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GREEN BAY (0-1) AT SEATTLE (1-0)Saturday, Aug. 21 - Qwest Field - 9 p.m. CDT
GREEN BAY HEADS WEST TO TAKE ON SEATTLE
- The Packers travel over 1,600 miles, the longest trip for the team this season, for their second exhibition contest against the Seattle Seahawks.
- It will be the first road game of the season for Green Bay, and will give the team a valuable look at how the younger players on the roster perform in a hostile environment.
- Saturday night's game marks just the second time in franchise history that the Packers have traveled to Seattle for a preseason contest. The only other preseason matchup between the teams in Seattle came on Aug. 12, 1983, a 38-21 Seahawks victory.
- The teams have squared off just three times before in the preseason, with the most recent contest coming on Aug. 18, 2007, at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Seahawks, 48-13, highlighted by 38 points from Green Bay in the first half. The 48 points were the most posted by the Packers in a preseason contest since 1936.
- Green Bay and Seattle will not face off this year during the regular season after seeing each other quite a bit since 2005. The teams met four times during the regular season (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009), and the lone year that they did not play during the season (2007), the Packers hosted the Seahawks in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers dropped their preseason opener, 27-24, to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night at Lambeau Field. QB Aaron Rodgers was sharp in his first game action of the season, completing 12-of-13 passes for 159 yards and a TD (143.3 passer rating) as he led the offense on two touchdown drives. WR Greg Jennings had three receptions for 68 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass from Rodgers.
- Green Bay got off to a slow start against Cleveland, falling behind by two touchdowns less than seven minutes into the game. Browns QB Jake Delhomme led Cleveland on an 11-play, 80-yard drive to go up 7-0, and then the Browns took advantage of the short field provided by a Packers turnover to extend the lead to 14-0.
- "It's the first preseason game," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "We did not start the game the way we should have. So, we're going to address that. And we'll look at the film and we'll look at it as an opportunity to learn from it."
- Following a long flight home early Sunday morning, the Packers will have a quick turnaround before their next preseason game. Green Bay will take on Indianapolis a week from Thursday in a nationally televised contest at Lambeau Field. In the past under McCarthy, the Packers have played their starters into the third quarter in the third preseason contest, and the defending AFC champion Colts should provide a good measuring stick for Green Bay as it begins to look ahead to the regular season.
- Seattle won its opening preseason contest on Saturday night, 20-18, over the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field in head coach Pete Carroll's Seahawks debut. QB Charlie Whitehurst, an offseason trade acquisition and the son of former Packers QB David Whitehurst (1977-83), threw for 214 yards and two TDs to lead the offense in his first game with Seattle.
- The Seahawks will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Saturday, Aug. 28, in their third preseason game before finishing up in Oakland on Thursday, Sept. 2.
WITH THE CALL
- The Green Bay Packers Broadcast Partners will air the game over a 10-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Northeastern Minnesota, and the Quad Cities in Iowa, with CBS network production, personnel and the latest network-quality technology.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS's Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst).
- WTMJ's Jessie Garcia serves as the sideline reporter and WFRV's Larry McCarren joins the crew for pre-game segments. In addition to WFRV-TV (Green Bay) and WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), the games are televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; WJMN/CBS, Marquette, Mich.; and KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth, Minn.; and KGCW/CW, Quad Cities in Iowa.
- Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 48-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 12th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- The game will also be televised live nationally on NFL Network.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks:
All-time regular season: 8-5-0
All-time, in Seattle: 2-2-0
All-time, preseason: 1-2-0
Streaks: The Packers have won six of the last seven games, including two in the playoffs.
Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 27, 2009, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 48-10
Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 18, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 48-13
Mike McCarthy: 39-28-0, .582, (incl. 1-2 postseason); 5th NFL season
Pete Carroll: 34-33-0, .507 (incl. 1-2 postseason); 5th NFL season (1st with Seahawks)
Head to Head: Never met
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-1 vs. Seahawks; Carroll 0-2 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in fifth year as the Packers' 14th head coach.
- Has led his team to the playoffs two of the past three years.
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans' Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last four years.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
- Became the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.
PETE CARROLL…Is in first year as the Seahawks' eighth head coach.
- Spent the past nine years as head coach at USC (2001-09), where he led the Trojans to seven consecutive Pac-10 titles and two national championships (2003-04).
