Packers ratings in Madden NFL 20 released

On Monday morning, EA Sports released the initial ratings for Madden NFL 20. Many Green Bay Packers’ fans will be happy to see some well-deserved ratings, but one is a head-scratcher.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari leads the way for the Green and Gold with an overall rating of 97. It’s the highest rating for any offensive lineman in the game.

Wide receiver Davante Adams ranks second on the team with an overall rating of 92. He ranks ninth among the league’s wide receivers.

Following Bakhtiari and Adams, the Packers have a pair of players tied for third with a 90 overall rating | defensive tackle Kenny Clark and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers was rated 99 in last year’s Madden. After a sub-par, for his standards, 2018 it’s not surprising EA Sports would decrease his rating, but this may be too much. No quarterback received a 99 rating in Madden 20. Patrick Mahomes is the highest rated signal caller with a rating of 97. Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are also rated higher than Rodgers.

As for Clark, he is the fifth-highest-ranked defensive tackle in the game and is 10th among all defensive lineman.

Check out the ratings for the entire Packers roster here.

Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling training with Randy Moss

Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is working out with a former enemy of the team. Randy Moss used to burn the Packers when he played for the Minnesota Vikings, but he could help Green Bay this season.

Valdes-Scantling said he’s been training every week this offseason with Moss.

“We train Monday through Thursdays,” Valdes-Scantling said during an appearance on NFL Network. “He’s teaching me the game. He’s a 14-year [veteran], Hall of Famer. Couldn’t ask for a better mentor to go out and teach you how to be a great wide receiver.”

Aaron Rodgers is looking for another option other than Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams and Valdes-Scantling is set up to step into that role.

Brett Favre on that Instagram post: ‘I was hacked’

VERONA, Wis. — Brett Favre was not amused by someone hacking his Instagram account last week.

Speaking prior to play in the celebrity foursome at the American Family Insurance Championship, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback confirmed that a post last week declaring he was returning to the NFL in 2020 did not come from him.

“I got hacked, absolutely,” Favre said Saturday. “Somebody obviously doesn’t have a lot to do. The last thing I want to do is stir the pot. That’s the last thing I want to do is come back and play. No offense, it was fun then.”

Favre paused and then added, “I’m not coming back.”

The post came last week and was deleted within 40 minutes or so. No one took it seriously, though you might be able to excuse someone if they did. Favre said he was done playing three different times — following the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons — only to end up playing another year. This would have been different though. He’ll turn 50 in October and hasn’t played in a game since 2010.

That’s not to say he’s not in good enough shape to do it.

“I saw him, I think, just like two weeks ago and I remarked about how he looked like he could still play,” Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt joked Friday. “I didn’t think he was going to take it seriously.”

Packers waive recently acquired TE

That was quick.

New Green Bay Packers tight end Michael Roberts is no longer a member of the team.

Days after claiming him on waivers from Detroit, the club has reportedly released him after he failed his physical. It’s the same thing that negated a trade from the Lions to New England last week. When that happened, Detroit cut him outright.

Roberts played in 23 games over the past two years for the Lions. He caught 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

His departure leaves the Packers with six tight ends on their roster.

Brett Favre is coming out of retirement…or not

The internet can be a glorious place sometimes and that was the case Tuesday afternoon thanks to Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

Days before the former Green Bay Packers star was due in Wisconsin to be a part of the celebrity foursome at the American Family Insurance Championship, his verified Instagram account made some news (or not). A post with the following message appeared:

“A true champion sticks to his or her calling. I will be coming out of retirement and making my return to play in the NFL for the 2020 season. Stay tuned for more #news!”

The post was accompanied by a picture of Favre on the stage with FOX’s Terry Bradshaw after winning Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.

No one was quite sure what to make of the post. Was it joke? Did Favre get hacked? Certainly he couldn’t be serious about coming out of retirement 10 years after playing his final game in 2010, right? Well, we don’t know exactly what happened but someone deleted the post after about 35 or 40 minutes. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear a single outlet took the post seriously and turned it into something it wasn’t.

For what it’s worth, Favre turns 50 in October.

Packers claim TE Michael Roberts off waivers

The Green Bay Packers claimed Tight End Michael Roberts off waivers from the Detroit Lions on Monday. The Lions tried to trade Roberts to the Patriots, but the deal was rescinded last Friday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Roberts didn’t pass his physical with the Patriots.

The Lions drafted Roberts in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Roberts will join a depth chart of six TEs in Green Bay led by veterans Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis. The Packers’ third-round 2019 draft pick, Jace Sternberger is also in the mix. Robert Tonyan and recently claimed Pharoah McKever will all be competing for a spot on the roster.

