Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


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Rookie cornerback playing catch-up in Packers' training camp

It didn't take long for the Green Bay Packers' first draft pick, cornerback Kevin King, to get his shot with the starting defense.

After Green Bay lined up with Davon House and LaDarius Gunter as the cornerbacks and Damarious Randall in the slot for Thursday's first day of training camp, the coaches switched things up on Friday, with House and King as the cornerbacks and Quinten Rollins in the slot.

"I'm not too sure what the coaches have planned," King said after practice. "I just come to work and do what I'm told. Today, they put me out with the 1s. Tomorrow, they might put me with the 2s."

Still, it was a noteworthy decision by the coaches to thrust King into the heart of the competition. With class in session at the University of Washington, King was forced to miss all three weeks of organized team activities. Because he missed the OTAs, the coaches limited King to only individual drills for the three-day minicamp in June.


Martellus Bennett adds life to Packers locker room

Martellus Bennett finished dressing at his locker and turned around to face the media, wearing a foam cheesehead atop his head.

Just one practice into his first training camp with the Green Bay Packers and the pass-catching tight end is already turning into a dynamic personality in the locker room.

He’s an enticing target on the field for quarterback Aaron Rodgers with his athletic build and 6-foot-6 frame.

“I think, No. 1, we all like personality. This is a tough business. You spend a lot of time, so creativity and laughter are definitely good things to have in your culture,” coach Mike McCarthy said before practice on Thursday. “He’s a big personality and I think he’s fitting in very well with our football team.”

Getting to Lambeau Field early to report looks good to coaches and teammates, too.


McCarthy won’t alter approach to season

Mike McCarthy made no grand pronouncements Wednesday.

There was not any sort of guarantee from the 12th-year Green Bay Packers head coach.

Going into training camp, McCarthy said he and his staff were focused on the same steady, focused approach that has sent the team to the postseason each of the past eight years.

With two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers still in his prime, McCarthy believes that will give the Packers a shot at reaching the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in February.

“We have full confidence. The goal here has never changed. It’s been the same since Day 1,” McCarthy said in his annual pre-camp news conference, in advance of Thursday morning’s first practice.

“You obviously have to get in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl.

“(Training camp is about) trying to find a balance of training your team the right way, being smart, but also getting them ready to win a championship.”


2 set for Hall of Fame call, team unveils new artwork

The Green Bay Packers are getting ready to induct two new members to the franchise’s Hall of Fame, and the club level of Lambeau Field saw a small offseason makeover that might intrigue the hardcore fans.

All-time leading receiver Donald Driver and ball-hawking cornerback Mark Lee will be honored Saturday at a banquet at Lambeau Field.

Driver had 743 catches for 10,137 yards to lead all Packers receivers. His 62 career touchdowns are fifth in franchise history.

The four-time Pro Bowler played in 205 games over 14 seasons with the Packers. He retired after playing 13 games in the 2012 season.

Lee had 31 interceptions in 11 seasons in Green Bay. He missed just eight games during his Packers career, appearing in 157 games and making 139 starts.

After 11 seasons with the Packers, Lee went on to play for New Orleans and San Francisco in 1991 before retiring.


Relocation fees help boost Packers in another strong year

NFL relocation fees helped boost the bottom line for the Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL.

The league’s only publicly owned team released its 2017 statement on Wednesday, reporting net income of $72.8 million.

About $27.1 million is part of the team’s share of the fees that the Raiders, Rams and Chargers had to pay to relocate. Such fees are split equally among NFL teams that aren’t moving.

The Packers’ annual financial statements always provide a peek into the lucrative business side of the NFL, especially since the team plays in the league’s smallest market. The relocation spree over the past year gave the report added relevance.

The Raiders’ fee to move from Oakland to Las Vegas was about $350 million. The Rams had to pay a $650 million fee to go from St. Louis to Los Angeles, while the Chargers had to pay the same amount to move from San Diego to join the Rams up the California coast.


Former Packers TE Henry dies from leukemia

Mitchell Henry, a former Green Bay Packers Packers tight end, lost a battle with leukemia and passed away on Friday.

Henry, 24, was diagnosed seven months ago and never made an opening-day roster for the Packers but participated in two training camps in Green Bay in 2015 and 2016.

He originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 after playing at Western Kentucky.

“We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Mitchell Henry,” said Ted Thompson, Packers executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations. “During his time with the Packers, he quickly became a beloved member of our family and made a terrific impression on everyone in our organization. We were fortunate to have had him in our lives.

“On behalf of the Packers family, we offer our condolences to Mitchell’s wife, Madison, and his family and friends.”


Police: Packers’ Guion stumbled, slurred speech

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion smelled of alcohol and marijuana, stumbled when he walked and spoke with slurred speech when police pulled him over in a Porsche in Hawaii, according to arrest records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

His blood alcohol level was 0.086 percent about an hour after his early morning June 21 arrest for intoxicated driving in Waikiki, according to a police report.

“‘Please sir, it’s my birthday,’” he told an officer, according to the records. “‘I can have someone else drive.’”

Guion was pulled over while driving a white 2017 Porsche Cayenne because he was drifting between lanes, the report said.

“‘I know I’m drunk,’” he told the officer in the records. “‘I’ve been drinking Hennessy all night. I don’t drink any of that weak stuff, only the hard stuff.’”

He then tossed his wallet to his girlfriend who was riding in the passenger seat and asked if she could bail him out of jail.


Light day ends Packers offseason training program

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Running back Ty Montgomery goes through a ball security drill Thursday during the final day of minicamp for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Mike McCarthy dismissed the group early after successful practices earlier this week.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Green Bay rookie cornerback Daquan Holmes bobbles but completes a catch during a footwork drill on the final day of Packers minicamp Thursday. The team returns for training camp on July 24.

So much was accomplished during the offseason training activities and rookie minicamp that Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy needed to make Thursday’s practice light.

The team was on the field for about 25 minutes Thursday because of the repetitions the players got the past week.

“Friday’s practice and Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices were over the top in quantity and quality,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy brought the team together for a quick talk before lining them up on the field 5 yards apart for a lighthearted egg-catching competition.

“You can only do those things when we all come together and take care of business every day,” said linebacker Jordan Tripp, the day’s winner.

The minicamp was mainly for the younger players. McCarthy last week dismissed the veterans with at least five years of experience. The entire team will be back for training camp at the end of July.


Montgomery an unusual veteran at RB

Ty Montgomery is in the unusual position of being the veteran at running back for the Green Bay Packers.

At this time a year ago, he was listed on the depth chart at receiver. Montgomery started working at running back at the start of last year’s regular season and became the focal point of the backfield after veterans Eddie Lacy and James Starks went down with midseason injuries.

Now, the 24-year-old Montgomery - with 80 carries in two NFL seasons - is the unquestioned leader of the backfield. With Lacy and Starks both gone, Montgomery is joined in the backfield by five rookies - including three draft picks.

“It’s really weird. I don’t even have a full year at the position,” Montgomery said. “I feel like I’m coming off my rookie year. I’m prepared.”


Packers Family Night practice set for Aug. 5

The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday that Packers Family Night will take place Aug. 5.

Now in its 17th year, Family Night serves as the introduction of the 2017 Green Bay Packers to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a statewide audience.

Doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m., and the team will be introduced on the field at 7:30 p.m.

The format will once again be a full practice, which will include 11-on-11 sessions featuring live contact.

Family Night will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The evening remains family-focused and will feature a gamelike atmosphere with use of the video boards, game day music and a fireworks show at the end of the night.


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