- Previously served as a head coach in the NFL with the New York Jets (1994) and New England (1997-99), leading the Patriots to two playoff appearances.
- Began his NFL career as a defensive backs coach for Buffalo (1984). Also served as an assistant coach for Minnesota (1985-89), N.Y. Jets (1990-93) and San Francisco (1995-96).
- A former all-conference free safety at Pacific, started his coaching career at his alma mater in 1974.
THE PACKERS-SEAHAWKS SERIES
- The two clubs have met 15 times, including the regular season and playoffs. The two playoff games (2007 Divisional, 2003 Wild Card) were both at Lambeau and won by the Packers.
- For a span of eight head-to-head meetings from 1996-2008, Mike Holmgren was the head coach for one of the teams.
- Since Seattle's shift to the NFC in 2002, the two teams have met seven times including playoffs. They have met each of the last seven seasons except 2004.
- Neither team has ever won more than three in a row in the series.
Packers GM Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks' VP of football operations...Seahawks GM John Schneider served two different stints in the Packers' personnel dept. (1993-96, 2002-09), concluding as director - football operations...Green Bay director of college scouting John Dorsey worked in the Seattle front office (1999)...Seattle senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan worked as a Packers scout (1995-99)...Seattle VP of football operations Will Lewis worked in Green Bay's scouting department for three seasons (1997-99)...Seattle senior VP Lance Lopes worked in the Packers' front office from 1993-2000...Green Bay asst. head coach/ILBs Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control in 1998...Seattle off. coord. Jeremy Bates is the son of former Packers def. coordinator Jim Bates (2005)...Seattle WR coach Kippy Brown previously coached the Green Bay RBs (2000) and Seattle asst. strength and cond. coach Mondray Gee held the same position in Green Bay the past two seasons...Seattle off. line coach Alex Gibbs was on the offensive staff at Kansas City during McCarthy's first two years there (1993-94)...Former Packers GM Ron Wolf drafted QB Matt Hasselbeck in the sixth round in 1998 and he spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, with McCarthy as his position coach in his second season (1999)...Seattle DT Colin Cole (2004-08), P Jon Ryan (2006-07) and WR Ruvell Martin (2006-08) all previously played for Green Bay, while Seahawks WR Kole Heckendorf is a Mosinee, Wis., native who spent 2009 training camp with the Packers...Seahawks QB Charlie Whitehurst was born in Green Bay, and his father, David, played QB for the Packers for seven seasons (1977-83)...Former college teammates include Seahawks RB Julius Jones, TE John Carlson and Packers RB Ryan Grant (Notre Dame), Seahawks DT Red Bryant and Packers LB Cyril Obiozor (Texas A&M), Seahawks WRs T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Mike Hass and Packers LB Nick Barnett (Oregon State), Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane, RB Justin Forsett and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (California), Seahawks DT Quinn Pitcock and Packers LB A.J. Hawk (Ohio State), Seahawks S Earl Thomas and Packers TE Jermichael Finley (Texas), Seahawks DE Lawrence Jackson, C Jeff Byers, S Kevin Ellison, TE Anthony McCoy, CB Josh Pinkard and Packers LB Clay Matthews (USC), Seahawks WR Deon Butler and Packers TE Andrew Quarless (Penn State), and Seahawks LB David Hawthorne, LS Clint Greshman and Packers T/G Marshall Newhouse (TCU).
INDIVIDUALLY VS. SEAHAWKS
In two regular-season games vs. Seattle, RB Ryan Grant has 49 carries for 187 yards and two TDs. He also set Green Bay postseason records with 201 yards and three rushing TDs in the 2007 NFC Divisional playoff...RB Brandon Jackson had his first and only three-TD game in last year's meeting (two rush, one rec.)...In two games, QB Aaron Rodgers is 33-of-53 for 445 yards with three TDs and no INTs for a 107.8 rating...In three regular-season games, WR Greg Jennings has 15 receptions for 245 yards and a TD, plus two more TDs in the 2007 playoff meeting...In five regular-season games, WR Donald Driver has 25 receptions for 365 yards and two TDs. Including two playoff outings, he has 34 catches for 449 yards...LB A.J. Hawk posted a career-high 20 tackles (16 solo) in the 2006 matchup and added an INT last year...Also in the 2006 game, CB Charles Woodson recorded his second career two-INT game, and he has five career INTs against the Seahawks...S Atari Bigby had his second career two-INT game in last year's meeting.