In 23 games over the past two years, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Roberts has caught 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

Packers release RB Kapri Bibbs

The Green Bay Packers have one fewer running back than they did yesterday.

The club announced Friday afternoon it had released Kapri Bibbs.

The 26-year-old signed with the Packers in the middle of last season after being let go by Washington. He played in two games for Green Bay, rushing one time for 2 yards and catching three passes for 13 yards.

Prior to joining the Packers, Bibbs spent three years with Denver and then played in 13 games over two years with the Redskins.

Bibbs went through the Packers entire offseason training program, including the mandatory minicamp that concluded on Thursday.

His departure leaves the Packers with four tailbacks on their roster: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams and Tra Carson.

Safety Josh Jones reports for Packers minicamp, doesn’t practice

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers don’t appear ready to give in just yet to safety Josh Jones on his reported wish to be traded.

Speaking after the first day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday, general manager Brian Gutekunst said they’d been in constant communication with Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, this offseason but won’t move just to quench the former second-round pick’s thirst for a new start.

“I think it’s more about what our team desire is, and right now we’re kind of working through that,” Gutekunst said. “But he’s a very talented player. He’s shown that on the field at times. We’ll go along and see where it goes.”

A report by ESPN of Jones wanting out of Green Bay surfaced at the start of the Packers’ OTA practices in early May. He ended up being the only player not to attend at least one of the three sessions open to the media.

“I have a trainer in Florida that I like to workout with,” Jones said of his reasoning for staying away. “I also had a daughter that was born not too long ago, so I’m just being a family man, being a father to my kids.”

Jones was there on Tuesday, though he didn’t practice. He was held out with what he and the Packers were calling a hamstring injury. Reporters peppered him with questions in the locker room afterwards, including whether he wanted to be traded and whether he had any interest in still being a part of the Packers.

“I’m here, so obviously I’m a part of this team, correct? I had my jersey on today at practice,” Jones said. “Obviously, I’m dealing with a hamstring injury, so I wasn’t able to practice. That’s why I wasn’t out there. But I’m here at mandatory minicamp, I’m just not able to practice.”

The Packers have undergone a dramatic transformation in their secondary since Jones was drafted in 2017. Since Gutekunst took over as GM in January 2018, he’s jettisoned nearly everyone but Jones. The list includes Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Damarious Randall, Kentrell Brice, Morgan Burnett, Davon House, Quinten Rollins and Jermaine Whitehead. They’ve been replaced through free agency (Tramon Williams, Adrian Amos) and the draft (Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, Darnell Savage).

Most believe the additions of Amos and Savage this offseason were the biggest issues for Jones, but he denied that.

“Not at all,” Jones said. “You got to look at it. Our defense underperformed the past two years. All of the moves that [Gutekunst] made, he made to help this team.”

It’s unclear if Jones will still be a part of the team come training camp, but if he is, he said he’ll be on the field practicing.

“Why wouldn’t I?” Jones said.

Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers has signature animation in ‘Madden NFL 20’

If you’re a fan of football and video games, you’ve probably played Madden. Each year, Madden adds something different to their franchise. From the ‘Truck Stick’ to ‘QB Vision’ to the “Hit Stick” | They’ve had a lot of creative ideas. For ‘Madden 20’ it’s all about the signature animation for superstar players.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the list of course. According to a recently released gameplay reveal from EA Sports, his signature animation will be throwing on the run | an expert at doing that.

Other players that have signature animations include Patrick Mahomes, Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees.

Rodgers didn’t seem like himself, especially outside the pocket, last season. But, he’s still one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL. Now, he returns healthy and with a new offensive-minded head coach in Matt LaFleur. We could see a lot of Rodgers on the run | In the game and in real life.

Packers to play preseason game in Canada

The Green Bay Packers will play their first international game in more than two decades this preseason.

It was announced Wednesday that the Packers will meet the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada as part of the third week of the NFL preseason schedule. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. CT.

“We are thrilled to welcome both the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers to IG Field this summer,” said Wade Miller, the President and CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “We look forward to NFL and CFL fans alike joining us this August for this special sporting event at IG Field as we showcase our great stadium and the city’s passion for the sport of football.”

The game will mark the first time the Packers have played outside of the United States since the 1998 preseason when they played the Kansas City Chiefs in Tokyo. The previous year they went to Toronto in the preseason to play the Buffalo Bills.

The game will be played at Investors Group Field, a stadium on the campus of the University of Manitoba that opened in 2013. It will serve as a Raiders home game.