DENMARK - The Packers did not add a safety in the 2013 draft, nor did they sign one in their undrafted free agent class. Perhaps an option would be 8th-year veteran Jarrett Bush.
Bush spoke during a stop at Denmark High School on the Packers Tailgate Tour last week, saying he had not heard anything from the team about working at safety this season. He said he was confident he could, if asked, step in at the back of the secondary.
"I have played safety in the past, I have played every position in the secondary," said Bush. "If I were thrown in a safety, I wouldn't lose a step, I wouldn't miss a beat. I've done that before. Whether a draft pick comes in here, I'm sure it should help us, but I've seen that situation before and I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing over the course of my career."
Green Bay let Charles Woodson leave the team, but returns starter Morgan Burnett at safety as well as 2nd-year player Jerron McMillian and 3rd-year pro M.D. Jennings, both of whom played a significant amount of snaps at safety in 2012. They also have Sean Richardson, who made the 53-man roster last year but ended up on injured reserve and Chaz Powell, a 2012 practice squad member at the position.
Bush started just one game at cornerback in 2012. He continued his strong play on special teams, but says his goal remains to find a more permanent spot on the defense.
"Any spot," said Bush. "The corner spot or the nickel spot. I'm a competitor, I'm going to go in there and compete like I am the starter. I'm definitely going to do my thing on special teams, I guess that's my nitch, they call me 'the guru,' but I'm definitely looking forward to stepping up my role this year on defense as the nickel or corner. Just have to go and prove it. I'm very focused, I feel like more than last year, because I've got more experience underneath my belt, so I've just got to go out there and prove it."
First responders helped ring in the holidays at the 45th annual Howard-Suamico Christmas Parade.
Christmas is just two and half weeks away, and kids and families are getting into the holiday spirit.
Single digit temps around the area caused problems in the Fox Valley Saturday morning.
The frigid temperatures forced some area communities to cancel their weekend Christmas celebrations. But New London braved the cold for its annual Holiday of Wonder Parade.
Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's all of the injuries, but many Packers fans are saying "no thanks," to this weekend's Packers game.
With only a little snow on the ground in places, snowmobilers are ready for more. In the Lakewood area, trails are not yet open, but clubs are gearing up for an early start to the season.