by Zero2Cool on 7/16/2015 3:05:28 PM
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by Zero2Cool on 7/6/2015 9:44:27 AM
As you have noticed, Shawn and Wayne have reached points where they have less time for PackersHome.com. Both have been extremely helpful with PackersHome.com for many years and also keeping me in line when needed. I am very thankful and appreciative for their help. Thank you!

Several weeks ago, [USERLINK]Porforis[/USERLINK] agreed to donate some of his time to help make PackersHome.com a gooder place for everyone. He's going to help reviewing reported posts and hopefully give a fresh perspective.

This exceptional addition will allow me to focus more on adding features to the site, ensuring it is informative and enjoyable from a user standpoint. I've always preferred to ink up random stories while being the geek-behind-the-keyboard and this will allow me to focus more on that.


Please welcome Porforis to the PackersHome.com Staff!
by Zero2Cool on 6/28/2015 12:33:25 PM
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* You want to hit this every day, many times a day to find the most recent Packers headlines.


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by Zero2Cool on 6/22/2015 8:40:36 PM
It was early to mid-season (2010) when Cullen Jenkins voiced his displeasure about the lack of communication from the Packers regarding his contract. "It's almost like maybe a slap in the face. I'm not the type of player that causes a big scene or goes out and displays his unhappiness. You just kind of feel like you're not in the plans, like they just don't see you as a valuable enough player." said Jenkins. Jenkins, who was coming off his first 16 game starting season from the 2009 season knew that at age 29 this was his best chance for a big payday and the Packers weren't even talking to him about a contract.

It should be noted that Jenkins only played in four games during the 2008 season and was set to be 30 years old during the 2011 season. Past injuries and his age, plus the Packers investment of a 2nd round pick in Mike Neal were reasons for the Packers to be patient and let the market set the price tag. This is a common practice by the Packers and often times it rubs players the wrong way.

The Packers actually countered the Eagles offer but Jenkins mind was made in October that he was not returning for only a few extra bucks in the bank. Uncharacteristically, he would later play into the fans ire by saying he was going to give the Packers a hometown discount.

Going forward a few years to the off-season before the 2013 season and we have a 29 year old Greg Jennings coming off an abbreviated season targeting $12 million per season. Per Jason Wilde, the Packers offered Jennings about $10 million a year during the season. Jennings left with a bitter taste in his mouth as he referred to Aaron Rodgers as "the guy they have now" and "12" and also saying the Packers "brainwash" their players into thinking the Packers are the creme of the NFC North division. Ultimately, Jennings signed a five year deal for $47.5 million, or $9.5 million per year with the Minnesota Vikings.

These quotes from Jennings at his charity golf outing are very telling. "The way I exited Green Bay was very unprofessional," Jennings said. "But I don't feel any of that here. I felt more of a disrespect from Green Bay, honestly. It was more dealing with myself -- it was, 'Man, I really wanted to stay in Green Bay.' I really wanted to stay here [in Minnesota], but I've grown so much in my faith, to where I recognize where God is moving and making change.

"It just was really something I was dealing with myself. I had to recognize that I had a level of pride to where I felt like, 'Wow, I went through all of this.' It was almost a sense of entitlement, like, 'Wow, I dedicated my entire career, and [there's] no fight, no want?' It's almost like you disowned your child. But that's what I was feeling -- and again, selfishly. Bottom line, I was hurt, because I did want to stay. But I wasn't willingly embracing change at that moment. It's unfortunate, but I've been very apologetic to them personally. I don't have a lot of things where I wish it wouldn't have happened. I definitely wish I would have handled that better."

Both Jenkins and Jennings felt the Packers disrespected them and handled things unprofessionally. The theme here is (and stop me if you've heard this before, e.g. 2008) the team did not communicate their desire to retain the player.
by Zero2Cool on 6/9/2015 7:36:20 AM
We can expect a big season out of B.J. Raji for several reasons. The number one reason is he will be back at the position he feels most comfortable playing, Nose Tackle. Sorry Clay, you won't be playing Nose Guard after all. Raji was having his best training camp last year when he got injured. He's playing this season on a similar contract, conceptually anyhow. The contract is another one year prove-it deal.

Raji showed how good of a teammate he is when he stayed local during the entire season while on injured reserve. This says quite a bit about his character and dedication. Detractors will say he was only around to heighten his chances of getting a Super Bowl ring while on injured reserve. He would have regardless.

LeTroy Guion will surely miss two or four games and during this time, Raji will tear it up hoping to keep his snaps when Guion returns. When Guion returns, he's going to have that much less wear and tear so it'll just make both Guion and Raji better for the long season while the Packers run wild over the NFL en route to #5.

