Packers fans know all too well what happens when players like Warren Sapp take cheap shots. That's why it came as curious when newly drafted offensive lineman David Bakhtiari told the Green Bay Packers official website, “I’m a nuisance. I’m a little brother so I can be really annoying. I’m a finesse player but I will throw cheap shots." Bakhtiari's comments were published as part of a larger feature article on the former University of Colorado left tackle. Granted, Bakhtiari probably meant to say something to the effect of "I hit hard" or "I play to the whistle," but as is stands, he couldn't have uttered a more unfortunate phrase. The Packers don't need cheap-shot artists. They need rugged blockers that play with a bulldog mentality and tenacity, but also play within the rules. I won't hold your regrettable comment against you, David, at least until you start getting flagged for chop blocks and clipping.
It's a day late, but it's worth passing on a recent feature on newly drafted wide receiver Charles Johnson by Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article details the relationship between the recent seventh round draft choice of the Packers and his father, Fred Johnson. "Fred had been diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disorder that hardens the skin and can affect internal organs," writes Dunne. "At times, he could barely move his limbs. He also has colon cancer, heart disease and, today, may now have brain cancer. This night four years ago, the unbreakable Johnson nearly died. Doctors didn't know exactly what went haywire, but his throat closed in and he could barely breathe." The younger Johnson and his father made a pact to keep fighting: son to make it to the NFL and dad just to live. It's a great story and a brief recap can't do it justice. Read the whole thing.
After previously telling the Journal Sentinel of his desire to become mayor of Los Angeles, Packers rookie running back Johnathan Franklin told Fox Sports Wisconsin of a new goal. "Let's start this campaign for 'Mayor of Green Bay' ASAP," Franklin is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "If I fall in love with Green Bay and learn about the history, that might be the city I want to live in for the rest of my life." Franklin is the type of guy who seems like he has his head on straight. Now he just has to overcome the obstacle of not being eligible to participate in the Packers' OTAs to learn the offense and become a contributing member of the team in his rookie season.
Seventh round draft choice Kevin Dorsey talked to the Baltimore Sun about what the Packers expect from him as part of a Q&A feature. "Definitely come in and contribute to the team, whatever it may be," Dorsey is quoted as saying. "Receiver, special teams, it doesn’t really matter. That’s another thing I kind of fell in love with when I was there. It’s about just football. There’s not a lot of distractions. It’s just about football and winning. That’s what they live on."
Young wide receivers Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson are the subject of an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
A breakdown of first round draft choice Datone Jones comes courtesy of Bleacher Report.
JSOnline makes note of James Jones' upcoming youth football camp.
Video: James Jones joined Fox 11 in Green Bay to talk about next week's fundraiser for his charity foundation...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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