It might have looked like a lot of goofing off this weekend, but the Green Bay Packers were actually hard at work. The weekend between the second and third batches of OTAs was a big one for the team’s charity efforts, headlined by the Packers’ annual charity softball game. The event, hosted this year by Davante Adams and Blake Martinez, saw more than half of the 90-man roster show up to participate, and the team’s hobbled head coach even delivered on a promise to make an appearance despite his injury.
Then on Sunday, Jimmy Graham hosted an event of his own, a cornhole tournament that benefits his own charity foundation. During the event, Graham spoke about his goals on the football field this year, particularly his hopes to bounce back from a rough first year in Green Bay.
Here’s some news from both events, as well as a closer look at Graham’s comments and how LaFleur is adjusting to life on a golf cart — which, as far as we know, has not included throwing wrenches at his players.
Injured LaFleur throws out first pitch at charity softball game | Packers Wire
LaFleur was wearing a boot on Saturday but showed up in Appleton as promised to throw out the first pitch in the annual charity event. The offense won the game, while tight Robert Tonyan repeated as the winner of the home run derby.
Matt LaFleur determined to ‘make the best’ out of Achilles injury | Packersnews.com
LaFleur was apparently still active and able to coach his players during Friday’s OTA practice. Despite the limitations, the use of a golf cart has helped him stay involved, as Davante Adams indicated: “He was still rolling up next to me and coaching up and doing the same things.”
Jimmy Graham looking to bounce back in 2019 with Matt LaFleur's new offense | NBC26
A day after the softball game, Graham hosted a cornhole tournament for the second straight year. He knows that last year was a major disappointment, and he's focused on making necessary improvements to get back to being a difference-maker. He's got one goal in mind: a Super Bowl ring.
How all 32 NFL teams rank at the tight end position in 2019 - SBNation.com
A group with Graham and Marcedes Lewis in, say, 2013 would probably have been ranked in the top five. As it is, the Packers' tight ends got the 20th-place ranking here.
Revamped outside linebacker group gives Packers’ defense different look | Packers.com
While the tight end personnel remains largely the same (with a swap of Jace Sternberger in for Lance Kendricks), the outside linebacker group is anything but.
Swedish Startup to Bring Pogo Sticks to S.F. as E-Scooter Alternative – CBS San Francisco
If the electric scooter trend wasn't annoying enough, just imagine seeing a group of twenty-somethings hopping down the road on pogo sticks. I bet LaFleur won’t be using one of these anytime soon.