Andrew Quarless - TEPosted 4/16/15 10:09pm ET
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless said he has been working on improving his game this offseason and believes he can be a productive part of the offense. 'I consider myself the top-echelon of tight ends,' Quarless said. 'That's really where I see myself and that's really where I'm trying to take it. A couple other guys like (Rob Gronkowski) and a couple guys who are up there. I put myself in that bracket. That's definitely where I'm training to be.'
Huddle Up: Quarless actually hit career highs with 323 receiving yards and three TD catches on his his 29 receptions, but platooned at TE with Richard Rodgers (20-225-2) -- getting 11 starts to the rookie's five -- and at the least, that should continue in G.B., dimming the fantasy prospects for both TEs.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 3/29/15 2:53pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will have his touches limited next season in order to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'I'm conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there,' McCarthy said. McCarthy indicated he is not looking for Lacy to abandon his physical running style.
Huddle Up: Lacy had 38 fewer rushes and 31 fewer touches this past season than he did in rookie year of 2013 but did more with less, gaining 131 more total yards and scoring two more TDs, lending credence to McCarthy's point.
Jarrett Boykin - WRPosted 3/27/15 5:06pm ET
Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Boykin, who finished with 49 receptions for 681 yards and three TDs in 2013 before being replaced by rookie Devante Adams as the Pack's No. 3 wideout a year ago, should contend for the starting gig opposite second-year stud Kelvin Benjamin.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 3/27/15 5:06pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may be regularly in the pistol formation in 2015, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the formation often after Rodgers suffered a calf injury in 2014 in order to take stress off his leg. 'I like the pistol,' McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. 'I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense.' McCarthy hasn't used the pistol formation for a read-option offense, and it's unlikely McCarthy will ask Rodgers to become a read-option quarterback. The pistol formation would add an element of unpredictability to the Packers offense.
Huddle Up: Pistol formation, under center or in the shotgun, Rodgers will be in strong contention for the title of fantasy's best QB and league MVP as long as he stays fairly healthy.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 3/25/15 12:22am ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has had more freedom to change plays pre-snap in recent seasons, and head coach Mike McCarthy giving up play-calling duties puts even more responsibility in the hands of Rodgers in running the offense. McCarthy and assistant coach Tom Clements will have more preparation to do during the week to make sure Rodgers has plenty of pre-snap options at his disposal. However, it's hard to know how the offensive setup will work with Clements as the primary playcaller.
Huddle Up: Rodgers finished with the 14th-most passing attempts (520) in the league but still wound up with the third-most TD passes (39) and the second-most fantasy points (410) among QBs. The Pack knows where it's bread is buttered so more of the same can be expected from a healthy Rodgers next season, no matter who's calling the plays.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 3/25/15 4:26pm ET
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like this will be an issue for Nelson with regards to missing any training camp, but he'll be at best a limited participant in OTAs. Plus, it's never a good thing when a speed receiver has work done on his wheels.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 3/7/15 11:51pm ET
Free-agent WR Randall Cobb has agreed to a four-year, $40-million deal to return to the Green Bay Packers, according to a source. Cobb turned down at least six offers before choosing to re-sign with the Packers, including some offers worth more money.
Huddle Up: Could Cobb be the rare professional athlete who isn't necessarily all about the money? Sure, he might have squeezed more coin out of another squad but just about anywhere he went would have come with a downgrade at quarterback. Returning to Green Bay Cobb keeps a killer passing game intact--even if he pops the fantasy dynasty bubble of Davante Adams owners.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 3/5/15 1:42am ET
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to make a run at Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb should he hit the open market.
Huddle Up: It's no secret the Chiefs are desperate for receiver help, and Cobb would be a good fit in an Andy Reid offense. Of course, his fantasy value would take a hit as going just about anywhere away from Aaron Rodgers would be a downgrade at quarterback.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 3/5/15 11:24am ET
The Green Bay Packers are working to re-sign impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb, and have exclusive negotiating rights until Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m., and exclusive signing rights until Tuesday, March 10. The team has been working to hammer out a deal with Cobb for six months. With WRs Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams under contract, the team did not feel the need to use a franchise tag on Cobb like the Dallas Cowboys did with WR Dez Bryant, and the Denver Broncos did with WR Demaryius Thomas. According to sources, the team said they would sign Cobb to a five-year deal averaging $8-9 million per season, and his agent said he feels confident they can get more on the open market.
Huddle Up: The Pack is reluctant to pay Cobb more than Nelson, their No. 1A WR, and seem prepared to move on with the second-year Adams if necessary. Cobb may find a better deal on the open market from a WR-needy team such as the Chiefs or Raiders, but, again, his fantasy value obviously would sustain a definite hit without Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 3/4/15 12:53pm ET
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb is unlikely to re-sign with the team, barring something unexpected. The Packers have attempted to sign Cobb for six months with little room for optimism. The Packers have tried to sign him to a five-year deal worth around $8-$9 million per year.
