Brett Favre to Play Last Game in Wisconsin
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky Brett Favre will be playing one last game in Wisconsin.
The day after the former Packers great is inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame this summer, he will take part in an all-star flag football game.
The event is run by Gameday Entertainment and will be held in Camp Randall Stadium in Madison,WI home to the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team.
The event will be held on July 19 and will pit himself and several of his former Packers teammates vs. an all-star team comprised of former NFL opponents.
Favre will have his number officially retired at Lambeau Field the previous day. He will be honored with his name and #4 unveiled on the stadium’s south end zone along with other Packers greats who have been so honored at a ceremony during the Packers – Bears game on Thanksgiving Night November 26.
If that doesn’t sound like fun I don’t know what does.
Final Thoughts on Packers Draft
This draft while lacking star-power was exactly what the Green Bay Packers needed.
Teams near the bottom of the league with little or no chance to reach the playoffs, much less the Super Bowl, draft for need and reach for players who might give them instant gratification, but little in the way of long-term solutions. A prime example is the New York Jets who schedule an annual pilgrimage to Quarterback-land. They choose players to make headlines and then when they throw that young, inexperienced player to the proverbial wolves, and he fails, they go back and repeat the same mistakes the following year. And the year after that.
Ditto for the Chicago Bears. It seems that their whole roster was up for trade during the past draft. Again for instant gratification.
A Simple Formula for Success
Not so for the Green Bay Packers. General Manager Ted Thompson is secure in his job and knows he has a potential Super Bowl 50 winner. He doesn’t need to reach. He doesn’t need to plug holes in desperation mode. He doesn’t need big-name college players to sooth the masses. With the possible exception of a cornerback and inside linebacker, his starting roster is set as are a majority of the primary backups.
What Thompson needs now are complementary players who will add to special-teams success, back-up starters when injury bugs hit and students to learn their positions. Their job is to be ready to contribute wherever needed and push the starters. Perhaps a few will surprise and become starters.
As role players expect a full measure of contributions from this year’s draft class. Damarious Randall and Quintin Rollins will play meaningful downs on defensive sub-packages. Ty Montgomery will finally give the kick and punt return game some juice from day-one. Jake Ryan will probably start at inside linebacker. Five of the six athletes will be primary special-teams players.
This draft class will be looked at to be starters in year two, three or even four. A prime example is FB Aaron Ripkowski who next year can take over as a starter for John Kuhn and Brett Hundley who will ultimately become the primary backup to Aaron Rodgers. But not this year.
In the meantime they add depth and become affordable pieces to a Packers team which seems primed to contend as Super Bowl 50 Champions.
Rating the Packers Draft
Those of you who have been awaiting ALLGBP.com’s rating of the Packers draft I finally am able to satisfy your curiosity.
After thorough and painstaking analysis my 2015 Packers draft rating is……….(drum roll)………….’I’ for incomplete. Check back in two years and I will have better information and in three years for the final grade.
NOTE ADDED: Should I be pressed to grade this draft today as many of you have rightfully challenged me to do, it would be a solid B+.
The role players (this year) they drafted will add depth and upgrade the sorry special teams. One or two may actually crack the starting line-up which isn’t bad.
The only reason it isn’t an “A” is that there isn’t a definitive starter at the mike-lineback spot and we have to hope for Ryan to emerge quickly.
Rookie Orientation and Tryout Camp Scheduled
All drafted rookies along with undrafted signees and camp tryout players will have a weekend orientation beginning today Friday, May 8 and ending on Saturday, May 9.
This is a special event for the tryout players as this might be their best and only chance to extend their dreams of playing professional football. A few, probably very few, will be signed and invited back for mini-camp. The remainder will be told that they are no longer needed. For those that remain however, there is a real chance for them to stick. Each year players defy the odds and end up making the Packers roster or are later added to the Practice Squad.
Training Camp Schedule Announced
Per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Green Bay Packers announced Monday which organized team activity (OTA) and mini-camp practices would be open to the media and public.
Here is the schedule as announced.
Rookie orientation and tryouts: As previously mentioned the rookie orientation camp will be held this upcoming Friday and Saturday.
OTA’s: Thursday May 28, Tuesday June 2, Wednesday June 10 (all at 11:30 a.m., Clarke Hinkle Field)
Mandatory Minicamp: Tuesday June 16 through Thursday June 18 (at Clarke Hinkle Field, specific times to be announced later)
Training Camp: players will report to training camp on July 29 with the first practice set for July 30.——————
Jeff Albrecht grew up just north of Green Bay and was lucky enough to attend some of the Lombardi Era classic games, like the 1962 championship and the Ice Bowl. Jeff went on to play HS football in the Green Bay area and College ball at UW - Stevens Point. Jeff is retired but still does some writing for his local paper. Jeff is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @pointerjeff .