Packers report: Green Bay seeks for better balancing act

“At the end of the day, we’re a young team, but this is a young, experienced football Aaron Rodgers Nike Jersey team. I really like the blend.” The new recipe will almost surely include more than an added pinch of running plays with rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin joining the mix. As sublimely as Rodgers slings the ball and often due to that very fact the Packers haven’t had a 100-yard rusher since James Starks ripped off 123 during the wild-card round of the 2010 Super Bowl march. Yet that illustrates the importance of balance when it counts given the added variables and pressure of playoff football. “When you get into December, January, February you need to run the football,” said NFL Network analyst and longtime NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. “We all know Lambeau Field gets cold, you’re not gonna throw the ball 45-50 times to win games. You gotta run the football.” Rodgers almost scoffed at that notion last summer, then went out and led the NFL in passing efficiency again. But too much reliance on Rodgers earned a team that couldn’t run the ball (nor stop it) a decisive divisional round playoff dismissal for the second straight year. The Packers passed 58% of the time in 2012. McCarthy is expecting a different figure and improved results this year.

GM signs Packers’ latest treaty with Brett Favre

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 9 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs GM signs Packers’ latest treaty with Brett Favre Mike Vandermause, USA TODAY Sports 3:50 p.m. EDT July 31, 2013 Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre, shown in 2012, is moving closer to having his jersey retired by the organization after several rocky years. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP) Story Highlights Brett Favre’s relationship with the Packers has been rocky since he retired, then un-retired, then was traded in 2008 But the two sides seem ready to patch things up and retire the quarterback’s number GM Ted Thompson appears ready to end his feud with Favre SHARE 51 CONNECT 15 TWEET 9 COMMENTEMAILMORE GREEN BAY, Wis. The relationship between Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson and former quarterback Brett Favre has been strained at times, but Thompson said he would welcome Favre back into the fold. Thompson is the man responsible for ending Brett Favre’s 16-year career with the Green Bay Packers. But Thompson, who traded Favre to the New York Jets in 2008, said he would welcome Favre’s return to the Packers’ family when the quarterback gets his number retired. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Thompson on the fence-mending that has taken place between the Packers organization and Favre. SEAHAWKS’ WORST FEARS: Harvin to have hip surgery Packers President Mark Murphy has said he wants to retire Favre’s number sometime in the future, and Favre seems open to the idea. There was a time when Favre expressed bitter feelings toward Thompson and the Packers, but both sides seem to have put that in the past.

Green Bay Packers 2013 Offseason Preview

Through the pre-draft process, no one spoke to him like that. “In this league, it doesn’t matter where you went, what you did before that,” Harris recalled telling Ball. “Guys don’t really care. You have to go out and work for it. You can’t be spoon-fed. I told him, ‘You just have to go out and work for it.’ … The game’s going to treat everybody the same.” Ball’s reaction? “He just said he appreciated it,” Harris said, “and that nobody broke it down to him like that.” Harris might as well have been talking to Lacy and Franklin, the backs the Packers did draft. This is the attitude Harris always took. For him, opportunities were always fleeting. At Troy, Harris was in a continuous tug of war for touches.

Packers receivers have big numbers in mind

He pours a lot into it. His off-season training outside the building is top-notch as far as the time he spends in Arizona and over there in Minneapolis. “He’s where he needs to be, he’s in a very good place. I think he’s having a heck of a camp.” Finley already ranks third all-time for most receiving yards by a Packers tight end (2,485). For three-plus years, the Packers have been treated to glimpses, if not stretches, of dominance rarely seen at the position. Finley abused the Arizona Cardinals for 159 yards in the 2009 wild-card playoff loss and was off to a torrid start in 2010 before tearing his meniscus. The two seasons since? Uneven. Last year, Finley was plagued by drops and consequently ignored by his quarterback before finishing strong. Over Finley’s final seven games, he caught 32 passes for 396 yards.

