The Green Bay Packers have a plethora of talent on their team this year. Many players who would be locks for other team’s rosters may end up getting cut from the Packers’ final roster. Of the players who are locks, Packers Wide Receivers Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, two players whom we at Mayfield Sports have worked with in the past, are in an interesting competition. Both players are entering contract seasons. Additionally, both are candidates for the Packers’ second wide receiver position.
Of course, Davante Adams is the Packers’ number one wide receiver. After him, though, there is a battle for which player will take the second guaranteed starting spot. Both Lazard and Valdes-Scantling (MVS) had opportunities to be the second starter last season. Both had some fantastic games, but also had their separate struggles. Coming into camp, there was no clear-cut number two option at wide receiver. Undoubtedly, however, it will be one of these two players.
The decision of which of the two players will start at the second wide receiver position is very difficult. Each brings unique strengths to the offense. The question is which one is better or has the most potential to be a number two option. What complicates it further is that their stats from last season do not lend much help.
|Catch %||71.7 %||52.4 %|
|Drop %||10.9 %||11.1 %|
From the stats above, it would appear that MVS had a much better season than Allen Lazard. However, it should be taken into consideration that Lazard missed six games due to a core muscle injury that required surgery. Additionally, he came back midseason and was still hampered by the injury. Taking that into consideration, one would assume that had the two played the same amount of games, it would have been Lazard with better statistics. After all, Lazard had a higher catch percentage and lower drop rate than MVS. That being said, “what ifs” do not help answer the question.
The Green Bay Packers played two playoff games last season. As the number one seed, they were able to sit out of the Wild Card round before facing the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round. Here is how MVS and Lazard compared in that game:
After defeating the Rams, the Packers hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship. Again, here is how the two receivers faired in that contest:
Based on these games, the two receivers combined for roughly the same stats. In other words, they were equally productive. Clearly, the answer to the question must come from training camp and preseason games.
As head coach Matt LaFleur stated, no player that he deems valuable to the Packers’ preparation from Week One of the regular season will play a snap of any preseason games. That means that neither MVS nor Allen Lazard will be on the field in any of the team’s remaining preseason games. The answer to our question of who will be the number two receiver, then, will be determined in training camp.
The case for Allen Lazard to be the team’s number two wide receiver is that he is a reliable target. He had a 71.7% catch percentage last season, which was second on the team (behind Davante Adams). Additionally, Aaron Rodgers had a 124.5 passer rating when targeting Lazard. By comparison, he had a 109.9 passer rating when targeting MVS.
Lazard showcased his potential last season in the game in which he actually injured his core. Against the Saints in Week Three, Lazard had six receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. For a brief moment, it appeared as if he had locked up the second receiver position for good.
Few wide receivers in the NFL last season were criticized as much as MVS was. That being said, few wide receivers are as fast as MVS is. While the drops were a problem last season, reports from training camp state that he is using his body less to catch passes, a technique that led to drops last season. If MVS can cut those dropped passes in half, the Packers will have a second 1,000 receiver on the team.
The reason why MVS put up the numbers he did was because of his speed. He is a lethal downfield weapon who can blow by most defenders. His 20.9 yards per reception last season led not only the Packers, but the entire NFL.
There is no clear answer to this question, and with limited eyes on the practice field it will be difficult to guess what Matt LaFleur is going to do. One thing is for sure, though: both players are highly qualified and will be key contributors to the Packers’ 2021 season, and hopefully their Super Bowl run.
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Kevin King Exclusive Autograph Agreement with Superstars of the Game!
Green Bay Rookie CB Kevin King has entered into an exclusive autograph agreement with Superstars of the Game.
“We are very excited to sign this exclusive autograph agreement with Kevin,” said Michael Sauerbry, CEO of Superstars of the Game. “His first public signing will be Oct 21 in Green Bay. We will also be introducing the Superstars Autograph Series Green Bay players during the Regular Season in Green Bay. Stay Tuned!
“Mayfield Sports and I are very excited to work with Mike as my exclusive autograph retailer,” King said “We are thrilled to partner with Superstars of the Game.” Mark Mayfield, President of Mayfield Sports said. “When you are looking for an officially licensed and autographed item signed by Kevin King, Superstars of the Game will be your source. Every autographed item has Kevin’s official hologram and certificate of authenticity.”
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A article from Michael Cohen. A great read on Davon House Returns Home.
GREEN BAY - When the Green Bay Packers are on the practice field, it behooves the viewer to pay attention as players work through individual drills led by assistant coaches. More specifically, it’s worth noting the order in which reps are taken.
