Packers reportedly trade WR Trevor Davis

The Green Bay Packers are moving on from Trevor Davis.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the club has traded the wide receiver to Oakland.

A fifth-round pick in 2016, Davis didn’t make too much of an impact offensively, catching just nine passes for 122 yards and a touchdown over the lats three season. He did serve as Green Bay’s main kick and punt returner, averaging 22.6 yards per return on kickoffs and 11.2 yards per return on punts.

The move comes days after the team claimed Tremon Smith off of waivers from Kansas City. The cornerback served as the Chiefs kick returner a year ago, averaging 26.8 yards per return. He figures to get the first shot at replacing Davis in that role.

Wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, who has missed the first two games with a hamstring injury, could take over as the punt returner.

Green Bay will host Denver on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Packers place Raven Greene on IR, claim CB off of waivers

Raven Greene is going to miss more than two months of action and perhaps the entire season.

The Green Bay Packers safety suffered an ankle injury early in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was eventually taken off the field on a cart. According to The Athletic, the team is placing him on injured reserve.

Greene was in the locker room after the game with his right foot in a boot and using a scooter to get around. He would be eligible to practice in six weeks and play in eight weeks if the Packers wanted to bring him off of injured reserve.

The Packers were using Greene has a hybrid safety this year and he was seeing a lot of action close to the line when they went to their dime package.

Meanwhile, the team has reportedly claimed cornerback Tremon Mason off of waivers from Kansas City. He played in 15 games for the Chiefs last year, seeing a lot of time on special teams.

Green Bay moved to 2-0 win its win over Minnesota and will look to add to its early season win total when Denver comes to Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Packers 21, Vikings 16: 2-minute drill

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and held on for a 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Game Balls

Offense: Aaron Jones

After not impacting the game much in Week 1, the Packers top back was a huge part of their Week 2 win. Jones carried a career-high 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. His 13-yard run late in the fourth quarter helped Green Bay milk the clock as it finished off the Vikings. He added another four catches for 34 yards, giving him 150 total yards — the second-most he’s had in his career.

Defense: Everyone

They gave up too many explosive plays, which helped the Vikings stay in the game, but the defense was once again the reason the Packers won. Kirk Cousins, who abused Green Bay last year, completed 44-percent of his passes and turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions. The second one was costly, as it came on first down and in the end zone, with cornerback Kevin King going up high to grab it.

Special Teams: JK Scott

Scott had what some called a game-winning punt in the opener against Chicago, and the second-year punter was back at it again on Sunday. He had eight kicks and averaged 47.6 yards on them, including a 52-yarder that took seven seconds off the clock in the final minute of the game. After an up-and-down rookie year, Scott has shown early this year why the Packers took him in the fifth-round of the 2018 draft.

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Best quotes

CB Jaire Alexander on the difference between this year’s defense and last year’s:

“We got that swag, we got that energy, we got that juice. We got it all. Shoot, we’re trying to go to the Super Bowl. That’s our mentality.”

QB Aaron Rodgers on what he takes away from a game like this:

“2-0. 2-0 in the division.”

In Case You Missed It

— Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur were caught yelling at each other late in the first half

Both men addressed it after the game:

— Safety Raven Greene suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter and had to be carted off the field. He had his right leg in a boot and was riding around on a knee scooter in the locker room afterwards.

— For the first time in the regular season, two of the Packers captains — Rodgers and linebacker Za’Darius Smith — were wearing the captains patches. Under former coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers changed captains on a weekly basis so no one wore the patches week-to-week outside of the playoffs.

— With the win, LaFelur becomes the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to start his tenure 2-0

Inside the Numbers

21 — That’s how many points the Packers scored on their first three drives of the game. It was also the only points they’d score on the day.

7 — That’s how many catches Davante Adams had on the day. The wide receiver finished with 106 yards after managing just four catches for 36 yards in the opener.

13 — That’s how many tackles linebacker Blake Martinez had on the day, including 10 solo stops.

6 — That’s how many passes defended the Packers had as a defense. That included two by Alexander, and one by Darnell Savage that ended up being intercepted by Preston Smith.

