With Major League Baseball exploring various restrictions believed to be needed to get back into action, Rodgers was asked what it was like to play in an empty stadium.
“I haven’t let my mind go there at the time,” Rodgers answered. “I know there are lots of conversations about that. It must be a strange situation to not have fans in the stands. And I hope it’s not reality. “
Picking up the second year coach Matt LaFleur’s package is similar.
“I haven’t really put a lot of thought into it, to be honest with you,” LaFleur said during a conference call, who came to join Rodgers and was only the second question and answer session with reporters since the NFL scouting was merged in February. “Do I think it would be strange without fans? Yes, but that might be the situation we face (with). Whatever it is, we will accept it. I wish they were there, but if not, we will accept it. “
Meanwhile, Rodgers, who has been at his home in southern California since returning from a trip to Peru before travel restrictions were imposed around the world because of a pandemic, bemoaned some of the house stay conditions he compared to “house arrest.” He also wondered aloud about “the future of the country and the freedom we may have at this time.”
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers announced on Thursday, May 14 that their pre-season schedule consisted of three matches played on Saturday and one game on Thursday, with both home games played in the afternoon and each road match played at night.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 15 host ARIZONA CARDINALS
12 nights TV Packers Network
(Bishop’s Charity Game)
Sat., 22 August host CLEVELAND BROWNS (Gold Pkg.)
3 pm TV Packers Network
(Midwest Shrine Game)
Saturday, August 29 at the New York Giants
7 nights TV Network Packers
Thursday, September 3 at the Kansas City Chief
7 nights TV Network Packers
Green Bay opens the preseason at home when the Packers welcome the Arizona Cardinals to the city for the CT afternoon kickoff on Saturday, August 15. This will be the first since 2015 (in Pittsburgh, noon CT) that the Packers will play the preseason contest in the afternoon and mark the first preseason match at Lambeau Field since 2006, when Green Bay and the Tennessee Titans begin in the preseason finals at 3 pm CT.
The Packers will stay home to face the Cleveland Browns at 3 pm. CT on Saturday, August 22. This will mark the 26th time the two teams have met in preseason, taking part in Green Bay’s second preseason contest against one opponent (Pittsburgh and Washington). The Packers and Browns played each other in preseason five times from 2009-19, with each of the last two matches taking place in Green Bay (2012 and 2016).
The Packers will go out on the road for their last two preseason games for the second time in the last three preseason. They face pre-season opponents known in the New York Giants for the third preseason match on Saturday, August 29, at 7 pm. CT. The two teams have met 30 times before during preseason, the biggest one for Green Bay against one team, but for the first time in preseason since 1997 in Madison, Wis., And the first time the Packers will be a road team since 1985.
Green Bay will close the preseason in Kansas City on Thursday, September 3, at 7 pm. CT. This is the third consecutive year the Packers play Chiefs in the preseason finals and the ninth time since 2010.
The Chicago Bears will look for a rebound after the disappointing 2019 season which featured a significant regression of just one year removed from the 12-4 season.
It is safe to say that not many are confident with the Bears towards 2020, but to the surprise the NFL believes that the Bears still have to be watched on television, because they have submitted their four main games this year.
Unlike last season when the Bears did not play the afternoon match until Sunday 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers – they have two main time matches, two games at 3:25 a.m. CT and international matches in London – Chicago will start the 2020 season with four consecutive matches.
The Bears begin their first time list on Sunday 5, where they will play four inaugural matches in eight weeks. The matches include home matches against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings, as well as road games against the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
Let’s rank the Bears best prime-time game in 2020.
Destroying five matches could prove to be the most difficult on the Green Bay Packers schedule in 2020, given the opponent’s battles, situations and talents.
The list starts with five honorable designations:
at the Minnesota Vikings, September 13: Open the season at the U.S. Bank Stadium will provide an initial and important exam for the Matt LaFleur team.
vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 6: Eagles, who are now NFC East champions, marched to Lambeau Field and left with victory in Week 5 last year.
in Houston Texans, October 25: One week after playing Tom Brady and Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, the Packers must be back on the road to face Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt and the ruling South AFC champion, Texas.
at the Indianapolis Colts, November 22: Philip Rivers’s new Quarterback Colts carved the Packers in Los Angeles last year.
at the Detroit Lions, December 13: The Packers haven’t played well at Ford Field in the last few years, and if Matthew Stafford remains healthy, the Lions can be a tough player all year long.