Huddle Up: Cobb might find more money in free agency, but the teams reportedly ready to throw that money at him--Jacksonville and Oakland--offer a decided step down in quarterback from the Packers.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 3/1/15 10:36pm ET
The Green Bay Packers are working to re-sign impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb, according to a pair of league sources. And while the two sides reportedly aren't close to any kind of deal, Cobb is viewed as a core player that the team definitely wants to keep.
Huddle Up: While one national story iterated that the Packers weren't focusing on re-signing Cobb, most reports out of Wisconsin still say that the team's priorities are retaining free-agents RT Bryan Bulaga and Cobb -- and not necessarily in that order. Cobb is coming off a career year with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 TDs and is rumored to be seeking a multi-year deal averaging $9-10 million per season, and if the Pack want to go the franchise-tag route, they have until 4 p.m. ET Monday.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 2/25/15 10:49am ET
Free-agent WR Randall Cobb (Packers) may be targeted by the Oakland Raiders if he reaches free agency.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have taken castoff Green Bay pass-catchers before; James Jones is currently on their roster. Cobb would certainly provide Derek Carr with a multi-faceted weapon and also give Oakland more flexibility with the fourth overall pick as opposed to using it on Amari Cooper or Kevin White. Or heck, why not stock up at receiver and really give Carr an arsenal?
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 2/24/15 2:40pm ET
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said prior to the start of the 2014 season that he would prove that he deserved a contract extension, and he finished the season with career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Cobb and RT Bryan Baluga are the Pack's top two free-agent priorities, but it'll be that much tougher to re-sign the WR if he reaches the open market with teams such as the wideout-needy Raiders and Jets rumored to be ready to pounce.
Scott Tolzien - QBPosted 2/10/15 5:18pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Scott Tolzien and QB Matt Flynn both have boosters among the team's assistant coaches. The coaching staff likes Tolzien's potential, but many like Flynn because he gives a 'security blanket feel' to the team. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has said he would like to see both backups retained.
Huddle Up: The Pack likely needs to allocate cap $$$ elsewhere, and beside, it's really not going to matter unless Rodgers misses a length of time.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 2/5/15 11:11pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said the calf injury he suffered later on in the season was because of the poor surface in Tampa Bay. Rodgers said he thinks the Buccaneers' field should be looked at for improvements, adding that he hurt his shoulder in Tampa Bay in 2008 as well.
Huddle Up: Despite the injury and his limited mobility, Rodgers still averaged 259.5 passing yards while throwing for 9 TDs and 2 interceptions over his final four games, including the two postseason contests.
John Kuhn - RBPosted 1/25/15 1:37pm ET
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent FB John Kuhn said he would be open to re-signing with the Packers but wants to test the free-agent market before signing with a team.
Huddle Up: Eddie Lacy's dynasty-league owners certainly wouldn't mind seeing Kuhn vulturing goal-line carries and TDs somewhere else next season.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 1/20/15 4:37pm ET
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said his preference is to re-sign with the team this offseason. 'Of course (I want to be back). I think I've made that obvious,' Cobb said. 'Like I've said before: This is a business. You don't know how it's going to go. What direction it's going to go in. You just have to sit around. I hope that I've put myself in the position where it'll handle itself. But only time can tell.'
Huddle Up: Even though the Pack already has doled out recent big WR bucks in re-signing Jordy Nelson last year, look for the team to find a way to retain Cobb, who is coming off a career season with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 TDs.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/18/15 1:40pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) said his calf injury was painful the entire game last weekend against the Dallas Cowboys and that it was a little worse after the team's win. Rodgers admitted that it's simply of matter of dealing with the pain, adding that he's having treatment around the clock and the calf will be good Sunday.
Huddle Up: Expect to see the limited Rodgers we saw last week against the Cowboys in Lambeau, which isn't particularly good news being that the Pack aren't playing the Cowboys and aren't at Lambeau today.
Randall Cobb - WRPosted 1/18/15 11:45pm ET
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb spent three hours in a Seattle hospital Saturday, Jan. 17, due to an undisclosed ailment. Doctors initially thought he had appendicitis but this turned out not to be the case.
Huddle Up: It didn't seem to set back Cobb at all Sunday as he was targeted a game-high 10 times and finished with a team-most seven receptions for 62 yards and Aaron Rodgers' lone passing score -- a 13-yard catch on the final play of the first quarter.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/16/15 4:39pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) is listed as probable for the team's NFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Rodgers has been limited all week and although we was able to make some big plays and get the Pack past the Cowboys last Sunday on his injured calf, the challenge will be three-fold this week in Seattle.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 1/16/15 10:30pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (knee) said that his left knee was sore but fine Friday, Jan. 16. 'I'm not concerned,' Lacy said. 'I'm chillin'.'
Huddle Up: Lacy, who was limited in practice the second straight day Friday, has averaged 115.4 total yards per game with six TDs over his last seven contests. The Seahawks' run defense is the weakest part of a formidable D, and Lacy figures to play a key role if the Pack is to spring an upset.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 1/15/15 11:20pm ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (knee) will be ready to go for the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend after being limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 15, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy said he was being conservative in limiting Lacy Thursday.