Packers indulge in culinary creations

Matthews presents the more pressing case — he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract, at $3.73 million. The Packers could make their lives a lot easier by signing Matthews long-term and avoiding the franchise tag tap dance next offseason. Rodgers, meanwhile, has two years left on his current deal. But he’ll make less than $20 million total over that span, making him quite underpaid. Once the Ravens and Joe Flacco come to a contract agreement, Rodgers will have a new bar to aim for in his talks. 2. Find a No. 1 running back. Green Bay may have found its latest flavor of the month in DuJuan Harris, who averaged 50 yards in Green Bay’s two playoff games. Of course, James Starks was one of the surprising heroes of the Packers’ Super Bowl run during the 2010 season, only to fall out of favor as injuries slowed him down. Green Bay, as things stand now, will return Starks, Harris and 2012 leading rusher Alex Green next season.

Under Packers’ watchful eye, Jermichael Finley projects new image

Speculation regarding Lacy’s weight exploded in the Twitterverse earlier this week after theScore.com ‘s David Woods tweeted an unflattering comparison photo of the running back: Wait… did Eddie Lacy EAT Johnathan Franklin? Look at the difference btwn these photos. Just an unflattering angle? pic.twitter.com/AvJDICHT6J David Woods (@davidpwoods) July 29, 2013 Even though some of Lacy’s teammates used the photos as an excuse for a little rookie ribbing, Lacy told reporters Tuesday that he’s satisfied with his level of conditioning. I’m at a weight where I’m comfortable at, and the coaching staff feels as though they’re comfortable where I’m at, Lacy said, according to the Associated Press. So as far as that’s concerned, we’re all on the same page. I’ve always been big. I’m a power back. I pretty much get the tough yards and I’m fast enough to get around the outside and make big plays. Packers Coach Mike McCarthy also doesn’t have an issue with Lacy’s weight or conditioning. Going through the conditioning test, he was fine, McCarthy said.

Green Bay Packers’ Eddie Lacy satisfied with his conditioning

So we came up with this program and asked them to put together a menu item that kind of represented themselves. Once we presented it to them, we said wed like to donate some money to charity and they all said, Yes, wed love to do it. The Packers chose from a list of a couple dozen ingredients to top their half-pound burger with, but did it in a way that represented themselves. For example, Cobbs Corn on the Cobb burger has corn sprinkled on it and Nelson traces his Kansas roots with barbecue brisket topping his Jordy Nelson Burger. Executive Chef Cliff Johnson expects Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Burger to sell well, both because of Rodgers popularity as well as the intense amount of ingredients, including ranch dressing, pickles, two kinds of cheese, avocado, jalapeno and onion rings. It has the most ingredients by far, Johnson said. Each half-pound burger is served on Curlys potato bun and costs $15. Every 50th burger sold is served with a 5-by-7 limited edition photo of that specific player. The 500th burger comes with an autographed photo. This is the first time Curlys has offered menu items created by players. Curlys will also donate 10 percent of the profits from the burgers to each players choice charity. Hodgeson said the players really got into the spirit of the program, and, naturally, are getting fairly competitive about it, just in time for football season.

Green Bay Packers: DuJuan Harris aches to be top back

”I think it’s unfortunate and we’re ready to move on.” After all, a big goal sits out there for the ”Big Three” to chase. ”It’s a good competition,” Jones said. ”We’re just out there having fun. We’re trying to get each other better. We understand that we’re going to need all three of us to make plays. And we truly believe as we go, this team goes, that we’re going to have to make plays out there for our team.” And by the way, Jones insists he doesn’t feel left out after specialty hamburgers were unveiled on the menu at Curly’s Pub in Lambeau Field until the start of the season. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the burgers will be donated to a charity chosen by one of five players or coach Mike McCarthy. Cobb (“Corn on the Cobb Burger”) and Nelson (” Jordy Nelson Burger”) have menu selections named after them. Nothing for Jones, but it’s no big deal.

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