A daily roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
The NFL stops for no holiday -- well, at least not this one -- and the Packers will hit the practice on Monday to begin preparations for Sunday’s regular-season opener at San Francisco.
Before we look forward, let’s look back at some of the major developments over the last few days.
In putting together the 53-man roster, general manager Ted Thompson assembled the fifth-youngest team in the NFL and stuck to his principle of keeping players that have come through the system. A summary of that can be found here.
One other housekeeping item: I noted on Twitter Sunday evening that the Packers worked out five players earlier that day. They were: guard Chandler Burden of Kentucky, guard Bryan Collins of SMU, receiver Sam McGuffie of Rice, running back Joe McKnight of USC and quarterback Scott Tolzien of Wisconsin.
The rest of our coverage here at ESPN.com included Thompson taking the blame for the Packers’ inability to get quarterback Vince Young settled into the backup job. Said Thompson: “We threw a lot on his plate, and the fault is probably mine. I probably should have had him in here earlier.” Also, our panel of experts, which for some reason includes yours truly, predicted where the Packers will finish in the NFC North.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, columnist Mike Vandermause doesn’t think backup quarterback B.J. Coleman is ready for the job, and Weston Hodkiewicz offered an early look at the practice squad, which hasn’t been announced yet.
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne looked at the career and longevity of linebacker A.J. Hawk, who is entering his eighth season with the Packers.
At ESPNMilwaukee.com, Jason Wilde wrote about the five players cut by the Packers who were claimed off waivers by other teams.
On the team’s official website, the first depth chart of the regular season has been posted.