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Jake Ryan is used to reacting quickly. His job requires it. But a prom proposal is not something he has prepared for recently. So when Victoria Donbeck, a junior at Wittenberg-Birnamwood high school, asked him to the April 22 dance, he was caught off guard momentarily.

Then, with the score 17-0, linebacker Jake Ryan had a chance to recover a botched direct snap to motioning receiver Taylor Gabriel. But he couldn’t corral the ball, and the Falcons avoided the miscue.

Instead of getting the ball in Atlanta territory with a chance to get back in the game, the Packers eventually trailed 24-0 at halftime.

The group answered questions in the break room at Ironwood Plastics and everyone present learned that Michigan alum and Packers linebacker Jake Ryan was making his first visit to the Upper Peninsula.

In addition to Murphy, Packers all-time leading rusher Ahman Green, former kicker Ryan Longwell, former receiver Robert Ferguson, and current Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski, linebacker Jake Ryan, and quarterback Brett Hundley are all participating on this year’s tour.

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The Green Bay Packers signed TE Beau Sandland to the practice squad and released RB Brandon Burks from the practice squad. The transactions were announced Friday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.

While Packers linebacker Joe Thomas Jr. was en route to Green Bay Packers jerseys Washington, D.C., on Saturday, his father was making history at South Carolina State.

At 55 years old, Joe Thomas Sr. is believed to be the oldest player to ever participate in an NCAA Division I football game after gaining three yards on a carry during the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 32-0 win over Savannah State on Saturday.

All offseason, Joe Thomas was driven to prove he could be a three-down linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.

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The former undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State earned a role in the Packers’ defense a year ago, handling the inside linebacker responsibilities in the dime package.

Thomas was grateful, but not satisfied. He trained with the goal of putting 10 pounds onto his frame to better equip himself for playing the run in first- and second-down situations.Nike Packers #36 Nick Collins Green Stitched NFL Jersey

After it initially appeared the rookie Martinez would assume an every-down responsibility, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers deployed a familiar face at the core of his third-down defense with Thomas reprising his role as the dime linebacker.

The Packers’ defense opened the game with a three-and-out, as LB Joe Thomas had WR Golden Tate tightly covered on third-and-4 on the first series.

That’s where he played most of his 335 snaps last season, registering 26 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in 14 regular-season games. He also developed into a core special-teams player, tying for fourth on team with nine coverage tackles.

While the former undrafted free agent was thankful for the opportunity, Thomas didn’t want the takeaway from his first NFL season to be that he only could play in passing situations on third down.

Blake Martinez’s life on one of the biggest stages in college football

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This is Blake Martinez in a nutshell. He doesn’t drink – not even soda – do drugs and rarely helps himself to dessert. Since early in high school, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker has been incredibly health-conscious and goal-driven.

His transformation began when he was a freshman in high school. Martinez, like most kids, was fond of PB&Js, so when the football coaches told him to eat up every night, the young defensive lineman happily obliged the request.

Blake Martinez didn’t want to be a pest, but the opportunity in front of him was too good to pass up.

As soon as the Packers’ rookie linebacker discovered his locker was only one spot over from Aaron Rodgers’, Martinez vowed to capitalize on the arrangement.

Blake Martinez was nervous his chance at nabbing his first career interception had escaped him on Thursday night against Chicago.

The Packers’ rookie linebacker, trailing Bears receiver Cameron Meredith up the seam, turned his head in time to have a Matt Barkley pass ricochet off his hands with a little more than 5 minutes remaining in the eventual 26-10 victory over the Bears.

“Since I’ve gotten here, I know injuries and things have allowed me to kind of step in here,” Martinez said. “It’s obviously tough to step in because of those reasons, but I’ve tried to take advantage of it.”

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There were no communication helmets at Stanford. Every call Martinez relayed as a four-year starter was signaled in from the sideline.

It was one of the greatest moments of Blake Martinez’s life on one of the biggest stages in college football.

The future Packers linebacker had nine tackles and Green Bay Packers jersey cheap a half sack in Stanford’s dominating 45-16 win over Iowa, handing the Cardinal its second Rose Bowl championship in four years.

The Green Bay Packers signed LB Derrick Mathews. The transaction was announced Tuesday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

The Green Bay Packers signed LB Derrick Mathews to the practice squad. The transaction was announced Wednesday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

Mathews (6 feet, 232 pounds), a first-year player out of the  University of Houston, was originally signed to the Washington Redskins’ practice squad on Nov. 23, 2015. He was released by  Washington on Jan. 5, 2016, before being re-signed by the Redskins on Jan. 14 and then released on May 2. Mathews spent part of the 2016 training camp with Green Bay. He finished his collegiate career ranked fifth in UH history with 400 career tackles. Mathews will wear No. 49 for the Packers.

