Jclombardi reviews Packers morning headlines.
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Notes–Packers look to improve on punt units: Special teams coach Slocum said that CB Williams and WR Jennings would handle punt returns against the Eagles. Slocum said that WR Nelson & RB Jackson would be kickoff returners. Neal injured–rookie end Neal was added to the injury report with what McCarthy said was a strained abdomen. LB Bishop (hamstring) had a slight setback and will be looked at today. LB Poppinga (knee swelling) and CB Underwood (left shoulder) did not practice.
Putting it all on the line: After a horrendous start last season, the Packers offensive line is hoping to avoid similar struggles to begin this season. With the Philadelphia Eagles’ pressure-oriented defensive approach, Sunday’s regular-season opener should show whether the line is improved. The starting line–LT Clifton, LG Colledge, C Wells, RG Sitton, and RT Tauscher–get ready for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Notes–Thursday practice: OT Tauscher is a big reason that Packers open their offense won’t stumble to start the season. Plus, WR Jennings returning punts & McCarthy’s road history.
Domowitch’s prediction: Packers 31, Eagles 24
No place like home: NFL’s reigning defensive player of the year CB Charles Woodson signed two-year contract extension The deal means he’ll finish his career with Packers. Woodson commented, “Life takes you down some different roads sometimes, roads that you can’t explain. And this has turned out to be a great road.”