Clay Matthews made it clear he is excited about the return of the Raji. "He's able to stop the run and be a big guy up front who you customarily see in a 3-4 defense, yet, at the same time, he's able to rush the passer. We'll see what that translates to this year as far his presence. It's always great to have a player of his caliber back on the field." said Matthews.

With Raji saying "When I leave here, I want to leave on a great note, and on a great season, not being injured and missing the year. I don't want to leave this great place with that kind of taste." fans can be excited knowing he's going to produce this year and if not, he's already conceded he is leaving.
by Zero2Cool on 5/26/2015 12:51:33 PM
Through up a minor update to add a few small features. If things look silly, do a page reload by hitting your CTRL key and F5 key at the same time.


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DID YOU KNOW?
When on the advanced (not quick reply) post, you can hit both CTRL and ENTER key's to submit your post instead of clicking "Post" button? Neat, yes?
by Zero2Cool on 5/4/2015 12:58:59 PM
First things first. This past week we had the 2015 NFL Draft and it was awesome! Big shout out and thank you to dhazer for the special viewing pleasure, without his contribution, it would have been less visually appealing, if you know what I mean.

It was great to see all the informative input from a good chunk of fans, keep it coming!

As I've maintained throughout the history PackersHome, the site is 100% what YOU the fans make it. If you doubt that, ask yourself how great this place would be if it was me talking to myself? :-)

Thank you and keep it going!!

Here is a link to each of the 2015 Packers Draft players with information on each of them.
1st Round (30th Overall) CB Damarious Randall
2nd Round (62nd Overall) CB Quentin Rollins
3rd Round (94th Overall) Ty Montgomery
4th Round (129th Overall) OLB Jake Ryan
5th Round (147th Overall) QB Brett Hundley, Jr
6th Round (206th Overall) FB Aaron Ripkowski
6th Round (210th Overall) DE Christian Ringo
6th Round (213th Overall) TE Kennard Backman




BTW, you can view the entire Packers draft history from the link on the nav bar Packers > Draft History
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 4:01:42 PM
Kennard Backman | Tight End | Alabama-Birmingham | 6'3" - 243 lbs.


Has made 25 starts at tight end in his first three UAB seasons ... athletic tight end who will be again be counted on heavily in 2013 ... has emerged as one of top tight ends in Conference USA and garnering national attention as well ... enters senior season with 57 career receptions for 580 yards ... named to 2014 Watch List for John Mackey Award.
2013: Started eight games for the Blazers ... ranked fourth on the team in receptions with 28 for 302 yards ... season-high 62 receiving yards (on five receptions) against Northwestern State ... recorded 57 receiving yards against Florida Atlantic, also registering five catches against the Owls ... had touchdown catches in victories over Northwestern State (1 yard) and FIU (7 yards) ... had a career-long 36-yard reception against Florida Atlantic.

2012: Was significant contributor to Blazer offense as he made nine starts at tight and finished with 23 receptions to tie for No. 5 among UAB pass catchers ... totaled 235 yards and four touchdowns ... his four touchdown catches tied for team lead with Jamarcus Nelson ... recorded at least one reception in 9-of-11 games in 2012 ... was a honorable mention All-Conference USA selection ... posted season and career highs in final game of season as he registered five catches for 78 yards at UCF ... also had four receptions for 43 yards against Southeastern Louisiana ... recorded two touchdown catches in road contest at Tulane ... also caught scoring passes against East Carolina and Memphis ... had a career-long 26-yard catch at UCF.

2011: Made immediate impact in his first season at UAB as he played in all 12 contests and started eight of those ... first start was in game two in Conference USA opener vs. Tulane ... registered six catches during season for 43 yards ... notched a season-best two receptions for 20 yards in victory at Memphis ... season-long catch was 18 yards against Memphis ... also excelled in classroom as he was named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

High School: Attended Whitefield Academy in metro-Atlanta area ... a versatile athlete who was standout on both sides of the ball ... two-time all-state performer ... earned second-team honors by Associated Press as a senior tight end ... also listed honorable mention all-state as a defensive lineman by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... finished the 2010 season with 39 receptions for 494 yards and five touchdowns on offense ... on the defensive side, Backman had 73 tackles with seven sacks ... ranked as the No. 36 prospect in Georgia by Scout.com ... was nominated for U.S. Army All-American Team, one of 21 nominees from state of Georgia ... was a first-team all-state selection as a junior in 2009, earning accolades at tight end by AP and as a defensive lineman by the Journal-Constitution ... also earned all-state honors as a junior by Georgia Sports Writers Association ... registered 33 receptions for 487 yards with three touchdowns as a junior ... coached by Jimmy Fields at Whitefield Academy.

Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1993 at Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Krashenda Backman and Charles Okoli ... major is business.
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 3:53:15 PM
Christian Ringo | Defensive End | Louisiana Lafayette | 6'0" - 272 lbs.