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Dec. 27, 2009, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 48-10.
- The Packers posted five rushing TDs for the first time in 21 years and clinched a playoff spot with a blowout win.
- Grant and Jackson rushed for two TDs apiece, and Jackson added a receiving TD to become the first Packers player to score three TDs in a regular-season game since 2005.
- Jennings (4-111) and TE Jermichael Finley (3-80) accounted for all but 46 of Rodgers' 237 passing yards. Backup QB Matt Flynn led two scoring drives (one FG, one TD) in the fourth quarter.
- The defense intercepted Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck four times and held the Seahawks to just 6-of-19 on third and fourth downs.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Aug. 18, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 48-13.
- With the help of two defensive TDs, including a 62-yard fumble return by LB Nick Barnett, the Packers bolted to a 38-10 lead in the second quarter and cruised.
- The defense recorded seven sacks and six turnovers (three INTs, three fumbles). CB Jarrett Bush had two INTs, S Charlie Peprah had one, and Spencer Havner , then a LB, recovered a fumble.
THE INJURY REPORT
- Staying healthy during the preseason is a priority for every team, and the Packers came out of their opening game against Cleveland without any injuries that should cause players to miss significant time.
- RB Ryan Grant left the game early on after sustaining a concussion on his third carry of the game, and did not return. TE Tom Crabtree headed to the locker room late in the first half with a wrist injury and also did not return.
- The most notable injury during camp thus far was to LB Clay Matthews, who injured a hamstring during the annual Family Night scrimmage on Aug. 7 that also forced him to miss time last year during the preseason. Matthews is expected to be out for at least another week.
- Three players have spent all of training camp thus far on the physically unable to perform list. CB Al Harris , making his way back from reconstructive knee surgery, S Atari Bigby, who underwent ankle surgery on Aug. 6, and rookie RB James Starks (hamstring) are all on the PUP list.
AHEAD THIS WEEK
The Packers hit the practice field five times this week, including two-a-days on Tuesday and Thursday before traveling to Seattle on Friday afternoon.
Four of those practices are scheduled to be in full pads, though the health of the team heading into Saturday night's game will determine if those numbers stay the same.
Thursday will be the final two-a-day session of training camp and seventh overall, with the Packers assuming the in-season schedule of one practice a day for the final two preseason contests.
EXCERPTS FROM COACH MCCARTHY - MONDAY, AUG. 16
(After watching the film, did you see the improvement on special teams that you were looking for?)
"It is one game and it is preseason, no different on offense and defense. You're trying to accomplish a lot of things, and even more so on special teams. Going through each phase, I thought the punt protection was a plus. The changes that we made, I thought they definitely showed up on film. I thought the punters' performance was good. Kickoff coverage was disjointed. A lot of that was we played 30-plus players on kickoff coverage. We have never done that here. We're trying to look at as many different individuals as possible. We exhausted our whole depth chart in the kickoff phase, and I think it showed up in the production in the kickoff coverage and the kickoff return. That is not where we need to be. I'm confident with our kickoff coverage based on the people that we have had here in the past and the way we have played in the past. Our timing and spacing in the kickoff return needs to improve. We'll probably emphasize that more this week as we get ready. Punt return, once again we used a lot of people there. But the kickoff coverage, we'll start to settle in more on certain players, but we do want to make sure we get everybody an opportunity and give them a chance because special teams is where a lot of these jobs are going to be won."
(How did the first offensive line look in the game?)
"I thought they graded out well. They came after us with a lot of pressure, so there were a number of things that happened at the line of scrimmage as far as the communication. I thought the quarterback handled it very well. I thought the checks were intact. I thought the first offensive line played well. I wouldn't say that about the second offensive line."
(Do you see any of the young wide receivers pushing for a roster spot?)
"They're improving. Dillon continues to jump out at me. That's the first one that comes to mind. Gore, it's new for him. Chery just arrived. They're not getting the work that that group has probably gotten in the past. That's a tough group to crack as far as the four or five guys in front of them. But they're getting better. That's what you're looking for."
(Did Matt Flynn make big strides this offseason?)
