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Jarrett Boykin - WR Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - TE Posted 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.

Jermichael Finley - TE Posted 6/2/14 11:58pm et
The New England Patriots recently met with free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers), according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have a need for another tight end to complement and frequently replace the oft-injured Rob Gronkowski, and if Finley is able to get and stay healthy he could be that guy.

Aaron Rodgers - QB Posted 6/1/14 2:08pm et
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has lost 11 pounds this offseason as he continues to try to improve his flexibility. Rodgers also has been doing yoga in the offseason to increase his flexibility. 'A lot of flexibility's helping with those injuries as you get older,' said Rodgers.
Huddle Up: The added flexibility can only help, although the broken collarbone that cost Rodgers 7 starts last season could've happened to any QB in any shape.

Colt Lyerla - TE Posted 5/30/14 6:25pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla is feeling at home and accepted with the Packers organization. Lyerla commented Thursday, May 29, on feeling lost and admitted to hitting rock bottom, but knows what it will take to improve as a person. He said football is a 24-hour job and his only focus.
Huddle Up: Lyerla has plenty of issues in his past, but if the Packers are able to give him a solid foundation off the field he has the talent to provide massive benefits on the field.

Clay Matthews - LB Posted 5/29/14 11:59pm et
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews indicated he will be limited during organized team activities, because he is recovering from a thumb injury but expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Matthews is certainly due for some better injury-front luck this year after missing a combined 9 games over the past 2 seasons.

Kevin Dorsey - WR Posted 5/26/14 12:17am et
Green Bay Packers WR Kevin Dorsey is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp. Dorsey missed the entire 2013 season because of a toe injury.
Huddle Up: Forget fantasy potential: Dorsey, a 7th-round pick in 2013, faces an uphill battle just to make the roster with the Pack drafting a trio of wideouts earlier this month, including 2nd-round selection Davante Adams.

Brice Butler - WR Posted 5/25/14 8:17pm et
Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler might have seen his chances at cracking the 53-man roster placed in serious jeopardy when the team brought in WR Greg Little. The team is likely to keep six receivers, with WRs James Jones, Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and Little as the top five.
Huddle Up: That puts Butler -- a 7th-round pick who last season hauled in 9 passes for 103 yards as a rookie -- in a battle for the sixth and final WR spot -- if they do indeed keep that many -- but the useful fantasy production figures to only run 2-3 deep among the contingent in any case.

Colt Lyerla - TE Posted 5/23/14 11:38am et
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Colt Lyerla's three-year contract does not include any guaranteed money, according to a source. He is scheduled to make $420,000 in 2014, $510,000 in 2015 and $600,000 in 2016.
Huddle Up: It's a win-win for the Packers, who ink perhaps the most talented tight end in this draft class without having to commit money to a guy who has had more than his share of off-the-field issues. If Lyerla can keep his nose clean off the field, he has the ability to provide Aaron Rodgers with a Jermichael Finley-type target.

Jermichael Finley - TE Posted 4/27/14 10:00pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley is scheduled to get an X-ray on his surgically repaired neck Monday, April 27. Finley will continue to undergo X-rays every 6-to-8 weeks until he is cleared for football activities.
Huddle Up: A number of teams -- including the Pack -- are following the situation closely and are certainly hoping Finley's clearance comes sooner rather than later.

Matt Flynn - QB Posted 4/15/14 3:56pm et
The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal to re-sign QB Matt Flynn on Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Flynn will remain with the Pack and is expected to battle Scott Tolzien for the backup job. Last season, Flynn went 2-2 as a starter after re-signing with G.B., throwing for 1,146 yards, 7 TDs and 4 interceptions.

Jarrett Boykin - WR Posted 4/6/14 3:53pm et
Green Bay Packers WR Jarrett Boykin is expected to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Even if starters Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb remain healthy -- and that's a fairly big if -- Boykin will still have plenty of fantasy value with Aaron Rodgers at the controls.

John Kuhn - RB Posted 4/3/14 2:49pm et
The Green Bay Packers re-signed FB John Kuhn to a 1-year contract worth just over $1 million Thursday, April 3.
Huddle Up: Kuhn will be back for an eighth season in Green Bay mucking things up, fantasy-wise, for the team's top backs, Eddie Lacy and James Starks.

Jarrett Boykin - WR Posted 3/27/14 10:23pm et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he 'fully expects' WR Jarrett Boykin to 'step up' in 2014 now that WR James Jones has moved on.
Huddle Up: Boykin moves up a rung on the Pack's 2014 WR ladder to the No. 3 spot after hauling in 49 passes for 681 yards and 3 TDs while making 8 starts this past season.

Jermichael Finley - TE Posted 3/26/14 2:08pm et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) still isn't medically cleared to continue his playing career. Finley reportedly failed his physical with the Seattle Seahawks several weeks ago, and he's been working regularly with trainers in Minnesota and Arizona this offseason. 'He had a serious injury. I know there is a lot of excitement, based on what I've been told. I haven't seen him work out, but I guess his workouts have gone really well. He's in great shape. I know he feels good. The reality is this injury is going to take some time. We'll continue to watch it,' McCarthy said.
Huddle Up: Finley appears to be nowhere near a return, so until he's actually back on a football field no need holding a fantasy roster spot for him.

Johnathan Franklin - RB Posted 3/25/14 10:18pm et
Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin is still recovering from a neck injury which landed him on the season-ending Injured Reserve list late in the year. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Franklin did not undergo surgery, and he only knows a limited amount about his rehab because Franklin has not met with doctors lately.
Huddle Up: Franklin, a fourth-round pick last year, only saw carries in 4 games and rushed for 103 of his 107 yards in a Week 3 game at Cincy. With James Starks and DuJuan Harris still on the roster, Franklin faces an uphill battle for touches even when he returns to full health.

Clay Matthews - LB Posted 3/25/14 10:18pm et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday, March 25, that surgery to repair the thumb of LB Clay Matthews (thumb) went well and that he does not expect Matthews to have issues with it. He suffered a fracture in October, had surgery and then broke it again in December.
Huddle Up: Matthews has missed 9 combined games over the last 2 seasons, including 5 last year when he finished with only 7.5 sacks. His IDP owners are hoping these last 2 seasons are the exceptions rather than the rule.

James Jones - WR Posted 3/18/14 11:08am et
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with free-agent WR James Jones (Packers) on a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Nice signing for the Raiders with a more accomplished wideout than has been there since... Randy Moss? Jones stock goes up now that he should end up the #1 receiver but a lack of quarterback doesn't make the 30-year-old Jones more than a risky middle tier pick in fantasy drafts.

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