Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 05, 2018 at 1:08 am.

–The Packers were one of several teams that tried trading with Oakland for outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Instead, Chicago won the Mack sweepstakes and the pass rushing force will come to Green Bay Sunday in a Bears’ uniform.

“To be honest, I’m excited to see Khalil,” Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said. “He’s a hell of a player. It’s going to be exciting to see a guy of that caliber and play speed and agility. I’m looking forward to seeing Khalil Mack get out there and play this week.”

–Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow was having one of the team’s most impressive training camps, and led the NFL in receiving yards after two games. But Kumerow suffered a shoulder injury late in the second preseason game and went to the injured reserve list Monday.

“Frankly, it was a medical decision,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think it’s the best thing for Jake and it’s also the best thing for our football team.”

–The Packers will enter the season without a fullback, meaning their tight ends might be used in some two-back sets.

“I think first of all, you always want someone to be able to play in the backfield and two-back sets, I think that’s important,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “At the same time, you look at it – analytically look at it how many snaps per game those guys are on the field, I think you have to weigh some of that in there as well. I think that’s why we’re constantly preaching versatility with our players. The more you can do can help you stick around. Obviously, the tight end and fullback position they do crossover a little bit.”

–Quarterback Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP and the 2010 Super Bowl MVP, missed nine games with a broken collarbone last year. Rodgers is fully healed, though, showed no rust this summer and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension last week that made him the NFL’s highest-paid player.

–Cornerback Jaire Alexander: Green Bay’s first-round draft choice is quick as a hiccup and is expected to begin the year as the Packers’ nickel corner. Alexander has terrific speed, good hands and outstanding instincts, which could make him a nightmare for opposing wideouts.