Packers don’t take any receivers in surprise draft move

first_img Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 26th April, 2020 10:30 IST Packers Don’t Take Any Receivers In Surprise Draft Move The Green Bay Packers acquired Aaron Rodgers’ potential successor but didn’t give their star quarterback any new wide receivers. FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 26th April, 2020 10:30 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By The Green Bay Packers acquired Aaron Rodgers’ potential successor but didn’t give their star quarterback any new wide receivers.In a draft heralded for its receiving depth, the Packers opted against taking a single player at a position that was widelyThe Packers traded up four spots in the first round“We felt (the receiver class) was really strong at the top,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “I don’t know as we went through the middle and the end, that we felt it was as strong as maybe others did.“I thought the top was one of the stronger drafts at the wide receiver class that I can remember, but the runs went pretty early, and once we got to a certain spot, with the group that we had coming back, it wasn’t like we weren’t looking to add to that competition. We just felt there weren’t a lot of great candidates that were locks to make our team next year.’’Davante Adams is the only Packer who caught as many as 50 passes or accumulated as many as 500 yards receiving last season. The Packers’ biggest offseason addition to their receiving corps is“I do think we have talent and depth at that position,” coach Matt LaFleur said.The lack of receivers was perhaps the biggest surprise of a draft in which the Packers focused on solving potential long-term issues. How much a team that finished a game short of the Super Bowl last season improved its 2020 fortunes is up for debate.The Packers used their first-round pick on Love, who will likely spend his first couple of seasons backing up Rodgers. They draftedGreen Bay added Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara in the third round and Minnesota linebacker Kamal Martin in the fifth round. The Packers selected three offensive linemen in the sixth round by taking Michigan guard/tackle Jon Runyan Jr., Oregon center Jake Hanson and Indiana guard Simon Stepaniak. They chose TCU safety Vernon Scott and Miami defensive end Jonathan Garvin in the seventh round.QB QUESTIONSThe success of this draft likely will depend on whether Love eventually develops into the kind of player who can continue Green Bay’s three-decade run of quality quarterback play.His arrival already has produced plenty of speculation regarding how much longer Rodgers will stay in Green Bay, no matter how much the Packers attempt to downplay that.“We have one of the best quarterbacks to ever lace them up,” Gutekunst said. “We’re shooting for championships as long as (Rodgers is) here, and we expect him to be here for quite a while.”EMPHASIZING THE RUN?Green Bay’s draft strategy suggests the Packers may adopt a run-oriented approach, though Gutekunst cautioned against reading too much into that.“I don’t really think any of the personnel acquisitions that we made over the last three days were an attempt to kind of transition to that,” Gutekunst said. “They were the right players at the right time.”The Packers will have solid depth at running back with Dillon joining Jones and Jamaal Williams, who both could become free agents next year. Deguara also can help the running game with his ability to play fullback and H-back.FAMILY TIESRunyan is the son of former NFL offensive tackle Jon Runyan, who played from 1996-2009 before serving two terms as a Republican congressman from New Jersey. The elder Runyan now is the NFL’s vice president of policy and rules administration.Runyan said he’d take a lesson he received from his dad to heart while trying to “kind of be that nasty guy on the field that gets in everybody’s heads.”“I remember one time in eighth grade, my dad caught me patting some defensive player on the back after he made a good hit, and (my dad) gave me a stern talking-to after that game and told me never to do that again,” Runyan said. “That kind of changed my whole perspective on how to play the game.”RECOVERING FROM INJURYStepaniak tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a practice before the Gator Bowl but said he is progressing well and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.Martin, who played eight games for Minnesota last season due to a knee injury, said he’s “way ahead of where I’m supposed to be” in his recovery and that the situation shouldn’t cause any issues.WAITING ON DEFENSEThis marked the first time since 1985 that the Packers waited until the fifth round before taking a defensive player. The Packers selected Arizona State linebacker Brian Noble in the fifth round at No. 125 overall that year.last_img read more

For Logan Mize and Jill Martin, Saturday’s performance in Wellington will be a family affair

