GREEN BAY, Wis. -- By now, you’ve probably noticed that venerable NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert is moving on to bigger and better things within ESPN’s NFL coverage.
That means, among other things, he won’t be compiling the Black and Blue division’s morning roundup of news, which he so aptly called “Black and Blue All Over.” Now that BBAO is no more, colleagues Ben Goessling in Minnesota, Michael C. Wright in Chicago, a player to be named later in Detroit and myself in Green Bay will handle roundups of what has been written about each team.
If there are no objections, legal or otherwise, the plan is to call my portion of this “Starter Pack,” as was suggested by Twitter follower John Jagler.
So here goes the first of many:
My ESPN.com coverage included Sunday's practice report, leading with the return of receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Then there’s the most unusual twist in the kicking competition, and a look at the one important thing that hasn’t changed for Vince Young even though he’s no longer battling the recently-released Graham Harrell for the backup quarterback job.
In my old paper, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty noted that only one other NFL team (Tampa Bay) has three kickers on its roster, and that’s because one of them, Lawrence Tynes, is out because of a staph infection. Weston Hodkiewicz wrote about promising rookie cornerback Micah Hyde and pointed out that no defensive player on the roster has played more snaps this preseason.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Young said he’s not taking for granted that he’s won the backup job, according to Tyler Dunne. And the Packers might have made their kicking decision even more difficult by adding a third kicker, wrote Tom Silverstein.
At ESPNMilwaukee.com, Jason Wilde suggested the Packers may make a few more roster moves before Monday’s practice in advance of Tuesday’s cuts to 75, and also posted that cornerback Tramon Williams remains optimistic he will return from his knee injury in time for the Sept. 8 opener at San Francisco.
And finally, this story from The Wall Street Journal appeared last week, but it shouldn’t go unnoticed because it’s a fun look at all the streets in town named after Packers’ legends while also noting that there’s one problem: “They’re running out of streets.”