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That’s why the Packers have activated six at the same position, at least one more than normal for the 46-man gameday roster. Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis and rookie Trevor Davis are also available. Janis was on the injury report earlier in the week but was removed on Friday. Max McCaffrey, signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday, is the only receiver not active.Nike Packers #87 Jordy Nelson White Men's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Jersey

For Nelson, if he catches three passes, he will take over the top spot all-time in franchise postseason history. Nelson has 48 receptions in the postseason in his career, one behind Donald Driver and two behind Greg Jennings.

The Green Bay Packers have signed WR Max McCaffrey to the practice squad. The transaction was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.

First and foremost, his older brother Max is a receiver on Green Bay’s current roster. A rookie last season out of Duke, Max McCaffrey joined the Packers’ practice squad in December and was elevated to the 53-man roster the day before the NFC title game in Atlanta due to Green Bay’s injuries at wide receiver, though he was a gameday inactive.

While Max went undrafted a year ago and originally signed with the Raiders as a rookie free agent, Christian is considered among the top four running backs in the 2017 draft class and could go in the first round.

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“It’s very important for Jordy Nelson to catch the football from Aaron Rodgers. That’s something that can’t get lost in his coming back,” McCarthy said. “Jordy’s human. Aaron throws the football differently than the other quarterbacks we have here. So it’s important for him to get that timing to see the football come out of his hand and get his head around when the ball’s in the air.”

While it’s unlikely the Packers’ Pro Bowl receiver will play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Kansas City, Nelson told reporters Sunday that he’s expecting to participate in 11-on-11 team periods during practice this week.

It would be the first time Nelson has stepped on the field for full-speed work since he injured his left knee last August in Pittsburgh.

Their response was another 75-yard drive in five plays that began with Cook drawing a 30-yard defensive pass interference penalty.

With 20 seconds left in the half, Rodgers then threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Adams across the middle of the field despite a Jacksonville defender grabbing the quarterback’s jersey at the time he threw it.

On the other end, Adams fought off a defensive pass interference penalty by former Packers cornerback Davon House to propel the Packers ahead, 21-17 at halftime.

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That’s what Nelson wants to get back to. He’s not there yet, calling September the “ultimate target date,” but at this point there’s no reason to think he won’t hit it.

“I’m excited to play,” he said. “I think I said when (the injury) happened it would be the first time in 18 years I hadn’t played football in the fall. I’m excited to get back out there. I told my wife I’m excited to be sore. It’s a good sore to have. We look forward to that, but again, it’s a long ways away.”

Nelson isn’t the only Packers receiver awaiting clearance. Ty Montgomery also sat out of Tuesday’s practice as he recovers from season-ending ankle surgery. Like Nelson, he’s happy with his rehab and anxious to get back on the field.

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When exactly that will be for Nelson is yet to be determined, but he says he’ll be ready whenever that day finally arrives.

“We said OTAs was going to be up for debate and there’s a lot more higher-ups than me,” Nelson said. “Obviously, they’re being smart and they’re probably doing the Green Bay Packers jersey  right thing. But you always push the limit.”

As Brett Favre’s backup for two separate four-year stints in Green Bay, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson surely has plenty of stories he could share with his new protégé, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.

That’s not to say his game didn’t get some work, though. Another way he has learned from Rodgers is bringing intense competitiveness to his scout-team work. Rodgers’ famous “belt” celebration originated after successful plays while running the scout team behind Hall of Famer Brett Favre.Nike NFL Green Bay Packers Heart & Soul NFL T-Shirt Black

Hundley didn’t mention any practice antics of his own, but whether he was pretending to be Eli Manning, Dak Prescott or Matt Ryan, he played those snaps with as much gusto as Rodgers used to.

Synonymous with the Lambeau Leap, Butler’s popularity in Green Bay remains unmatched to this day, but he also knows he doesn’t have the transcendent appeal of Brett Favre and White. Playing in the NFL’s smallest market also can make it more difficult to gain traction on a national level.

Former teammate, Edgar Bennett, and Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf have spoken fervently over the years about Butler possessing the necessary credentials. Yet, his phone has been silent every November when the semifinalists are announced.