"I think Matt Flynn has continued to improve since he arrived here. I thought he made a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2, and he definitely has total command of the offense, and that's what you expect of your quarterback. We feel very confident to play with him through all the different things we do at the line, both run and pass. I thought he managed the game very well. Once again, I thought he was put in a couple of tough spots, maybe a couple of throws he wish he may have hit. But I thought he played well."
(You have said good things about Brandon Jackson as a third-down back, but how comfortable would you be if he had to carry the load in a game?)
"Brandon Jackson to me is an every-down back. I have no problem with that. Really the last hurdle he needed to overcome was on third down. He accomplished that last year, in my opinion. You're seeing him not only third downs but in special teams. Brandon Jackson is a good special teams player, too. He's a complete football player, and if we had to play all three downs with him, I wouldn't even blink."
WHERE THEY'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT
Coaches often use the preseason as a test to see where players are best utilized. Coach McCarthy is on the sidelines, but here's a look at where the rest of the staff will be Saturday:
Press Box: Dom Capers (defensive coordinator), Jerry Fontenot (asst. offensive line), Curtis Fuller (administrator), Scott McCurley (defensive quality control), Joe Philbin (offensive coordinator), John Rushing (offensive quality control), and Joe Whitt (secondary - cornerbacks).
Sideline: Edgar Bennett (running backs), James Campen (offensive line), Tom Clements (quarterbacks), Mike Eayrs (research and development), Kevin Greene (outside linebackers), Ben McAdoo (tight ends), Chad Morton (special teams assistant), Winston Moss (inside linebackers/asst. head coach), Darren Perry (secondary - safeties), Jimmy Robinson (wide receivers), Shawn Slocum (special teams coordinator) and Mike Trgovac (defensive line).
SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times local):
- Thursday, Aug. 26 – Preseason game vs. Indianapolis Colts, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field
- Tuesday, Aug. 31 – Final practice open to public, 10:15 a.m., Nitschke Field; NFL-mandated roster reduction, to 75 players, by 3 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 2 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
- Saturday, Sept. 4 – NFL-mandated roster reduction, to 53 players, by 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 5 – Clubs may establish eight-player practice squad, 11 a.m.
PACKERS OVERCOME TOUGH START BUT FALL SHORT
- The Packers' 2010 preseason opener had a little bit of everything Saturday night at Lambeau Field. Sloppy defense and a turnover put Green Bay in an early 14-point hole before the No. 1 offense climbed out of it. But then Cleveland's veteran kicker, Phil Dawson, drilled field goals from 58 and 46 yards in the final minute and a half to give the Browns a 27-24 win.
- Behind new quarterback Jake Delhomme, the Browns took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown. A fourth-down pass for 12 yards to Mohamed Massaquoi was the key play, and Jerome Harrison's 4-yard TD run made it 7-0.
- Moments later, that lead was doubled when Packers running back Ryan Grant fumbled on the offense's first snap. Cleveland's Sheldon Brown recovered and returned it to the Green Bay 13, setting up Seneca Wallace's third-down TD pass to Brian Robiskie. Suddenly it was 14-0 less than halfway through the first quarter.
- "You don't start football games that way," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "It doesn't matter who you're playing, where you're playing, especially at Lambeau Field. It's a learning experience for our football team."
- To the Packers' credit, they bounced back quickly. Grant left the game after taking a blow to the head on his third carry, but then quarterback Aaron Rodgers caught fire. In a span of 11 plays covering two drives – with the defense finally settling down and getting a three-and-out in between – Rodgers completed 10 straight passes to produce two TD drives.
- On the first, two completions to tight end Jermichael Finley covered 30 total yards before Rodgers saw the Browns setting up a corner blitz, which left receiver Greg Jennings one-on-one with safety T.J. Ward. Rodgers checked to a different play at the line to take advantage of the matchup, running back Brandon Jackson blocked the blitzer, and Jennings won his battle for a 25-yard touchdown.
- "It just tells me that I'm seeing the game the way I want to see it, to be able to check off there," Rodgers said. "We did a nice job. We picked up the pressure there, bringing a corner blitz. We checked the protection, Brandon had a nice pick-up, and Greg ran a nice route to get open. And had a nice catch on an underthrown ball. That felt good, definitely."
