Aaron Rodgers Not a Fan of the New PAT Rule in the NFL

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Count NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers among those who don’t like the new extra-point rule in the NFL, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

“I think it goes against the league stance on player safety,” Rodgers said Tuesday.

Rodgers doesn’t deny that it could make the game more exciting, both strategically if more coaches opt to go for two and also because the ball is now live.

“It’s now become a very important play, especially in the winter time in Green Bay, when no field goal is guaranteed,” Rodgers said. “And it doesn’t go for just Green Bay. Any place that is cold or has rain or inclement weather, it’s going to be an interesting decision. Do you go for the two-pointer from the 2 or do you go for a 33-yard field goal?

“And with that, the play’s not dead anymore. If there’s an interception or a fumble, you can return it. So I think you’re bringing some player-safety issues involved into that play. It could make it more exciting, but I still like the one-pointer from where it was at.”

Packers one of the Few Teams Where the QB is Their Best Player

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Everyone knows that the quarterback is almost always the most important player on the team, and as far as the Packers go, their quarterback is by far and away their most important, this determined by NFL.com – who talked about teams where the QB is the most important player on the team.

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers

Second-best player: Jordy Nelson, WR

Unlike most of the other teams here, the Packers have an outstanding roster filled with exceptionally talented players, like Nelson and fellow receiver Randall Cobb, running back Eddie Lacy and linebacker Clay Matthews. Rodgers is just that good. The quarterback simply is Green Bay’s offense; as productive as Nelson and company are, they wouldn’t be as effective on a team with a lesser quarterback. To go through an entire season with just five interceptions and none at home, as Rodgers did in 2014, is almost totally unbelievable. He’s also the only quarterback in history to have notched three seasons with 500-plus pass attempts and seven interceptions or less. The 31-year-old Rodgers is like a fine wine — he gets better with age.

Packers Have Four Players Fail Physicals; Nelson and Hayward Ready for Camp

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The Packers released names today of four players that flunked their physicals and won’t be at the opening of training camp on Thursday.

Outside linebacker Mike Neal, rookie running back John Crockett and wide receiver Ricky Collins will all open camp on the active PUP list. Rookie CB Quinten Rollins who was the team’s second-round pick, was listed on the non-football injury list.

There was good news, as Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hip), cornerback Casey Hayward (foot) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder) were not on the injury list, this after they all missed the team’s offseason OTA’s and minicamp with injuries.

Packers Show Off New Alternate Jerseys for the 2015 Season

The Packers have new throwbacks today, as they let the cat out of the bag at their new shareholders meeting.

Here’s the look of the new jerseys, which look very much like the Packers wore in 1994. Those 1994 jerseys (the NFL’s 75th anniversary) were a throwback to uniforms the Packers wore in the 1940s.

The new jersey—still navy blue and gold—features much larger numbers.

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Report Claims Packers DL Letroy Guion To Face Three Game Suspension

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Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion has reportedly been suspended for the first three games of the regular season due to an offseason drug-related arrest but is planning to appeal according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

According to a source, Guion was notified of the three-game ban this week and his agent and lawyers immediately began preparing their appeal. The NFL does not announce suspensions until the appeal process has been completed. The Packers have been bracing for a possible suspension ever since Guion was arrested in February for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm but had hoped for only a game or two after Guion paid a $5000 fine in a plea deal to avoid prosecution.

The Packers re-signed Guion to a one-year, $2.75 million contract shortly after the case was settled in March. If Guion’s suspension is not reduced, he will lose nearly a half-million dollars off that deal. He would lose three game checks totaling $264,706. He also has a roster bonus for $71,875 for each game he plays in, meaning he would lose another $215,625. Guion is a projected starter at one of the two defensive end positions in Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.

If Guion’s suspension holds up, the Packers will be without two defensive linemen to start the season. Earlier this month, defensive end Datone Jones was suspended for the regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Packers History? SI Makes Their Selection

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Packers included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former OL Tony Mandarich, a former first-round pick who never panned out.

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”Mandarich was all a facade,” former Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton said in 1992. ”The Packers got the prize, unwrapped it and saw that he wasn’t the same—physically and emotionally—as what they had seen in college. He’s pathetic.”

That was three years after Mandarich welcomed a level of hype seen by no other offensive line draft prospect before or since. While his Michigan State coaches were saying Mandarich was perhaps the best blocker the game had yet seen, opposing players and coaches were sniping about his alleged steroid use. The All-American could have proven the detractors wrong when the Packers took him with the No. 2 pick in the 1989 draft, but in the end Mandarich was a story more than he was a player—a jacked-up muscle freak who loved to pump iron to Guns ‘N’ Roses, but tended to wilt when facing the NFL’s best pass-rushers. He didn’t have the strength and footwork for the next level, and he was indeed juiced up, which he admitted in 2008. After the Packers cut him in 1992, he spent time in rehab and finished his NFL career in a credible fashion with the Colts from 1996–98. A journeyman at best, Mandarich is perhaps the league’s most prominent cautionary tale when it comes to pre-draft hype.

Packers QB Rodgers Gets Top Billing as Best QB in New Madden 16 Game

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The Madden video game franchise over the years has not just been a video game for some, but a lifestyle. With training camps opening here in the not to distant future, everyone is starting to look over the games rankings for its August release.

The company released their Top 5 QB rankings, and Aaron Rodgers has been declared as the best QB in the game.

Here’s what’s said about Rodgers.

AARON RODGERS (99 OVR)
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6’2, 225 POUNDS

The NFL MVP is excellent at many things. Between his 95 Throw Power, 98 Play Action, and 88 Throw on the Run, Rodgers can beat you in or out of the pocket. He’s awfully accurate, too. His 80 TAD is tops in the league, and he also boasts 94 TAS/92 TAM.

Packers with Interest in Former Colts WR Reggie Wayne?

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The Colts elected not to bring wide receiver Reggie Wayne but Wayne said he is not retiring.

Wayne told Mike Wells of ESPN.com that teams have been calling him and he plans to play this season.

Dave Furst of RTV6 in Indianapolis reports that the Patriots, Ravens, Texans and Packers are showing interest in Wayne. The Broncos have backed off.