What’s Next

The Packers (2-0) will welcome Denver (0-1) to Lambeau Field next Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers: Bring the noise, leave the wave

The wave has been going on at football and baseball stadiums for decades but Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes there is a time and place for it, and it’s not when he’s trying to move the ball against an NFL defense.

Speaking at his locker in advance of Sunday’s early season matchup with Minnesota, the veteran had a simple request for the fans that will be at Lambeau Field this week.

“My only ask is we don’t do the wave when we’re on offense,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “Other than that, be as loud as you want from the start.”

The Packers have been toying with ideas to make their home more intimidating for opposing teams. In the preseason, that included a fog horn on third downs and the stadium lights flashing on and off after a score. This week, the team sent out a press release with several other additions, including recorded videos with players urging fans to get up and cheer.

“Hopefully, nobody says sit down to anybody,” Rodgers said. “I’ve heard that from time to time. Somebody is standing up and somebody else tells them to sit down. But we’d love for everybody to get up and be as loud as possible from the start. We need it.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur was asked about it as well and he pointed to last week’s game at Soldier Field as something to strive for.

“Anybody that was there last week in Chicago could feel that. You could feel that from pregame. It felt like it had a playoff-type feel to it. The fans were into it,” LaFleur said. “We know that type of environment is challenging on offenses. That’s what we want to get here. We want our fans to stand up and get loud and really support our players.”

Green Bay went 5-2-1 at home a year ago and 4-4 the previous year.

“We’ve been rolling here over the years in stretches and it’s a tough place to play, especially late in the season and the playoffs when you’ve got the temperature and the crowd going. We’d like to start that,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got a great home field advantage, great fan base, (so) the louder the better.”

Packers defense carries team to 10-3 win over Bears

CHICAGO | The Matt LaFleur era begins with a win as the Green Bay Packers picked up a 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday night.

The Good:

Defense | Maybe the Packers don’t have to count on Aaron Rodgers as much anymore. GM Brian Gutekunst focused on defense this past free agency. He spent money on Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Adrian Amos to help improve that side of the ball. The Smith’s combined for nine pressures created and 2.5 sacks. Amos made an interception in the endzone on the Bears’ last drive to seal the win.

“I’m extremely happy Gutey and his crew did a great job of getting those guys for us, because they were a difference tonight,” LaFleur said.

“Great for Adrian coming back to the team that drafted him to get a pick in the end zone there,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “But a lot of credit to the front. I thought we put a lot of pressure on ‘em. It looked like obviously both the Smiths, they were in the mix a bunch. It was just a dominating performance. It gives you a lot of confidence when you play like that on offense and win a game by a touchdown.”

Maybe Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense was really bad Thursday night. But the Packers defense deserves a lot of credit for the way they played.

The not so good:

Offense | If I were to tell you the Packers would score only 10 points and win, you probably wouldn’t believe me. Getting the win is all that matters in the end but the offense needs to make massive improvements if they expect to be a contender.

It was a slow start for Rodgers and company as they finished the first quarter with -12 yards. Green Bay finished with 213 yards and were just 2-12 on third downs.

Chicago’s defense pressured Rodgers all night long. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards and was sacked five times.

The Packers had one huge play in the second quarter when Rodgers found Marquez Valdez-Scantling on a deep shot.

“It was a huge play in the game,” LaFleur said. “It gave us the spark we needed.”

Player of the game:

J.K. Scott | I’m not joking. The punter played a huge part in Green Bay’s win. He punted nine times averaging 47.6 yards per punt. Scott’s longest went 63 yards and he landed five inside the 20.

As bad as the Bears offense was, they needed all the help they could get and Scott didn’t give them any.

Play of the game

Amos interception | Thursday night felt like the fifth week of the preseason. There wasn’t a lot of pretty and there was a whole lot of ugly. The Bears had a chance to tie the game in the end but the former Bear made the play to help the Packers hold on.

What’s next?

Vikings | The Packers (1-0) will come back home to Green Bay to host the Vikings (0-0) in week two. Kickoff is scheduled for 12pm on Sunday, Sept. 15.

 

Packers release final injury report in advance of Thursday’s opener

Green Bay’s final injury report prior to Thursday’s season opener against Chicago is long, but nearly every player on it is expected to play.

