Let's get the bad news out of the way: Jordy Nelson will miss the remainder of training camp after undergoing knee surgery on Monday. The timetable for a return is usually 4-6 weeks and we're five weeks away from the season opener so there's hope he'll be ready for the 49ers.
Things move quickly in training camp. After an early morning practice on Thursday the Packers will hold a night practice on Friday. Then it's the Family Night scrimmage on Saturday and six days later the Packers play their first preseason game.
As expected, the first practice in full pads was a lively one. I counted three dust-ups in practice with each one bigger than the last. That's typical for any NFL team when the pads are put on, there's live hitting for the first time and the f-bombs are flying like it was a trip to the dentist's office. Coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that the adrenaline level was high but the discipline level was low.
Training camp is officially here as the Packers completed the first of 19 practices. First off, some injury notes. Derek Sherrod, Jerel Worthy, Sean Richardson, DuJuan Harris, Mike Neal, Casey Hayward, Jamari Lattimore, Davon House and Chaz Powell did not practice. Mike McCarthy said Harris is a week or two away from practicing and Neal and Hayward are a couple of weeks away.
The Packers begin 2013 where they left off in 2012: a road date against the San Francisco 49ers. If you had your fill of the read option offense then you won't like how the Packers start the 2013 season. After facing San Fran the Packers play their home opener against the Washington Redskins. While there's no official indication as to when read-option quarterback Robert Griffin III will return, his offseason progress from a torn ACL has been astonishing. Certainly the schedule makers did no favor to the Packers for scheduling the 49ers and Redskins to open the season however it will provide a stiff, early test to a defense that has much to prove this season. And there's been a recent benefit to having the Redskins on the schedule.
Welcome to part three of our offseason series. We're looking ahead to the upcoming season (which is fast approaching) by previewing a number of areas including special teams. This is an area that was filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Last week we looked at the Packers offense for the upcoming season, now it's time to take a look at the defense. No matter how you slice the numbers the Packers were absolutely gutted in their final two losses of the season. In the Week 17 loss to Minnesota and the divisional round playoff loss to San Francisco the Packers gave up a combined 82 points, 1,023 yards and 14 3rd down conversions.
Minicamps and OTAs are in the books and we're 5 1/2 weeks from the start of training camp. Welcome to the dull part of the NFL calender, where the only news is which players couldn't stay out of trouble.
How bad has it gotten for the Brewers? In the fifth inning on Monday night the Brewers issued a two-out intentional walk to the eighth hitter to get to pitcher Tommy Milone, who then singled in a runner from second. That's an AL pitcher we're talking about at the plate.
Can the month of May get any more dreadful? The Brewers are 4-16 this month with no series wins (although the team did split with Texas in the first week of May.) They have fallen so far, so fast that it's no longer a question of can they make the playoffs. The question now is can they make it back to .500?
We're are a little more than one-quarter of the way into the season and while there's plenty of games to play the Brewers may find themselves out of the running before too long. 43 games in, it's pretty clear that the Brewers have been plagued by both a lack of consistency and opportunity.
Unquestionably the biggest source of frustration for Brewers fans thus far is Rickie Weeks. For a second year in a row Weeks is mired in a deep slump early in the season. Last year's slump could be attributed to his lingering ankle injury from 2011. But this year Weeks is healthy. So what is the issue?
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books and yes it is already time to start looking ahead to 2014. Here's a quick primer of the best 25 prospects heading into the summer:
In case you forgot here's a quick recap of the Brewers first month of the season: 2-8 start, followed by nine game winning streak, followed by .500 road trip, followed by two straight wins over Pittsburgh. I guess you could say the Brewers are trending upward as the month comes to a close. By beating the Pirates twice the Brewers surged in the tightly-knit NL Central standings and now find themselves just a half game out of first place.