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The Packers’ head official weighed in on Saturday.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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

“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 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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Everything is still to play for in the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver battle, and tight end Richard Rodgers has a broken finger.

Good morning and welcome to the Titletown Report for Monday, August 14.

We’re inching closer towards the start of the regular season. The first preseason game is in the bag and Green Bay’s attention is now on the Washington Redskins, who they meet at FedExField on Saturday night.

GREEN BAY, WI – NOVEMBER 26: Jeff Janis #83 of the Green Bay Packers carries the football in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on November 26, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The regular season opener against Seattle is under four weeks away, just 27 more days. As is always the case this time of year, there’s plenty to talk about.

Let’s dive into the Titletown Report.

Packers complete best offseason yet under Ted Thompson — Evan Siegel

A great read by Lombardi Ave’s own Evan Siegel. He breaks down Green Bay’s offseason, and explains why it’s Ted Thompson’s finest yet as general manager.

Packers wide receiver battle heating up — Chris Peterson of Cheesehead TV

The battle for roster spots at the wide receiver position is no more settled than it was at the start of training camp. It could go in a number of directions. Will Trevor Davis make the team? If so, does Jeff Janis miss out? What about the rookies? There’s a lot to play for in the next month.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers general manager Ted Thompson’s approach to free agency is well known, if not well explained. He prefers to build the bulk of his roster through the draft, then retain as many of those picks as possible on second and, in some cases, third contracts.

But Thompson has rarely explained why he approaches it that way.

In January, Thompson agreed to sit for an interview in the days before the NFC Championship Game. Most of the discussion focused on his preference to remain in the background during the season, but when the topic turned to free agency, he brought up something that offered at least a glimpse into his thinking.

Ted Thompson prefers building his team through the draft rather than free agency, and the Packers have had more departures than additions so far this offseason. Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports

“[We] start looking into what it means, because what it means to take on a veteran player, it’s more than just the player,” Thompson said. “It’s how does the salary compare to other people on your team, and does this ruffle feathers, and all those other questions that maybe your average fan wouldn’t think to answer.”

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