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If not a WR … what? When in doubt go big

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Packers’ options, beyond receiver, include 3-technique defensive end, offensive tackle GREEN BAY, Wis. – Go big or go home. That fairly sums up Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Wolf’s draft day philosophy. As the ex-Packers GM often said leading up to the draft, “They only make so

NFL draft the cure for Packers’ needs at WR

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA 2020’s receiver class goes 9 or 10 deep so Green Bay should get big-time help at 30 GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ mock draft scenarios run the gamut. Trade up? Trade down? Stand pat and use the 30th pick to select the best available receiver, offensive tackle

Packers sign LB amid coronavirus response

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Ex-Brown Kirksey brings leadership, experience to Green Bay’s defense GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers are conducting business as best they can in the midst of serious and unprecedented circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted them to recall coaches and scouts who were scheduled to attend college players’ pro

Here’s what to expect in LaFleur’s 2nd year

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA A more explosive, balanced offense that can take the heat off the Packers’ ‘D’ GREEN BAY, Wis. – It was a Thursday night NFL matchup one has come to expect: Jaguars at Titans in mid-December of the 2018 season. Nevertheless, I watched because it’s the NFL, and it’s

Packers’ top scenarios to bolster ILB, WR

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Expect Gutekunst to double down at both positions by utilizing free agency, draft GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers’ opportunity to upgrade an already strong roster is almost at hand. The NFL Draft is seven weeks away. Free agency begins on Monday, March 16, with the

Packers’ 2020 season brings great promise

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA GM Brian Gutekunst, coach Matt LaFleur working to build a Super Bowl champion GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ decision to re-sign kicker Mason Crosby late last week illustrates GM Brian Gutekunst’s common sense approach to building a champion. Crosby, 35, was instrumental in the Packers’ 14-4 season

Packers’ 2019 review: Defense carries load

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Mike Pettine’s unit led Packers to quick start, strong finish in impressive season GREEN BAY, Wis. – Mike Pettine has had an interesting two seasons as the Packers’ defensive coordinator. After a strong 2018 season, his first in Green Bay, Pettine was among the most attractive coaches to

Packers’ 2019 review: Offense makes strides

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA First-year coach, HOF quarterback work to incorporate new scheme, true balance GREEN BAY, Wis. – By any measure beyond the ultimate – a victory in Super Bowl LIV – the Packers’ 2019 season was a resounding success. The Packers (14-4) earned the NFC’s No. 2 seed, defeated Seattle

KC rally stuns 49ers; ex-Packers contribute

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Chiefs coach Andy Reid – who began NFL career in GB – captures Super Bowl LIV GREEN BAY, Wis. – The next-best thing to watching current Packers contribute to a Super Bowl victory is seeing former Packers do likewise. Congratulations to Andy Reid, Mike Pennel, Bashaud Breeland and

Packers proud of 13-3, but seek to be better

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s impressive win-loss record, returning talent reasons for optimism GREEN BAY, Wis. – Za’Darius Smith is a natural born leader. His stabilizing presence was pervasive throughout the Packers’ locker room all season. He and fellow outside linebacker Preston Smith ran the show by being terrific players and