GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After three days of training camp practices, the Green Bay Packers took Tuesday off.

It's a small sample size, but before they get back on the field Wednesday morning at 8:20 local time, here's a look at what we've learned about them so far. After breaking down the offense and the defense, here’s a look at special teams:

Status quo: It's status quo among the three specialists -- kicker Mason Crosby, punter Tim Masthay and long-snapper Brett Goode. There's no in-house competition at those positions. Crosby, who was under the microscope at this time last season after coming off a sub-standard 2012 season, appears to be in a similar groove to last season, when he made a career-best 89.2 percent of his field goals. In the only field goal period of camp so far, he made 7-of-8 kicks, including a pair of 50-yarders.

Returners wanted: Special teams coach Shawn Slocum is shuffling returners through the drills like it's a wide-open competition. The days of receiver Randall Cobb handling the duties appear to be over even though he's their most accomplished returner. Safety Micah Hyde, who had a punt return for a touchdown last season as a rookie against the Vikings, has gotten the first crack at the job again. But rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis and second-year receiver Myles White also have gotten looks. Running back DuJuan Harris looks like the early leader to handle kickoff returns.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After three days of training camp practices, the Green Bay Packers are taking Tuesday off.

It's a small sample size, but before they get back on the field Wednesday morning, here's a look at what we've learned about them so far.

After looking at the offensive side of the ball, it’s time to examine the defense:

Youth movement: It's clear the Packers have moved on from the days of having three, 330-plus pound defensive linemen up front. On most days, the Packers have lined up with Datone Jones, B.J. Raji and Mike Daniels on the defensive line in the base 3-4. In order, those are players who weigh 285, 337 and an even 300. If the Packers want to go a little bigger, they have used the 310-pound Josh Boyd as a base end in place of Jones. That's a far different look than what the Packers had last year with Raji, Johnny Jolly (325) and Ryan Pickett (340).

Not so predictable: Although there are schemes defensive coordinator Dom Capers has not shown (or does not want other teams to know about yet), one thing is clear: the Packers aren't going to simply play 3-4 on first down, nickel on second down and dime on third as had become their pattern at times last season. Already, we have seen linebackers like Clay Matthews line up in spots not traditionally manned by an outside linebacker. The signing of Julius Peppers has given Capers more flexibility with the rest of his outside linebackers.

Serious about Hyde: Capers and coach Mike McCarthy would not have given so many of the starter's reps at free safety to Micah Hyde if they weren't serious about giving him significant snaps at that position even after drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. All signs point to Hyde playing safety in the base and perhaps even the nickel package and then moving to a slot position in the dime package, in which Clinton-Dix would then play free safety.

House call answered: Although there's no reason to think veteran cornerback Tramon Williams' job is in jeopardy, the Packers should feel good about the position behind him given Davon House's play, which has carried over from the offseason. The 24-year-old House appears to have improved his cover skills without sacrificing the physical presence he brings to the position at 6-1, 195.

Rookie linebackers: General manager Ted Thompson and his scouting staff always seem to find some hidden gems among the undrafted linebackers. This year looks like another strong class. Out of the group of the following players, it would not be a surprise to see one or two end up on the opening-day roster: Jake Doughty (inside linebacker), Joe Thomas (ILB), Jayrone Elliott (outside linebacker) and Adrian Hubbard (OLB).

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Donald Driver played 14 years in the NFL and became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver in part because of how dedicated he was to taking care of his body.

Now, in his retirement, he's helping others do the same.

Driver, who retired following the 2012 season, is appearing tonight on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" program as a guest star and trainer.

On the episode, Driver will help a Milwaukee native named Cassie, who appears on the show in order to lose weight before she meets the son she gave up for adoption 18 years ago. Driver will be seen working with the show's regular trainers, Chris and Heidi Powell.

"He's a legend to me; he's a legend to this town," Cassie says. "He has all the values that I'm working on, and I know that he is going to help guide me, along with Chris and Heidi, to make me the best person I can be."

In a preview clip of the show, Driver says he's there to support Cassie and her husband.

"I'm going to mentor them," Driver said. "I'm here to support them. I'm not going to let them down."

The show can be seen at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday on ABC.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Perhaps the most important figure -- at least to the Green Bay Packers -- in the four-year contract extension that Jordy Nelson signed Saturday is the salary-cap number.

