Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Information


Tonight all of the random speculation and mock-everything ends as the NFL kicks off the annual college player selection process known as the NFL Draft. Here is the basic info you may be looking for:

When does the draft start?
The draft begins at 7:00 p.m. CT. (Green Bay time).

How can I watch the draft on TV and online?
The draft’s on ESPN, and also the NFL Network. You can stream it on WatchESPN. It’s on all of ESPN’s streaming platforms, including apps on iOS and Android, Xbox and PlayStation, Chromecast, and the like. ESPN begins its live coverage at 6:00 p.m. CT, but both ESPN and the NFL Network will be live from Philadelphia before that. ESPN’s coverage starts with a local taping of Mike & Mike at 5:00 a.m. CT and runs through the night. NFL Network will broadcast NFL Draft Kickoff from 12:00 p.m. CT until the draft formally starts seven hours later.

Where is the 2017 NFL draft?
It’s in Philadelphia, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the city’s Museum of Art. From 1965 through 2014, the draft was located in New York City every year. It moved to the Auditorium Theater in Chicago for the last two years. This year’s venue in Philadelphia includes a main stage that is outdoors, and it looks like the environment along the Franklin Parkway will be pretty neat.

What’s going to happen on Thursday night?
Of course, the logistics of the draft are secondary to the players and teams involved. The likely first overall pick is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, a pass-rushing demon who could change the face of the Browns’ (or some other team’s) defense.

It’s a difficult year to be drafting a quarterback, though that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one. The quickest route to becoming a good NFL team is to find a good quarterback, and the prospect of drafting one is always tantalizing. North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson could each be that guy for somebody, but both come with some weak points. There will be risk in picking either, but also the potential of a massive payout. How teams manage the risk will shape the first round.

Friday’s drafting will include an even 32 picks. (There are no compensatory first-rounders, and no team this year has been docked its pick.) Entering the weekend, the Browns have two picks in the top 12, and the Titans have two in the top 18. The Saints also have two first-round picks. The Patriots, Rams and Vikings don’t have any at all, having traded them away in the last year.

ESPN will broadcast the entire draft over its three days, and the NFL Network will also have live coverage. Thursday night’s festivities include a red carpet walk with players, family, and coaches, which has become a popular TV event in the last few years. The draft is a made-for-TV event and has been for years, although the advent of Twitter reporting has taken a lot of suspense out of the pick-to-pick grind. It’s hard to keep a lid on things until Roger Goodell announces them from the podium.

When are the Packers picks?
Keep in mind that everything seen below can and will change once the draft gets going and teams make trades to move up in the draft order:


When is the rest of the Draft?
Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, April 29, starting at 11:00 a.m. CT.

Teams will have 10 minutes in between selections in the first round and seven minutes between each choice for Round 2. Rounds 3-6, including compensatory picks, will allow up to five minutes in between picks and Round 7, including compensatory picks, will allow four minutes.
Source: SB Nation; Green Bay Packers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 NFL Schedule Released

The 2017 NFL schedule was released this evening, and the Packers’ schedule is seen above (click to enlarge).

From Packers.com:

The Packers will face a playoff nemesis in each of the first two weeks of 2017.

Green Bay will begin the regular season at home against Seattle in Week 1 and travel to Atlanta to open the Falcons’ new stadium in Week 2, a powerhouse start to the season in the schedule the NFL released on Thursday.

The Seahawks and Falcons are the teams who beat the Packers in their two most recent appearances in the NFC title game, in the 2014 and 2016 playoffs.

The opener vs. Seattle is slated for Sept. 10 at 3:25 p.m. CT on FOX, while Week 2 in Atlanta will be Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the first regular-season game in new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Packers opened a new stadium on SNF in Week 2 last year as well, at Minnesota.

The Week 2 new stadium visit is one of several similarities between Green Bay’s 2016 schedule and its new one.

The Packers once again have an early-season Thursday night home game vs. archrival Chicago, this time in Week 4 (Sept. 28), and they’re slated for just one Monday night appearance, also at home vs. Detroit in Week 9 (Nov. 6).

This will be the third straight season the Packers will host the Bears on a Thursday night, including the Thanksgiving game in 2015.

For the second straight year, Green Bay also will finish the regular season with a holiday-time home game vs. the Vikings in Week 16 (Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m.) and a trip to Detroit in Week 17 (Dec. 31).

In all, the Packers have five prime-time games, a total that could change based on flex scheduling. Last year, Green Bay ended up with six when the Week 17 game at Detroit for the NFC North title was flexed to prime time.

There are plenty of differences compared to last year’s schedule as well, though.

For one, the bye week is much closer to the middle of the season, in Week 8, the last weekend in October, a full month later than last year.

Also, the Packers have no stretches of more than two straight games either home or away, after a 2016 schedule that included four straight home games (with the bye week mixed in) during the first half of the year and three consecutive road trips to begin the second half.

Other noteworthy tidbits:

• The NFC Divisional playoff rematch at Dallas will be in Week 5 (Oct. 8) at 3:25 p.m. on FOX.

• The Packers do not play on Thanksgiving, the first odd-numbered year in the Mike McCarthy era Green Bay is not on Thanksgiving.

• Three of the Packers’ four games against AFC North opponents will take place in a four-week stretch from Weeks 11-14, including a Sunday night game at Pittsburgh in Week 12 (Nov. 26). That will mark the first Packers-Steelers prime-time game since 1998.

• Among NFC foes, New Orleans visits Lambeau Field in Week 7 (Oct. 22) for the first time since Week 1 of 2011, the kickoff opener following the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV triumph. Tampa Bay comes to Green Bay in Week 13 (Dec. 3), also for the first time since 2011.