5. vs. Tennessee Titans, December 27
AFC runner-up in 2019 must present a formidable opponent for what is likely to be a very cool primetime battle at Lambeau Field in late December. The Titans are legitimate street fighters to end last season, defeating Texas in Houston on Sunday 17 to qualify for the postseason and the Patriots in New England and the Ravens in Baltimore during the first two rounds of the AFC playoff before giving the Chiefs all they have. can handle in Kansas City in a conference title game. The Titans can run football with Derrick Henry, create play-off games with Ryan Tannehill and play good defenses, all important factors for winning on the road in cold weather.
4. at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, October 18
This game landed a little lower on the list than expected just because of the schedule. The Packers will be out of Week 5 before going to Tampa Bay to play Tom Brady and the new Buccaneers. LaFleur will expect his team to perform much better during the high profile road game that came out last week than last year, when the Packers were hit by 49ers in a similar situation. The Bucs have young talents, veteran coaches and future Hall of Fame quarterbacks and a tight end.
3. at the Chicago Bears, January 3
The Bears are probably the worst soccer team on the list for these five teams, and it is worth noting that the Packers have a 9-1 record from their last 10 matches at Soldier Field. Even so, the end-of-season match in Chicago can be a surprising form of Arctic torture. Cold, windy, dry and miserable. And unless the Packers escape with a playoff spot, the end of the season against the Bears will almost certainly have severe postseason implications. The Packers will fight old rivals, weather conditions and the pressure of the situation in early January at Soldier Field.
2. in New Orleans Saints, September 27
Defeating Hall of Famer Drew Brees during his primetime at Superdome remains one of the most difficult tasks in football. The Packers have lost twice in New Orleans since Aaron Rodgers took over as a starter in 2008, and both matches were one-sided blows (51-29 in 2008, 44-23 in 2014). The Saints will come down from season 13-3 and have one of the most talented names in football. Can Mike Pettine know how to stop Brees and his offenses in the fast lane at Superdome? The Packers defensive coordinator previously couldn’t.
1. in San Francisco 49ers, November 5
49ers, who beat the Packers with a combined score of 74-28 over the past two matches, will probably top the list regardless of the schedule layout. But NFL schedulers certainly don’t help the Packers. Matt LaFleur’s team will return home after consecutive away games (in Tampa Bay and Houston) to play the Minnesota Vikings at home on November 1, and then only four days later they will head to San Francisco to play the ruling government. NFC champs on Thursday Night Football. What a nightmare. This game will be the fourth – and third – way Packers game in a span of 19 days. The 49ers look ready to run again at the Super Bowl. The rematch of the NFC game title will be the Packers’ biggest test in 2020.
Last meeting: That The Packers beat the Falcons, 34-20, on December 9, 2018, at Lambeau Field. Despite taking four sacks, Rodgers appeared exceptional, completing 21 of 32 attempts for 196 yards and two goals as caretaker coach of the Packers Joe Philbin (top) won their first win just seven days after the old coach Mike McCarthy’s expulsion.
Player to watch: Cornerback AJ Terrell, taken by Atlanta with 16th pick in this year’s NFL draft, could cause headaches for the thin receiver of the Green Bay corps. Terrell 6-foot-1 completed his three-year career at Clemson with 101 tackles, two joint ventures and six interception. Clemson fell to LSU, 42-25, at the College Football Championship last season, with Terrell registering five tackles in his final match at college.
You should know: The Packers are reported to have asked the league for a road date for Week 4, with the University of Wisconsin football team scheduled to face Notre Dame on Saturday, October 3, at Lambeau Field. Instead, Lambeau is now set to host two matches in a span of three days.
“That was the first two days of his two-year rookie period. I broke my leg, so I can’t play, “recalled Dickey. “But I sat at a number of meetings in the training camp, and I remember (wide receiver trainer and passing game coordinator) Lew Carpenter running the projector.