That would help determine how much wiggle room vice president of player finance Russ Ball will have to work with for future contract extensions, most notably for receiver Randall Cobb.

Ball no doubt structured Nelson's deal with that in mind and came up with a salary-cap number for 2014 of $5.925 million. Before the deal, Nelson's cap was number slated to be $4.375 million, so the Packers were forced to add only another $1.55 million to their cap for this season. They did so, in part, by lowering Nelson's 2014 base salary by $1.05 million.

Before Nelson's deal, the Packers had $13,669,119 million in available cap space.

While Nelson received a signing bonus of $11.5 million, the deal was otherwise back-loaded (see the 2017 and 2018 base salaries below). He will be 33 years old when he heads into the final season of the deal.

The total new money in Nelson's four-year extension is $39 million, an average of $9.7 million per season (which would make him the ninth-highest-paid receiver in the NFL). However, factoring in the 2014 season, the last under his old deal, the total money is $42.55 million over five seasons or an average of $8.51 million per season.

Here's a breakdown of Nelson’s contract extension, based on ESPN Stats & Information salary data:

Cash value: $14.25 million
Salary-cap charge: $5.925 million
Signing bonus: $11.5 million
Base salary: $2 million
Roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)
Workout bonus: $250,000

Cash value: $2.3 million
Salary-cap charge: $4.6 million
Base salary: $1.3 million
Roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)
Workout bonus: $500,000

Cash value: $6.5 million
Salary-cap charge: $8.8 million
Base salary: $5.5 million
Roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)
Workout bonus: $500,000

Cash value: $9.25 million
Salary-cap charge: $11.55 million
Base salary: $8.25 million
Roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)
Workout bonus: $500,000

Cash value: $10.25 million
Salary-cap charge: $12.55 million
Base salary: $9.25 million
Roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)
Workout bonus: $500,000
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After three days of training camp practices, the Green Bay Packers are taking Tuesday off.

It's a small sample size, but before they get back on the field Wednesday morning at 8:20 local time, here's a look at what we've learned about them so far, starting with the offensive side of the ball:

  Boykin's for real: Despite using three of their nine draft picks on receivers to provide depth behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, there's no reason to think any of them will supplant Jarrett Boykin as the No. 3. That's no knock on second-round pick Davante Adams or fifth-rounder Jared Abbrederis -- both have made their share of early plays (seventh-round pick Jeff Janis has not practiced yet because of injury). But Boykin looks every bit like the same receiver -- or better -- than the one who caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns in the final 12 games last season. "I know Aaron [Rodgers] feels very good about him," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Lacy in the passing game: McCarthy said this offseason that he wants his running backs to be able to stay on the field for all three downs, and that could mean more opportunities for starter Eddie Lacy in the passing game. During several of the team blitz periods, we've seen Lacy leak out of the backfield and catch passes in the flat. At one recent practice, Lacy was working on catching passes off to the side while there was a special teams period taking place on the main field.

Who needs Finley?: Everything Richard Rodgers has done since the Packers drafted him in the third round this offseason suggests he will be the team's most productive tight end in the passing game. He stood out in the OTA and minicamp and has done the same so far in training camp. But is it enough to make the Packers forget about Jermichael Finley, who remains a free-agent awaiting medical clearance to return from last year's neck surgery? Rodgers gives the Packers the same type of athletic presence as a receiving tight end, but he remains unproven as a blocker.

  Center concerns: McCarthy has invested an entire offseason in JC Tretter as his new starting center, so two shaky performances in the first one-on-one pass blocking drill of the season are not likely to bring any changes. But the Packers will need a much better showing than what Tretter gave them on Sunday, when he got smoked by nose tackle B.J. Raji twice in the drill. One time, Raji beat him with his quickness, the next time with his power. Raji is exactly the kind of player Tretter will have to be able to handle this season if he's the starting center.

Backup QB competition: Ultimately, it will come down to how they play in the preseason games, but so far it's a dead heat between Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job behind Rodgers. Flynn took the No. 2 reps on Saturday and Monday, and Tolzien got them on Sunday. Both have had their moments -- good and bad -- but neither has done anything to separate from the other.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There was a time -- oh, about two years ago -- when your arrival in this football town was not apparent until the "Lombardi Ave." sign materialized off Highway 41. These days, visitors to Green Bay are greeted by an NFL-made skyline and a vast tract that could soon host an entertainment and shopping district matched only by the nation's largest cities.

