Packers Daily Links: Rodgers Lobbies For Jones, Kuhn

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed his wishes for the Packers to keep James Jones and John Kuhn. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was vocal in his wishes for the Packers to re-sign offensive teammates, wide receiver James Jones and fullback John Kuhn. "Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Donald Driver put a full-court press on Thompson and negotiator Russ Ball to re-sign free agent receiver James Jones," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Thompson may never admit he gave in to his team leaders' wishes, but on Sunday he signed Jones to a three-year deal, agent Frank Bauer said." Rodgers also expressed a desire for the team to re-sign Kuhn in an interview with the media.

More on the deals of James Jones and John Kuhn come from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Associated Press, ESPN.com and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Reaction directly from James Jones on his new deal was gathered by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "That means a lot,” Jones said. "Having your teammates push for you and want you back, not a lot of guys would do that, two high profile guys like them two dudes. And for Greg and Donald want me back on that team, that shows how unselfish we are." With the addition of Randall Cobb to the wide receivers, there's a ton of depth, and it would seem they'll have to become even more unselfish.

One night after Frank Zombo lined up with the first-string defense as the right outside linebacker, Erik Walden got that distinction in practice on Sunday. "Thompson still has not added an outside linebacker through free agency or with a high draft pick," writes Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. "That leaves Zombo, Walden and (Brad) Jones, again, opposite Matthews. Zombo lined up with the No. 1 unit during team drills on Saturday and Walden worked with the the No. 1 unit on Sunday. Jones backed up Matthews on the left side on Saturday and took reps on the right side Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said Jones is likely to get some work at inside linebacker because of depth issues."

Aaron Rodgers' throwing regimen won't be limited during training camp, Mike McCarthy said on Sunday. "With only one practice a day in training camp, Rodgers will get fewer snaps in practice than in the past three years, and coach Mike McCarthy suggested his quarterback might need to get in a little extra throwing before the start of the season," writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. The extra throwing would come before and after practices, McCarthy noted.

Additional articles on Aaron Rodgers on his preparation and expectations come from Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel, Bill Huber of Packer Report and Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.

First-round draft choice Derek Sherrod continues to be a hot topic of conversation by lining up with the first-string offense at left guard. "For the second straight night, Sherrod worked with the 1s at left guard, then took snaps at left tackle with the 2s. Viewed as the heir apparent to veteran left tackle Chad Clifton, Sherrod said he had never played guard, with the possible exception of a brief stint there in high school." Sherrod is battling T.J. Lang for the starting gig at left guard, vacant since Daryn Colledge left for the Arizona Cardinals in free agency.

The perspective of T.J. Lang about the left guard position was gathered by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I wasn’t disappointed,” Lang said of working with the backups. “With those rookies, they missed a lot of valuable time in the offseason. It’s important for them to get as many reps as they can to catch up. I’m a guy that wherever they want to play me, I’m going to play. My goal is to be a starter, and I’m going to compete for whatever spot they put me in. I wasn’t surprised that they did that but at the same time, it didn’t disappoint me. I tried to get in there and take every rep I got and hopefully keep improving.”

The training regimen of Clay Matthews is covered by Kevin Seifert, the NFC North blogger at ESPN.com. "Matthews said he had slimmed down this offseason, taking advantage of a consistent workout schedule in California and adopting a more disciplined eating program," writes Seifert. "He wouldn't say if he reported to camp at a lower weight but joked 'I just got myself a six-pack.'"

Newly departed free agent Cullen Jenkins had a couple of comments about his former team published by Packer Report.

Brandon Underwood talks to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel about moving to safety and his offseason distractions.

An interview with rookie wide receiver Kerry Taylor is conducted by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline.

Encouraging development by Jermichael Finley is noted by Jason Wilde in his camp report.

The solid route running of D.J. Williams highlighted Tom Silverstein's Sunday camp report.

Tight end Andrew Quarless, linebacker Diyral Briggs and defensive lineman Eli Joseph still haven't passed their physicals.

Highlights from Mike McCarthy's Sunday press conference are covered by Kareem Copeland.

The inside linebacker position profile is covered by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A column on Aaron Rodgers comes from Mike Vandermause.

The final practice before pads go on is covered by Mike Spofford of the Packers official website.

The Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer was covered by Packers.com.

Video on B.J. Raji, Brett Swain, Jermichael Finley and recent signings appear at JSOnline.

Video: Lambeau Field's stadium debt has been paid off, but the sales tax remains. From WBAY-TV in Green Bay...

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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jeremy's picture

August 01, 2011 at 09:14 am

"That leaves Zombo, Walden and (Brad) Jones, again, opposite Matthews."

I wouldn't expect them to add to that group unless someone they really like gets released. They've also got rookie OLB prospects Elmore, So’oto and Lattimore to evaluate in an extremely short camp.

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BubbaOne's picture

August 01, 2011 at 12:21 pm

"Brandon Underwood talks to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel about moving to safety and his offseason distractions."

FYI...the link is to the "Sherrod tackles move to guard" article, not to the Underwood article.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

August 01, 2011 at 12:25 pm

The entire article is a notebook collection of stories. Keep scrolling down.

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BubbaOne's picture

August 01, 2011 at 03:29 pm

My Bad...thanks

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