Jarrett Boykin - WRPosted 8/28/14 10:25am ET
Green Bay Packers WR Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'He's physical, his toughness, he's relentless,' McCarthy said. 'I think he's exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB.' Boykin's hold on the No. 3 receiver spot will likely limit WR Davante Adams as the fourth receiver.
Huddle Up: Green Bay's passing game is prolific enough that a third receiver has fantasy value. Also don't forget that Boykin can be a restricted free agent following the season, so he's playing for a paycheck as well. It all adds up to significant fantasy potential for Boykin.
Scott Tolzien - QBPosted 8/28/14 3:59pm ET
Green Bay Packers QBs Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn are expected to play in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28 and still are competing for the No. 2 quarterback job. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he would like to give both quarterbacks equal playing time so he can evaluate better.
Huddle Up: Tolzien (26-of-38, 338 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs) has had superior numbers so far this preseason, and Flynn (11-of-23, 130, 1 TD, 1 INT) needs to rally in the finale.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 8/24/14 6:50pm ET
Green Bay Packers C JC Tretter (knee) will miss up to six weeks with a left knee injury.
Huddle Up: It's never good when a team's starting center goes down, and for the Pack, it continues a string of recent seasons featuring offensive-line injuries. Rodgers, however, still belongs in the top tier of fantasy QBs in almost any type of league.
B.J. Raji - DTPosted 8/23/14 3:24pm ET
Green Bay Packers DT B.J. Raji (biceps) will miss the entire 2014 season with a torn bicep.
Huddle Up: It's a huge blow to the Packers' defense. Raji wasn't a dominant player last season but Green Bay doesn't have a lot of depth at DT. Raji's injury is more reason to be high on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense this season.
Brandon Bostick - TEPosted 8/22/14 9:21am ET
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick (leg) has a slight fracture of his fibula and could return by Week 2 or Week 3.
Huddle Up: The Packers continue to be snakebitten at the tight end position. Andrew Quarless will likely end up as the starting tight end by default, unless rookie Richard Rodgers comes on strong or the prodigal and oft-injured Jermichael Finley returns to Green Bay.
Colt Lyerla - TEPosted 8/20/14 10:22am ET
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla (knee), who was waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 19, could move to fullback in the future, according to tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot. He said fullback 'certainly seems to fit (Lyerla's) wheelhouse.' Lyerla will likely be placed on Injured Reserve after he clears waivers, according to Lyerla's agent, Vinnie Porter. 'So to put him on IR and give him a redshirt season is probably the best option for the whole situation,' Porter said. 'They've already put a decent amount of work into him. But it's a business and you never know what could happen.'
Huddle Up: It's a bit of a risk for the Packers to slide Lyerla through waivers (think the Giants and Jake Ballard), but it appears the team sees a future for him if he's able to avoid injury and the off-field issues that have plagued him. If he does clear waivers and winds up on Green Bay's IR, he may be worth a deep dynasty stash.
Davante Adams - WRPosted 8/20/14 10:22am ET
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams said he is working to gain the trust of QB Aaron Rodgers. 'Just making sure that it becomes second nature,' Adams said about what he needs to work on most. 'Everything out there is just flowing and I don't have to worry about thinking too much and I can just play.'
Huddle Up: Some early-camp drop issues certainly didn't help Adams, but he's a talented pass catcher in an elite pass offense. If he can gain Rodgers' trust, the potential exists to carve out a role in a receiver rotation that includes two players--Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin--who will be free agents following the season.
Brandon Bostick - TEPosted 8/18/14 10:46pm ET
Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick (leg) will probably miss the remainder of the preseason and could miss the team's Week 1 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Bostick is not expected to need surgery.
Huddle Up: Bostick was fighting for a shot at the starting TE gig, but this leaves Andrew Quarless in firm control of the job. The latter also is a decent deep-league sleeper for those seeking an under-the-radar TE with ample opportunity in a strong passing attack.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 8/16/14 3:05pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said it will be good to get some playing time with starting C JC Tretter and to get timing down with receivers. Rodgers even went as far as to say he would be okay with being hit a couple times in his first preseason game of the year against the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Rodgers doesn't need much preseason work to get ready for the regular season, so expect him to play sparingly. Rodgers is a projected Top 3 fantasy QB.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 8/13/14 6:43pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Rodgers sat out the Nashville downpour last week, and should run a series or 3 Saturday in St. Louis.
Jerel Worthy - DEPosted 8/12/14 8:21pm ET
The New England Patriots have acquired DE Jerel Worthy, pending a physical, from the Green Bay Packers, according to Worthy's agent.
