Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘fixes’ Sam Dekker’s sink

We now have the story behind the picture former Wisconsin basketball star Sam Dekker put out on social media that showed Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fixing his sink.

Four days after Dekker posted the image with a caption that read, “Quarterback by day, mechanic by night. Thanks for fixing our sink @AaronRodgers12,” Rodgers spoke to Wisconsin reporters in advance of Sunday’s season opener against Seattle and said it wasn’t much of a fix.

“He was having some sink issues and asked for my help. He’s 23 years old. I know he’s engaged and taking that next step to being an adult, but he’s not quite there yet.

“I went under the sink. What the [Youtube] tutorial taught me was to test the switch first and what kind of rumble you hear – or lack of rumble – tells you what’s going on with the garbage disposal. So, I flipped the switch, nothing happened. So it means two things. One, it’s completely broken and needs to be changed out. Or, two, it’s not plugged in – it wasn’t plugged in.

“So, that’s the picture. Me holding the plug as I called him from the other room and said, ‘Hey, idiot, it wasn’t plugged in.’

“He’s learning.”

LISTEN: Aaron Rodgers tells the story of how he ‘fixed’ Sam Dekker’s sink

Green Bay bolsters its defensive line with the signing of Quinton Dial

Another cast off from the San Francisco 49ers has landed in Green Bay.

Two days after announcing they had signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, the Packers have agreed to a deal with defensive lineman Quinton Dial, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Dial was released by the 49ers on Saturday as teams around the league trimmed their rosters to 53 players.

The 27-year-old signed a contract extension with San Francisco before the 2016 season, but with a new coaching staff and a scheme change on defense, he became expendable. Green Bay was more than happy to pounce on the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Dial, a fifth-round pick in 2013, who had 78 tackles and 4.5 sacks during his time with the 49ers.

To make room for Dial on their roster, the Packers released defensive lineman Christian Ringo, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press Gazette. A sixth-round pick in 2015, Ringo had two tackles and one forced fumble last season.

The signing adds another veteran free agent to the locker room, something that had been a rarity for Green Bay. Dial joins Brooks, tight ends Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett, defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois, cornerback Davon House and guard Jahri Evans as guys that played elsewhere before coming to the Packers.

Dial played his college football at Alabama, where he was teammates with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay’s Pro Bowl safety.

Packers: G Lane Taylor earns contract extension

From undrafted free agent to long-term contract extension. That’s the path that Green Bay Packers guard Lane Taylor started in 2013 and completed on Monday when the team announced it had extended the contract of the second-year starter.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal is a three-year extension worth $16.5 million. His signing bonus was $5 million and will make $7.8 million in 2017.

Taylor, an Oklahoma State product, joined the team in 2013 after not being drafted. He was a backup for his first three years, and it appeared he would hold that same role in 2016. But when the team announced its cuts prior to the first game of the season, the Packers shockingly parted ways with Pro Bowl guard Josh Sutton, which thrust Taylor into the starting gig at left guard. The move paid off handsomely for Green Bay and Taylor, who went on to start all 16 games.

“I’m glad to stay here for the next four years,” Taylor told reporters on Monday. “Great feeling, great accomplishment and a dream come true. [I] couldn’t be more excited to be here.”

The 27-year-old would have been one of 14 unrestricted free agents the Packers would have had to deal with after the season. His signing leaves the likes of center Corey Linsley, wide receiver Davante Adams and safety Morgan Burnett as potential priorities in terms of new contracts moving forward.

Packers announce roster moves, finalize practice squad

The roster an NFL team has at 3 p.m. on cutdown day is rarely the same one it will have when it plays its first game. And that includes the Green Bay Packers.

About 24 hours after announcing their cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit, the Packers issued another press release Sunday afternoon that saw additional shake up for a team getting ready to open the season against the Seattle Seahawks next weekend.

The most notable moves included the already reported signing of outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and claiming outside linebacker Chris Odom off of waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.

Brooks reportedly signed a 1-year deal worth up to $5 million. He’s entering his 11th year in the NFL after spending the last eight with the San Francisco 49ers.

Odom, an undrafted free agent from Arkansas State, had very good preseason and was a surprise cut by the Falcons. He had 12.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in college in 2016.

To make room for those two, the team traded outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott to the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick and placed offensive lineman Don Barclay on injured reserve.

The team also announced its practice squad. All 10 players were with the team during training camp.

G Kofi Amichia
CB Donatello Brown
QB Joe Callahan
WR Michael Clark
LB Reggie Gilbert
DT Izaah Lunsford
LB Derrick Matthews
OL Adam Pankey
S Jermaine Whitehead
WR DeAngelo Yancey

Packers finalize their 53-man roster

As they have most years, the Green Bay Packers will reportedly carry just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the team had parted ways with Joe Callahan and rookie Taysom Hill as they made moves to get down to the roster limit.

