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The Packers’ head official weighed in on Saturday.

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On Saturday evening, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s comments from Friday night regarding demonstrations by NFL players during the national anthem prior to games.

Here is Murphy’s statement in its entirety:

It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”

Support for players who do not stand for the anthem appears to be shared through different levels of the Packers’ organization. In August, general manager Ted Thompson was asked about the anthem demonstrations during a press conference in training camp, and responded with the following (per Packersnews.com):

“I view this as something that you’re asking me from a personal standpoint, not what I would do but what I would feel about a particular player if he made such and such action or if he failed to make such and such action. This is a free country, in my opinion, and free people can do what they like.”

Head coach Mike McCarthy did not specifically weigh in on the demonstrations himself, but mentioned in August (per Madison.com) that he gives a presentation to the Packers’ players regarding the anthem.

“Our approach has always been to give the history and the understanding of what the national anthem means, and why it’s played before any National Football League game, particularly how it started after World War II. I go through the whole history and the importance of what it means to you personally.”

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A few young Packers are getting valuable reps against top opposing receivers this summer.

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The Green Bay Packers are on a normal seven-day week this week. Following last Saturday night’s 21-17 win in Washington, the Packers will travel to Denver this coming Saturday for a date with the Broncos in the teams’ third preseason game. Both teams will likely play their starters more in this contest than in previous exhibition games, as the third game generally serves as the best tune-up for the regular season.

As they get ready for Saturday, the Broncos’ have solidified their plans at quarterback for the season, and we now know which signal-caller will take the snaps with the top offensive unit. The Packers still have questions around injuries on defense, however, particularly at the cornerback unit. Unless Damarious Randall and Davon House return to the field this week, their absences would leave a group of young players, including top draft pick Kevin King and undrafted second-year pro Josh Hawkins, to deal with Denver’s starting offense.

In today’s curds, we look at one of those young corners who is hoping to build on the success he had in last week’s game, as well as some discussion around the hit that put Randall on the sidelines for the past several days.

Josh Hawkins hopes to be Packers’ next undrafted success story | Packers.com
It makes sense that Hawkins would try to emulate Sam Shields‘ game; both were undrafted free agents, were on the small side, and possessed terrific speed. Time will tell if Hawkins has similar success to Shields, though.

Damarious Randall responds to Bryce Treggs whining about $25K fine | Packers Wire
Treggs made the league minimum last season, but he tweeted about starting a Gofundme page to pay for the fine he received after his hit on Randall last week. Needless to say, the Packers corner didn’t take too well to that.

Jeff Janis needs to play like it’s August come September-January – ESPN
Janis has been the preseason wonder for four years now, but has virtually disappeared for the last three regular seasons, save for a couple of special teams plays and a single touchdown. If he makes the roster, that had better change quickly

Packers’ run defense prepared for stiff early-season tests | Packersnews.com
So far, the front seven has held up very well on the ground through two preseason games; opponents are averaging under three yards per carry and the team hasn’t allowed a single play of 15 yards or more.

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