Packers kick off day 3 by selecting Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers were expected to select a Wisconsin linebacker, but instead of T.J. Watt, it was teammate Vince Biegel.

Biegel was taken with the 108th pick to kick off the fourth round of the NFL Draft. In his four years with the Badgers, Biegel racked up 88 solo tackles, including 28.5 for a loss. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection his senior year and a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Green Bay beefs up its pass rush once again, drafting its fourth defensive player of the 2017 Draft. General manager Ted Thompson hinted that day three would be more focused on offensive selections. Green Bay will also have the 28th pick in round four.

Packers use third round pick on Auburn DT Montravius Adams

PHILADELPHIA — With their third round pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers completed Friday’s picks with defense, selecting Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

Adams was a four-year letterwinner with the Tigers, earning All-American second team honors his senior year. He was an All-SEC first team member by the Associated Press and was a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson addressed the media after the pick, saying he expects Adams to contribute both as an interior lineman and as an edge-rusher.

Just hours before being selected by Green Bay, Adams’ son Montavious, Jr. was born. He calls that a bigger accomplishment than being drafted into the NFL.

 

Packers select S Josh Jones with 61st overall pick

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers addressed the defense again with the 61st overall pick in the NFL Draft, North Carolina State safety Josh Jones.

Jones was listed as the second-best player remaining, according to the NFL.com big board. As a redshirt junior for the Wolfpack, Jones was an honorable mention All-ACC performer and the team’s leading tackler. Jones’ 62 total tackles ranked ninth in the conference.

The NC State product spoke with local reporters via teleconference, revealing a secret source of his motivation heading into his last year with the Wolfpack.

“Every player has something to work on. I just want to as soon as I can, work with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, he’s a proven veteran in this game. I’ve been watching Ha Ha a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve been watching highlights a lot. He gives me a lot of motivation the way he plays. I’m so excited I get the opportunity to play with a guy like that.”

Jones transitioned from a strong safety position to the free safety role in 2016. He earned the DeWayne Washington Award for Most Valuable defensive back after making the move.

With the secondary seemingly bolstered thanks to the two round-two draft picks, Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst said it wasn’t a slight at the current defensive backs on roster.

Packers use No. 33 pick on Washington CB Kevin King

PHILADELPHIA — Amid speculation the Green Bay Packers would trade down once again in the NFL Draft, they instead use the No. 33 overall pick to select Washington cornerback Kevin King.

King was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 member in 2016, starting all 14 games for the Huskies with 26 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, and two interceptions. He also had a career-high 13 passes defensed.

If King’s conference call with local reporters was any indication, King won’t have any lack of work ethic as a Packer. Instead of pouting about not being selected in the first round, King went to work.

“After last night, emotions were flying, I didn’t really know what to think,” King recalled. “All I can do is what I knew how to do. I went back to the hotel and I went and worked out. I ran on the treadmill for about an hour and I hit the weights.”

There were rumblings the Packers may use the first pick in round two of the draft to trade back with teams interested in King’s services. It was rumored Green Bay would select Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer if they did not move from the No. 33 pick.

King should make an immediate impact for the Green Bay defense. He was asked by reporters if he would have felt comfortable facing off with Julio Jones in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Packers trade out of first round, pick up a 4th rounder

PHILADELPHIA | Ted Thompson loves his draft picks and he picked up another in a late night trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Packers traded their first round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft (#29 overall) to the Browns for the 1st pick in the 2nd round (#33) and a Browns 4th round pick (#108). So the Packers move down four spots to pick up a 4th rounder. The Packers now have 9 picks in the Draft, two in the 4th and two in the 5th.

Packers announcing the signing of veteran G Jahri Evans

The Green Bay Packers needed to replace T.J. Lang at right guard, and they may have done it on Wednesday.

The team announced the signing of veteran Jahri Evans, who was cut by the New Orleans Saints last month.