2014 (Senior): Anchored a defensive line that boasted the best rushing defense in the conference while ranking third overall in sacks … ranked seventh in the nation in tackles-for-loss (TFL) with 20.0 and is fifth among defensive linemen … also ranks 12th in the nation in sacks with 11.5 and is seventh among defensive linemen … recorded 45 tackles (38 solo) … tied for the conference lead recovering two fumbles on the season including a 41-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at Texas State (10/14) … his 5.5 TFL against ULM (11/15) set a new school single-game record and is tied for the most in a game this year … also posted a career-best 2.5 sacks against the Warhawks … named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 20 … received LSWA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 17…had at least one sack in five of eight games … started in all 13 games for the Cajuns … notched a season-best eight tackles at ULM … posted four quarterback hurries on the year … recorded a sack in the final minute against Nevada in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (12/20) to set a single-season school record (11.5) and tie the career record (21.0) … led the Sun Belt with 9.5 sacks in conference play … also led the league with 15.5 TFL in conference play averaging almost 2.0 TFL per game (1.94/per game).

2013 (Junior): Preseason first team All-Sun Belt choice on the defensive line. . . hampered by injury throughout the year, missing the Arkansas State (10/22/13) and New Mexico State (11/2/13) games. . . played in 11 contests, making 10 starts. . . made 16 tackles (13 solo) with two TFL and one quarterback sack. . . had thee tackles vs. ULM (11/30/13), adding two TFL (-9) and a six-yard quarterback sack. . . also had three tackles at South Alabama (12/7/13). . . earned third letter.

2012 (Sophomore): Key member of the defensive line, playing in every game with seven starts at defensive tackle. . . made 29 tackles (18 solo) with 10.5 TFL (-51) and a team-high seven sacks (-41). . . forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one. . . ranked second in the Sun Belt in sacks and 11th in TFL. . . had a career-high eight tackles vs. Arkansas State (10/23/12), making 2.5 TFL (-15) and 1.5 sacks (-13). . . had multiple tackles in seven of the last eight games. . . made three tackles with a sack and a forced fumble at ULM (11/3/12). . . also made three tackles with a sack vs. WKU (11/17/12). . . earned second letter.

2011 (Freshman): Saw action in eight games as a reserve on the defensive line and on special teams. . . did not play vs. Oklahoma State, Kent State, Troy and WKU. . . made 19 tackles (eight solo), adding 2.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) and 1.5 quarterback sacks (-12). . . had two tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss (-4 yards) and shared a QB sack in his first action vs. Nicholls State (9/17). . . came back at FIU the following week to make a career-high six tackles (two solo). . . had a quarterback sack as part of a two-tackle effort vs. Florida Atlantic (10/1). . . added three tackles against both North Texas (10/15) and Arkansas State (11/12). . . recorded two tackles in the New Orleans Bowl.

High School: Second team all-state choice by the Mississippi Coaches Association as a senior at Forest Hill High, playing for coach Mario Lane. . . also named first team All-Metro and second team all-state by the Clarion Ledger. . . posted 64 tackles, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior. . . played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic in Mobile. . . four-year starter. . . received all-metro honors as a junior . . . rated two-star prospect by Scout.com.

Personal: Born March 10, 1992 in Jackson, Miss . . . son of Henry and Alethea Ringo. . . has two brothers (Isaiah Williams & Chris Ringo). . . criminal justice major.
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 3:40:53 PM
Aaron Ripkowski | Fullback | Oklahoma | 6'1" - 257 lbs.


OVERVIEW
2014: named All-Big 12 second team by the league's coaches. Played in all 13 games with nine starts at fullback. 2013: Played in all 13 games. 2012: Played in 12 games with one start. 2011: Saw reserve duty in nine contests.

PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.71 and 4.69 seconds
Vertical jump: 33 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
Short shuttle: 4.33 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.59 seconds


STRENGTHS Outstanding size. Knows he is in to be a hammerhead for Sooners' rushing attack and takes great pride in that. Carries good speed and knee bend to his target. Drops low and explodes into linebackers with his outside shoulder, issuing a jarring, powerful pop. Looks for additional work after making first contact. Also took snaps as an in-line tight end.

WEAKNESSES Will duck his head before contact, briefly losing sight of his target. Leans into his block prematurely at times losing power and leverage. Hands must improve in both sustaining and delivering a punch. Used very sparingly as a pass-catcher and appears to be a one-trick pony.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 7 or priority free agent
BOTTOM LINE Old-school blocking back who will have a hit or two each game that wows the crowd and gets his teammates fired up. He often charges in head-first and with a lowered head, so his success rate can vary greatly from game to game. Lack of pass-catching background hurts his chances.
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