Most importantly, now we can plan out the next nine months!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bill Anderson Passes Away

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bill Anderson, who played on two NFL championship teams with the Green Bay Packers as part of an eight-year NFL career, has died. He was 80.

Adam Starkey, funeral director at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, said Wednesday that Anderson died Tuesday at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Anderson played for the Washington Redskins from 1958-63 and Green Bay from 1965-66. He caught 178 passes for 3,048 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 1965 Green Bay team won an NFL title and the 1966 squad won the first Super Bowl.

Anderson was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1959 and 1960.

After his NFL career, Anderson spent three decades as part of Tennessee football's radio broadcast team. Anderson played for Tennessee from 1955-57 and was a co-captain in 1957.

Source: Associated Press

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Offseason Pre-Draft Roster

The Green Bay Packers begin their offseason workout program today, the first step for the players in the 2017 football season. Below is the team as it stands, prior to the NFL Draft April 27-29. 

PACKERS OFFSEASON ROSTER:

Quarterbacks (3) –  Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Joe Callahan

Running backs (5) –  Ty Mongtomery, Christine Michael, Don Jackson, Aaron Ripkowski, Joe Kerridge

Wide receivers (8) – Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis, Max McCaffrey, Antwan Goodley

Offensive linemen (10) –  David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga, Corey Linsley, Lane Taylor, Jason Spriggs, Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy, Justin McCray, Jacob Flores, Lucas Patrick

Tight ends (4) –  Richard Rodgers, Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, Beau Sandland

Defensive linemen (7) –  Mike Daniels, Letroy Guion, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Ricky Jean Louis, Christian Ringo, Brian Price

Linebackers (10) –  Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliott, Reggie Gilbert, Joe Thomas,  Jake Ryan, Blake Martinez, Derrick Matthews, Jordan Tripp

Defensive backs (12) – Davon House, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins. LaDarius Gunter, Demetri Goodson, Josh Hawkins, Herb Waters, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, Kentrell Brice, Marwin Evans, Jermaine Whitehead

Specialists (4) – Mason Crosby, Jake Schum, Taybor Pepper, Derek Hart
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Free Agency Update

*Updated when transactions occur

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS SIGNED:
OLB Nick Perry: Five-years/$59M
OL Don Barclay: One-year/$1.025M
OLB Jayrone Elliott: One-year/$1.6M
OLB Jordan Tripp: One-year/$690,000
P Jacob Schum: One-year/$615,000
TE Martellus Bennett: Three-years/$21M
TE Lance Kendricks: Two-years/$4M
CB Davon House: One-year/$2.8M
RB Christine Michael: One-year/$800,000
DL Ricky Jean Francois: One-year/$2M
G Jahri Evans: Contract terms TBD

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS SIGNED:
ILB Joe Thomas: One-year/$650,000
DT Christian Ringo: Two-years/$990,000
WR Geronimo Allison: Two-years/$990,000
RB Don Jackson: Two-years/$990,000
FB Joe Kerridge: Two-years/$990,000

RESERVED/FUTURE SIGNED:
C Jacob Flores
LB Reggie Gilbert
WR Antwan Goodley
LB Derrick Mathews
G Lucas Patrick
DT Brian Price
TE Beau Sandland
S Jermaine Whitehead

LEFT GREEN BAY:
OLB Datone Jones: To Minnesota Vikings
RB Eddie Lacy: To Seattle Seahawks
G T.J. Lang: To Detroit Lions
TE Jared Cook: To Oakland Raiders
OLB Julius Peppers: To Carolina Panthers
DB Micah Hyde: To Buffalo Bills
C J.C. Tretter: To Cleveland Browns

SIGNED FROM WAIVERS/STREET:
LS Derek Hart: Undrafted in 2015
G Justin McCray: Street free agent
DT Ego Ferguson: From Chicago Bears (released; failed physical)

UNSIGNED:
LS  Brett Goode
RB John Crockett

RELEASED:
DT Mike Pennel
RB James Starks
CB Sam Shields
CB Makinton Dorleant

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 Preseason Schedule

The Green Bay Packers’ 2017 preseason schedule was released yesterday, although the specific dates will not be finalized until the release of the regular season schedule. The slate announced yesterday:

Aug. 10-13, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Aug. 17-21, at Washington Redskins
Aug. 24-27, at Denver Broncos
Aug. 31, LOS ANGELES RAMS
Home games in Bold

The 2017 season ticket payments were due on March 31st, so we’re paid up and awaiting to see what the schedule will look like. Last year, the schedule was released on April 15th. Once that is out, we can plan out the rest of our year.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

1965 Playoff With NFL Films Music


Here’s some more vintage Green Bay Packers video, this time from the 1965 Western Division Playoff vs. the Baltimore Colts. The game was played on December 26, 1965 in newly-named Lambeau Field. QB Bart Starr gets injured at the very start of the game, but the team is led capably by back-up QB Zeke Bratkowski. The soundtrack is only classic music from the NFL Films library.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Key Dates for the Packers Offseason Program

KEY OFFSEASON DATES:
First day of offseason program: April 18.
Organized Team Activities (OTA’s): 
  — May 22-24
  — May 31, June 1-2
  — June 6-9
Mandatory minicamp: June 13-15.
Summer vacation: June 16 until start of training camp in late July.

1954 “Time for Football”


Some more vintage Packers-related football film for your offseason enjoyment. Haven’t had much time to work on things here lately, but it’s the slow time of year, so I guess that’s O.K.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ready for the 2017 Season

The football season may seem a long way off, but if you’re a Green Bay Packers season ticket holder, you need to be on your toes and get your ticket invoice(s) paid by tomorrow, Friday, March 31, 2017. We paid ours online this morning, so now we wait. Those mini-camps aren’t too far off...