Now they count

Regular Season work begins

The first practice as the 2019 Green Bay Packers took place Sunday afternoon on Clarke Hinkle Field.

It was a helmets and shorts workout to begin their preparations for the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field on Thursday night.

Three players who had been missing in action were back.   Kevin King, out since August 2 with a hamstring injury returned.  Jimmy Graham was back at work after allowing several days to let a dislocated finger get better and Cole Madison also returned.

Two players, other than the quarterbacks, donned red jerseys.   Ka'Dar Hollman and James Crawford were in the do not hit club.

The only two rostered players who did not work were Oren Burks, carried active despite his healing pectoral muscle injury and wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, the free agent rookie and feel good story of the final roster cuts.   Shepherd wasn't seen on the practice field during the time reporters were allowed to watch.

Also noticed a number change.   First round pick Darnell Savage has given up on number 26.

(Darnell Savage sporting his new, number 21 jersey)

Savage is replacing last year's opening day starter at safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and he'll be sporting his old number to boot.    Clinton-Dix of course, was traded to Washington last season and signed with guess who, the Chicago Bears, as a free agent this spring.

We'll find out Thursday night who got the better of the 21 shuffle.

The Packers filled out their ten man practice squad on Sunday and all 10 signed by Brian Gutekunst were with the team during training camp and the pre-season.

The opening practice squad includes: TE Evan Baylis, RB Tra Carson, CB Kabian Ento, WR Allen Lazard, DL James Looney, OT Yosh Nijman, LB Randy Ramsey, LB Brady Sheldon, WR Malik Taylor and QB Manny Wilkins.

Mark Daniels

I’ve got Green and Gold in my blood having grown up in Titletown and it’s been a treat watching and covering sports from the Packers to the preps for you in Green Bay for Midwest Communications.
As a kid, I chased Packer players for autographs, I’m still chasing ‘em now for quotes on the big play or big game. I’ve had the opportunity to cover Super Bowls, the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA playoffs and major championship golf over the years but I get just as much enjoyment following the college scene at UWGB or St. Norbert, the Green Bay Gamblers and high school sports.
Our prep coverage was honored as the best of 2007 reinforcing our commitment to give these hard working boys and girls their due.
My work has also been recognized by the Associated Press and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association with several achievement awards.
Outside of the studio, off the field or away from the gym, I’ve had the pleasure of helping dozens of organizations over the years. I’ve served as race announcer and master of ceremonies at the Bellin Run almost from it’s beginning, spoken to various service clubs and hosted charity golf events or team banquets.
My wife Kari and I have raised two active children which has kept us involved in both school and club athletics for nearly 15 years. Chances are you’ll see me on a golf course when the weather’s nice. My roots are deep and that’s why I’m so enthusiastic about this area’s sporting scene, and as I often say, “Watching kids play games helps keep me young!”
Thanks for listening and see you at the game.