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AP Photo/Mike RoemerTailgaters to Packers games this season will begin to see big changes to the Lambeau Field landscape.
Now more than ever, the Packers really are Green Bay. Little known outside of this region, the franchise has bought up land, razed nearby houses and expanded its stadium more than 20 stories into the sky as part of what can only be described as massive physical growth. At a time when it's fair to wonder how the NFL could get any bigger, one of its oldest franchises will bring you the "Titletown District."

"I think it makes a lot of sense -- and especially for us," Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said. "It's all about making Green Bay and Lambeau Field even more of a destination than it already is."

The Packers' land acquisition has left them with 62 acres of local holdings, according to tax documents reviewed by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Initial signs of a shopping district emerged last summer, when Cabela's opened one of its hunting/fishing/camping stores on Packers-owned land near the corner of Lombardi and Highway 41. The Packers, in fact, own or operate on more than a linear mile of land from Cabela's to the Don Hutson Center on the east side of the stadium. This spring, they razed 16 nearby houses to create a 400-spot parking lot, opened a 21,500-square foot pro shop -- more than double the size of its predecessor -- and have finalized plans to bulldoze a nearby Kmart for additional parking.

Murphy has made three visits to Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a 1.3 million square-foot multipurpose commercial district adjacent to Gillette Stadium and owned by the Kraft Group, which also owns the New England Patriots. Patriot Place includes a Renaissance hotel, 14 restaurants and dozens of shops; Murphy won't reveal specific plans for the Titletown District, but he said there is opportunity for similar development.

"We're studying it and looking at a lot of different options," he said. "I do think Cabela's was a very good step, in terms of bringing more people into the area. You look at the area between Cabela's and the stadium, and there is potential for things that could have a pretty significant long-term impact on the community."

Along the way, it could elevate the Packers' lofty economic stature within the industry. Last year, the Packers generated the ninth-highest total of local revenue ($136.4 million) in the NFL -- a notable achievement considering the size of their market, their lack of naming rights at Lambeau and their average-priced tickets (No. 17 in the NFL). Meanwhile, their reserve fund -- designed to operate the franchise for one year if all revenues were lost -- reached $284 million this spring.

The Packers, in short, already are one of the NFL's economic powerhouses. Their public ownership means they have no private owner to enrich, so revenues are thrust back into the franchise. Nowhere is that more physically evident than at Lambeau, which is wrapping up its third expansion in 11 years. It's now a monstrous 80,735-seat structure covering 2.1 million square feet.

The addition to the south end zone extends 232 feet into the air -- taller than a 21-story building. On a clear night, it can be seen for miles above the streets and rooftops of Green Bay. It's such an anomaly relative to its surroundings that the Federal Aviation Administration ordered warning lights installed at its zenith to alert aircraft approaching Austin Straubel Airport.

This summer, visitors will notice an expansion of the Packers' football facilities into the southeast parking lot, a project that gave players a new weight room, cafeteria and rehabilitation center. Players now park in an underground lot accessible via tunnel.

Meanwhile, Murphy has signaled a notable philosophical change. The Lambeau Atrium -- which now houses the pro shop, Curly's restaurant and eventually an expanded Packers Hall of Fame -- is now considered part of the commercial district rather than simply a corner of the stadium. All told, the Packers have initiated a massive juxtaposition of cityscape amid the sleepy neighborhood they have long inhabited.

This type of multiuse district won't work for every team in the NFL, especially those in landlocked downtown stadiums. But the league rules give teams every reason to explore it because the revenues don't have to be shared among the 31 other teams. How can the NFL get bigger? The seed is in embryo form here in Green Bay. The Packers helped build the golden age of football, and now they're cashing in.

Chat about the Packers today

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are taking Tuesday off after three straight days of practice to open training camp.

That makes it a great time to take questions about what has happened so far, and our weekly SportsNation chat at 4 p.m. ET (or 3 p.m. if you're in the surrounding area) is the perfect place to do so.

Join in live or submit your questions in advance. Either way, all you have to do is click here.