The move is a bit of a risk, especially with Hill. An undrafted free agent from BYU, Hill had a great preseason. He went 14 of 20 for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also running for 71 yards and another score. Green Bay hopes to get Hill on its practice squad, but he’ll have to clear waivers first.

The team has also reportedly parted ways with a pair of its 2017 draft picks, with the Green Bay Press Gazette’s Ryan Wood reporting that wide receivers Malachi Dupre (seventh round) and DeAngelo Yancey (fifth round) had been cut.

Here’s the roster and moves made by the team via Packers.com.

QB (2): 12 A. Rodgers, 7 B. Hundley
Released: 6 J. Callahan, 8. T. Hill

RB (4): 88 T. Montgomery, 30 J. Williams, 33 A. Jones, 32 D. Mays
Released: 34 K. Phillips

FB (1): 22 A. Ripkowski
Injured reserve: 40 J. Kerridge

WR (5): 87 J. Nelson, 17 D. Adams, 18 R. Cobb, 83 J. Janis, 11 T. Davis
Reserve/suspended: 81 G. Allison
Released: 89 M. Clark, 13 M. McCaffrey, 19 M. Dupre, 16 D. Yancey, 9 M. Crockett

TE (3): 80 M. Bennett, 84 L. Kendricks, 82 R. Rodgers
Released: 86 A. Peck, 49 E. Byrd

OL (10): 63 C. Linsley, 65 L. Taylor, 73 J. Evans, 69 D. Bakhtiari, 75 B. Bulaga, 67 D. Barclay, 68 K. Murphy, 78 J. Spriggs, 62 L. Patrick, 64 J. McCray
Released: 60 T. Evans, 74 G. Gray, 77 A. Pankey, 79 K. Amichia, 70 R. Leff

DL (6): 76 M. Daniels, 94 D. Lowry, 97 K. Clark, 95 R. Jean Francois, 99 C. Ringo, 90 M. Adams
Released: 96 B. Price, 71 I. Lunsford, 72 C. Heurtelou

LB (7): 52 C. Matthews, 53 N. Perry, 47 J. Ryan, 50 B. Martinez, 48 J. Thomas, 51 K. Fackrell, 91 J. Elliott
Physically unable to perform: 45 V. Biegel
Injured reserve: 57 D. Talley

Released: 56 J. Calvin, 55 C. Heiman, 49 D. Mathews, 93 R. Gilbert, 58 J. Tripp, 59 J. Letuligasenoa

CB (7): 31 D. House, 23 D. Randall, 24 Q. Rollins, 20 K. King, 28 J. Hawkins, 36 L. Gunter, 41 L. Pipkins
Physically unable to perform: 39 D. Goodson
Released: 38 D. Holmes, 46 R. Pringle, 44 D. Brown

S (5): 21 H. Clinton-Dix, 42 M. Burnett, 27 J. Jones, 29 K. Brice, 25 M. Evans
Released: 37 A. Taylor, 35 J. Whitehead

Spec (3): 2 M. Crosby, 5 J. Vogel, 61 B. Goode

Packers beat Los Angeles 24-10 in preseason finale

Brett Hundley threw one touchdown and ran for another as the Green Bay Packers finished up the preseason with a 24-10 win against the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night.

Starting for Aaron Rodgers, Hundley played the entire first half, finishing 11 of 21 for 99 yards and the one score. For the preseason, the third-year quarterback threw for 482 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while also rushing for two more scores.

“I thought he did some good things, made plays,” coach Mike McCarthy said afterwards. “It’s exactly what Brett needed. He needed to play, he needed reps, and we got that done.”

Hundley was replaced by rookie Taysom Hill, who continued to impress. He was 4 of 4 on the night, including a 25-yard touchdown to Aaron Peck, while also rushing for 19 yards. Second-year pro Joe Callahan came in to finish things off.

After not working much on the running game in the first 3 ½ games of the preseason, McCarthy went ground-and-pound in the second half on Thursday. And it resulted in some solid work for the three rookie running backs – Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays. The trio combined for 97 yards, including 48 for Jones.

Twenty-eight players sat out of Thursday’s game, but several members of the starting secondary did suit up and play. Among them was cornerback Davon House. He had missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, but started and played one drive against Los Angeles. The free agent signee said he expects to be good to go for the opener against Seattle on Sept. 10.

“I’m ready,” House said. “I’ll be out there.”

The Packers attention now turns to making roster cuts. They must go from 90 players to 53 by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Packers donate to JJ Watt’s Houston flood relief fund

The Green Bay Packers have announced that they will be donating to J.J. Watt’s Houston flood relief fund.

