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Jared Cook Establishing Rapport With Aaron Rodgers

Aug 27, 2016 1:46 PM

Jared Cook is quickly establishing a rapport with Aaron Rodgers in his first season with the Green Bay Packers.

“I think he’s going to be a good part of our offense,” Rodgers said. “He made a lot of plays out there. Did a good job on the basic route on third down that I hit him on, made some contested catches tonight, which was nice to see, and he did a good job with the ball in his hands.

“He’s a big body who has some athleticism and did a good job with his stiff-arm on his catch on the sideline, that was impressive to watch. But it’s going to be fun for us to grow that chemistry over the season. We need him to stay healthy. But he made some really nice plays tonight.”

“We’re just still just trying to build our chemistry,” Cook said in a sideline interview during the game broadcast. “It’s communication, verbal and nonverbal, us talking through things and working together. It’s all about timing -- him knowing where I’m going to be and me knowing where he’s going to put the ball.”

The Packers gave Cook, an eight-year veteran, $2.75 million in a one-year contract because they think he can add a down-the-field dimension to their offense from the tight end spot not seen since Jermichael Finley’s neck injury in 2013.

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Three Players To Meet With NFL About Al Jazeera Report

Aug 23, 2016 6:48 AM

James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have agreed to meet with the NFL regarding performance-enhancing drug allegations stemming from a December report by Al Jazeera America.

The NFL previously cleared recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning, also named in the report. The NFL has been demanding that active players meet with investigators.

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Aaron Rodgers Says NFL Culture Discourages Speaking Out

Aug 16, 2016 8:10 AM

Aaron Rodgers believes NFL players should speak out on social issues more often, but says the league's culture discourages doing so.

Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin's "Wilde & Tausch" last week that he read a story in which Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks said players need to speak out more often.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback was in the crowd at the ESPYS last month and praised NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade for opening the evening by calling on athletes to promote social change.

"It's got to be natural, it's got to be authentic, and I think those guys did a really good job. It was a great message," Rodgers said. "The thing I'll say in reference to speaking your mind, [I read] a piece on the Bennetts recently -- Michael and Martellus. And I turned to a friend and I said, 'Why do we have to say that it's refreshing when someone speaks their mind? Or is honest now?' I think that's kind of a societal issue that we have.

"We need more guys like that who feel comfortable speaking their mind."

Rodgers acknowledged that he has not been particularly outspoken.

"Those guys are doing it and they feel comfortable doing it," Rodgers said. "I think if more guys maybe did in our league, it would create a domino effect possibly."

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Only Refunding Game Tickets

Aug 9, 2016 7:49 AM

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that the only refund that fans who bought tickets to Sunday's canceled game will receive is for the ticket itself.

The Hall of Fame said it is not responsible for any tickets sold on resale sites, but the big sites, including StubHub, refunded those who purchased tickets, including all fees, on Sunday night.

Some fans had believed that they might get more, including reimbursement of hotel or travel expenses. The game was canceled as a result of human error -- bad field conditions brought about by the way logo paint dried -- not an act of God.

The issue stemmed from the paint used on the midfield logo and in the end zones.

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Kellen Winslow II Works Out For Packers

Aug 8, 2016 8:29 AM

After being out of the NFL for the last two seasons, Kellen Winslow II received a tryout with the Green Bay Packers.

Winslow's tryout, scheduled for Sunday, was first reported by the NFL Network. The tight end was the sixth overall pick in 2004.

He caught 31 passes, including two touchdowns, in 12 games for the New York Jets when he last played in 2013.

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Hall Of Fame Game Canceled Due To Poor Field Conditions

Aug 8, 2016 1:13 AM

Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was canceled because of field conditions at Tom Benson Stadium.

Hall of Fame president/executive director David Baker called the decision to cancel the game "difficult," but he added that it was an "easy, ethical decision." He told ESPN's Lisa Salters the call was made after consulting with coaches Mike McCarthy and Chuck Pagano, as well as NFL COO Tod Leiweke.

Both teams remained at the stadium, which instead hosted a fan fest-type event. According to Baker, fans will be refunded their money.

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Saints To Sign John Kuhn To One-Year Deal

Aug 6, 2016 11:46 AM

John Kuhn has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The deal will be for the veteran's minimum and officially closes the door on a nine-year run with the Packers.

"He loved his time there, but he wanted to play," Gold said. "This was an opportunity, and coach [Sean] Payton was excited to know he was available and wanted to play. It's bittersweet, but it's also a great opportunity."

The Saints' primary fullback, Austin Johnson, suffered an unspecified injury in practice this week.

