Packers’ Aaron Rodgers getting used to life without Donald Driver, Greg Jennings

Amerson should battle immediately for the nickel role and may have Hall’s job by next season. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Jon Bostic, Bears: With Brian Urlacher retired, the second rounder has a shot at moving into the NFL’s most glorious positions Chicago middle linebacker — if he can displace veteran D.J. Williams. Nam Y. Huh, AP Fullscreen Ezekiel Ziggy Ansah, Lions: The Ghana native and BYU product is short on football experience but long on potential. He’ll be asked to provide pressure for a squad that lost last year’s starting defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Eddie Lacy (pictured, 27) and Johnathan Franklin, Packers: Green Bay has never ranked Aaron Rodgers Jersey better than 14th running the ball since QB Aaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre in 2008. Yes, the team has clearly fielded offenses that shock and awe, but the arrival of the rookie runners could provide balance that’s frequently been lacking, especially at playoff time. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: Hes one of Minnesotas three Round 1 choices (the first time a team has had such a trio since 2001). Though Patterson’s receiving skills need polish, defenses will have to respect his deep speed. Even if he doesn’t make an instant impact for QB Christian Ponder, look for him to make his presence felt as a return man. Bruce Kluckhohn, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Desmond Trufant, Falcons: Now that CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have moved on, Atlantas Round 1 choice will almost surely be thrust into a major role and will probably start in 2013 … while wearing Deion Sanders’ old jersey number. That’s a big responsibility, especially in the pass-happy NFC South. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Kenjon Barner, Panthers: The former Oregon Duck was only a sixth-round pick, but he’s got the first-rate burners to make a difference in Carolinas offense, possibly as its third-down back. Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Kenny Vaccaro, Saints: He joins a defense that allowed the most yards in NFL history last season. Look for Vaccaro to crack the starting lineup at safety and perhaps move into the slot in nickel packages. Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Mike Glennon, Buccaneers: Tampa Bay sent its first-round pick to the Jets for CB Darrelle Revis, and none of the Bucs rookies are likely to start. But keep an eye on the third-round passer in preseason.

Packers sign safety Morgan Burnett to contract extension

Packers alumni talked about what getting back together means to them and also how different training camp is for today’s NFL players as opposed to when they were on the field years ago. “The love affair that we had with football and Green Bay was founded on the love of the team and the guys and the coaches,” right guard Jerry Kramer (1958-68) said. But things have changed since they left the game. There are no more two-a-days and no more practicing nearly every day in full pads. Packers training camp begins in one week, and on hot days like Friday the NFL alumni aren’t exactly missing those two-a-days in the heat. “This is the best part of it. You don’t have to go put the pads on. You don’t have to practice in 90-degree heat. You get to go fishing, and now we get to sit back, relax, and watch the game and enjoy it,” wide receiver Bill Schroeder (1997-2004) said.

Packers welcome one-millionth Lambeau Field Stadium Tour visitor

Tickets for the banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $135 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,300 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at gwenb@packershalloffame.com. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event. Tue., Jul. 23, 2013 11:30AM – 5:00PM CDT Ask Vic Day “Ask Vic Day” will include a tour of Lambeau Field, a Packers Hall of Fame visit, lunch, an Ask Vic Live, and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with an 11:30 a.m.

Lambeau Field expansion puts Packers up with NFL’s big boys

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Amerson should battle immediately for the nickel role and may have Hall’s job by next season. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Jon Bostic, Bears: With Brian Urlacher retired, the second rounder has a shot at moving into the NFL’s most glorious positions Chicago middle linebacker — if he can displace veteran D.J. Williams. Nam Y. Huh, AP Fullscreen Ezekiel Ziggy Ansah, Lions: The Ghana native and BYU product is short on football experience but long on potential. He’ll be asked to provide pressure for a squad that lost last year’s starting defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Eddie Lacy (pictured, 27) and Johnathan Franklin, Packers: Green Bay has never ranked better than 14th running the ball since QB Aaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre in 2008. Yes, the team has clearly fielded offenses that shock and awe, but the arrival of the rookie runners could provide balance that’s frequently been lacking, especially at playoff time. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: Hes one of Minnesotas three Round 1 choices (the first time a team has had such a trio since 2001). Though Patterson’s receiving skills need polish, defenses will have to respect his deep speed. Even if he doesn’t make an instant impact for QB Christian Ponder, look for him to make his presence felt as a return man. Bruce Kluckhohn, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Desmond Trufant, Falcons: Now that CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have moved on, Atlantas Round 1 choice will almost surely be thrust into a major role and will probably start in 2013 … while wearing Deion Sanders’ old jersey number. That’s a big responsibility, especially in the pass-happy NFC South. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Kenjon Barner, Panthers: The former Oregon Duck was only a sixth-round pick, but he’s got the first-rate burners to make a difference in Carolinas offense, possibly as its third-down back. Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Kenny Vaccaro, Saints: He joins a defense that allowed the most yards in NFL history last season. Look for Vaccaro to crack the starting lineup at safety and perhaps move into the slot in nickel packages. Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Mike Glennon, Buccaneers: Tampa Bay sent its first-round pick to the Jets for CB Darrelle Revis, and none of the Bucs rookies are likely to start.

Packers will retire Favre’s number _ someday

The Green Bay Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension Friday. Terms of the deal werent disclosed. Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, has started all 36 games in which he has appeared in three seasons with the team. He has 259 tackles, 28 passes defensed, six interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks. The Packers also released wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Packers Alumni Discuss Training Camp Then and Now

— The Green Bay Packers will definitely retire Brett Favre’s No. 4. It just won’t happen during the upcoming 2013 season. Speaking Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team’s finances, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre’s number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback is important to the franchise. But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don’t anticipate that, no.” Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities “We’ll see,” Murphy said. A cornerstone of the Packers renaissance in the 1990s, Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title following the 1996 season. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 prompted perhaps the messiest divorce in state history. The Packers had already made Aaron Rodgers the starter, and wound up trading Favre to the Jets during training camp. After a year with the Jets, Favre infuriated fans further by signing with NFC North rival Minnesota. But Rodgers helped smooth the way for a reconciliation between Favre and the Packers, sharing the stage with his predecessor at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in New Orleans in February. Murphy, who has been in contact with Favre since then, said again Tuesday that the appearance was a “first step.” Murphy recently said the team wants to make sure Favre’s number is retired before he would enter the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016, assuming he is a first-ballot selections.

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