Though it’s far from an exact science, there is an obvious tendency for players to line up in a manner that reflects the general parameters of the depth chart. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb lead the wide receivers. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry get things started for the outside linebackers. Mike Daniels takes charge of the defensive line.
Earlier this week, it was familiar face Davon House acting as frontrunner for the cornerbacks.
“Now I'm in a role where I'm going out there every time,” House said after Tuesday’s practice. “They call the ones, I'm the first one out doing the reps and the drills. I'm leading by example, I guess you could say. So my role has changed a little bit.
“People might look at me like I'm weird, but I kept all my Packers stuff after I left here. I watched every game, recorded the games. Rooted for you guys except when we played you guys in Jacksonville. But I mean I was rooting for you guys. I felt like I was still a Packer deep down inside.
“I wasn't going to go anywhere else, unless things were just ridiculously different than here. But this is where I wanted to be, this is where I needed to be, for me to show the world what I can do type (of) thing.”
A fourth-round pick by the Packers in 2011, House returned to Green Bay during free agency when he signed a one-year, $2.8 million deal after the Jaguars released him March 6. He instantly became the most experienced cornerback on the Packers’ roster with six accrued seasons — no one else has more than three — and will be asked to juggle a number of different hats in his second stint with the team: leader for a youthful group; mentor to second-round pick Kevin King; probable starter in Week 1.
It’s a role he is eager to fill.
“All I've got to do is teach what the vets taught me,” House said. “I was lucky to have Tramon (Williams), Sam Shields, Charles Woodson, me and Casey (Hayward) came around at the same time, Jarrett Bush. We're talking about leadership. If anyone is talking about being a Hall of Famer, I had Woodson. If someone was an undrafted guy, like Herb (Waters) wants to talk about starting from the bottom, I mean Williams did it. You have nickel guys, Casey was a nickel here, so if guys want to talk about that, Casey was the guy. Those are guys I can talk about, the way they did things, the way they worked as references, so it's easy.”
The Packers lacked a veteran presence for what amounted to the entirety of the 2016 season. Sam Shields, the unquestioned No. 1 corner, spent the majority of the year away from Lambeau Field after suffering a concussion in Week 1 that wound up ending his career. He recovered for several months in his native Florida as the youngsters behind him — Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter — stumbled through their second seasons in the league.
“Sam’s presence meant a lot, especially to guys that are just two-year players,” Rollins said. “But having House in the room, it brings an older element to the room, a guy who has been around here on some great teams definitely will benefit us. I feel it.”
Randall and Rollins are entering what might be defining years in their NFL careers. Though both players were hampered by groin injuries that required surgery, their on-field performances were queasy enough to force general manager Ted Thompson to use his top draft choice on a cornerback for the second time in three years. If the Packers truly believed injuries were the only issue with Randall and Rollins, it’s unlikely Thompson would have selected King with the first pick of the second round.
“You definitely got to learn from it,” Rollins said of his performance last season. “That’s with anything you do in life. But I just didn’t play to my standards, so getting back to that this year is definitely my main focus.”
Added House: “We've got a chance to win the Super Bowl every year. Hopefully with me coming back, we can get that done. I mean with all the injuries we had in the cornerback room last year, if they had me or they had Casey, or if Sam never got hurt, they're going to the Super Bowl. That's one of the reasons I feel like I'm lucky.”
The arrivals of House and King are likely to limit the playing time for Rollins and Randall in terms of perimeter snaps next season, evidenced by the alignments used during Tuesday’s organized team activity. In the nickel defense, which is the de facto base for the Packers, the most frequent combination featured House and Gunter on the perimeter with Randall playing the slot. Rollins took the majority of his reps in the slot as well.
When the Packers switched to dime, everything stayed the same and safety Morgan Burnett played as the second slot corner. Kentrell Brice slid in alongside Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety.
Come June, when King returns to Green Bay after final exams at Washington, the rotations are likely to shuffle again. Returners from last year have four months to prove the miscues from 2016 were flukes.
“We’re not going to talk about it,” Rollins said. “We’re just going to continue to get better week after week, day after day and just see where we end up. But we’ve definitely got some strides we can make.”
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GREEN BAY - In any other year, the Green Bay Packers might be celebrating the return of defensive lineman Mike Pennel from a four-game suspension with balloons, noisemakers, banners and cake.
Pennel is returning just in the nick of time to face the impressive Dallas Cowboys running game and what defense wouldn’t be high-fiving the return of a 6-4, 330-pound man-mountain coming off the best training camp of his life?
The reality is that Pennel isn’t a savior.
He returns having to earn a place on the NFL’s top run defense, not have it handed to him. The Packers have a pretty good thing going on defense and Pennel’s job will be to play to the standard they have set through four games this season.