The Saints had only one other fullback on their roster: undrafted rookie Sione Houma.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mike McCarthy Won't Relinquish Play-Calling Duties Again

Aug 5, 2016 9:06 AM

Mike McCarthy relinquished play-calling duties to start last season, but he has no plans to do so again with the Green Bay Packers.

When the offense sputtered, McCarthy took back the play-calling duties.

"I'll never do that again," McCarthy said.

Offensive coordinator Tom Clements was given the duties prior to last season.

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Jordan Rodgers Wins 'The Bachelorette'

Aug 2, 2016 8:25 AM

Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers, received the final rose on the finale of ABC's "The Bachelorette" on Monday night.

JoJo Fletcher picked the "former pro quarterback," as he's been identified on the show throughout the season.

Rodgers, 27, never played in an NFL regular-season game but had brief tours of duty with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Jordy Nelson On PUP List With New Left Knee Injury

Jul 26, 2016 7:03 PM

Jordy Nelson has been placed on the physically unable to perform list due to a new left knee injury.

Nelson tore the ACL in his right knee that forced him to miss the entire 2015 season.

Nelson called it a "hiccup" with the left knee and insisted it was minor, but he couldn't put a timetable on his return. 

"Our end goal is still the same," Nelson said Tuesday. "We'll be ready for the regular season. Like I said, there's just a little hiccup with the other leg.

"We're not worried about it. We're going to work through it inside and continue to progress, and we'll be ready to go at some point during camp and definitely for the season."

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Greg Jennings Retires From NFL After 10 Seasons
Greg Jennings played his first seven seasons with the Pacers.

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Packers Apply To Host NFL Draft
Mark Murphy said that the Packers have applied to host the event in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

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NFL To Interview Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers Over PED Allegations
The Packers have confirmed that the NFL will interview Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, who were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.

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Jordy Nelson Ahead Of Curve In Knee Rehabilitation
Jordy Nelson appears to be ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL suffered 11 months ago.

Bob McGinn/Milwuakee Journal-Sentinel

Aaron Rodgers Hopes To Play Entire Career With Packers
Aaron Rodgers said on HBO's "Any Given Wednesday" with Bill Simmons that he values loyalty and hopes to play his entire career with the Packers.

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Mark Murphy: 17-Game Season Could Facilitate More International Play
When asked about playing more games overseas, Mark Murphy says that a 17-game regular season could facilitate more international play in the future.

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Packers Report Franchise-Record $48.9M Profit
The Packers finished the 2015 fiscal year with a franchise-record $48.9 million profit, including $222.6 million in national revenue.

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NFL To Interview Players Mentioned In Al Jazeera PED Film
The NFL wrote that it has attempted since early April to schedule interviews with the players, saying delays by the NFL Players Association have "obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the in

ESPN

Mike McCarthy Has 'Zero Issue' Going For Two More Often
Mike McCarthy has dropped several hints that the Packers might elect to go for two as opposed to kick an extra point more often this season.

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Mock Draft Alerted Packers To Possible Aaron Rodgers Slide In 2005
The Packers did last minute research on Aaron Rodgers after they realized he could slide from a potential first overall pick to them at 24.

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Aaron Rodgers Eliminates Diary Products From Diet
Aaron Rodgers said he's at his lowest weight -- "218-ish" pounds -- since 2007.

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Clay Matthews Moving Back To Natural Position In 2016
Clay Matthews moved to the inside last season for the Packers.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Eddie Lacy: I Think I Look Good
Eddie Lacy's listed weight is 234 pounds but he appeared to play in the 260 range in 2015.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Eddie Lacy Has Lost 15-18 Pounds With P90X Founder Tony Horton
Eddie Lacy's weight loss has impressed his Packers' teammates.

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Packers Sign Jared Cook To One-Year, $3.6M Deal
Jared had 142 receptions for 1,786 yards and eight touchdowns at tight end over the past three seasons for the Rams.

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James Starks Re-Signs With Packers On Two-Year, $6M Deal
James Starks rushed for 601 yards last season as Eddie Lacy had a disappointing season.

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B.J. Raji Taking Hiatus From Football
B.J. Raji released a statement Monday, referring to his decision as "a hiatus" and saying that he "cannot rule out a return to the NFL in the future."

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Eddie Lacy May Train With P90X Founder
Tony Horton volunteered to personally train Eddie Lacy.

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Mike McCarthy Frustrated With Ted Thompson Not Signing Free Agents
The Packers have consistently relied heavily on the draft, but the first five selections in 2015 offered no help this season.

Bob McGinn/Journal Sentinel