A power outage is unlikely at Lambeau Field, like the one on Monday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Shares of Packers stock are being shipped in time for the holidays.

Punter Tim Masthay is the Packers Hall of Fame Player of the Week.

A Chicago columnist writes about Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.

Former Packer Johnnie Gray was the guest on Clubhouse Live last night.

Video: Donald Driver recently read to kids at the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley, courtesy of the Appleton Post-Crescent...

Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Michael from Winnipeg's picture

December 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

"Mike McCarthy answers questions at the Packers official website. He says Saturday will be the first time since he's been the coach that the team won't stay at a team hotel for a home game."

I was the one who tweeted that question to #McCarthyseries

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CSS's picture

December 21, 2011 at 11:46 am


See your twitter battle regarding MVP (Brees vs. Rodgers). Not taking anything away from Brees, but does anybody take into account 11 of his 14 games this season were in domes? Nothing like a high-powered offense in a controlled environment almost every single game. That's crazy....

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Tommyboy's picture

December 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

First of all, WOW! What a pay raise for Gurley! That's awesome. I didn't think it'd be that high.

Second, Wood, you can probably look across your own field to see a corner better than you. You're one of my favorite players in the league, but I can't get behind that you're the best corner. Sorry.

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