In Green Bay, training camp is an event like no other. The traditions and connection between the Packers and their fans run deeply, and nowhere is that connection shown better than in the annual Shareholders' Meeting, which takes place today inside Lambeau Field.
Well, I take that back. Sometimes, you get a connection between a player and once of the "bicycle kids," like that between one Packers cornerback and his chosen young friend. These sorts of stories are what make being a Packers fan so special, and are more than worthy of a link in today's curds and a thorough read.
Packers tradition bonds Hayward with fan | Packersnews.com
This is great - Casey Hayward has become a part of the family for one lucky Packers fan named Madison.
Aaron Rodgers' ability to avoid injury is a top concern | JSOnline
That's always the most critical item in Green Bay, though, but Packers fans should feel at least a little bit more confident in the backup situation this year with Scott Tolzien's continued progress.
Green Bay Packers position preview: Is Clay Matthews an ILB or OLB? | ESPN.com
We'll finally start to learn more about the answer to that question when practices begin on Thursday.
Countdown to camp: Preseason will sort out CB depth | Packers.com
Though Hayward and Sam Shields are expected to lock down the position, both of them have missed time with injuries over the past several years, and if they do so again it will likely mean opportunities for the rookies.
These are the NFL's grittiest defensive role players - SBNation.com
I think Micah Hyde should get included in this discussion - after all, he plays in the slot and at safety, and excels as a tackler.
Russell Wilson contract issues focus on guaranteed money - NFL.com
The league's insiders are reporting that the Seahawks are offering Wilson less than $20 million fully guaranteed, and that is the bigger sticking point than the average value per year on the deal.
Arizona Cardinals hire Jen Welter, the NFL's 1st female coach - SBNation.com
After playing professionally and coaching in the Indoor Football League, Welter will join the Cardinals as a coaching intern for training camp. She has the credentials to back it up as well, holding a Ph.D. in sports psychology.