Oct 1, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Andre Dillard (71) waits to take the field before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Packers sign former Eagles, Titans OT Andre Dillard

The Green Bay Packers signed free agent offensive tackle Andre Dillard, the team announced Thursday.

Dillard had been released by the Tennessee Titans as a salary cap casualty on March 15 after career highs of 10 starts and 562 offensive snaps in 16 appearances last season.

He had signed with the Titans as a free agent after four years with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him No. 22 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Dillard, who spent the 2020 season on injured reserve, played in 43 games (nine starts) for the Eagles, mostly at left tackle.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) is pressured by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) during the second quarter of their game Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Jordan Love has career day to lead Packers past Chargers

Jordan Love threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs with 2:33 remaining, and the host Green Bay Packers held on for a 23-20 win over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon.

Love completed 27 of 40 passes for a career-high 322 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay (4-6). Christian Watson caught Love’s other touchdown pass and Jayden Reed rushed for a score.

Justin Herbert completed 21 of 36 passes for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Los Angeles (4-6). Keenan Allen finished with 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay lost running backs Aaron Jones and Emanuel Wilson to injuries during the game. Jones left with a knee injury and Wilson exited with a shoulder injury.

Los Angeles also lost an important starter when pass rusher Joey Bosa hobbled off the field without putting weight on his right leg. He covered his head in a towel as he was carted toward the locker room, and soon after he was ruled out for the rest of the game with a right foot injury.

The Chargers went up 13-10 early in the second half on a 26-yard field goal by Cameron Dicker.

Green Bay regained a 16-13 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter. Watson hauled in Love’s pass in the back-left corner of the end zone for an 11-yard score. Anders Carlson missed the PAT try.

The lead changed again with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter. Herbert connected with Allen for a 10-yard touchdown to put Los Angeles back on top 20-16.

Doubs capped the scoring with his go-ahead grab in the end zone. He got a step behind the Chargers’ secondary and Love lobbed a 24-yard touchdown pass into his arms.

The score was tied 10-10 at the half.

Reed scored Green Bay’s first-half touchdown on a 32-yard scamper. He took a handoff on an end-around and raced down the right sideline to make it 7-3 on the first play of the second quarter.

Stone Smartt responded for the Chargers. The tight end caught a pass around the Green Bay 30-yard line and made a defender miss on his way to the end zone for a 51-yard score.

It was the first career touchdown reception for Smartt, an undrafted free agent from 2022 out of Old Dominion.

Carlson made a 28-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to tie the game.

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Sep 28, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) passes the ball against the Detroit Lions during their football game on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Lions won the game, 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Tork Mason-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Love, Packers aim to extend Raiders’ losing streak

Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers hope for better results in their second straight prime-time matchup when they visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night.

Green Bay (2-2) is coming off a 34-20 loss to the Detroit Lions in front of a national audience on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Packers fell behind 27-3 before halftime and never recovered in what proved to be their most lopsided loss of the season.

Love completed 23 of 36 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He said the Packers’ slow start proved costly, and it is something the team will look to fix in Week 5.

“I think just offensively as a whole, we’ve just got to start faster,” said Love, who has thrown for 901 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in his first four starts. “We don’t start fast and we kind of get behind and it’s hard running the ball.”

It’s a pattern that also has plagued Las Vegas (1-3), which will try to snap a three-game losing streak as it returns home. The Raiders lost 24-17 on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers a week ago.

Raiders rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell made his debut Sunday against the Chargers, and he could make his second start in a row if veteran Jimmy Garoppolo remains in the concussion protocol. Garoppolo was sidelined as this week’s practices got underway and was limited Thursday.

“We’re waiting to see,” Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said. “We’re still under the same conversation we were last week until he clears. So he would have to clear first and then we could talk about that.”

O’Connell, the Raiders’ fourth-round pick out of Purdue, will try to build upon a first start in which he completed 24 of 39 passes for 238 yards and a pick. He was sacked seven times.

An efficient ground game could help Las Vegas, but so far that has proved to be a challenge. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is averaging 2.7 yards a carry through four games.

The Raiders’ top receiver is no stranger to the Packers or their fans. Davante Adams, who has hauled in 33 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns this season, spent his first eight seasons with Green Bay before joining Las Vegas in 2022.

Adams seems to thrive in the national spotlight. He has notched at least 100 receiving yards in each of his past four games on Monday nights, and he could become the first player in league history to do so five times in a row, according to NFL Communications.

Green Bay linebacker Rashan Gary will try to add to his team-high 3 1/2 sacks. Fellow linebacker Quay Walker, who enters the contest with a team-leading 47 tackles, will focus largely on limiting the Raiders in the running game.