“They’ve been playing really well, man,” Pennel said Monday, the first time he has been able talk to the media since his suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy started Sept. 4. “Seeing them guys out there week to week, the hardest thing was just not being a part of that. Seeing them, I just want to get ready to get back and see where I can contribute.”
To show how well the Packers’ run defense has been playing, their stats actually got worse after they held the New York Giants to 43 yards on 15 carries. They had been holding opponents to 1.8 yards per carry, but after their 23-16 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday night, it’s up to 2.0.
The Packers' run defense ranks first in yards allowed per game (42.8), yards per carry allowed, runs of 20 or more yards allowed (zero), first downs allowed (12) and first-down percentage allowed (14 percent) and tied for second in fewest touchdowns allowed (one).
It certainly can be argued that they’ve caught every break in the book and have only faced one top running back in four games, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. Jacksonville was without Chris Ivory in Week 1, Detroit had just lost Ameer Abdullah to a season-ending injury in Week 3 and the Giants were without Rashad Jennings on Sunday night.
So, it could be that Pennel’s return is more important than it might seem because the Cowboys, with their elite offensive line and rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott, lead the NFL in rushing with 155.2 yards per game. Pennel did not overlook whom the Packers were playing his first week back.
“Every week, every week,” Pennel said when asked if he had spent extra time watching the Cowboys.
The biggest concern Pennel and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac had with Pennel being away from the practice field was him losing his conditioning and gaining weight. Pennel had worked hard in the offseason to keep his weight in the 330 range and at the time he began serving his suspension he was at 333.
During the five weeks he was gone — it was a four-game suspension and so the bye week didn’t count as time served — Pennel was allowed to go to position meetings and work out at the facility, but he couldn’t watch practice or go to games. He said he did not waste his time during the off-facility hours.
“It actually went better than expected,” Pennel said. “I’m actually below 330 probably for the first time since coming in in the regular season. Just feeling real good, real fresh and that’s an advantage to have on guys you’re playing against that have been banging for four weeks.”
Pennel would have started in the 3-4 defense along with nose tackle Letroy Guion and end Mike Daniels had he not been suspended. The Packers haven’t played a lot of 3-4, but when they did they used outside linebacker Datone Jones and rookie Dean Lowry as the end opposite Daniels.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has the option of playing more 3-4 with Pennel or using him on early downs with either Guion or Daniels in the nickel. Because Pennel is quicker than Guion and showed much-improved pass rush during training camp, he could take snaps from rookie Kenny Clark on passing downs.
But he’ll have to earn his snaps.
“I think our young guys have stepped up and certainly our veteran guys have done a nice job,” Capers said. “We just have to keep moving forward in that area because it has an impact on what you do defensively. We’ll have our biggest challenge to date this weekend.”
To activate Pennel, the Packers will have to clear a spot on the 53-man roster and the most logical move would be to waive rookie Brian Price and see if he can be returned to the practice squad where he started the season. He would have to clear waivers in order to rejoin the team.
For more than 10 years, Mayfield Sports Marketing has been a leading sports marketing agency and speaker bureau that has helped many Wisconsin and Midwest companies, large and small, with booking athlete appearances and sports speakers for corporate events. Specializing in sports figures from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Bears and Olympians, our booking agents have negotiated deals for current and retired sports figures. Recent bookings for speaking engagements, VIP Meet & Greets, autograph signings, product endorsement deals, celebrity golf tournaments and many more corporate hospitality events. To book a player like Mike Pennel, contact a member of our Sales Team at 262.366.8188.
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Packers Kenny Clark Jr. to Co-Host the Mike Heller Show on Green and Gold Tuesdays.
During the course of the Packers season, Packers rookie Kenny Clark Jr. will be co-hosting “The Mike Heller Show” between 3pm-6pm on The Big 920 (Milwaukee) as part of Green and Gold Tuesday’s. To hear Clark, or any of the other guests on The Big 920 Green and Gold Tuesdays, fans can tune into The Big 1070 (Madison), The Score- 1570/95.3 (Appleton), and Sports Fan 100.5 (Wausau) at 5:15pm.
Facing adversity is nothing new for Packers rookie defensive tackle, Kenny Clark. At the age of 9 Kenny became the man of the household when his father, Kenny Clark Sr., was convicted on charges and sent to prison; although Kenny Sr. maintains innocence and is currently working through the appeal process after new testimony was brought to light in recent months.
Despite the challenges in maintain a relationship the given circumstances, Kenny Sr. has kept an important role in the family including being involved with Kenny Jr.’s recruiting process. Although the relationship between Kenny Sr. and Kenny Jr. is atypical, an unbreakable, albeit uncommon, father-son relationship has been further strengthened by the test of time.
