GREEN BAY – There are certain things that bring a smile to Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson’s face, and many of them involve finding moments for comedic self-deprecation.
But Thompson shared another such scenario during his news conference Tuesday morning. It involved former Packers general manager Ron Wolf and one of the skills that made him so successful during his decade in charge from 1991-2001.
Until recently, Wolf had been known to stop by Lambeau Field and watch tape from practice.
“He does it from year to year,” Thompson said. “He comes and watches practice and he’ll sit — sometimes he’ll take over (his son) Eliot’s office and sit and watch tape. … And it’s nice when he watches your draft class, you know, and he comes over for one of the rookie minicamps and if he comes over and he says, ‘This guy’s going to be a good player.’ That makes you feel good when he says it.”
And while the trend has stopped recently, Thompson doesn’t take it personally.
“I don’t think it’s because he loves us any less,” Thompson said with that dry sense of humor. “He’s just, he’s a traveling man.”
Full house: While there is youth in the Packers’ backfield, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is pleased with what he’s seen so far in camp – especially from fullbacks.
Rodgers praised Aaron Ripkowski on Tuesday, saying he expects the third-year fullback to factor into the offense even as a runner.