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Packers Camp Report: Day 3

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers training camp:

  • Lest you forgot about Sean Richardson when it came time to talk about playing time at the safety position, the third-year pro reminded everyone of his potential on Monday. With the pads on for the first time, Richardson made a play that has rarely been replicated by a Packers safety since the days of Nick Collins or Charles Woodson. During a team blitz period, Aaron Rodgers fired a pass over the middle to Jordy Nelson but Richardson jumped in and snatched the ball away from Nelson for an interception.
  • For the first padded practice of camp, the temperature on Monday morning when things kicked off at 8:20 a.m. local time was just 56 degrees. An hour into the practice, it was not yet 60 degrees, but the Packers took one of their TV timeout regeneration breaks and followed it with one short period followed by another water break. Still, when asked whether it was fun to put the pads on, veteran guard Josh Sitton said, "I mean, fun is a little strong." The practice lasted 2 hours, 26 minutes – or about 10 minutes longer than the non-padded practices each of the first two days.
  • Nose tackle B.J. Raji got off to a strong start in the first one-on-one pass-rushing drill. He won all three of his reps. Of course, when someone wins, it means someone else looked bad. Twice, Raji beat JC Tretter, who is trying to lock down the starting center job. Raji beat Tretter with his quickness on one turn and then overpowered him on another. Tackle Bryan Bulaga also looked good in his first turns since blowing out his knee last camp. He won all three of his reps, including one at left tackle against Clay Matthews.
  • In other odds and ends from practice: Cornerback Davon House had a strip-sack of Matt Flynn and recovered the fumble during the team blitz period. … If you're looking for an undrafted rookie to watch, keep an eye on inside linebacker Joe Thomas of South Carolina State. He's a bit undersized (6-1, 227) but is around the ball often. … In what could be a bad sign for undrafted rookie tight end Colt Lyerla, he was relegated to the scout team that worked against the defense at the start of practice while the majority of the offensive players, including fellow undrafted rookie tight end Justin Perillo, practiced inside the Hutson Center at the start of the session.
  • Outside linebacker Mike Neal said he could be cleared to practice as soon as Wednesday. He remains on the PUP list with a core muscle injury but is scheduled to be examined on Tuesday. He said he reported to camp lighter than ever, at 263 pounds. He played last season at 275, which is about 25 pounds lighter than he was is first three seasons, when he played defensive end.
  • In addition to Neal, others who remained out were: Nick Perry (foot, knee), Jamari Lattimore (illness), Jeff Janis (illness), Letroy Guion (hamstring), and Jerel Worthy (back). Janis made an appearance at practice for the first time in camp.
  • The Packers do not practice on Tuesday. They return to the field on Wednesday at 8:20 a.m. local time.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Johnathan Franklin stood on the sideline at practice on Monday and had a smile on his face -- just like he always did last season as a rookie running back for the Green Bay Packers.

But this time, it was for a different reason.

It was because one by one, players like Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson approached him on the sideline.

They all wanted to know how Franklin was doing less than two months after the Packers deemed it was no longer safe for him to play football and released him following a neck injury late in his rookie season.

Although the Packers said Franklin was not available to talk to reporters, his smile -- along with what one of his former teammates had to say -- was enough to let everyone know how he’s doing.

"Just seeing him around here, that's the kind of guy he is," said Packers defensive end Datone Jones, who also was a college teammate of Franklin's at UCLA. "He loves football. He loves embracing the team and bringing the team up. He carries an aura with him. He has a gift to brighten people's days. He lets you know that everything is all right and life will go on."

Jones and his teammates might see more of Franklin. Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers would like to find a non-playing role in the organization for the former fourth-round pick. It would not be the first time a player whose career was cut short because of a neck injury returned in a different capacity. Former receiver Terrence Murphy, who like Franklin was cut down in his rookie season of 2005, returned in 2007 as a coaching intern.

"He's as fine as a young man that's ever walked through these doors in my time here," McCarthy said of Franklin. "It's great to have him back."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Julius Peppers, all 6-foot-7 and 287 pounds of him, strikes an impressive pose on the practice field.

He stands – literally in some cases – a head above his new Green Bay Packers teammates.

That was unmistakable even in shorts and helmets during the offseason practices.

Put the pads on, like the Packers Monday did for the first time in training camp, and the full-frame image of Peppers was even more impressive.