- Rodgers kept it going on the next drive, again finding Jennings (three catches, 68 yards) deep for a 34-yard gain. Jackson's 2-yard run broke up the string of nine straight pass plays, but then Rodgers dumped it off to Jackson for his 10th straight completion, an 11-yarder down to the 2. Fullback John Kuhn , with impressive second and third efforts to keep his feet, found the goal line and the game was tied at 14 early in the second quarter.
- "We feel like we should score every time we get the ball," Rodgers said. "Every time we take that field we're expecting to put points on the board, it's just a matter of executing for us. When we execute the way we're capable of executing, it's tough to guard us."
- Unfortunately, a failed third down on the offense's next possession ended the hot streak, and Rodgers' night. He finished 12-of-13 for 159 yards with a touchdown and 143.3 rating.
- "I thought Aaron was sharp," McCarthy said. "He managed the huddle very well, saw a lot of pressure and made the appropriate checks. He took advantage of the one-on-one opportunities.
- "To play against our defense every day in practice and then to come out here and see the amount of pressure we saw tonight, those are good things to help you prepare because I can promise Philadelphia is going to pressure us in Week 1. So there is going to be a lot of good film to learn from."
- The game had the feel of a shootout, and that's certainly not what the Packers' defense wanted. With Green Bay beginning some substitutions here and there on defense, the Browns regained the lead right away, as Wallace led a 63-yard drive. His 26-yard screen pass to fullback Peyton Hillis and 20-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson over the middle put Cleveland back on top, 21-14.
- "We had those type of games last year, and we can't allow that to happen again this year," cornerback Charles Woodson said of the back-and-forth play. "There's some things we're going to have to fix. Defensively, we're not at all happy with how we played."
- Backup quarterback Matt Flynn was able to re-tie the game on the opening possession of the third quarter. A 22-yard pass to James Jones keyed the 78-yard drive. On third-and-5 from the Cleveland 20, Flynn's pass into the end zone to Jordy Nelson was incomplete, but Browns safety Nick Sorensen was called for pass interference, putting the ball on the 1. Kregg Lumpkin (11 carries, 42 yards) took it in from there to make it 21-all.
- That was Flynn's only scoring drive, as he finished 9-of-15 for 69 yards with an interception, on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. He nearly produced another score, though, after Green Bay safety Derrick Martin made a sliding interception of a Colt McCoy pass at the Cleveland 37 late in the third quarter.
- Lumpkin busted a 12-yard run to the 25 and it appeared the Packers might take the lead. But a Lumpkin fumble (recovered by Green Bay tackle Breno Giacomini ), a holding penalty on Allen Barbre and a sack/fumble of Flynn (with Flynn recovering) knocked the Packers out of scoring range.
- With No. 3 quarterback Graham Harrell in the game, the Packers took their only lead of the night. Rookie running back Quinn Porter 's six carries for 22 yards helped set up a 33-yard field goal by Mason Crosby for a 24-21 advantage with 7:07 left. Porter finished with nine rushes for 38 yards.
- But it was Cleveland's backups that finished the strongest. A 23-yard pass from fourth quarterback Brett Ratliff to tight end Alex Smith gave Dawson a crack at a 58-yard field goal, and he nailed it with 1:27 left to tie the game at 24.
- After the Packers went three-and-out, Ratliff converted a fourth-and-6 at midfield with a 10-yard pass to Smith. Then he hit former Packers receiver Jake Allen for a 12-yard gain to the Green Bay 28 and called Cleveland's last timeout with 2 seconds left. Dawson was true from 46 yards on the final snap.
Safeties Atari Bigby (ankle) and Will Blackmon (knee), cornerback Al Harris (knee), running back James Starks (hamstring), linebackers Alex Joseph (quad), Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Cyril Obiozor (calf), and guard/center Jason Spitz (calf) did not dress for the game.
LOTS OF FAMILIAR FACES
- General Manager Ted Thompson continued his philosophy of building through the draft in the 2010 offseason, so much of the Packers' core remains intact.
- Thompson moved to keep that core together this offseason, re-signing veterans Chad Clifton , Nick Collins , Ryan Pickett and Mark Tauscher to contract extensions.
- Clifton and Tauscher have been mainstays on the offensive line since 2000, while Collins and Pickett were two integral parts of the new 3-4 defense in 2009.