The Packers’ offense could return to better health this week. Running back Aaron Jones and wideout Christian Watson both returned from injuries last week but were limited in snaps.

This week, both could play a bigger role.

“We have some of the best training staff in the world and they take great care of us and keep our best interest in mind,” Jones said. “Now, I feel like I’ll be able to go out there against Vegas on Monday night and be 100 percent.”

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Participants runs through Lambeau Field during the 2023 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon on May 21, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis.

Green Bay Packers selected to host 2025 NFL Draft

The Green Bay Packers will host the 2025 NFL Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Monday at the NFL Spring League Meeting in Minneapolis.

The announcement was made following a proposal review by full ownership and the Fan Engagement & Major Events Advisory Committee.

“The draft has become our biggest offseason event hosted in different cities and spectacular locations across the country, and we are excited to work with the Packers and Discover Green Bay to bring the 2025 NFL Draft to Green Bay and iconic Lambeau Field,” Goodell said. “With the help of numerous local partners on the ground, our prospects and fans will be treated to an incredible week-long experience that shows off the city of Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin.”

The city of Green Bay will host Draft activities as part of the week-long event, including the NFL Draft experience, the league’s interactive football theme park. Among the free events fans are invited to include interactive exhibits, autograph sessions, musical performances and photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“This is an incredible day for the Packers, Greater Green Bay and the entire state of Wisconsin as we are excited and honored to be selected to host the 2025 NFL Draft,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said.

The 2023 draft in Kansas City drew more than 312,000 fans and attracted more than 54 million total viewers over three days. Detroit will host the 2024 draft.

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Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during warmups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers would prefer to trade Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers would prefer to trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers this offseason and “move on,” ESPN reported Sunday.

The report, citing league sources, also says the 39-year-old four-time MVP is well aware of the Packers’ feelings about the situation.

Financial reasons are said to be the major impetus behind a potential trade, with Green Bay projected to be $16 million over next season’s salary cap. Rodgers is due $59.5 million in guaranteed money in 2023 and $49.25 million in 2024.

Rodgers said this past week on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he is “open to all honest and direct conversations” with the Packers. He said a trade “wouldn’t offend me, and it wouldn’t make me feel like a victim.”

Rodgers also said it was all “conjecture” as he is still deciding whether to come back for a 19th NFL season.

“All the other ideas about (a) trade and whatnot, that’s all conjecture until I decide what I want to do moving forward for myself,” Rodgers said.

“To think of being in another uniform never really crossed my mind. … I’ve just never thought that way,” he added. “I’ve got to figure out what I want to do and then we’ll see where all the parties are at and what kind of transpires after that.”

NBC Sports insider Peter King said the Packers would want at least two first-round picks for Rodgers. As for which teams might pay such a price, King offered up the New York Jets.

Rodgers was the NFL’s MVP in both 2020 and 2021, but he endured one of the worst seasons of his career in 2022. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,695 yards and 26 touchdowns while tossing 12 interceptions.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs out on to the field as he is announced against the Detroit Lions during their football game Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to weigh what’s next

What’s next for Aaron Rodgers with the Packers missing the playoffs?

Rodgers said Sunday night in the wake of a season-ending loss to the Detroit Lions that his future is up in the air. Rodgers offered no timeframe for making a decision on returning to Green Bay for the 2023 season.

“At some point, the carousel comes to a stop and it’s time to get off, and I think you kind of know when that is,” Rodgers said Sunday. “And that’s what needs to be contemplated. Is it time? Also, what’s the organization doing? That’s part of it, as well. But the competitive fire is always going to be there. I don’t think that ever goes away. Sometimes it gets transferred, I think, to other things that might not ever fill that large void. But like I said, I feel good about what I’ve accomplished in this league and wouldn’t have any regrets walking away. But I got to see what it feels like once I get away from this.”

Retirement is a term Rodgers hasn’t shied away from in the offseason since 2021. Six weeks passed between the Packers’ final game and the declaration from Rodgers on March 8 that he was returning for the just-completed 2022 season.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Sunday night the team welcomes Rodgers back, but knows “ultimately, he will decide that.”

There are decisions on the personnel side to be made independent of Rodgers that could sway his decision, he said Sunday. Free agents include wide receiver Randall Cobb, tight end Robert Tonyan, wide receiver Allen Lazard, tight end Marcedes Lewis and kicker Mason Crosby.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari, 32, has a $29.1 million cap hit in 2023. His $9.5 million roster bonus is due three days into free agency.

Rodgers’ contract was addressed last offseason with trade and retirement talk prevalent.

