September 2, 2015

Nelson continues dominance of Pirates

Brewers logoJimmy Nelson continued his dominance of the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-4 win a t Miller Park last night.

Nelson (11-10, 3.70 ERA) held the Pirates to a run on four hits in seven innings and improved to 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA against the Pirates this season.  The Brewers improved to 5-2 against the Pirates at Miller Park this season and 59-17 at home since 2007.

It was a big turn-around for Nelson, who walked eight in just 3 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians last time out.  Last night, Nelson issued just one walk.  He pounded the strike zone, throwing 72 of 101 pitches for strikes.

Nelson was comforted with the Brewers offensive support.  They scored four runs in the first inning and added another run in the second to give Nelson a five-run cushion.

The Pirates kept the Brewers in check until the 8th when Jean Segura singled in two insurance runs.  Pittsburgh then went to work in the 9th, getting home runs from Aramis Ramirez and Jung Ho Kang.  Neil Walker followed with a double when Manager Craig Counsell went to the bullpen.

Francisco Rodriguez came on with two outs in the ninth, in a save situation.  He threw one pitch, a fly ball out, to lock down his 32nd save in 33 opportunities.

AUDIO: Craig Counsell says Nelson pounded the strike zone :14

AUDIO: Scooter Gennett says it’s fun playing behind Jimmy Nelson :16

Packers reduce roster to 75

Matt Blanchard (6)

Matt Blanchard (6)

The Green Bay Packers reduced their roster to 75 players on Tuesday afternoon.  Among the cuts is former UW-Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard, who performed well enough to win the third quarterback job behind Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien.

Blanchard’s fate was sealed however when the Packers selected UCLA quarterback Matt Blanchard in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.  Packers general manager Ted Thompson rarely cuts draft picks and Hundley cemented his spot on the roster with a good performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last Saturday.

Blanchard completed 8 of 11 for 87 yards and a touchdown against Philadelphia in the fourth quarter.  Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said Blanchard is very bright and has a future as an NFL player.

The Packers also placed wide receiver Jordy Nelson on injured reserve, officially ending his season.  Nelson tore his ACL in the second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He has yet to undergo surgery.

The Packers also released WR James Butler, LB Adrian Hubbard, TE Harold Spears and CB Kyle Sebetic.  They waived/injured WR Javess Blue and WR Jimmie Hunt.  On Monday, the Packers released DT Lavon Hooks, T Vince Kowalski, LB Tavarus Dantzler, T Fabbians Ebbele and LB Josh Francis.

The Packers will host the New Orleans Saints in the final preseason game on Thursday night (6pm) at Lambeau Field.  They’ll open the regular season a week from Sunday at Chicago against the Bears.


Abbrederis returns to practice

Jared Abbrederis (84)

Jared Abbrederis (84)

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis has been out since suffering a concussion on the first day of training camp (July 30).  Today, Abbrederis returned to workouts and it would appear, he’ll play in the preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

Abbrederis’ return comes on the day the Packers must reduce their roster from 83 to 75 players.

The Packers selected Abbrederis out of the University of Wisconsin in the 2014 draft.  He spent last season on injured reserve and he has yet to play in a preseason game for the team.

The Packers must decide if Abbrederis can contribute this season and if he is a better option than Myles White, who moved into the fifth receiver spot after catching nine passes for 89 yards against the Eagles last Saturday night.

The Packers will have to make their roster moves by the 3pm deadline today.  They’ll face the New Orleans Saints at home on Thursday night, then will need  to go from 75 to 53 by  3 p.m. on Saturday.

Packers release five players today

Packers logoThe Green Bay Packers announced the release of five players this afternoon.

The five players are LB Tavarus Dantzler, T Fabbians Ebbele, LB Josh Francis, DT Lavon Hooks and T Vince Kowalski.

The Packers still have to reduce their roster to 75 players by 3pm Tuesday afternoon.  They’ll have to make their final roster cuts after hosting the New Orleans Saints in the final preseason game.  All NFL teams will have to be down to 53 players by 3pm Saturday.  They’ll be able to start filling out their practice squads the following day.

The Packers will hold their final open to the public practice on Tuesday afternoon.


Packers hoping Cobb can play in regular season opener

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

When Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb went down in Saturday’s 39-26 preseason loss to the Eagles, he feared he had broken his collarbone.

Cobb was taken to the locker room and x-rays on his shoulder turned up negative.  Follow-up tests the next day also showed nothing more than a shoulder sprain (AC Joint) which means the Packers and Cobb dodged a bullet.

There’s a chance that Cobb could be ready to go for the Packers regular season opener at Chicago in two weeks.

If Cobb can’t play in that game, then the next men up are Jeff Janis and rookie Ty Montgomery.  Both played well against the Eagles, but both are nowhere near the caliber of Cobb.

The Packers have already lost Jordy Nelson to a season ending knee injury.  When that happened, Cobb became the top receiver for the Packers.

The Packers may need to plan a different form of attack, using running back Eddie Lacy to help wear down defenses to go along with the Packers potent passing game.

Cobb just signed a new free agent deal in the offseason, following an outstanding season a year ago.  The Packers need him to stay healthy moving forward.

AUDIO: Randall Cobb feared the worst :12