“Lew will stop the projector after running one or two seconds of play, just the beginning of the drama, and say, ‘What’s the scope?’ And there will be a sound behind the room that will scream coverage soon. And then Lew will move on to the next game and do the same thing. “What’s the coverage?” And boom, once again, someone will scream from the back of the room. Finally, I turned to one of the other veterans and said, “Who’s that over there?” I mean, we were on the second day at the training camp. And he said, “That’s a beginner, Lofton. He already knows the entire guidebook. All defense. Everything.” I thought, ‘Jiminy, I’ve never been a beginner like that. “
“Since the first day I met him, he was just a little different. Very different. There is always something special about him. You just found out he was destined for big things. “
2. Paul Hornung, RB, Notre Dame (overall No. 1, 1957)
The Golden Boy, as Hornung is famous, is also the one who made the famous Lombardi Sweeper leave. The legendary coach called him “the best player I’ve ever coached” and “the best player of all time who ever played football” because he did everything during that era as a runner, passer and kicker. And while Jim Taylor brought more often than Hornung did when they shared the back of the Packers, it was Hornung who usually put stones in power sweeps.
note: The NFL Draft starts April 23 and Green Bay Packers has 30th choose in the first round. Between now and later, I will examine 30 players that the Packers can choose from.
Today, we see Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. A complete list of players in the spotlight is at the bottom of this story.
BRANDON AIYUK, WR, ARIZONA STATE
Aiyuk spent two years in Sierra Junior College (Calif) before moving to ASU in 2018. After a mediocre first year with Sun Devils, Aiyuk had a sensational 2019.
Aiyuk has 65 receptions for 1,192 yards (18.3 average) and eight goals and is named after the all-Pac 12 first team and the all-American third team. Aiyuk also averaged 10.5 yards after arrest, which is ranked in the top 10 in America.
Aiyuk is also one of the players with the highest returns in the country, averaging 31.9 yards per back kickoff and 16.1 yards on punts.
Aiyuk is a medical risk. Aiyuk missed the Senior Bowl with a hip injury. The NFL network also reported that Aiyuk underwent core muscle surgery on April 7.
Press Bench: 11
40 yard dash 4.50
Vertical Leap: 40.0 “
Broad Leap: 128 “
Weapon: 33 1/2 “
Hand: 9 3/4 “
Aiyuk is one of the top playmakers in this draft, able to stretch defense vertically or create after capture. He is also dynamic in the game again and can give the difference-making team directly in the department.
Aiyuk does not have a large size, but he has a long wingspan and an impressive catching radius. His instincts and perseverance in the open field are also unique. It can also operate outside or from a slot.
Aiyuk must be stronger, and can be misdirected in press coverage. The route and the hands are both inconsistent, too.
Aiyuk is very dangerous after arrest. But everything that happened before the arrest needs to be fixed.
The first work in this concept for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst found more bait catchers for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Davante Adams, Pro Bowler three times, led the Packers with 83 receptions in 2019, while Allen Lazard was second among the recipients with 35 catches. In 2018, Adams led the Packers with 111 catches, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling was ranked second among the widths with 38 receptions.
After successive seasons where Adams has more than twice as many catches as the No. Green Bay recipient. 2, a wingman is needed. And considering this is widely considered one of the best receiver drafts in recent memory, look for the Packers to take width earlier and as many as three overall.
“There are quite a number of big men in this receiver class,” Gutekunst said. “But it seems like it’s a fairly deep group. I think this is a slightly deeper class, maybe, than in the past. So, I think if you are looking for something specific, all types are out there.”
THEY SAID THAT
Aiyuk, about its versatility: “I talked to the coaches and told them that I want to play in a little more slots this season because it adds value, versatility, being able to play outside and inside. Being able to run a route from a slot, not everyone can do it. Not everyone can go from the outside in and from the inside out. “
Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards at Aiyuk: “Very explosive with the ball in his hand, not only as a catch catcher, but also as a returner. They will get players with good upside. He was a young player who came here, out of JC, so his arrow was pointing at him. He likes soccer, he wants to learn football and he has a passion for soccer. “
ESPN expert draft Todd McShay about Aiyuk: “(Aiyuk) can make the defender lose and break the tackle after the arrest. His speed is there to challenge his defense vertically, and he must have many explosions in his game. “
Aiyuk on its long wings: “I measure at 5-11, so I think wingspan helps that. People have questions about how to get a jump ball, but with my wings and my vertical wings, I feel it’s no different from someone aged 6-3, 6-4. “