He signed a three-year deal worth $150 million that would set him up to make $58.3 million next season. Rodgers, however, said money won’t be a factor in his next move.

“Do I feel like I have anything left to prove to myself?” he said. “Do I want to go back and gear up for another grind? Or is it time? Is time to step away? Is it time for another voice to be leading this team?

“I think I need to get away and contemplate those things. Those are real to me. I have a lot of pride in what I’ve accomplished in this league, but I’m also a realist, and I understand where we’re at as a team. We’re a young team; there could be some changes with some of the older guys, and it could be time to step away. But I could take some time and say hell no, man, I need to get back out there and go on another run. But I’ll have to see what it feels like once I’m away from it.”

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Oct 16, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) avoids pressure from New York Jets nose tackle Quinnen Williams (95) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets take advantage of lackluster Packers for 27-10 win

The Green Bay Packers are happy to have the NFL’s New York teams in their rearview mirror.

One week after losing to the Giants 27-22 in London, the Packers fell to the Jets 27-10 at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Rookie running back Breece Hall ran for 116 yards and a touchdown as the Jets (4-2) won their third straight game and beat Green Bay (3-3) for the first time since 2006.

With the score tied 3-3 at halftime, the Jets moved ahead with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter on a sweep to wide receiver Braxton Berrios for a 20-yard touchdown. The Jets had moved into Packers territory on two passes from Zach Wilson to wide receiver Corey Davis for 41 and 11 yards.

Less than three minutes later, Jets defensive lineman Micheal Clemons blocked Pat O’Donnell’s punt. It was recovered by safety Will Parks, who ran 20 yards for a touchdown and a 17-3 lead.

The Packers cut the lead to 17-10 on a 25-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Allen Lazard with 2:35 remaining in the quarter.

Hall broke off a 34-yard touchdown on the first play of the final quarter for a 24-10 New York lead.

After stopping the Packers on fourth down at their 37-yard line with 9:12 remaining, the Jets clinched the game with a 13-play drive — all running plays — to bleed 6:38 off the clock. Greg Zuerlein kicked a 23-yard field goal for the final points with 2:34 on the clock.

After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter began with a Packers 47-yard field-goal attempt by Mason Crosby that was blocked by defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.

The Jets took a 3-0 lead with 5:46 to play in the half on a 32-yard field goal by Zuerlein. Later in the quarter, Zuerlein missed a 53-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining.

Rodgers quickly went to work from the Packers’ 43-yard line and completed five consecutive passes for 46 yards that set up Crosby for a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the half.

Rodgers completed 26 of 41 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked four times, twice by Williams. Wilson was 10-of-18 passing for 110 yards for New York.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks on from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ QB health looms large against Packers in London

Travel logistics aside, the main question for the New York Giants is the health of their quarterbacks as they head into Sunday’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers in London.

Starting quarterback Daniel Jones suffered an ankle sprain in the Giants 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears, and backup Tyrod Taylor left after sustaining a concussion. Jones returned, but was extremely limited, and running back Saquon Barkley operated late out of the wildcat.

Jones practiced on Wednesday, while Taylor remained in concussion protocol.

“I’m not surprised, he’s a pretty tough individual,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said of Jones. “I think he’s made a lot of progress since after the game and he’s been in the treatment room pretty consistently throughout these last couple days, so we’ll put him out there, give him some reps and see where he’s at.”

The only other quarterback on the roster is Davis Webb, currently on the practice squad, who has never thrown a pass in a regular season game.

Both teams are 3-1. The Giants are tied with Dallas, one game behind undefeated Philadelphia in the NFC East. Green Bay is coming off a 27-24 overtime victory over New England at home. The Packers have won three straight since a season-opening loss at Minnesota, which shares the NFC North lead with Green Bay.

Green Bay is making its first trip to London, while the Giants played there in 2007 and 2016.

“The preparation is going to be absolutely critical, especially the mental preparation, because you’re going to be out of rhythm in terms of your schedule, the practice schedule,” said Packers coach Matt LaFleur. “And, you try to keep it as normal as possible like a typical week. But, let’s face it, it’s anything but.”

Barclay rushed for 146 yards against the Bears as the Giants pounded out 262 yards on the ground. Jones had two rushing touchdowns before he was hurt.

The Giants defense held the Bears to four field goals and 304 yards total offense. New York also recovered three Chicago fumbles. The Giants are 10th in team defense, eighth against the pass, but 28th in run defense.

In addition to Taylor, cornerback Cor’Dale Flott (calf); wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Richie James (ankle); safety Julian Love (concussion); defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (ankle); and linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf) did not practice Wednesday.

