2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Packers' MD Jennings tries to get past call

By GENARO C. ARMAS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-22 17:37

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers safety M.D. Jennings stood in front of his locker and patiently answered every question about the final play in last year's Seahawks game. Yes, that one, with the replacement referees and Golden Tate's disputed touchdown.

For as much as others bring up the infamous call, Jennings isn't stuck in the past. He'll have more pressing matters on his mind when Seattle visits Lambeau Field for a preseason game Friday night.

The post-Charles Woodson era is under way in the Green Bay secondary, where Jennings is locked in a training camp duel with Jerron McMillan at strong safety.

``It's close, close enough that we haven't made a decision yet,'' safeties coach Darren Perry said. ``It will probably come down to the end.''

Well, Friday night represents a chance for Jennings to create some separation - and maybe exorcise some bad memories, too.

``All the time, it's something that's stuck with me unfortunately,'' Jennings said about the play. ``It's something that I'm trying to get over. I don't want to be remembered by that play. I just try to go out there and play football.''

As if the task of following veteran defensive leader Woodson wasn't tough enough. Released in the offseason in a cost-cutting move by Green Bay after seven years, the 36-year-old Woodson is back with the Oakland Raiders, the team that originally drafted him in 1998.

Not that the Packers aren't used to playing without Woodson, who missed the last nine games of the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone. Woodson did play in the team's two postseason games.

Woodson, the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, was one of the most respected players in the locker room.

``It was an honor and a blessing to play with a Hall of Fame player like Charles Woodson, just to be able to be around him, watch him work on and off the field,'' free safety Morgan Burnett said.

``Now it's time for us to apply it to the game and grow from it.''

Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, is a lock after signing an offseason extension. He's started all 36 games in which he's appeared in three seasons, compiling 259 tackles and six interceptions.

Still, one of the lasting memories of the offseason was how the defense got torched by Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers in the playoffs. Green Bay gave up too many big plays overall in 2012.

The Packers got help up front in the draft in first-round pick Datone Jones, a defensive end from UCLA. But the team didn't draft a safety, leaving Jennings and McMillan to compete.

Jennings is in his third year out of Arkansas State. He impressed enough last season that he started 10 games, and replaced Woodson in the lineup for the final nine regular-season contests. Perry called Jennings a ``go-get-the-ball kind of a guy and sure tackler.''

McMillan, in his second year out of Maine, played every game last year off the bench. ``He's effective up there near the line of scrimmage, a little bit more a thumper. Mentally, both of those guys have been sharp,'' Perry said.

Both players are expected to get more reps this Friday, in what's considered the ``dress rehearsal'' for the regular season. Typically, NFL teams give starters limited - if any - playing time in the fourth preseason game, mostly to limit chances of injury.

Memories of last year's Seahawks game are sure to linger among fans at Lambeau Field on Friday night even if the Packers themselves are downplaying questions about the play.

``I think that it's funny that a year later people are still talking about it ...'' Tate said this week. ``I'm in the record books for that play.''

The disputed touchdown catch on the final play of the 14-12 win will be forever remembered as the tipping point in helping push aside replacement referees and getting the NFL's regular officials back on the field. Here's a refresher on the call:

-Side judge Lance Easley signaled touchdown, citing simultaneous possession with Jennings.

-Back judge Derrick Rhone-Dunn waved his arms to stop the clock.

-Referee Wayne Elliott announced the play would be reviewed and after coming out from under the hood, said the ruling on the field of a touchdown stood.

Tate views the play as a springboard to other big plays for him last year.

``I think that at any moment, I can go out there and change the game, I can turn a third-and-4 to a big first down and take us into the red zone,'' Tate said. ``That just shows that the game is not over until there (is no time) on the clock.''

As for Jennings, he's looking to move on.

``It's not about Golden Tate or the Seahawks,'' Jennings said. ``It's just about getting better as a team, getting better for the regular season.''

---

AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Renton, Wash., contributed to this report.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Justin HoustonMar 2 09:52a

Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston had the franchise tag placed on him Monday, March 2, according to a source.

