Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


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Giants’ McAdoo catches up with Pack

Giants coach Ben McAdoo will catch up with old friends when he returns to Lambeau Field.

Odell Beckham Jr. just wants to make more catches.

Maybe Beckham will start making headlines again for his receiving talents when the Giants visit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. This week, the chatter around the league concerning Beckham has mainly been about the wideout’s tantrums. McAdoo wants Beckham to channel that frustration into production.

“No, I like him as a salty, competitive player. That’s when he plays at his best,” McAdoo said.

That hasn’t been the case the last two weeks for the Giants, who lost to Washington on Sept. 25 and Minnesota on Monday night.

Now comes a quick turnaround for another tough road trip to face the rested Packers, who are coming off a Week 4 bye.

McAdoo’s history with Green Bay offers a unique perspective on the matchup.


Nelson rounding back into form for Pack

Receiver Jordy Nelson is gradually rounding back into pre-injury form for the Green Bay Packers.

With four touchdown catches in a season’s first three games for the first time in his career, Nelson doesn’t appear to have missed a step.

But it has been a work in progress overall for the Packers, especially after coach Mike McCarthy took a cautious approach with Nelson and kept him out of preseason action.

“Frankly, I think we made it difficult on Jordy. I think expectations on him were unrealistic, for him to come out of the preseason and think he’s going to go down to (the season opener in) Jacksonville and perform,” McCarthy said this week. “I think he’s exceeded the reality that I had for him.”

But McCarthy’s restraint was understandable.

Nelson arrived in camp having made a full recovery from a right ACL tear, an injury that knocked him out for the 2015 season.


Vintage Packers: Rodgers-to-Nelson connect for 2 scores

Jordy Nelson tossed the ball high into the air after catching his second touchdown pass of the day, a gesture that passes for a rare display of emotion for the workmanlike wide receiver.

The Green Bay Packers offense is having fun again heading into an early bye week.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Nelson, and the Packers built a big early lead before holding off the Detroit Lions for a 34-27 win Sunday.

"Coming into this week, we felt that as an offense that we just weren't having enough fun. We wanted to bring some extra energy to the game," Nelson said.

Rodgers was 15 of 24, leading the Packers (2-1) to touchdowns on their first three series. Nelson had 101 yards on six catches, returning to the form that made him one of the NFL's best receivers before missing the 2015 season with a knee injury.


Green Bay offense looks to get back in sync

The Green Bay Packers need to get their timing back in the passing game.

At their best, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and the other receivers break at just the right points in precisely run routes to catch perfectly thrown balls from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

But for whatever reasons so far this season, the Packers’ once-prolific passing attack isn’t in sync . They’d like to correct that on Sunday in the home opener against the Detroit Lions.

Fortunately for the Packers, Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league in extending plays outside the pocket. He has rushed for two touchdowns this year after being forced to scramble.

Rodgers would rather get those points with completions.

“But as we get more in sync offensively, the running naturally probably comes down because the routes are being run on time and you can deliver the ball on time,” Rodgers said.


Rookie DL ready for larger role

Rookie Kenny Clark is poised to take the next step in his young career with the Green Bay Packers.

If defensive tackle Letroy Guion can’t play on Sunday against Detroit because of a knee injury, Clark should be in line for much more playing time in the home opener at Lambeau Field.

This could be a momentous weekend for the 20-year-old Clark, the Packers’ first-round draft pick from UCLA.

“He definitely made a big jump from Week 1 to Week 2, and he has to take another step this week,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Clark filled in admirably after Guion got hurt in last week’s 17-14 loss to Minnesota. Guion and fellow defensive lineman Mike Daniels have spearheaded the Packers’ strong start against the run, holding opponents to a league-best 1.63 yards per carry.

Last week, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson was held to 19 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game with a knee injury .


McCarthy has not lost faith in Rodgers

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is confident that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s struggling offense will get better.

Two games into the season, the results have been uncharacteristically ugly.

The Packers (1-1) are ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense and a 31st in passing. Rodgers and the rest of the offense looked out of sync in last week’s loss at Minnesota.

“I have great confidence in Aaron,” McCarthy said before practice Wednesday when asked how his veteran quarterback bounces back from subpar games.

“I’ve never trusted a quarterback or an individual as a player more than I trust Aaron Rodgers.”

His overall resume is outstanding. A two-time NFL MVP, Rodgers’ 103.8 career passer rating is the best in NFL history.


Bradford trumps Rodgers in debut as Vikes beat Pack 17-14

Aaron Rodgers has two NFL MVP awards and one Super Bowl ring, and he's in his ninth season as the starter for Green Bay.

Sam Bradford was never on a winning team over his first six years in the league. He had 15 days to learn Minnesota's offense, then lost his Hall of Fame caliber running back to injury in the third quarter.

Guess who was the more productive quarterback on Sunday night?

Bradford's debut was almost as dazzling as the new $1.1 billion building itself. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers to lead the Vikings to a 17-14 victory over the Packers.

"We won, and at the end of the day that's all that matters," Bradford said.

The new guy was sharp, though, and that matters a lot for the Vikings and their Super Bowl aspirations that took a hit when Teddy Bridgewater went down on Aug. 30 with a massive injury to his left knee. That triggered the bold trade with Philadelphia to bring in Bradford.


Depth at cornerback little concern for McCarthy

The Green Bay Packers’ roster is running short on healthy cornerbacks going into an important game this weekend at Minnesota.

Top cornerback Sam Shields remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol after getting hurt late in the season-opening win over Jacksonville. Backup corner Josh Hawkins hasn’t practiced yet this week because of a hamstring injury that kept him out last week, too.

It left coach Mike McCarthy with three healthy corners in Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter going into practice Thursday ahead of the showdown on Sunday night against the Vikings.

McCarthy said that he’s comfortable with the depth.

“Yes, just the way we’re working yesterday and today, so far so good,” he said Thursday before practice.

Having jack-of-all-trades defensive back Micah Hyde at the ready helps. The fourth-year player can play corner or safety. He’s comfortable in the box or on the perimeter.


Green Bay expects to see Bradford at QB

As if figuring out how to slow down Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wasn’t tough enough, the Green Bay Packers must prepare for two unique variables when they visit Minnesota this weekend.

The Vikings are opening a sparkling new stadium when they host the Packers. They’re also trying to keep mum about who will be playing quarterback on Sunday night.

It could be Shaun Hill. It could be Sam Bradford.

“We’ve taken the approach that we could see either one of the quarterbacks. My understanding is that it’s probably going to be Sam Bradford, but I have a lot of respect for Shaun Hill,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had other ideas.

“You’ll have to wait until Sunday,” he told reporters in Minneapolis.

Let the mind games begin between these longtime NFC North rivals. Even Peterson got in on the fun.


Lacy eager to prove himself again

Eddie Lacy is rolling again.

The Green Bay Packers’ fourth-year tailback is eager to carry the momentum from a successful training camp into the season opener on Sunday at Jacksonville. Tweaks that Lacy made to his offseason conditioning program appear to have paid off.

“Physically, yeah. Mentally, totally,” Lacy said after practice on Wednesday. “We’ll see it how it goes come game day, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be all right.”

The Packers would love for Lacy to return to the form that made him one of the NFL’s toughest running backs in his first two years in the league. Lacy rushed for at least 1,100 yards in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

But the production fell off last year to 758 yards and three scores in 15 games. At one point, James Starks started over Lacy after he had missed curfew the night before a game. Coach Mike McCarthy called out Lacy after the season for his weight.


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