In addition to Jones, cornerbacks Nick McCloud (hamstring) and Fabian Moreau (foot); offensive tackle Evan Neal (neck); wide receivers Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring); and defensive tackle Leonard Williams (knee) had limited participation.

The Packers held New England to 167 yards on the ground but gave up an 11-play drive in the first quarter that resulted in a field goal, and third-quarter touchdown drives of 65 and 66 yards.

The Packers outgained New England, 443-271, getting 199 yards on the ground, including 110 from Aaron Jones and 73 from AJ Dillon. Aaron Rodgers passed for 251 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a pick-six.

Preparing for the 38-year-old Rodgers, who has six TDs and three interceptions this season, always is a challenge, Daboll said.

“He’s fun to watch when you’re not getting ready to play him,” Daboll said of the four-time MVP. “I’ll be watching their offense, and naturally you’re watching 12 (Rodgers) and things he does, and how he moves people, and accuracy, and off-schedule plays, and checks and things he does. He’s as good as it gets. And he’s a hard quarterback to defend.”

The Packers are 21st in total offense and seventh in rushing, but 16th in passing as Rodgers still tries to adjust to the offseason loss of Davante Adams. Green Bay is seventh in team defense and third against the pass, but 22nd against the run, allowing 126.8 yards per game.

Packers safety Adrian Amos (concussion) did not practice. Cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin; offensive linemen David Bakhtiari (knee), Elgton Jenkins (knee) and Josh Myers (foot); safety Tariq Carpenter (abdomen); wide receiver Allen Lazard (ankle); and defensive end Devonte Wyatt (quadricep) had limited participation.

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Sep 18, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) runs for a first down against Chicago Bears safety Jaquan Brisker (9) in the third quarter during their football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Green Bay police chief apologizes to Packers’ AJ Dillon over encounter

The police chief in Green Bay apologized to Packers running back AJ Dillon for the actions of one of his officers during an exhibition soccer match at Lambeau Field in July.

The department conducted an investigation into the events surrounding the officer’s shove of Dillon and Chris Davis, the police chief, said it revealed two violations of department policy. He said “appropriate corrective action” would be taken but didn’t go into other detail, citing the confidentiality of personnel matters.

“I apologize to Mr. Dillon for the way he was treated,” Davis said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the strong relationship we have with the Packers organization, and the GBPD remains committed to working with them along with the entire Green Bay community to provide the best and most professional police service possible.”

The incident in question took place at a friendly between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, the first soccer match in Lambeau Field’s history.

Video surfaced on social media showing Dillon on the field trying to perform a Lambeau Leap to entertain the crowd during a weather delay.

A police officer interfered, first grabbing him by the back of his collar to stop him from jumping and then shoving Dillon aggressively as the running back offered an explanation.

“Two security told me and helped me come down to the field during the 30 minute rain delay, so I could do a lambeau leap and hype up the crowd… I’m assuming (the officer) missed them telling me to come down,” Dillon wrote on Twitter in the aftermath of the incident.

“Just miscommunication between parties, the @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them down there for our games to keep us safe. Standing there in the pouring rain with all those people it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”

Dillon, 24, is in his third season with the Packers, who selected him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. In 30 career games, he has 1,537 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns.

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Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) autographs a football after their game Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 45-30.Packers13 28

Police review launched after officer shoves Packers RB AJ Dillon at Lambeau

The Green Bay Police Department will investigate the police officer who shoved Packers running back AJ Dillon during a soccer match at Lambeau Field on Saturday night.

“The Green Bay Police Department is aware of the social media video which shows an interaction between a Green Bay Police Officer and Green Bay Packer AJ Dillon at the soccer match at Lambeau Field on July 23, 2022,” the department said in a statement Monday. “It is clear that there was a miscommunication between the Officer and Mr. Dillon. The Green Bay Police Department appreciates the perspective and supportive words from Mr. Dillon. The Green Bay Police Department Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Division has initiated a review of this incident.”

The incident in question took place at a friendly between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, the first soccer match in Lambeau Field’s history.

Video surfaced on social media showing Dillon on the field trying to perform a Lambeau Leap to entertain the crowd during a weather delay.

A police officer interferes, first grabbing him by the back of his collar to stop him from jumping and then shoving Dillon aggressively as the Packers’ running back offered an explanation.

“Two security told me and helped me come down to the field during the 30 minute rain delay, so I could do a lambeau leap and hype up the crowd… I’m assuming (the officer) missed them telling me to come down,” Dillon wrote on Twitter.

“Just miscommunication between parties, the @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them down there for our games to keep us safe. Standing there in the pouring rain with all those people it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”

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