Monday, September 2, 2013
Starter Pack: Labor Day edition
By Rob Demovsky
A daily roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
The NFL stops for no holiday -- well, at least not this one -- and the Packers will hit the practice on Monday to begin preparations for Sunday’s regular-season opener at San Francisco.
Before we look forward, let’s look back at some of the major developments over the last few days.
In putting together the 53-man roster, general manager Ted Thompson assembled the fifth-youngest team in the NFL and stuck to his principle of keeping players that have come through the system. A summary of that can be found here.
One other housekeeping item: I noted on Twitter Sunday evening that the Packers worked out five players earlier that day. They were: guard Chandler Burden of Kentucky, guard Bryan Collins of SMU, receiver Sam McGuffie of Rice, running back Joe McKnight of USC and quarterback Scott Tolzien of Wisconsin.
- The rest of our coverage here at ESPN.com included Thompson taking the blame for the Packers’ inability to get quarterback Vince Young settled into the backup job. Said Thompson: “We threw a lot on his plate, and the fault is probably mine. I probably should have had him in here earlier.” Also, our panel of experts, which for some reason includes yours truly, predicted where the Packers will finish in the NFC North.
- In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, columnist Mike Vandermause doesn’t think backup quarterback B.J. Coleman is ready for the job, and Weston Hodkiewicz offered an early look at the practice squad, which hasn’t been announced yet.
- In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne looked at the career and longevity of linebacker A.J. Hawk, who is entering his eighth season with the Packers.
- At ESPNMilwaukee.com, Jason Wilde wrote about the five players cut by the Packers who were claimed off waivers by other teams.
- On the team’s official website, the first depth chart of the regular season has been posted.