The team will be donating $100,000 to the organization to aid the city of Houston after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Other professional sports teams and athletes have donated to Watt’s relief fund. Some notable organizations that have donated are the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Atlanta Falcons, the NBA and its players association, and MLB and its players association.

A few of the notable athletes and celebrities that have donated are Chris Paul, Matt Carpenter, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Watt started with the goal of one million dollars, but in less than a week, his foundation has raised over 10 million and counting for the Houston flood relief.

Former Packers WR Greg Jennings says Brett Favre quit on the team in a 2007 game

Greg Jennings is at it again.

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, who has taken shots at quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy in the past, turned his attention to Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre when he was on FS1’s ‘Undisputed’ on Wednesday.

While discussing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s decision to say it didn’t matter who played running back with Ezekiel Elliott’s looming six-game suspension, Jennings referred back to a 2007 game against the Cowboys when Favre got knocked out early, allowing Rodgers a chance to show he could play at a high level. Jennings said, like Prescott, he gave words of encouragement to Rodgers while likely thinking he’d rather have Favre behind center. That’s when he veered off course.

“I’m going to be honest right now. I thought Brett quit on us,” Jennings said of Favre, who injured his elbow in the second quarter. “He [had] told me to shoot up [with painkillers] before. I’m (in my second year) now, so I didn’t say it, I’m thinking, ‘Man, just shoot up. Do something.’”

The 2007 season, which ended up being Favre’s last in Green Bay, came 11 years after he entered a drug rehab facility due to an addiction to pain killers.

As for Jennings, it could be argued that the three men he’s trained his focus on – Rodgers, McCarthy and Favre – were largely responsible for helping him the reach the heights he did.

In seven seasons playing with the Packers, he averaged 61 catches, 933 yards and eight touchdowns per year. In the other three seasons he played – two with Minnesota and one in Miami – Jennings averaged 48 catches, 585 yards and four touchdowns.

Report: Packers sign Ahmad Brooks

The Green Bay Packers have signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the veteran, who was cut by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month, agreed to a 1-year deal worth up to $5 million.

The 33-year-old Brooks should bring more veteran experience to a thin linebacking corps. Starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, along with backup Jayrone Elliott, are dealing with minor injuries, while fourth-round pick Vince Biegel appears likely to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

When asked about Brooks on Tuesday, linebackers coach Winston Moss clearly wanted him in the mix.

“Tough [and] physically imposing. A (pass) rusher. Can play really well against the run. Can play stout versus a tight end. He can do everything that we’d ask him to do in our scheme,” Moss said.

Brooks will be entering his 11th season in the NFL. He played two years with the Cincinnati Bengals and the last eight with the 49ers.

The University of Virginia product hasn’t missed more than three games or had less than five sacks in the last eight seasons. He was also voted All-Pro at OLB in 2012 and 2013 while in San Francisco.

Packers: Would be ‘major challenge’ to get OLB Vince Biegel ready for the season

Vince Biegel hasn’t practiced or played since the Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp in May. And it doesn’t appear as though the former Wisconsin star will get a chance to get on the field anytime soon.

Speaking after Tuesday’s practice, linebackers coach Winston Moss told reporters that getting Biegel ready for the regular season — after he spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list — would not be easy.

“A major challenge,” Moss said of getting Biegel up to speed before hinting that if he did make the 53-man roster any action he might get would be in specialized situations. “We wouldn’t call upon him to do something out of his range, out of his comfort zone [or] something he’s not ready for.”

Biegel played outside linebacker for most of his career at Wisconsin, so it would seem he’d have a easier time catching up than someone just learning the position. But even if he had all the technical aspects of it down, Moss said getting him into game shape would take time.

“We’re going to coach the guys that we have right now,” Moss said. “Vince, even though he wants to get out there — I want him to get out there, you guys want him to get out there — we’ll just take it as it comes.”

If Biegel stays on the PUP past the preseason, the earliest he could return would be after Week 6.

A fourth-round pick in April’s NFL draft, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native was among the few additions to the Packers pass rush in an offseason that saw outside linebackers Julius Peppers and Datone Jones leave in free agency.

On Tuesday, starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, along with reserve Jayrone Elliott, were held out of practice for precautionary reasons as all three dealt with minor ailments.

But the lack of bodies and reliable pieces at the position led the Packers to bring in 33-year-old Ahmad Brooks for a visit on Tuesday. He was most recently with the San Francisco 49ers and it sounded as if Moss wants him in the mix.

“Tough [and] physically imposing. A (pass) rusher. Can play really well against the run. Can play stout versus a tight end. He can do everything that we’d ask him to do in our scheme,” Moss said.