Huddle Up: Beset by injuries, the 2012 second-round pick has been a big disappointment in Green Bay, recording only 2.5 sacks and 14 total tackles in 16 career games. He has yet to even practice this offseason due to a back issue, and the Pats are hoping to make something out of another reclamation project, pending of course, that Worthy can clear his physical.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 8/12/14 8:21pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy is not expected to see a big workload during the preseason, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Huddle Up: Lacy's fantasy owners should be more than fine with that after having to spend a first-round pick, on average, for the second-year back.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 8/5/14 11:18am ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy was compared to former NFL RBs Curtis Martin and Jamal Lewis by Packers running backs coach Sam Gash. Lewis ran for 2,066 yards in 2003, and Martin rushed his way into the Hall of Fame -- Gash, a former fullback, blocked for both backs during their careers. 'I compare because he deserves it,' Gash said. Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Lacy has become a better practice player.
Huddle Up: Tough to see Lacy getting the carries to reach 2K on a pass-heavy Packers team, but there are similarities in style. And the flip side of the pass-heavy coin is that defenses are spread thin, allowing Lacy to take on one would-be tackler rather than multiple tacklers as he powers his way through the defense. Lacy is going off the board as high as top-five in many formats, and the attention is certainly warranted.
Datone Jones - DEPosted 8/1/14 6:09pm ET
Green Bay Packers DE Datone Jones reported to camp at 285 pounds, which was his playing weight as a rookie, and he said he lost body fat and feels stronger. He is starting at left end in the base 3-4 defense this year and is playing alongside DE Mike Daniels in the sub pass rush. Jones has been struggling a bit in camp during rush drills, however. The common denominator appeared to be an inability to finish in drills Thursday, July 31.
Huddle Up: The 2013 first-round pick seemingly has picked up where he left off in his disappointing rookie season which netted 0 starts, 3.5 sacks and only 11 total tackles.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 8/1/14 6:15pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy is enjoying a strong training camp one week in, breaking powerful runs into the secondary on a daily basis. 'You know, I don't think he even cares if it's a zone or a gap scheme,' backup Packers QB Matt Flynn said. 'He's going to find the hole. He's one of those guys that hates being on the ground.' Lacy 'couldn't have looked any better,' according to one media source.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners certainly are anticipating a big season from the second-year back as he currently owns a top-10 overall ADP and trails only LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson among RBs.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 7/26/14 1:47pm ET
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson signed a four-year, $39 million extension with $14.2 million guaranteed, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Packers wanted to keep at least some of their receiving corps intact for Aaron Rodgers after losing Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and James Jones the past few seasons. With Nelson locked in, the Pack can turn their focus to free agent-to-be Randall Cobb.
Jarrett Boykin - WRPosted 7/13/14 10:23pm ET
Green Bay Packers WR Jarrett Boykin will be entering training camp as the No. 3 wide receiver, and it will be hard for one of the other wide receivers to outperform him for the job.
Huddle Up: Boykin's chief competition will come from second-round pick Davante Adams, but Boykin has 2 years' head start in the system, emerging as was a mid-season revelation a year ago and finishing with 49 catches for 681 yards and 3 TDs.
DuJuan Harris - RBPosted 7/10/14 2:15pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB DuJuan Harris (knee) is hopeful to return from an injury-plagued 2013 season. He suffered a ruptured right patellar tendon and missed the entire season. 'DuJuan Harris looks like he's back at full strength,' head coach Mike McCarthy said last month. 'He's competing to play just like all the other guys.'
Huddle Up: Jonathan Franklin's health-forced retirement was Harris' gain -- sadly, that's how opportunity knocks sometimes in the NFL -- but don't go expecting much fantasy-wise out of the fourth-year back as Eddie Lacy and James Starks are still firmly ahead of him on the depth chart.
Brandon Bostick - TEPosted 7/10/14 11:54pm ET
Green Bay Packers TE Brandon Bostick can make an impact on offense but needs to be a more consistent player, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'Brandon's got to be a consistent player on offense,' McCarthy said. 'His body type is definitely a challenge for the opponent with some of the things he's able to do, particularly his ability to get down the field in coverage. So I think he definitely took a step last year and I'd like to see him do the same. He's a talented, talented football player.'
Huddle Up: Even if the Pack doesn't bring back Jermichael Finley, Bostick will be battling Andrew Quarless and third-round rookie Richard Rodgers for playing time, making things murky for those fantasy GMs trying to take a flier on the Pack's starting TE.
