No Kuhn? No problem.
That's the goal for Aaron Ripkowski this season. The Green Bay Packers fullback hopes to make teammates and fans forget about the old bearded fullback, though not necessarily by being a one-for-one replacement. No, Ripkowski is his own player with his own strengths and his own energy, and he's hoping to take hold of the fullback job in training camp and make his own mark on the Packers' offense rather than to follow in another player's footsteps.
Meanwhile, the player who he will be protecting on passing downs also has his eye on something leading up to training camp - a range finder. Aaron Rodgers has locked himself in for a commitment just before the start of camp, and he'll be hitting the links instead of the gridiron.
Check out these items and more below as we continue our slow slog through the NFL offseason.
Aaron Ripkowski's game not yet fully on display | Packers.com
Aaron Rodgers does not expect Ripkowski to replace everything that John Kuhn did for the offense mentally, but RB coach Ben Sirmans says that Rip is ready to handle the fullback job when it comes to knowing his responsibilities.
Packers' Jayrone Elliott goes for the ride of a lifetime with Mario Andretti | JSOnline.com
I've always wondered what going 220 miles per hour on land feels like. Elliott can wonder no more after a thrilling opportunity this week.
Packers should retire Paul Hornung's No. 5 | Packersnews.com
So says the Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty. How do you feel about making official the retirement of a number which has been unofficially retired for the last few decades?
Aaron Rodgers (and his nerves) returning to celebrity golf tournament - ESPN
Rodgers will be back on the links at the American Century Tournament in mid-July, which will wrap up just before players are required to report for Training Camp.
Now Begins the Real Challenge for Josh Hawkins | Cheesehead TV
Hawkins is mentioned as being similar to Sam Shields coming out of college, and although he'll be competing with Makinton Dorleant for snaps with the reserves on defense, Hawkins has the pure speed and leaping ability to give himself a good shot at making the team.
NFL, Cirque du Soleil to offer fans the ultimate NFL experience - NFL.com
This is an interesting pairing - one I would not have expected, but one which gets more and more intriguing upon further consideration.