Aaron Rodgers responds to Greg Jennings’ criticism of Mike McCarthy

Aaron Rodgers has Mike McCarthy’s back.

Days after former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings blamed McCarthy for not having a killer instinct and intimated he was at fault for what has ailed the team, the quarterback came to his head coach’s defense in an interview with WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.

“I think it’s important that when you’re thinking about comments coming from outside the facility, especially by people who haven’t been around the facility in a number of years, you’ve got to take that with a grain of salt,” the two-time NFL MVP said.

“We’re concerned with the opinions of our players and our coaching staff and our organization.”

Jennings, who has criticized Rodgers several times since leaving the team after the 2012 season, said the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick have the right mentality.

“I’m just going to flat-out say it: If we had a lead, our issue wasn’t the defense — our issue was Mike McCarthy,” Jennings said on FS1’s ‘Undisputed.’ “[McCarthy] would cuff us.

“When you watch New England play, when they have a lead, they go for your throat. They don’t relax.”

Rodgers, who claimed to not have heard Jennings’ comments, said his position on McCarthy has been pretty clear.

“He’s our leader and we follow his lead. We love Mike,” Rodgers said. “We believe in him, and he believes in us. So we’ve got his back.”

Packers WR Geronimo Allison suspended for first game of regular season

GREEN BAY | One week before players report to training camp, this is not the news Coach McCarthy and the Packers wanted. Receiver Geronimo Allison has been suspended for the first game of the regular season without pay for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The suspension likely stems back to the marijuana possession charges Allison faced in December after being pulled over for speeding on Interstate 43 near Francis Creek. He reached a settlement with prosecutors to pay $330.50 with community service requirements. The charge was amended to an ordinance violation.

The Packers open their season Sept. 10 against the Seattle Seahawks. Allison is allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games. He can return to the active roster Sept. 11.

Allison was a pleasant surprise on the field last season. He went undrafted out of Illinois, was promoted to the active roster in October, and had a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in his first game. He finished with 12 catches for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 10 games.

Allison also led the Packers with 91 yards and a touchdown on four catches when they clinched an NFC North title in their finale at Detroit. In the playoffs, Allison caught five passes for 65 yards.

The Packers report to training camp next Wednesday. Their first practice is July 27th at 8:15 on Ray Nitschke field.

 

Aaron Rodgers wins Best NFL player at the ESPYs, Packers take home three awards overall

The Green Bay Packers cleaned up at the 25th annual ESPYs on Wednesday night.

The team took home three awards, including a pair for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Before the show, Rodgers was named ‘Best NFL Player,’ the fourth time he’s earned that honor — the most of any player in the show’s history.

He beat out the likes of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and regular season MVP Matt Ryan after throwing for 4,428 yards and a league-high 40 touchdowns as the Packers won eight straight games before losing in the NFC title game.

Then during the show, the 33-year-old’s throw to tight end Jared Cook against Dallas in the playoffs was named ‘Best Play.’ It was the second consecutive year that the Packers won the award, with Rodgers’ game-winning ’Hail Mary’ to tight end Richard Rodgers against Detroit in 2015 winning last summer.

Finally, wide receiver Jordy Nelson won ‘Best Comeback Athlete’ after he returned from a knee injury that cost him the entire 2015 season to lead the NFL with 14 touchdowns in 2016. He’s the first Green Bay player to win that award.

Former Packers TE Mitchell Henry dies of leukemia

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Mitchell Henry has lost his battle with leukemia.

The family of the 24-year-old announced Friday morning that he had passed away.

Henry signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and made it to the final cutdown before being released by the Packers. He caught on with the Broncos and played two games for them but was soon released and ended back in Green Bay on the practice squad. Injuries in the summer of 2016 led to the team putting him on injured reserve and eventually releasing him again. Henry spent three days with the Baltimore Ravens in November of 2016 before they let him go.

It was after that, according to ESPN, that his leukemia was discovered. Henry had complained of shoulder pain, and when he went to the hospital, doctors found a tumor in his chest. He began treatment immediately.

Henry played his college football at Western Kentucky where he caught 78 passes for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Guion’s plea before his June arrest: ‘Please sir, it’s my birthday.’

The details of Letroy Guion’s arrest on suspicion of drunk driving were revealed Thursday a little more than a week since the story broke about the Green Bay Packers defensive lineman.

According to the police report obtained by the Associated Press, Guion smelled of alcohol and marijuana when he was pulled over in Hawaii in the early morning hours of June 21. He reportedly stumbled when trying to walk and his speech was slurred. Guion’s blood alcohol level of .086 percent was just slightly higher than the legal limit of .08.

The incident occurred on Guion’s 30th birthday, something he tried to use to get out of the arrest, saying to police, “Please sir, it’s my birthday. I can have someone else drive.”