He looks the part of a pass-rusher worth the $7.5 million signing bonus the Packers forked over as part of the three-year, $26 million free-agent contract he signed in March. He split four reps in his first go-around in the one-on-one pass-rushing drill on Monday, registering two victories.

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AP Photo/Morry GashJulius Peppers is excited about his role with the Packers.
But it looks like the Packers are going to ask him to do more than just rush the quarterback.

And that's fine with him.

He's an outside linebacker now in a 3-4 base scheme after playing the last four years as a defensive end in the Chicago Bears' 4-3 system and before that in Carolina for eight seasons.

There he was on Monday, dropping into coverage against tight end Jake Stoneburner on a crossing route.

Although Peppers would not concede that he needed a change to revitalize his career, which he does not believe needs revitalization, there's reason to think the 34-year-old who is entering his 13th NFL season has a renewed sense of purpose on the field.

"It's fun. It's fun," he repeated. "I'm actually having a lot of fun. I'm enjoying it. It's a little different than what I've been used to in the past. I actually think it fits my skill set better than just being down every play. I'm having fun doing it. I'm just enjoying it."

All that might be fun for Peppers and a way for defensive coordinator Dom Capers to disguise him, but the Packers signed Peppers for one overriding reason: his 119 career sacks, which rank third on the active list.

"He's here to go towards the quarterback; we all understand that," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "But when he does drop, he has great ability and range. And you look at his ball skills, we do a lot of ball skills with the whole team by design, I want everybody to handle the football. He handles the football like an offensive player."

Peppers had only 7.5 sacks last season -- his lowest output since 2007 -- and he chuckled at those who use the word "only."

"You look at my last year, was it one of my better years?" Peppers said. "Probably not, you know, statistically. But if you compare it to a lot of the guys who played last year, it was better than a lot of guys. So I don't really think I need to revitalize anything, just improve upon what I did last year. That's not going to be easy to do. I should be able to do it."

Even if Peppers was only able to replicate his sack total from last season, it would be better than any Packers player not named Clay Matthews since Aaron Kampman had 9.5 in 2008.

"It’s not about really proving anybody wrong," Peppers said. "It's about accomplishing some personal goals, one of which being is winning a world championship. That's the main thing. That's the main motivation. All that other stuff, it's there, but it's not as big as coming in here and helping this team hoist that trophy at the end."

If there's pressure on Peppers to improve the Packers' defense from its 25th overall ranking last season, it might not be even close to what the Bears placed on him last season before they cut him because they felt he wasn't worth the $18 million salary-cap charge.

"You look at our defense right now, there's a lot of high expectations for those guys," Packers guard T.J. Lang said. "The talent that they have, all across our D-line, the linebackers, the defensive backs. It's a group that you look out at, it's impressive to look at 'em. Just the physical stature that Julius has. I mean that alone is intimidating enough for an offense. We've played him eight or nine, 10 times since I've been here. Every time you look at the guy, you're just as equally impressed as the first time you've seen him. He's just a freak. And then you go to Clay out there, who's also proven to be one of the best pass-rushers in the game. It's just an impressive group to look at."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In every offseason practice -- whether organized team activities or minicamp -- and in the first two days of training camp, Micah Hyde took all the snaps with Green Bay Packers' defensive starters in a safety tandem with Morgan Burnett.

That, in itself, tells you what coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator think of the second-year defensive back.

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Morry Gash/AP PhotoMicah Hyde showed increased awareness for the ball during the Packers' first training camp practice in pads on Monday.
Then, consider that general manager Ted Thompson used his first-round pick on safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to fill one of the team’s greatest needs yet the 21st overall selection in the draft had run exclusively with the second-stringers, and you can tell they are serious about Hyde.

But maybe the real competition started on Monday.

The pads went on for the first time, and Clinton-Dix finally got his chance to rep with the No. 1s -- at least for a few snaps. Although Hyde, who played exclusively as a slot cornerback last season as a rookie, continued to take the first snaps at free safety with the starters, Capers paired Clinton-Dix and Burnett for a few snaps and also unveiled a sub package that included all three of the safeties on the field at the same time.

Regardless of who wins the starting job, it appears both will play and either will be an upgrade for a group that not only lacked big plays (it was the only safety group in the NFL last season without an interception) but also big hits.