- The return of those four players means 20 of 22 starters return from a team that made its second postseason berth in three seasons.
- Leaving in free agency was Aaron Kampman, one of the most productive pass rushers in team history. Having made the switch to outside linebacker last summer, Kampman tore his ACL on Nov. 22, which put rookie Brad Jones into the lineup.
- Jones went on to start eight games including playoffs, so some may view him as a 21st returning starter.
- The team will be without defensive end Johnny Jolly, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Jolly's suspension began immediately in July and will continue through at least the 2010 season. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement following Super Bowl XLV.
- That continuity extends to the coaching staff, where the same group returns for 2010. There are some slight changes however, as Chad Morton will serve as special teams assistant while Curtis Fuller serves as coaching administrator.
- Also, Mark Lovat, beginning his 12th season with the Packers, takes over as strength and conditioning coordinator. Dave Redding and Thadeus Jackson will serve as assistants in the weight room.
MEET THE DRAFT PICKS
- Training camp storylines always hover around new players and just how they figure into the depth chart. This summer, eyes will be on the seven new draft picks added to the club this past April.
- First-round pick Bryan Bulaga , the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2009, is viewed as the potential heir to veteran Chad Clifton as Aaron Rodgers' blind-side protector and has entered the LG competition. He started 23 games at left tackle over his final two seasons and was an early-entry candidate into the 2010 NFL Draft.
- The Packers stayed in the Big Ten in Round 2 by selecting Purdue defensive tackle Mike Neal . A four-year letterman and two-year starter, he played in 46 career games (23 starts) and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the media as a senior. Neal will make the shift to defensive end in the Packers' 3-4 scheme.
- Third-round choice Morgan Burnett was another early-entry candidate and displayed his playmaking skills at safety in his three seasons at Georgia Tech. In 40 career games, including 28 starts, Burnett intercepted 14 passes, tied for second most in school history. He was elected team captain as a junior and led the team in interceptions each of his three seasons.
- In the fifth round the Packers again went back to the Big Ten and drafted Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless. He appeared in 49 career games, including 29 starts, and finished his career as the Nittany Lions' all-time leader in receptions by a tight end (87) and second in receiving yards by a tight end (1,146).
- Also in the fifth round the Packers drafted offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse from Texas Christian. He was a three-year starter at left tackle and appeared in 52 career games, including 38 starts. A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior, Newhouse has seen at tackle and guard on the left side.
- Running back James Starks came to Green Bay in the sixth round. Starks became the University at Buffalo's all-time leading rusher in just three seasons and holds school records for rushing touchdowns (34) and points scored (222). He missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury and has been sidelined during camp thus far with a hamstring injury.
- The Packers selected C.J. Wilson from East Carolina in the seventh round. A three-year starter at defensive end, he tallied 192 tackles, including 45½ for loss, and 27 sacks. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors each of his final two seasons.
- In addition to the seven draft picks, one must also pay close attention to the non-drafted free agents, as at least one seems to make the team each year. Members of the Packers who entered the NFL via the free- agent route include S Atari Bigby, RB Ryan Grant, TE Spencer Havner, DE Cullen Jenkins and CB Tramon Williams.
REST AND RECOVERY
- In today's NFL, training camp is no longer a time to get in shape and learn new wrinkles in the playbook.
- Most of the roster was back for the offseason program, which began on March 15 and ran through the mandatory, three-day minicamp at the end of June. Beginning with dedicated workout sessions under the close watch of the strength and conditioning staff, activities returned to the playing field later in the spring during OTAs.
- With that offseason work in mind, Head Coach Mike McCarthy has scheduled his camp with three Wednesdays off to help the players recuperate from the grind of training camp.
- Much like the regular season, players will not practice the day after preseason games or after the Family Night scrimmage. The Packers also received three Wednesdays off during camp, with the final one coming this week.
- Those Wednesdays the team will gather in the morning for weight lifting, film review and team meetings before having the afternoon and evening off. Each off day is following by two practices in one day, including the final "two-a-day" of training camp on Aug. 19.
ST. NORBERT AND THE PACKERS
- Continuing a tradition started under Packers coach Scooter McLean in 1958, the Green Bay Packers will call St. Norbert College home for a 53rd consecutive training camp this summer. The relationship between the private college in De Pere, Wis., and the Green Bay Packers marks the longest continual use of any training camp facility by an NFL team.
