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Packers’ defense must make instant impact

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Pettine’s revamped unit critical early on as Green Bay’s offense finds its way GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers’ offense under new head coach Matt LaFleur is a prime source of intrigue. Will they run more? Will they audible less? Will they strike the pass-run balance

Packers’ moves pave way for major change

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s “impact” newcomers expected to transform OL, secondary GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers kick off training camp in 17 days. Their Thursday night regular-season opener at Chicago is less than two months away. The offseason changes have been numerous and significant. Let’s compare the

Packers’ top five ‘comeback’ players

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay needs a ‘bounce-back’ season from these five players to get back on top GREEN BAY, Wis. – Much of the Packers’ offseason has been spent analyzing the new additions. Everyone from head coach Matt LaFleur and his coaching staff newbies to the defense’s edge-rushing Smiths –

Packers’ coach-QB scrutiny a positive

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA article paints realistic picture that some “experts” spin into drama GREEN BAY, Wis. – It is interesting to follow the burgeoning relationship between the Packers’ new head coach and longtime quarterback. Head coach Matt LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the former in his first season, the latter

Packers’ offense offers WRs chance to shine

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Mandatory three-day mini-camp opens Tuesday with multiple jobs up for grabs GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers spent the offseason buying free agents and spending high draft picks on players to fix a porous defense. The decision was a no-brainer. How it all comes together under second-year defensive

Packers’ RBs, OLBs draw interest in OTAs

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA 1st-year coach LaFleur tears Achilles, must learn to coach from a golf cart GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ second week of OTA’s was actually quite eventful as these things go. Running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams showed up in great shape and ready to get to

Starr’s legacy will live on after legend passes

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Packers’ Hall of Fame quarterback, MVP of Super Bowls I, II dies Sunday at 85 GREEN BAY, Wis. – One of the great joys of covering the Green Bay Packers the past three decades has been the privilege of interviewing the larger-than-life figures from the Sixties. Getting to

Oldies but goodies? Packers’ 7 key vets

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Roster grows younger, but Green Bay’s 30-year-olds still hold critical positions GREEN BAY, Wis. – All eyes will be on the rookies when the Green Bay Packers’ first of three public OTA’s (organized team activities) kicks off at noon Tuesday on Hinkle Field. What roles are in store

Packers add speed, versatility at receiver

By Chris Havel Special to Event USA Green Bay’s returnees, rookies and undrafted WRs asked to get job done GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Packers’ 2019 draft class offers at least a measure of insight into new head coach Matt LaFleur’s preferred modus operandi on offense. It appears LaFleur is intent on (not in any