"I don't know exactly what went on before I was here," Clinton-Dix said. "But I just know they brought me in here for a reason, and that's to win."

The first day in pads was rather tame, but the most vocal member of the defense, Mike Daniels, who said this offseason it was time for the Packers to get mean, can't wait to see Clinton-Dix start hitting.

"When he got drafted, I was walking around my house screaming 'Yes' about five times; I think they showed five clips of him knocking the crap out of somebody," Daniels said. "Some things translate at any level. If guys are going to hit, you're going to hit when you're [waist high], you're going to hit when you're in high school, you're going to hit in college, you're going to hit in the NFL because it's in your nature. Some things don't translate, but toughness translates at any level. So I'm excited. We'll see."

Surely, the Packers would like Clinton-Dix to be their starter, but they might not need him to be right away given how Hyde has transitioned from a slot cornerback last season as a rookie.

Since Hyde let a potential game-changing interception slip through his hands late in the fourth-quarter of the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers -- a play he said he will "remember until I'm 50 years old," -- he has shown an increased awareness for the ball. So far in camp, his pass breakup numbers have been high. On Sunday, he broke up a deep ball for Jordy Nelson, who has been catching everything in camp.

McCarthy was succinct in evaluation of Hyde’s transition from cornerback to safety.

"Seamless," he said. "Micah Hyde is a football player. I think you can line him up anywhere. You really can. He's had the offseason to learn the position, to get the communication down where it's so important. He's a playmaker."

Yet if you ask Hyde, he will say, "I'm not there yet."

"I still go out there, I try to play fast, I try to make things easier on myself but at the same time I think it comes with time and it comes with experience," said Hyde, who as a fifth-round pick played more snaps (542) last season than any Packers' defensive rookie. "I think every day I'm getting better and better. Once I make a mistake, I think I learn from it and I just go out there and try to not make the same mistake twice."

MNF moments, No. 42: 'Broncos Blizzard'

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
BroncosAP Photo/The Denver Post
To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down the number of days to this season's MNF debut.

No. 42: Broncos 17, Packers 14 | Oct. 15, 1984

Dubbed the "Broncos Blizzard," heavy snow played an integral part of this Monday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, especially early on.

The Packers fumbled on the first play on each of their first two drives, with the Broncos returning both for touchdowns. It's the only time a defense scored twice on the first two plays from scrimmage in NFL history.

Green Bay failed to score any points until the third quarter, when Gerry Ellis rushed into the end zone from 5 yards out. The Packers coughed up the ball five total times compared to Denver's one.

The Broncos would win 17-14 thanks to the fumble returns and bare-footed kicker Rich Karlis, who made both extra points and a 30-yard field goal in the whirling snow.
Examining the Green Bay Packers' roster:

Quarterbacks (3)
The Packers have not kept three quarterbacks on their opening-day roster since 2008, but they might be inclined to do so this season in order to avoid a situation like last year, when Rodgers broke his collarbone. Coach Mike McCarthy is high on Tolzien, who made two starts last season, but Flynn has proved he can win as a backup in Green Bay. Nothing has changed early in camp to make anyone think differently.

Running backs (4)

The return of Harris, who missed all of last season because of a knee injury, gives the Packers insurance behind Lacy and Starks. Kuhn is valuable both as a fullback and on special teams. It's possible they'll keep a fourth halfback, but the loss of Johnathan Franklin to a career-ending neck injury has left them without a strong in-house candidate for that spot.

Receivers (5)

The Packers often keep only five receivers, but given that they drafted three -- Adams (second round), Abbrederis (fifth round) and Jeff Janis (seventh round) -- there's a good chance they will keep six. But given the fact that Janis is on the non-football illness list, he might be quickly losing ground. And if the Packers do end up keeping a sixth receiver, at this point Myles White or Chris Harper might have a better chance.

Tight ends (4)

McCarthy likes tight ends (he has kept five before), and the wild card is undrafted rookie Colt Lyerla, who has had a couple of dropped passes so far in training camp.

Offensive linemen (8)

The Packers typically only activate seven offensive linemen on game day, so they can get away with keeping just eight on the roster. Barclay's ability to play all five positions also allows them some freedom. Lane Taylor could be the ninth lineman if they go that route.