- Players will take up residence in Victor McCormick Hall, a 60-room coed dormitory used to house 225 students during the academic year.
- St. Norbert, founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, borders the Fox River and enrolls around 2,000 students.
- The Packers use their own practice and team meeting facilities at Lambeau Field during training camp, with the college serving as housing headquarters.
- Players return to St. Norbert via cars and vans every evening for team dinner.
- The 6.62-mile commute is estimated at 11 minutes each way.
- The team will travel roughly 264.8 miles between the college and practice facility during training camp…that's almost 4,660 lengths of a football field. It will take an estimated 7 hours, 20 minutes for the team to commute to and from the college…roughly the time of two-and-a-half NFL games.
A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE
- The Green Bay Packers' 90th NFL regular-season schedule – headlined by six nationally televised games – was released in late April.
- Though the 2010 opponents have been known since the end of last season, the arrival of the complete NFL schedule is a day circled on the calendar of all football fans.
- Green Bay will open the 2010 slate on the road at Philadelphia before kicking off the home schedule with the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.
- Its first prime-time appearance – against the rival Bears in Chicago on Monday Night Football – will come in Week 3. The NFL's oldest rivalry will be on display in prime time for a fifth straight season, with this first meeting of the year marking game No. 180 in the all-time series.
- 2010 marks the 18th consecutive season the Packers have appeared on Monday Night Football, the NFC's longest streak.
- Three games are slated for Sunday night on NBC, including home games against the Minnesota Vikings (Week 7) and Dallas Cowboys (Week 9). In Week 15, the Packers are scheduled to take on the Patriots on Sunday night in Foxborough, though the game is subject to the NFL's flex scheduling.
- The Packers will get their first look at the new stadium in New Jersey in Week 8 against the Jets, where they may experience some cool fall temperatures. While games at Lambeau Field later in the season always provide a home-field advantage for the Packers, the 2010 schedule is nearly void of cold-weather road games. After the Jets, three consecutive road contests will be played in domes (Minnesota, Atlanta, Detroit).
- That's good news for a Green Bay offense that seems to thrive in domes. Including playoffs, the Packers played in a dome five times last season, exceeding 400 total net yards in four of those games.
- A number of games on the Packers' 2010 schedule – namely those on national TV – are beginning to have a familiar feel. In addition to taking on the Bears for a fifth consecutive year in prime time, Green Bay will take on Minnesota in prime time for a third straight season. The Packers and Cowboys will meet on national TV for the fourth straight season.
- The schedule concludes with two home games for the first time since 2005. One of the NFL's best teams in regular-season games played in December and January, Green Bay may need to call upon that previous success for what could prove to be two very important contests surrounding the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Games against the Giants (Week 16) and Bears (Week 17) could determine not only the NFC North Division crown but conference playoff seeding.
2010 SCHEDULE NUGGETS
- Green Bay's bye week comes in Week 10, the latest possible week for NFL teams. It marks the latest time in which the Packers have had a bye in franchise history, besting the Week 9 bye in 2004. The Packers will play nine games before the bye and seven after the open date.
- Three of four games before the bye come at Lambeau Field, while four of five games after the bye are road contests.
- Immediately following the bye comes an important division game against Minnesota, the first of three straight road games played in domes. Under McCarthy, the team has won three of four games after the bye week and 10 of its last 14 after the bye dating back further.
- Green Bay has always been a successful team after the bye and 2009 was no different, as the team compiled a 9-3 (.750) mark after the bye week. Since 2000, the team is 61-36 (.629) overall after the bye.
- Fifteen games are slated for Sunday, the most since 1993 (also 15).
- Seven of the final eight games are against NFC opponents.
- The Packers have six games on the schedule against 2009 playoff teams, beginning right away in Week 1 at Philadelphia. Beginning in Week 7 vs. Minnesota, Green Bay has a stretch of four straight games against playoff teams from a year ago. The team will travel east to take on the Jets in Week 8 and host the Cowboys in Week 9 before the bye. The stretch concludes in Minnesota in Week 11.
- The NFL's oldest rivalry will see a first in 2010. For the first time in series history, Green Bay will host Chicago in the regular-season finale, set to be game No. 181 between the Packers and Bears.