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Country music fans will be in for a rare treat this Saturday in Wellington when the husband and wife team Logan Mize and Jill Martin get together on stage. This will be their one-time monthly performance together and it may be a while before they do so again.Mize is about to embark on a two-week European tour and will be leaving next week. So Saturday night will be a special evening when the doors open at 7 p.m. with the show following at 8 p.m. Jason Boyd will be the opening act. All proceeds go toward the Memorial Auditorium air conditioning fund.This has been par for the course for the country music duo, who have each enjoyed success in the own right in the country music circuit. Still, life has a way of altering careers. Martin, at one point, was hoping to become a full-time country music star but has instead decided to raise two children in Clearwater.  Mize, who is in high demand, takes to the road performing with his band as a full-time gig.“I have always wanted to sing, and in some ways, I need to sing,” Martin said from her home. “But my children come first. So when I do sing, it is an all-family affair.”Mize is about to embark on a European tour. He will be in the United Kingdom for six shows starting on Oct. 18. He will then perform in Germany for five shows, before singing in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Nov. 1.He won’t return to the U.S. until November where his first gig back in his home country will be in Bloomington, Ill. on Nov. 13.Logan Mize and his wife performed at the 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival in Wellington – still considered one of the highest attended Festival events in history.At one point both of them had set their sights to become country music stars. Jill is from Andale. Logan is from Clearwater. Neither of them met growing up in Kansas, but both ventured their way to Nashville in hopes of fulfilling their dreams.“It was weird. In 2009, friends in Nashville were telling me to meet this guy from Kansas,” Jill said. “I just wasn’t going to call him out of the blue because he was from Kansas. So we started communicating through Facebook. He was mowing lawns and living out of a Suburban. I was a nurse doing sonograms”Soon they started writing songs together and eventually they fell in love. She went on American Idol and made it to Hollywood week one year. It wasn’t too much later she discovered she was pregnant.Today, as their children get older, they have started to rekindle their songwriting partnership.This will mark their third performance in Wellington together. Mize performed in July, 2015 in front of a crowd of over 2000 people at the Kansas Wheat Festival. Then they were at Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 8, 2016.“Anytime we perform a concert together we consider it a date night,” Martin said. “We don’t go out to movies or go out for a big dinner, so when we go out we perform together.”Lately, Martin has seen success. In 2018, she released “The Locals” which debuted at #7 on iTunes. Her album peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Country Album Sales chart.Martin said she writes songs from a motherhood perspective, something sorely missing in today’s country music.“I think country music is missing a viewpoint today,” Martin said on her website “All these dudes are singing about small-town girls, but I miss hearing it from the girl’s perspective.” Her song “Loretta” is an ode to Lorette Lynn and the struggles of the everyday woman.As for Logan, his audience continues to grow especially on foreign soil. This will be a fourth time in Europe after opening for LeAnn Rimes.“They think a lot of these shows are going to sell out or are on pace to sell out, so Logan is excited about that,” Martin said. “The promoters are really working hard, and his records are getting played.”Europe is not a hotbed for country music, but the fans are falling in love for his lyrical songs.“They are really into lyrics,” Martin said. “When he first went over there, they were surprised that he didn’t wear a cowboy hat or do line dances. But, then they discovered his lyrics and that has really taken off.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Review: In ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ a delightful new fairy tale

first_img This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Henry Golding in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Nico Santos, left, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) 1 of 6 This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Michelle Yeoh, from left, Henry Golding and Constance Wu in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Constance Wu, left, and Awkwafina in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) The result is a totally winning confection: a frothy fairy tale, trivial and weighty at once, that simultaneously uses tried-and-true romantic comedy convention while riotously bursting free of movie-business formula. “Crazy Rich Asians” has much of the same DNA as a host of princess tales like “Cinderella,” but it is a radical departure, too.Chu’s film is the first contemporary-set studio film centered on an all-Asian and Asian-American cast in 25 years, following Wayne Wang’s 1993 adaptation of Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club.” Further, studies have shown that less than 5 percent of the most popular movies in North America last year even featured a speaking character of Asian descent. Movies like this, to everyone’s loss, almost never come along.