Defensive line (5)

There's a drastic change here from our first projection, which listed seven defensive linemen. But after Letroy Guion (hamstring) and Jerel Worthy (back) both failed their physicals and landed on the non-football injury list, they might be in trouble. Also, the Packers might be included to keep an extra couple of linebackers given that Julius Peppers and Mike Neal, who are counted among the outside linebackers, also can play defensive end.

Linebackers (10)

If the Packers have shown anything early in training camp, it's that they plan to use a lot of linebackers in a variety of roles. With Neal and Perry sidelined, Palmer has received plenty of playing time so far. Undrafted rookie Adrian Hubbard is a promising prospect but has not yet shown enough to warrant a roster spot.

Cornerbacks (6)

Hayward's return from last season's hamstring injury means he likely will return as the slot cornerback in the nickel package, a role played last year by Micah Hyde (who may primarily play safety this year).

Safeties (5)

The major question here is whether Hyde or Clinton-Dix will be the starter alongside Burnett. Banjo, who played primarily on special teams last season, has worked with Clinton-Dix as the No. 2 safety combination.

Specialists (3)

There's no competition at any of these spots, and Crosby opened camp by making 7-of-8 field goals in his first kicking session.

Packers Camp Report: Day 2

July, 27, 2014
Jul 27
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers' training camp:
  • One day after Matt Flynn got the bulk of the work as the No. 2 quarterback, Sunday was Scott Tolzien's turn. He got the call in the no-huddle period and completed 3-of-5 passes, including a 12-yarder to tight end Brandon Bostick on third-and-7 to keep the drive going. His arm strength was apparent when he zipped a 9-yard out to rookie receiver Davante Adams on the next play. The drive ended four plays later when he missed receiver Alex Gillett in the flat on third-and-4. His only other incompletion was on a pass that appeared to be tipped near the line of scrimmage. The backup quarterback snaps have been split equally between Flynn and Tolzien the first two days. Although he played in three games last season (including two starts), this is Tolzien's first chance to go through an offseason with the Packers after being signed to the practice squad last September. "Work ethic, he knocks it out of the park, and you're seeing the benefits of that," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I think they're both very comfortable not only with the people they're working with but what we're asking them to do."
  • Adams, the Packers' second-round draft pick, had a tough assignment during the first team period when he drew cornerback Casey Hayward. A day earlier, Hayward got his hands on just about every pass thrown his way. But not this time, Adams ran an out route and used his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame to shield Hayward from the ball. Hayward tried to jump the route, but Adams' positioning allowed him to make the play along the left sideline, leaving Hayward grasping at air.
  • It was a good day for another rookie receiver. Fifth-round pick Jared Abbrederis had perhaps the play of the day, when he hauled in a deep pass from Flynn with cornerback Tramon Williams in tight coverage.
  • Micah Hyde finished last year as the primary punt returner and is getting the first crack at the job this season. In a punt return period, he took the first rep. Others who took turns were Abbrederis, Williams, Randall Cobb and Myles White. There has not been a live kickoff return period yet.
  • Hyde, who continued to work ahead of rookie first round-pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety, had two big pass breakups – one on a deep ball to Jordy Nelson and another when he went over the back of Abbrederis. … After missing more than half of the offseason program while recovering from foot surgery, Bostick is off to a strong start. He had the catch from Tolzien in the no-huddle period and appears to be moving well. … Undrafted rookie tight end Justin Perillo probably does not have NFL speed, but he catches the ball with ease. He made a difficult grab against tight coverage from rookie cornerback Demetri Goodson during a team period. He had at least two catches during team periods. … Lane Taylor took a few snaps with the No. 1 offensive line during team. He played left guard, which is Josh Sitton's spot. … Despite recent praise from McCarthy, safety Sean Richardson appears to be no better than fifth on the depth chart. He has been behind Hyde, Morgan Burnett, Clinton-Dix and Chris Banjo.
  • The only addition to the injury list was linebacker Jamari Lattimore, who had a stomach illness. Right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) was again limited and did not take any team reps. Don Barclay worked in Lang's place.
  • The Packers' first two practices -- both non-padded workouts -- have lasted two hours, 15 minutes (Saturday) and two hours, 17 minutes (Sunday). McCarthy said Monday's first full-pads workout will go longer. It begins at 8:20 a.m. local time and is followed by a day off from practice on Tuesday.