Jermichael Finley - TEPosted 7/9/14 9:35pm ET
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) said he is feeling as good as he has during the entire process of recovering from spinal fusion surgery. Finley said he very much wants to return to the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Finley will need to check out medically before getting another NFL shot, but if he does get doctor's permission he makes sense in Green Bay; he would also have the potential to be a short-term fantasy factor in a familiar, TE-friendly offense.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 6/26/14 8:21pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy is ready for another season of 250 or 300 carries in 2014, but the team would like to lessen the burden for Lacy in an attempt to help keep him healthy.
Huddle Up: Odd because just recently the Pack had talked about utilizing Lacy more as a three-down back. Lacy had 284 rushes and 35 catches last season as a rookie, but as is the established trend throughout the league, look for other RBs to share in the load. In the Pack's case, that means James Starks and DuJuan Harris.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 6/25/14 12:07am ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers thinks the team will be more physically intimidating in 2014. 'I think we're a bigger, more physically intimidating team,' Rodgers said. 'We haven't had the kind of physical talent as far as size here in a while. I think there's been times -- I think back to playing Jacksonville in '08 in Jacksonville [a 20-16 Packers' loss], some of the battles we've had with our division teams at times -- where you walk on the field and feel like you're kind of a JV team.'
Huddle Up: Could this mean more rushing (with second-year stud Eddie Lacy) and fewer passing attempts for Rodgers? It's definitely a possibility, especially with the Pack aiming to keep the QB upright and healthy after a broken collarbone cost him 7 games last season.
James Starks - RBPosted 6/24/14 4:14pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks said his main goal this year is to stay healthy. 'I feel I can be pretty great,' Starks said. 'I don't like talking about myself too much. But I think I can be real good. If I'm healthy, I can do a lot.'
Huddle Up: Starks did match his career high by playing in 13 games last season, racking up 582 total yards and 4 TDs, and will be the No. 2 man behind sophomore starter Eddie Lacy again this season.
Richard Rodgers - TEPosted 6/22/14 11:55pm ET
Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could be the leading candidate for the starting tight end job entering training camp based on offseason workouts. Rodgers will show he can be an effective blocker if he wants to win the starting job. Rodgers received more reps during the offseason workouts, because TE Andrew Quarless (undisclosed) did not participate at all.
Huddle Up: A Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection brewing on the tundra? Could very well happen for the QB and the third-round draft pick with TE Andrew Quarless (undisclosed) out of action during OTAs and the rumored re-signing of Jermichael Finley still very much a rumor at this point.
Johnathan Franklin - RBPosted 6/21/14 12:52am ET
Updating a previous report, the Green Bay Packers officially released RB Johnathan Franklin Friday, June 20.
Huddle Up: Franklin is dealing with a career-threatening neck injury. His departure leaves James Starks as the lone backup to Eddie Lacy; on the bright side, it clarifies the handcuff situation.
Johnathan Franklin - RBPosted 6/19/14 1:53am ET
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin (neck) has missed all offseason activities with a lingering neck injury. The team is reportedly concerned that the injury may be career-threatening. Franklin ended last season on Injured Reserve.
Huddle Up: Franklin was expected to team with Eddie Lacy to give the Packers a one-two punch in the running game, but Lacy took the gig and ran with it last year while Franklin struggled and wound up on IR. Even if his neck injury isn't career-ending, he's fallen far behind Lacy in the battle for backfield touches in Green Bay.
Johnathan Franklin - RBPosted 6/19/14 7:50pm ET
RB Johnathan Franklin's career as a Packer is over due to a lingering neck injury. Head coach Mike McCarthy said his status will be further addressed Friday, June 20.
Huddle Up: Sad news on the 2013 fourth-round pick who only had 19 carries for 107 yards and a TD as a rookie -- with 13-103-1 coming in a Week 3 game vs. Cincy.
Jermichael Finley - TEPosted 6/15/14 7:28pm ET
The Green Bay Packers could still re-sign free-agent TE Jermichael Finley.
Huddle Up: The longer Finley remains on the market, the more likely he'll be re-signing with the only team he's ever played for.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 6/4/14 12:39am ET
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson believes he could sign a contract extension with the team soon. Nelson is currently in the final season of a three-year, $12.6 million contact extension he signed in 2011.
Huddle Up: Nelson hit career highs in catches (85) and yards (1,314) last season and there's no reason to think he can't approach those figures again with a healthier Aaron Rodgers under center.
Jermichael Finley - TEPosted 6/4/14 4:48pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers have met with free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck), and their team doctor cleared Finley to participate in football activities. The team's doctor performed the neck surgery on Finley.
Huddle Up: Intriguing news that the doctors who operated on Finley have cleared him for football activities. We'll see where he lands, with plenty of fantasy upside in the right situation assuming he's able to get and stay healthy.
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