Green Bay opens the preseason with a 24-9 win over the Eagles

Brett Hundley threw a touchdown pass and Trevor Davis returned a punt for a score to help the Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-9 in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

“We took a step tonight as a football team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s always important to win. This game is about winning even if it is the preseason.”

Starting in place of Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Hundley got off to a bit of a rough start, fumbling the first snap of the game. But he got it going in the second quarter, leading a Green Bay scoring drive that he capped off with a pretty 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeff Janis. Hundley finished the night 8 of 15 for 90 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The throw to Janis was the second touchdown of the night, though, as Davis had been in the end zone just minutes earlier thanks to a 68-yard punt return for a score.

“Trevor did an outstanding job not only getting vertical but finishing there when he bounced outside and made the punter miss and scored a touchdown,” McCarthy said. “A well executed play and a great return.”

Undrafted rookie Taysom Hill capped the scoring for the night by finding another undrafted rookie, wide receiver Michael Clark, for a 7-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Green Bay forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions. But the one series that the entire first-team defense was on the field for, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz carved them up. The team’s first-round pick in 2016, Wentz was 4 of 4 for 56 yards and tossed a 38-yard touchdown to Mack Hollins.

Unfortunately, the biggest story of the night was injuries. Cornerback Damarious Randall left with a concussion, center Don Barclay was carted off the field with an ankle injury and rookie wide receiver Malachi Dupre was taken off the field on a stretcher after absorbing a big hit in the fourth quarter. He later tweeted he was OK.

Green Bay’s next preseason game is Aug. 19 at Washington.

Report: Packers nearly traded Brett Hundley during NFL Draft

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers general manager Ted Thompson nearly traded backup quarterback Brett Hundley on day two of the NFL Draft, according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

Demovsky writes that Green Bay “came close to making a deal” that would have helped the Packers move up in the draft order on Friday. Green Bay held picks No. 33 (Kevin King, CB, Washington) and No. 61 (Josh Jones, S, NC State) in round two of the draft. In round three, the Packers selected Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams with the 93rd overall pick, which may have been where Green Bay was looking to move up in the draft order.

Hundley was a fifth round draft selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, but quickly shot up the ranks on many teams’ trade boards after a solid preseason as a rookie. In his second year under Aaron Rodgers, Hundley saw the field in four games, but only attempted 10 passes in the regular season, completed two of them for 17 yards.

If Hundley continues to develop in his 2017 campaign, he’ll likely be dealt the following offseason.

Brett Hundley headlines players attending Packers annual Tailgate Tour

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The 12th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour will make stops in northern Wisconsin Apr. 4-8 featuring several current and former members of the team.

Below is all the information interested fans need to know before attending any of the five stops in northern Wisconsin and parts of Michigan:

The tour will make stops in Medford (April 4), Ashland (April 5), Houghton, Mich. (April 6), Rhinelander (April 7) and Iron Mountain, Mich. (April 8), with tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.

Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski and Jake Ryan, and Packers alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green and Ryan Longwell.
The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach emblazoned with the “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour” logo and the phrase “Touching Down in Your Community.” In addition to the designated locations, tour celebrities will make surprise stops as the schedule allows.

The Medford, Ashland, Houghton, and Rhinelander tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at 6 p.m., and festivities will run until 8:30 p.m. The Iron Mountain tailgate party will welcome the players and alumni arriving at 3 p.m., and festivities will run until 5:30 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party, which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

General admission tickets also will be available for $10 for each location, which include access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

“The Packers are very excited to embark on the 12th annual Tailgate Tour,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Thanks to the loyalty of our fans, we are proud to celebrate 12 successful years of this event. We are looking forward to visiting several areas throughout the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and we are proud to be supporting great organizations during the tour.”

Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Monday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m.

The tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:
· Medford: April 4 at Black River Industries, Inc., at 650 Jensen Drive, Medford. To benefit Black River Industries. Tickets on sale at Black River Industries, Inc.; Medford Cooperative, 160 Medford Plaza; Cenex Convenience Store, 340 S. 8th S., Medford.
· Ashland: April 5 at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave W., Ashland. To benefit Baynet. Tickets on sale at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 1716 Lake Shore Dr., W.; Carlson Building Serv & Sup, 414 3rd Avenue E.; River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 Lake Shore Dr. W.; Neighborly Bar, 1301 Main St. W.
· Houghton: April 6 at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, 600 Macinnes Dr., Houghton, Mich. To benefit Dial Help. Tickets on sale at the Michigan Tech University Student Development Complex or online at tickets.mtu.edu.
· Rhinelander: April 7 at Rhinelander High School, 665 Coolidge Ave., Rhinelander. To benefit NATH Frederick Place. Tickets on sale at Trigs Service Desk, 232 Courtney St., Rhinelander, and at Best Embroideries, 22 W. Davenport St., Rhinelander.
· Iron Mountain: April 8 at Ford Airport, 2300 Woodward Ave., Kingsford, Mich. To benefit the Northwood’s Airlifeline. Tickets on sale at Econo Foods, 1600 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, and at WJNR Radio Station, 212 West J St., Iron Mountain.

Fans interested in ‘Tailgate Tour’ details are encouraged to visit www.packers.com often, as tour information will be updated as the dates near.

Hundley and Davis excel at day two of Packers camp

Green Bay, Wisconsin |  Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley continues to develop his craft using a little tool he learned from quarterback Aaron Rodgers – the hard count. Hundley got several guys to jump at the line of scrimmage at today’s day two of Packers training camp.

“You got to act like the ball is about to come on one,” said Hundley. “For it to work like it did today was really fun to see.”

Hundley is going to get plenty of time to excel over the next few weeks. With five preseason games, Hundley will get the bulk of the snaps.

“For me all the reps I get I’m embracing it all.”

Hundley, who’s in his second year out of UCLA, was asked how much he’s learned from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Everything! I mean how to be a quarterback. How to handle the ups and downs. How to stay consistent is the biggest key for a quarterback.”

Also today in practice, rookie wide receiver Trevor Davis continued to take advantage of opportunities. For the second straight day Davis made a leaping catch – a one handed grab that wowed the crowd. With receivers Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery still sidelined with injuries, Davis is getting his chance to shine. But he admits he has a lot to learn.

“Me personally I like to get the details down but I have to get a lot better at them,” said Davis. “Making the big plays is fun, but I have to stay more consistent with details.”

Davis’ 4.4 speed was one of the big reasons the Packers drafted the receiver out of California in the fifth round. Davis says sure he’s fast.. but so is everyone else!

“Yeah the speed is definitely faster. You’re playing against guys that are all great athletes and are fast. That’s why you have to be so good at details. That’s what makes you win routes.”

Davis went on to say he’s just trying to earn the trust of the quarterbacks and enjoys learning from the other receivers.

He’ll get another lesson Thursday morning at 8:15. That’s when the Packers will practice for the first time this training camp with the pads on.

Packers’ QB group ranked No. 1

GREEN BAY, Wis. | Pro Football Focus ranked each NFL team’s quarterback group and named the Green Bay Packers the top team in the league.

“Things did not go well for Aaron Rodgers in 2015, but he is still the top quarterback in the league at his best, and pretty much everybody at PFF expects him to bounce back in the season to come now that he has his top target back in action (Jordy Nelson), and he can regain the trust he lost in his receivers over the year. In 2014, he was comfortably the best-graded passer in the league and there isn’t any reason he can’t get back to that kind of level. Behind him is Brett Hundley, a talented athlete that many are high on, but a player that did not “wow” in grading terms in his final college season.”

Hundley was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of UCLA and has been widely considered a great trade piece should the Packers decide to go that route. He didn’t gain a lot of confidence from Sporting News, who give him a “confidence ranking” of 6/10.

The Packers report to Green Bay on July 25 and begin training camp on July 26. The annual Family Night scrimmage takes place on July 31 and the first preseason game is the Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 7.