Ndamukong SuhMar 2 09:43a

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh will not receive the franchise tag Monday, March 2.

LaMarr WoodleyMar 1 07:12p

The Oakland Raiders plan to release DE LaMarr Woodley, a league source said Sunday, March 1. He made just five tackles in six games before his season ended due [ More ]

DeMarco MurrayMar 1 02:42p

Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray probably will hit the free-agent market since contract talks with him have gone slow, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones. Jones [ More ]

Dez BryantFeb 28 10:12p

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is expected to receive the franchise tag by Monday, March 2, but during the NFL Scouting Combine, team owner Jerry Jones said that he [ More ]

DeMarco MurrayFeb 28 09:02p

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray could give the team a chance to match any offer he receives during free agency, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones. 'There is [ More ]

Dez BryantFeb 28 08:52p

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will receive the franchise tag by the deadline Monday, March 2, executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday, Feb. 28. The move will guarantee [ More ]

EJ ManuelFeb 28 02:22p

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel still seems to be the No. 1 option at quarterback, for now, with Josh McCown heading to the Cleveland Browns. Buffalo could still add [ More ]

Josh McCownFeb 27 07:52p

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown signed a three-year deal Friday, Feb. 27, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. McCown completed [ More ]

Josh McCownFeb 27 06:32p

Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) has signed with the Cleveland Browns, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Reggie WayneFeb 27 04:42p

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent WR Reggie Wayne (triceps) recently underwent surgery on his triceps and has started his rehab. Wayne still has not decided if he will play in 2015.

Darnell DockettFeb 27 04:22p

Arizona Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett was released Friday, Feb. 27. The Cardinals would like to re-sign Dockett if he is not able to find a better offer from another team.

Brandon GibsonFeb 27 03:42p

Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Stephen BowenFeb 27 03:22p

Washington Redskins DE Stephen Bowen was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Adrian PetersonFeb 27 02:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade target for the Indianapolis Colts. QB Andrew Luck hasn't had a successful running game behind him so far in Indianapolis. [ More ]

Adrian PetersonFeb 27 02:42p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade option for the Arizona Cardinals with QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald nearing the end of their careers in [ More ]

Adrian PetersonFeb 27 02:32p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be an option to be traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, which is between Dallas and Houston, and he's [ More ]

Devonta FreemanFeb 27 02:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be the full-time back in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme next season, according tot general manager Thomas Dimitroff. 'My first impression of [ More ]

Robert GeathersFeb 27 01:32p

Cincinnati Bengals DE Robert Geathers was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Greg LittleFeb 27 01:32p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Greg Little was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Chris CantyFeb 27 11:32a

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty was released Friday, Feb. 27. The move saved the team around $2.7 million on the salary cap.

Brian HartlineFeb 27 10:32a

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Harry DouglasFeb 27 10:32a

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas was released Friday, Feb. 27.

Matt HasselbeckFeb 26 07:42p

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck was re-signed to a one-year deal Thursday, Feb. 26. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Steven JacksonFeb 26 07:32p

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson will reportedly be released Friday, Feb. 27.

Adrian PetersonFeb 26 05:52p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, [ More ]

Travis KelceFeb 26 05:42p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, who led the team with 67 catches and 862 receiving yards in 2014, is expected to be a more prominent part of the [ More ]

Kendall LangfordFeb 26 04:12p

St. Louis Rams DT Kendall Langford was released Thursday, Feb. 26, saving the team $6 million in salary cap space.

Greg HardyFeb 26 02:32p

Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy will seek immediate reinstatement after a judge overturned Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension, according to a source.

Theo RiddickFeb 26 02:22p

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick likely will be given the chance to earn a bigger role in the offense next season after the team released RB Reggie Bush.

Adrian PetersonFeb 26 12:32p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension.

Michael RoosFeb 26 12:02p

Free-agent OT Michael Roos (Titans) has announced his retirement from professional football.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group