Huddle Up: Lacy's touches were down (319-288) this season, but the RB can certainly use a light practice day (or three) to get ready for the physical test that awaits Sunday in Seattle.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/13/15 11:53pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday, Jan. 13, that the team is not afraid of throwing at Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. In Week 1, Rodgers never threw to Sherman's side, but head coach Mike McCarthy insisted this week that it was not intentional. 'You have to be aware of him,' Rodgers said. 'Not scared of him, but you have a ton of respect for him. Look at the numbers, they don't lie.'
Huddle Up: With Sherman primarily sticking to one side of the field, the Packers can at least dictate most of the matchups, even if they're not likely to produce the most favorable of results.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/12/15 12:00am ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) said he doesn't expect to be fully healthy for next weekend's conference title game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he said he will play in the game.
Huddle Up: A gimpy Rodgers was still able to get the best of a so-so Cowboys D on Sunday, but keep in mind that even a healthy Rodgers hasn't been able to solve the Seahawks' D of late.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/11/15 2:59pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 9-of-15 for 90 yards and a TD with no rushing yards in the first half of Sunday's divisonal-round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. The visitors led 14-10 at the break.
Huddle Up: Rodgers' mobility is clearly compromised and he's been unable to escape the rush and make some of his usual plays out of the pocket. He does, however, remain dangerous from the pocket when getting protection and has thrown a 4-yard TD pass to TE Andrew Quarless on the Packers' opening possession.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/10/15 12:08am ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) could see more blitzes from the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round game Sunday, Jan. 11, in order for the Cowboys to test Rodgers' mobility. Rodgers has been one of the best quarterbacks against the blitz since 2008, with the highest total QBR (76.2) when opponents send five or more pass rushers, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Rodgers has 91 career touchdowns and just 18 interceptions against the blitz. Dallas, however, blitzed on just 23.7 percent of opponents' dropbacks this year, so it would represent a change in strategy for them.
Huddle Up: The first couple of Packer possessions should reveal much about Rodgers' health and the Cowboys' defensive game plan Sunday.
Eddie Lacy - RBPosted 1/10/15 12:55am ET
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy said he is much healthier going into the playoffs this year than he was last season. 'Eddie was in a (walking) boot all week and then played on Sundays this time last year,' head coach Mike McCarthy said. 'So he feels better. He's a better football player in my opinion this year than last year. I think he's a complete third-down player. In fact, I know he is. So I think he's definitely in a better place this year than he was last year.' Lacy faced less stacked boxes this year than last year when QB Aaron Rodgers missed seven-plus games with a broken collarbone. Lacy averaged 5.0 yards per carry and had 711 yards in the last eight games this year, which was fifth in the league during that span.
Huddle Up: After a slow start, Lacy tied Arian Foster for the fifth most fantasy points among RBs and will be facing a Dallas D that finished eighth in the league with 1,650 rushing yards allowed on the season but gave up the 14th most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Much of the talk this week has centered around DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys' running game, but Lacy and Co. have the skills to dominate the matchup just as easily.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/9/15 4:50pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) is listed as probable for the divisional round game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 11. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers is moving around fine.
Huddle Up: Rodgers will be the unquestioned center of attention early in Sunday's game, and it has all the makings of a fantasy feast-or-famine situation.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/8/15 4:24pm ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) has a slight tear and a significantly strained muscle in his calf, according to sources. However, he's still expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 11, but it could impact how mobile he is on the field. "There's no question he will play, but there's also no question he will not be 100 percent," said one doctor familiar with the injury. "The question is whether he'll be 95 percent or 50 percent." The team is aggressively treating the injury. Rodgers was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 8, taking about half of the reps in the team portion of practice.
Huddle Up: Rodgers has put up gaudy numbers at home this season -- tossing 25 TD passes and no interceptions while averaging 291.8 yards per game and compiling a 133.2 passer rating -- but the QB certainly can't be expected to pick up where he left off, especially with one of his primary skills -- his mobility -- comprised.
Aaron Rodgers - QBPosted 1/7/15 12:41am ET
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) said he's not worried about reinjuring his calf in the team's divisional round game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 11. 'That's not a concern,' Rodgers said. 'If it happens, it happens. At that point, it's out of my control. I've got to get myself in the best position to play and then realize whatever limitations I might have moving. Maybe I won't have any. Maybe we'll get to Sunday, and I'll feel great. Or maybe I'll be very limited. It just depends on how I'm feeling this week, and we'll adjust accordingly.' A decision on how much he'll practice this week will be made Wednesday, Jan. 7, when he's re-evaluated.
Huddle Up: Rodgers' mobility is certainly an asset, but he's not exactly a liability if he has to makes most of his throws from the pocket, either. Let's first see what he can do in practice this week and go from there.
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