Police pulled Guion over because he was drifting between lanes. According to the records, Guion told the officer that arrested him that he had been drinking Hennessy all night and that he doesn’t drink any of “that weak stuff.”

The Packers only comment on the arrest has been that they are aware of it but would offer nothing further as it is an ongoing legal matter.

Guion was arrested back in 2015 on drug and gun charges in Florida and was suspended for three games that season as a result. The nose guard is already slated to miss the first four games of the 2017 season after violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Former Packers RB Ahman Green charged with child abuse

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green was charged Monday with felony child abuse after his 15-year old daughter told police he punched her in the face. Green, 40, was also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late Sunday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview.

(Photo: Courtesy of Brown Country Jail)

 

According to the criminal complaint, Green’s daughter told police that he struck her in the face in a dispute over getting her to do the dishes. She also said he threw her to the ground and against kitchen cabinets.

A court commissioner ordered Green’s release Monday on a $2,500 signature bond after ordering him to have no contact with his daughter or others who may have witnessed the incident.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Green’s next court appearance was set for July 11.

Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team’s all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Green starred at Nebraska, then spent the first two seasons of his 12-year NFL career in Seattle. He played for Houston in 2007-08, but spent most of his career in Green Bay, his last season coming in 2009.

Aaron Rodgers among the betting favorites to win the MVP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers already has two Most Valuable Player awards, and he’s among the favorites to earn a third in 2017.

According to Bovada LV Sportsbook, the 33-year-old has the second-best odds behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to take home the award. Rodgers is 7/1, while Brady sits at 4/1. There are five more players behind them before someone that doesn’t play quarterback – Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott – makes an appearance at 20/1.

There are two defensive players named, including former Wisconsin star and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who is listed at 66/1.

Few players were as hot as Rodgers was to end 2016. He was the driving force behind a six-game winning streak to earn a playoff spot for a eighth straight year and led Green Bay to the NFC title game for a third time since 2010. For the season, Rodgers finished with an NFL-high 40 touchdowns and his passer rating of 104.2 was fourth-best in the league.

Rodgers earned his first MVP award in 2011 and picked up his second in 2014. Only Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning have won the MVP three or more times in league history.

Letroy Guion arrested.. again

Last week Packers coach Mike McCarthy warned his players to stay out of trouble during their time before training camp. One player, who has been in and out of trouble, apparently did not listen.  Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion has been arrested again.

Already facing a four-game suspension to start the 2017 season for violating the league’s PED policy, Guion could now face personal conduct penalties after a being arrested for drunk driving in Hawaii.

According to Sam Spangler of KHON, Guion was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was pulled over in Waikiki around 4 a.m., and later failed a breathalyzer test.

The 30-year-old Guion was also arrested in 2015 on marijuana and handgun charges, when he was stopped in Florida with $190,028.81 in cash in his truck.

Last week, during Packers mini-camps, coach McCarthy talked about how he hoped his players would stay safe and out of trouble.

“You always worry about them,” said McCarthy. “So knock on wood. I don’t worry a whole lot once you get past the 4th of July.”

Packers release training camp schedule

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced their 2017 training camp schedule on Monday, with practices beginning on Jul. 27.

Practices (all at 8:15 a.m. CT)
Thursday, Jul. 27
Friday, Jul. 28
Saturday, Jul. 29
Sunday, Jul. 31
Monday, Aug. 1

The Packers will hold two night practices at 6:15 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4. The annual Family Night practice will take place at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Open Practices
Tuesday, Aug. 15 (12:15 p.m. CT)
Wednesday, Aug. 16 (11:45 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, Aug. 22 (12:15 p.m. CT)
Wednesday, Aug. 23 (11:45 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 (11:45 a.m. CT)

Lacy earns additional $55,000 after meeting Seahawks weight incentive

SEATTLE — Former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy weighed as much as 267 pounds, and after signing with the Seattle Seahawks, he’s met his latest benchmark.

Lacy’s one-year deal with the Seahawks included $385,000 worth of incentives for dropping some of that weight. Monday, he met his second of seven weigh-ins,  worth $55,000 each. He had to weigh less than 250 pounds to meet Monday’s requirement. His next weigh-in will reportedly happen in August.

The former Rookie of the Year struggled with weight issues during his final two seasons in Green Bay, but nagging ankle injuries likely contributed to his weigh gain. Prior to the 2016 season, Lacy worked with P90X creator Tony Horton to get back in shape.

Lacy missed 11 games in 2016 due to weight and injuries. Seattle has alternatives if Lacy can’t stay healthy, with a backfield of Thomas Rawls. Alex Collins, Mike Davis, CJ Prosise, and others.