Friday, August 27, 2004

Pressure on Kenny Holmes for Friday Nights Game


Unable to develop a pass-rusher opposite Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, the Green Bay Packers signed former New York Giants defensive end Kenny Holmes on Wednesday.

Holmes participated in practice after arriving about an hour into the workout.
Coach Mike Sherman said he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 260-pound veteran play 10-12 snaps in third-down situations Friday night at Jacksonville.

``Not having been in camp, obviously I'm not going to stress him too much,'' Sherman said.

Holmes, who signed a one-year deal worth $660,000 and a $25,000 signing bonus, visited the Packers last week for the second time to have his surgically repaired right knee inspected.

A 1997 first-round pick by Tennessee out of the University of Miami, Holmes has 38 career sacks, including five in nine games last year with the Giants before undergoing season-ending knee surgery on Nov. 15.

``My knee feels great. I've been running around here for the last five or six months on it, and I haven't had any troubles with it,'' Holmes said.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Green Bay 19, New Orleans 14

Well, we're 1-1 now after a close game at home. From Yahoo Sports:

Brett Favre completed 11 of 17 passes for 149 yards, including passes of 30 and 31 yards to Antonio Chatman, who sprained his right ankle on the second-half kickoff.

"For a small receiver (5-foot-9), he sure played big today," Favre said of Chatman.

Ryan Longwell had field goals of 30, 38, 42 and 32 yards for Green Bay.

Brooks, who sat out the Saints' preseason opener, completed 7 of 13 passes for 44 yards against a dizzying array of blitzes before hobbling off. On the next series, New Orleans backup running back Aaron Stecker left the game with a neck stinger when he was hit by linebacker Nick Barnett and fumbled.

"They blitzed every snap," Saints coach Jim Haslett said.

At least it seemed that way.

"Well, I guess that's what their trademark is going to be this year, so that's going to be what they want to work on," Haslett said.

I never know what to make of preseason games, and with a mixed performance both against Seattle and New Orleans, it's hard to see the full capabilities of the team at this point. Hopefully the next two games at Jacksonville and at Tennesee will show just how strong this Packers team is.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

draft coverage

Overall, some promising picks:

Ahmad Carroll CB Arkansas
Joey Thomas CB
Donnell Washington DT Clemson
B.J. Sander P Ohio St
Corey Williams DT Arkansas St.
Scott Wells C Tennessee

It'll be interesting to see how these rookies do in Seattle...