Kenny Clark Jr. was drafted out of UCLA after declaring for the NFL draft as a Junior, and being named to the All Pac 12 1st Team, and All American 3rd team. Kenny Clark Jr. played in all 39 games during his 3 years at UCLA- included starting 29 consecutive games spanning the last three games of his Freshman year- through his last game as a Junior. In the First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the 27th overall pick, Kenny Jr. was selected by the 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers. Upon hearing of his selection, one of the first people Kenny spoke with? Kenny Clark Sr.
Mayfield Sports Marketing is happy to announce we are now accepting inquiries, appearance information, booking requests and autograph session rates for Packers Defensive Tackle, Kenny Clark Jr. For more information, call 262-366-8188
For more than 10 years, Mayfield Sports Marketing has been a leading sports marketing agency and speaker bureau that has helped many Wisconsin and Midwest companies, large and small, with booking athlete appearances and sports speakers for corporate events. Specializing in sports figures from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Bears and Olympians, our booking agents have negotiated deals for current and retired sports figures. Recent bookings for speaking engagements, VIP Meet & Greets, autograph signings, product endorsement deals, celebrity golf tournaments and many more corporate hospitality events. To book a player like Kenny Clark, contact a member of our Sales Team at 262.366.8188.
Mayfield Sports Marketing Welcomes Packers TE Jared Cook Aboard!
Mayfield Sports Marketing is happy to announce we are now accepting inquiries, appearance information, booking requests and autograph session rates for Packers Tight End Jared Cook.
At 6’5’ and 254 lbs., Jared is an extremely talented and versatile player while many view him as a reliable pass-catching threat since entering the NFL in 2009- as a third round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans of South Carolina University.
Cook comes to Green Bay after four seasons with Tennessee and three with St. Louis playing in 107/112 games on teams that failed to reach the playoffs in each of his first 7 seasons.
It has been widely noted that Cook wound up in Green Bay in large part because Cook prioritized playing for team that has a number of veteran play makers, and playing with (arguably) the league’s best Quarterback is surely a welcome change of scenery.
Cook’s receiving ability should give Packers’ fans plenty to cheer about this year, and will allow Aaron manipulate the in game matchups more than in recent seasons. Cook will pair nicely with fellow TE Richard Rodgers who is more of a balanced Tight End that thrives in the running game and play action situations while Cook generally plays to his strengths as a receiving threat.
Upon signing with the Packers in late March, Cook said of Rodgers:
““I think I was more excited than he was”
To book Jared Cook for an upcoming event, contact www.MayfieldSports.com or 262.366.8188
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For more than 10 years, Mayfield Sports Marketing has been a leading sports marketing agency and speaker bureau that has helped many Wisconsin and Midwest companies, large and small, with booking athlete appearances and sports speakers for corporate events. Specializing in sports figures from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Bears and Olympians, our booking agents have negotiated deals for current and retired sports figures. Recent bookings for speaking engagements, VIP Meet & Greets, autograph signings, product endorsement deals, celebrity golf tournaments and many more corporate hospitality events.
On Tuesday, April 12 we had a great time at the 5th annual Wisconsin Sports Awards put on by Good Karma Brands at The American Club in Kohler, Wisc.
The stars were out including Packers QB Brett Hundley, WR Ty Montgomery, Mike Daniels, Badger and NFL hopeful Joe Schobert, Bo Ryan and Barry Alvarez. Some very talented professional athletes received awards that were much deserved, including our friend Mike Daniels, who won Professional Athlete of the Year.
Daniels just earned a huge four-year contract extension with the Green Bay Packers that many fans are excited about, to say the least. In the 2015-16 season, Daniels had a total of 27 tackles, four sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. He is a key player on the Packers’ defense.
We want to thank the Wisconsin Sports Awards again for such a great and well put together event, we hope to see you next year!
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Mayfield Sports Marketing is a full-service, athlete speaker agency, sports speakers' bureau and athlete marketing agency. Our expertise extends from athlete endorsement deals to booking athletes as keynote and motivational speakers.
Mayfield Sports works with popular current and former Green Bay athletes including Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Richard Rodgers, James Jones, Jeff Janis, Jake Ryan, Gilbert Brown and many more.
Past events that Mayfield has brought players to include live radio interviews, nonprofit fundraisers like bowling tournaments, public autograph sessions, corporate events and association conventions.
If you would like to have a professional Green Bay player at your next event, visit our Quick Quote page and we can help you find the perfect athlete for your event!
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