Packers Daily Links: Ryan Grant Spearheads Fundraising Efforts

Running back Ryan Grant was busy yesterday making news on several fronts. More in today's Daily Links...

Running back Ryan Grant visited Burlington Catholic High School in Wisconsin yesterday to raise funds in memory of a fan, 11-year-old Ryan Luxem, who recently passed away from lukemia. "He surprised the students at Burlington Catholic Central High School with an offer to pay for their junior prom," writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "In exchange, he asked if they would continue their fundraising efforts. Instead of paying for DJs and a banquet hall, the students could raise money for the Luxem scholarship." Also detailed in the article is Grant's plans to rent out Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park in Greenfield, Wis. in July for which entrance fees will be donated to the Luxem scholarship.

Elsewhere in the article, Ryan Grant lays out plans to workout with teammates in Florida in the absence of offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamps with an NFL lockout currently underway. "He's even headed to Florida soon, with teammates such as James Jones, Nick Collins and maybe Brandon Chillar, as well as other NFL players, for seven-on-seven work and drills," writes Lori Nickel. This may be the closest thing Packers play will come to practicing together prior to the start of training camp.

Ryan Grant made more news yesterday by responding to remarks made by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson comparing the NFL labor agreement between players and owners as "modern-day slavery." Grant responded via Twitter, "I have to totally disagree with adrian Peterson's comparison to this situation being Modern day slavery..false." Kevin Siefert of ESPN.com has more on comments from Grant.

Safety Nick Collins responded to the information yesterday that the NFLPA was encouraging incoming college players to stay away from the Draft in New York City. “Me personally, I would show up,” Collins is quoted by ProFootballTalk.com from an interview on ESPN. “You’ve been working so hard, being through the Senior Bowl, the Combine, now the next step is getting drafted. And if you’re one of those top guys, that’s what you’re supposed to do. That’s something you’ve been dreaming of and it’s about to come true.” There doesn't appear to be many people supporting the players' association's suggestion to "boycott" the Draft.

In an interview with PFT, Packers president Mark Murphy reiterated that the NFL owners want to continue negotiations with the players. "Murphy said Tuesday the NFL owners’ offer to the players union last week was not take it or leave it, and that they want to continue negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement while the sides wait for an April 6 hearing on an antitrust suit filed by a group of players," writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette citing the interview. The article includes more details about the owners' latest offer tot he players shortly before the CBA expired last Friday.

Las Vegas Weekly reported on a recent appearance by four members of the Packers to the Venetian casino. "Members of the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers celebrated their win at Tao at The Venetian," writes Dan Chareuncy. "Linebackers Brad Jones, Nick Barnett and Diyral Briggs and safety Morgan Burnett dined at the restaurant before heading up to a moat skybox overlooking the nightclub. The group celebrated at a table stocked with Patron, Grey Goose and Hennessy and was presented with a giant trophy cake as DJ Reach let the crowd know that the champions were in the house." The article includes four pictures of the foursome posing for the camera.

Wide receivers in this year's draft class are compared to those drafted by the Packers in previous years by Thomas Hobbes of AllGreenBayPackers.com. Hobbes says Cecil Shorts of Mount Union and Jamel Hamler of Fresno State compare to those drafted by the Packers. "Both [Greg] Jennings and Shorts also came from smaller schools where there will be some transition to NFL defenses," writes Hobbes. "Jamel Hamler on the other hand reminds me of James Jones, who is probably one of the most athletic and physical wide receivers in the group but has a penchant for dropping the easy pass while making the hard one."

In other draft news, Packer Report finds out that Arizona outside linebacker prospect Ricky Elmore has been working out with a member of the Packers. "Elmore piled up 21 sacks as a defensive end during his final two seasons," writes Bill Huber (subscription required). "Elmore, who talked to Packer Report on Tuesday, said most teams view him as a 3-4 outside linebacker. To learn the tricks of the trade, he's been training with Clay Matthews Jr."

Packer Report also reports that the Packers were represented at the Pittsburgh pro day workout yesterday, among others.

The Packers' 2010 season is looked at in retrospect by Andy Benoit of the New York Times' Fifth Down blog.

Aaron Rodgers' father, who is a chiropractor, is featured in an article at Bradenton.com.

The top 10 wide receivers in Packers history are ranked over at the Packers' official website. Sterling Sharpe, at no. 8, is quite low.

A Wisconsin middle school will be making a trip to Lambeau Field.

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BubbaOne's picture

March 16, 2011 at 08:56 am

I wrote the following to Hobbes on his WR post. I'm not sure a lot of people picked up on MM's hedge re not drafting short players. I think MM/AR could create mismatches w/ a quick slot receiver, maybe even put the reverse back in the offense.

...MM has always wanted tall WR’s who played all positions. In this article (about half way down) MM admits he was responsible for not drafting a shorter player and now seems open to the idea.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/117119398.html?utm_source=twitter...

Cobb seems to be the higher rated slot receiver over Jernigan. They could be dynamic in this offense besides being great at KR.

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BubbaOne's picture

March 16, 2011 at 09:09 am

On a different topic.
I'm reading about all the different private workouts players are making and I literally never see the Packers mentioned. I'm sure they are having some players workout. And maybe it's better they keep things quiet.
Can anyone shed some light on this topic?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

March 16, 2011 at 09:35 am

Basically this information is being provided by players who are specifically asked that question by journalists at their pro days. If no one asks the players, the information isn't published. There's not many people out there asking them.

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PackersRS's picture

March 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

Brian, it's not the top 10 Wrs. It's the top 10 deep threats. "Hutson tops list of Packers deep threats"

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Cole O's picture

March 16, 2011 at 01:57 pm

O I made that mistake also, thanks for clearing that up. I was gonna say isn't it alittle premature to put Jennings above Driver for the Packers greatest WRs ever list.

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thepretzelhead on Twitter's picture

March 16, 2011 at 05:56 pm

Be careful in Vegas, boys- a lot of your position competition are drinking protein shakes while you're suckin down vodka.

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