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Posted on: July 11, 2010 11:38 am

The second career of Al Harris

Al Harris, Packers cornerback, the recipient of 21 career interceptions and two Pro Bowl invitations and … Christian rapper? Apparently so.

Nice read by Greg Bishop in today’s New York Times , profiling Harris and a childhood friend – who also happens to be an ex-convict – as they prepare to embark on a new musical journey.

All these years since the two grew up together in south Florida, they’ve always had at least one common interest.

"All these years, music kept coming up, kept bringing us together," Harris told the newspaper. "It always came back to music, no matter what we did, or where we went."

The story, if you’re interested, actually details the life and times of Kevin Soto moreso than Harris. But if you like stories that could turn from tragedy into redemption – and if you like a little God with your hip-hop – take a few minutes to look at it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:06 pm

Expansion for Lambeau Field?

A few years ago, the Green Bay Packers renovated Lambeau Field. In a few years from now, they could be renovating again. The Business Journal of Milwaukee reports that the Packers are brainstorming around the idea of expanding the NFL’s most historic stadium by some 8,000 seats. The stadium currently seats 72,928.

To add 8,000 seats, the Packers would enclose the south end of the stadium. This would help trap sound and increase crowd noise. Team president Mark Murphy said, “We are looking at a number of options.”

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:11 pm

Not much new with Underwood case

Packers DB Brandon Underwood remains stuck in limbo.

His attorney, Richard Kaiser, told the Associated Press that Underwood is the target of a sexual assault investigation by the Sauk County district attorney’s office, but the prosecutor in the case still hasn’t made it clear whether he’ll charge the second-year player.

Two women told police that Underwood sexually assaulted them earlier this month, but their statements, police have said, contained inconsistencies.

Right now, there doesn’t appear to be a timetable for this issue to be resolved.

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 3:39 pm

Charles Woodson's Interesting Offseason Workouts

There is an article Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how Charles Woodson has turned to boxing as part of his workout regimen. This is nothing unique; a lot of NFL players, including a handful of Woodson’s Packer teammates, have become offseason pugilists lately.

What jumps out in Bedard’s article is this little tidbit:

“Woodson, 33, has never been out of shape. But he admitted that at this time of year he has usually been at least 12 pounds over his playing weight of about 200. Then he uses training camp to get work in and weight down before the season starts.”

Throughout his career, Woodson has always done his own thing during the offseason. He rarely shows up at voluntary workouts and OTA’s. Often, players who stay away – especially veteran players like Fred Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Brian Waters and pretty much anyone who played at the University of Miami – claim they get a better workout on their own than with the team. When they show up at training camp, they’re in top shape.

But Woodson seems to go about things differently. He uses training camp as a time to round into shape. Coaches these days often claim this is an erroneous route to take (training camp is too late to catch up, they say). If offseason workouts are a black or white issue, how could you not side with Woodson? Not only has he had perhaps a Hall of Fame caliber career, he’s also gotten better with age.

Of course, not every player is Charles Woodson. Not every player is responsible enough to stay “near top shape” in the offseason and know how to flip the switch at just the right time. Not every player can skip practices nursing minor injuries during the regular season and still perform on Sundays. But clearly, Woodson is doing something right, and whatever he’s doing is unconventional in today’s NFL.

(P.S. It’d be unfair if we didn’t note that the thesis of Bedard’s article is that Woodson, for the first time, is in tip-top shape already, thanks to the boxing.)

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:14 pm

Good vibes out of Packers camp

Two good pieces of news for the Packers today.

No. 1: coach Mike McCarthy, sufficiently impressed with the way his team practiced last week, canceled the team’s final workout and meetings of the offseason, which would have occurred Wednesday.

“I've felt really coming off of Wednesday's and Thursday's practice last week that it was appropriate,” he told reporters at his news conference. “I think our players have earned that and deserve that.”

No. 2: Home run derby!!!

McCarthy called it a team-building event, and the prize was a secret that rested underneath a tarp on the sideline. Coaches said the winner would receive the car that was hidden under the covering. But after rookie OT Bryan Bulaga clubbed the longest hit to win the prize, the tarp was removed and there sat a trunk-less, door-less Saturn.

As ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert noted, the words, “To Super Bowl – Dallas” were spray-pained on the side. Wrote Seifert: “If it leaves now, the car could probably make it to Texas by January.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 2:00 pm

Position Change for Cullen Jenkins?

What you’re about to read contains no typos or errors: according to Rob Demovsky of PackersNews.com, Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has been getting reps at outside linebacker. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has taken some heat from Jenkins in the past for not always using his playmakers enough. (Jenkins, by the way, looks foolish with this gripe, as Green Bay’s D ranked second in yardage, first in interceptions and 11th in sacks last season.)

Now Jenkins, a strong but agile athlete with fantastic lateral mobility, has a chance to operate in the ultimate playmaking position: 3-4 outside linebacker. Demovsky writes:

A 295-pound linebacker isn’t unheard of. Remember Pittsburgh’s Levon Kirkland? (Of course, Kirkland was an inside linebacker.) Given their depth along the defensive line, the Packers can afford to move Jenkins around. Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett are major contributors at end (assuming Jolly isn’t in prison for felony drug charges), former first-round pick Justin Harrell may finally be healthy and second-round rookie Mike Neal is coming aboard.

--Andy Benoit

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“Jenkins still played his share of snaps as a defensive end in the base 3-4 defense, but in several drills today in which Capers employed his nickel package, Jenkins was at LOLB. And it wasn’t exclusively rushing the quarterback. He dropped into coverage on several plays, and the 6-foot-2, 305-pounder said he felt comfortable doing so.

He said he hopes to shed a few more pounds and play this season at between 295 and 300 pounds. Other than a handful of snaps standing up last season, he hasn’t played off the line of scrimmage since his freshman year at Central Michigan.”

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:58 am

Al Harris's Status in Green Bay

Packers cornerback Al Harris has said there’s no doubt in his mind he’ll be ready for the September 12 season opener against the Eagles (Harris’s former team, by the way). The 35-year-old has spent his offseason vigorously rehabbing a torn ACL suffered November 22.

Harris has been documenting his recovery on YouTube to promote the website NationalFootballPost.com, for which it is believed he is a part owner.

Head coach Mike McCarthy, who has closely monitored the situation with team physician Pat McKenzie, is skeptical about Harris’s immediate return. Harris’s knee injury was more than a routine ACL tear.

“The only (person) that we're concerned about would be Al Harris,” McCarthy said, according to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think Al is going to be definitely challenged to make it at the beginning of training camp. I'm sure Al may tell you something differently, but that's kind of my assessment of the information I've been given”

Athletic fourth-year corner Tramon Williams recently signed his RFA tender and is expected to fill-in as the No. 2 corner opposite Charles Woodson. If Harris makes it back, he may not be competing with Williams for playing time, but rather, with backups Jarrett Bush, Will Blackmon and Pat Lee.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 21, 2010 7:36 pm

How much does WR Donald Driver have left?

Apparently, as he told the Green Bay Press-Gazette , he has more now than he had four or five years ago.

Driver, who has recorded five-straight 1,000-yard receiving years and enters his 12th season in the league at the age of 35, had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees this offseason, and he said that he’s pain-free. “I’m able to do things I wasn’t able to do 4-5 years ago,” he told the newspaper. “I wasn’t able to squat free-weight anymore. Now I’m back to that. I can squat straight down and come back up without any pain. I couldn’t lunge, I couldn’t twist, I couldn’t do anything. I played with a lot of pain, and now that pain is over with.”

I’ll be interested to see how Driver responds this season. He didn’t participate in drills Monday during the Packers mini-camp, but assuming he continues to heal, he and WR Greg Jennings still should put up major stats with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing to them. Unless Driver, and his fresh knees, suddenly get old. That’s not likely to happen, though. Driver’s work ethic is well-regarded, especially since the former seventh-round pick has made himself into one of the top receivers of the last decade. If he wants to play until he’s 40, as he says, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.

--Josh Katzowitz

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