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14:35 – Fantasy Focus

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Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Packers Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Packers player on the list was right tackle David Bakhtiari, who comes in with a ranking of 97.

Wide out Davante Adams is second on a team with a ranking of 92, and Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark is at a 90, as is QB Aaron Rodgers.

Check out all the Packers Rankings by clicking HERE.

Packers Report Profits Drop 97.9% in Their Latest Fiscal Year

The Packers reported a profit of just $724,000 in their latest fiscal year, which included their second straight season without a playoff appearance, a large contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and change in head coach from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur, the Associated Press reports.

Green Bay’s profit in the year ending March 31 was down 97.9% from $34.1 million in the year ending March 2018 and more than 99% from the record $75 million in the previous fiscal year.

“From a financial standpoint, it was a unique year for the Packers,” Packers President Mark Murphy said Friday.

Expenses rose from $420.9 million to $477.2 million, boosted by Rodgers’ $134 million, four-year deal and the contracts for several free agents: outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and guard Billy Turner.

“We were a little more aggressive than we’ve been in a number of years,” Murphy said.

While overall revenue increased 5.1% to $477.9 million, local revenue improved by only 2.3%, hurt by consecutive losing seasons that impacted Pro Shop visits and tours of Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame.

“If we can get back to the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl, that always helps,” Murphy said. “We have a policy regarding our season-ticket pricing. We want to be just below the league average. We don’t want everything to be on the backs of our season ticketholders.”

The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is set to expire after the 2020 season and the team has $397 million in its corporate reserve fund.

LaFleur Wants Packers RBs Involved in the Team’s Passing Game

New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur wants to get the team’s running backs more involved in the passing game according to an interview on packers.com.

Green Bay’s backfield finished 24th in total receptions last season, and the unit’s 17 percent target share was well below league average. It sounds like they will rank a bit better in those numbers under the new coaching staff. “I love it when we can give [running backs] the ball in the passing game,” LaFleur said. “That’s one more eligible that the defense really has to focus on.”

The biggest beneficiary of the new emphasis on catching passes out of the backfield will likely be third-year back Aaron Jones. Originally a fifth-round pick out of UTEP in 2017, Jones took a step forward in the passing game in 2018 with 26 receptions for 206 yards in 12 games.

Count Brett Favre as a Fan of Allowing Aaron Rodgers to Call Audibles in 2019

Amid all the talk about how much freedom Aaron Rodgers will have to call audibles with new head coach Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers legend decided to weigh in this weekend according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

As might be expected from another free-wheeling quarterback, former Packers QB Brett Favre clearly sides with Rodgers in the matter.

“Aaron will be fine,” Favre said. “I think that the thing is he needs to remain the same. And I don’t have to give him any advice. You know, he’ll handle it well. The question is, how will they handle it with him. And obviously, that’s very important.

“I mean, there’s more to the team than Aaron but we all have to admit that when he’s playing and playing well, which generally when he’s playing he is playing well, you don’t want to change what’s working. There’s other factors that you have to work on. So I think you let him play his game and not disturb that very much. And it’s going to be interesting to see if that happens.”

Favre won’t be the only one interested to see how it all plays out for Rodgers, LaFleur and the Packers this season.

Video: Relive Aaron Rodgers’ First Start for the Packers in a 2008 Thriller Against the Vikings

It was 2008 Week one as the Packers and Vikings went head to head in a battle of NFC North rivals. The team went just 6-10 that season, but it was the dawning of a new era as Aaron Rodgers began his career as the Pack starting QB.

Opening night he got his first win as a starter, going 18-for-22 for 178 yards with a score as the Packers won the opener 24-19.

Relive the game with the highlights below!

Packers Agree to Terms with Third-Round Tight End Jace Sternberger

With minicamp set to start Tuesday, the Packers took care of business with the final unsigned player from their eight-member 2019 draft class, Ryan Wood of Packers News reports.

Tight end Jace Sternberger, the team’s third-round pick, signed his rookie deal Monday, his agent Mike McCartney tweeted. Sternberger, who played college football at Texas A&M, also tweeted pictures of himself signing the contract.

The Packers had an empty roster spot and a hole in the tight end room with the sudden retirement of undrafted free-agent rookie Davis Koppenhaver. And after hosting a workout of tight ends June 3, the club elected to put in a waiver claim on Pharoah McKever after he was waived Friday by Jacksonville.

The Packers were awarded McKever on Monday.

McKever, 25, is 6-6 and 260 pounds. Originally a quarterback in high school, he played wide receiver and defensive end early in his career at North Carolina State before being moved to tight end in 2016. He caught just one ball – an 82-yard touchdown – for the Wolfpack. McKever continued his collegiate development at Florida International, where he played as a graduate transfer in 2017. He caught 27 passes for 301 yards and three scores for the Panthers before going undrafted in 2018.

McKever signed as an undrafted free agent in Pittsburgh but did not make the final cuts in September. He was briefly on the Cleveland Browns practice squad before moving on to the Jacksonville practice squad. He signed a futures contract with the Jaguars at the end of last season.

Longtime Packers WR Jordy Nelson to Ink One-Day Deal to Retire as a Packer

One of Aaron Rodgers‘ favorite wide outs is coming back to the team – but only for one day.

Pro Football Talk reports that receiver Jordy Nelson will be coming back to the Packers to sign a one-day contract to retire with the green and gold.

Nelson announced his retirement March 27th, two weeks after he was released from Oakland.

There was talk that maybe Rodgers could get Nelson to come back to play for Green Bay, but instead he decided his 11 NFL seasons were enough.

Nelson spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Packers before he was released and ended up playing one season with the Raiders, catching 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns.

For his career, Nelson made 613 catches for 8,587 yards and 72 touchdowns. He earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2014 and Comeback Player of the Year in 2016 and won a Super Bowl XLV ring.

Nelson will turn 34 this offseason.