Evans was a first-team All-Pro for four straight seasons (2009-2012) and a six-time Pro Bowler, most recently in 2014. A fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Evans started 169 games for the Saints over his 11 years in the league.

Green Bay was unable to resign Lang this offseason, and he ended up with the Detroit Lions.

Though the Packers will almost certainly take one or more offensive linemen in the draft this week, Evans will likely be the favorite to win the starting job at right guard when training camp opens in July.

Early games against Seattle and Atlanta highlight Green Bay’s 2017 schedule

We knew who and where the Green Bay Packers would play in 2017, and now we know the when after the NFL released its full regular-season schedule on Thursday.

Things get underway for the Packers on Sept. 10 against Seattle at Lambeau Field, a game that will mark the return of running back Eddie Lacy, who signed with the Seahawks this offseason. That’s followed by a trip to Atlanta for Sunday Night Football and a rematch of the NFC title game as the Falcons open their new stadium.

Overall, Green Bay will play five of their first eight games at home, including visits from Cincinnati on Sept. 24, a Thursday night tilt with Chicago on Sept. 28 and then the New Orleans Saints come to town on Oct. 22.

Coach Mike McCarthy’s team will finish the season playing four of their final six games on the road, including the season finale in Detroit on New Year’s Eve.

The Packers have five primetime games, including their game at Pittsburgh on Nov. 26, the first time they’ve visited the Steelers since 2009.

Here’s the full schedule:

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Clay Matthews wants T.J. Watt in a Packers uniform

GREEN BAY | It’s not often NFL veterans mention specific players they want their teams to draft. But Clay Matthews doesn’t mind letting everyone know that he wants to see former Wisconsin Badger T.J. Watt in a Packers uniform this season.

“I know mock draft boards have him potentially coming here which would be great!” said Matthews on Tuesday afternoon inside Lambeau Field.

The Packers started their offseason workout program in Green Bay on Tuesday. Matthews, who is beginning his 9th NFL season all with the Packers, said “it would be great if (T.J.) is even half the player his brother was.”  Matthews referring to NFL star and former Badger J.J. Watt.

Matthews knows a little something about following in the footsteps of former NFL greats. His father, Clay Matthews Jr., was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Cleveland Browns. Matthews admits it will be tough for T.J. to follow in his brother’s footsteps. “I’m sure there’s pressure on him but if he’s anything like his brother he’ll have a drive and work ethic that can’t be matched.”

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia. Matthews was drafted in round one of the 2009 Draft by the Packers with the 26th overall pick. He says his mom didn’t know he was a Packer until an hour or so after he was selected. “My mom actually thought it was the Patriots who drafted me so for about an hour and a half she thought I was going to New England,” said Matthews. “She was disappointed to find out I was going to Green Bay. But I think she’s come around.”

New England originally had the 26th overall pick in 2009. The Packers made a trade with the Patriots to acquire Matthews.

 

Packers re-sign exclusive rights free agents Allison, Ringo

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers re-signed exclusive rights free agents Geronimo Allison and Christian Ringo, it was reported Friday evening.

Allison played admirably in the final two games of the 2016 season, hauling in eight passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Ringo was waived by the team in September 2015 to be stashed on the practice squad. He appeared in eight games in 2016, logging two tackles and a forced fumble.

Both players will make an estimated $540,000 salary for the 2017 season, according to Spotrac.

Packers release cornerback Makinton Dorleant

About two weeks after being arrested outside a bar in Iowa, cornerback Makinton Dorleant has been waived by the Green Bay Packers.

The team made the move on Monday, releasing the former undrafted free agent with a failed physical designation.

Dorleant played in four games last season for Green Bay before injuring his knee in the Week 17 win over Detroit.

The 24-year-old was arrested in the early morning hours of March 26 in Cedar Falls, Iowa after a disturbance at a bar, and later cited for interference. Former teammate and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall was also cited in the incident.

Dorleant spent the first half of last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.