“Crazy Rich Asians” would still be an important film even if it understandably sagged with such history on its shoulders. And it’s not perfect. Like rom-coms before it, it has a blatantly superficial side, so drowning in the accoutrements of high-society Singapore that it conflates materialism with matrimony. (There is a wedding set in a church transformed into a lily pond and a bachelor party on a cargo ship anchored in international waters.) And some could reasonably quibble that Chu’s film has blind spots of its own, omitting South and Southeastern Asians for a tale entirely focused on Chinese and Chinese-American characters.But it’s not for “Crazy Rich Asians” to single-handedly make up for all the studio movies that have been missing for the last 25 years. And thanks largely to its energetic ensemble, led by Constance Wu and Henry Golding, Chu’s film is a charming romp, full of heart and heartening breakout stars.Wu plays Rachel Chu, an economics professor at New York University whose Singapore-born businessman boyfriend Nick Young (Golding) suggests a trip to the Far East. “Like Queens?” she replies over dinner in Manhattan. But his proposal is that they fly back to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding and to meet his family. It’s only as they are boarding the airplane and are led to an entire bedroom suite that Rachel realizes her long-term boyfriend is filthy, stinking rich.“We’re comfortable,” he says, a phrasing Rachel immediately recognizes as “exactly what a super-rich person would say.” Once they arrive in Singapore, it gradually dawns on Rachel that she’s on the cusp of marrying into one of Asia’s wealthiest real-estate empires. Young is the princely heir of the family business, which he has temporarily fled but is still expected to soon takeover.For Rachel, it’s like stepping into a fantasy and a nightmare. She has unwittingly landed one of Asia’s most sought-after bachelors, drawing the jealous, ever-watchful eyes of all around her, along with the piercing glare of Nick’s mother, the fiercely Old-World matriarch Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh). In their palatial estate, Rachel — a self-made woman raised by a working-class single-parent — feels acutely like an unworthy outsider. Eleanor sneers at her “American” aspirations of “happiness” and following her “passion,” a collision with her stout beliefs of spousal sacrifice.That “Crazy Rich Asians” is a rom-com where the mothers are its most vital co-stars is one of the movie’s best attributes. Though some of the satirical edges of Kwan’s book have been smoothed down, it remains a love story more about immigrant identity and Chinese heritage than romance. Its climactic moments are found not in a wedding aisle or in some impossibly lavish setting, but over a mahjong table and on an airplane, in coach.But what most makes “Crazy Rich Asians” such a pleasure is its spectacular ensemble of performers so often unseen on American movie screens. There is Wu, the “Fresh Off the Boat” star, who glides with grace and comic timing through the film; the British-Malaysian newcomer Golding, who already has the sheen of a leading man for years to come; the scene-stealing Awkwafina, as Rachel’s college pal; the wry Nico Santos, as Nick’s cousin; Jimmy O. Yang, of “Silicon Valley” as a loose cannon relative; and the reliably hysterical (and a little underused here) Ken Jeong as Awkwafina’s father.Some are already well known, some are totally new, but they collectively make an overwhelming impression: Hollywood, this is what you’ve been missing.“Crazy Rich Asians,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some suggestive content and language. Running time: 121 minutes. Three stars out of four.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Constance Wu, left, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) There are two glittering parades running in tandem through Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” a glitzy and delightful adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller. One is the blinged-out, designer-label, crazy-rich opulence often characteristic of rom-coms yet extreme enough here to make even Carrie Bradshaw or Christian Grey blush. The other, and far more arresting pageant, is of the film’s Asian cast of various nationalities who, one after another, shame Hollywood’s regular disinterest in them by being so effortlessly dazzling. This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Awkwafina in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)last_img read more