The team released the report early Wednesday afternoon and it features 20 players, including nine starters. But only linebacker Oren Burks (chest) and wide receiver Darrius Shepherd (hamstring) are listed as out, while cornerback Ka’dar Hollman (neck) is listed as questionable. Everyone else is expected to play against the Bears.

On Chicago’s side of things, there are three players listed — tight end Trey Burton (groin), offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (elbow) and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) — as questionable for the game.

Green Bay has won eight of the last night meetings with the Bears in Chicago. Kick on Thursday is set for 7:20.

Packers place TE Jace Sternberger on IR

One of Green Bay’s draft picks is headed to the injured reserve.

The Packers announced Tuesday that tight end Jace Sternberger had been placed on IR, though he is eligible to return in eight weeks.

A third-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, Sternberger suffered a concussion during a joint practice with the Houston Texans in early August. He missed several weeks but returned to play in the final preseason game. The 23-year-old caught a touchdown against Kanas City, but later suffered the ankle injury that landed him on IR.

The move leaves the Packers with three tight ends — Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan.

According to The Athletic, wide receiver Allen Lazard will take Sternberger’s spot on the roster. He had been cut on Saturday and added back to the practice squad Sunday. Lazard played in one game last year for the Packers, catching a single pass for seven yards against Detroit.

Green Bay will open the 2019 season Thursday night at Chicago.

Packers trade for inside linebacker

Green Bay has added a veteran to its linebacking core.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers traded for New York Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson.

The 26-year-old started 13 games last season for the Giants, racking up a career-high 61 tackles, four tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Injuries hit Green Bay’s inside linebacker room during the preseason, with starter Oren Burks (chest) and backup Curtis Bolton (knee) going down. Burks is expected back, but the only experienced veteran at the position is Blake Martinez.

Coach Matt LaFleur and GM Brian Gutekunst both mentioned Sunday that the defense doesn’t feature two inside linebackers often, but the move Monday makes clear they knew they needed reinforcements at the position.

Green Bay will open the season Thursday night at Chicago.

Packers cut QB DeShone Kizer

The DeShone Kizer experiment in Green Bay is over. Tim Boyle will be the backup quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers for the Packers in 2019.

According to Adam Schefter, the Packers are releasing Kizer who GM Brian Gutekunst acquired from the Cleveland Browns last season. The former second-round pick was outplayed by Boyle in the preseason.

Kizer first came to the Packers last season. It was one of the first moves Gutekunst made as general manager. He traded defensive back Damarious Randall to the Browns to get Kizer.

In three games last season, Kizer completed 20 of 42 passes for 187 yards and two interceptions. He threw two interceptions during the preseason this year.

Boyle was terrific in the practice games. He three an NFL-high six touchdown passes without an interception.

Packers close the preseason with win over Kansas City

The Green Bay Packers finished off the preseason with a 27-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

In the final tuneup before the season opener at Chicago next week, the Packers sat 36 players, including nearly every key member of the team. In their place were guys fighting for roster spots in advance of Saturday’s mandated roster cutdown to 53 players.

One battle that remains close is at the backup quarterback spot. Tim Boyle got the start and led one scoring drive, finishing it off with a short touchdown to tight end Jace Sternberger. For the preseason, Boyle threw six touchdowns and no picks while completing 59.6 percent of his passes.

His competition, DeShone Kizer, was up and down throughout the preseason and that continued Thursday. He threw one interception but came back and led a touchdown drive, hitting tight end Evan Baylis for a 2-yard score. Kizer’s preseason numbers ended up being two touchdowns and two interceptions while hitting on 55.5 percent of his throws.

Green Bay’s defense continued its preseason-long ability to create turnovers. In the second quarter, linebacker Ty Summers picked off a pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, linebacker Marcus Jones recovered a fumble that the offense turned into points.

Rookie Dexter Williams led the way on the ground, rushing for 34 yards and a score. He also caught two passes for 30 yards.

Undrafted free agent Teo Redding caught four passes for 49 yards and was the only wide receiver with more than one catch.

Defensively, linebacker James Crawford finished with a team-high nine tackles, while safety Will Redmond had seven. Tray Matthews, Kingsley Keke and James Folston all came up with sacks.

Once the roster gets to 53 on Saturday, all the focus can turn to the season opener against the Bears next Thursday at Soldier Field.