Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball runs with the ball during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Packers news: What started as a promising day ends so-so

This morning started with high hopes of news about the Green Bay Packers hosting a free agent in Chris Canty and ended with the news of the Packers hiring Santana Dotson’s nephew to do scouting for the team as the top story … and in between were the grainy pictures of Ted Thompson watching UW running back Montee Ball working out (though Ball did improve his draft stock and his 40-yard dash time).

That was about the extent of the news … yes, a slow news day after all.

Canty, whose agent wasn’t even sure earlier today that he had made it to Green Bay because of the weather, was supposed to be in Titletown today for a physical and to meet all the folks at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. Nobody has tweeted as of 8 p.m. CST his status. How that all turns out is yet to be seen and more than likely no news will come out of there until sometime Thursday. Will the Packers offer him a contract on the spot? Nobody seems to have a good guess about that, too.

Ted Thompson made the trip to Madison today and was hands-on during Montee Ball’s workout. Showing his direct interest is of note to all Packers and Wisconsin fans who would like to see Green Bay pick him up in the draft. He surely improved his draft standing by running a 4.46 in the 40 – with Thompson among those watching.

Montee Ball’s workout at the Wisconsin pro day …

And just who is this guy the team hired as a new scout? Yes, he’s former Packer Santana Dotson’s nephew, but here’s what the Packers wrote about Alonzo Dotson on their website:

Dotson spent the past two seasons working with defensive quality control at the University of Houston. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Madison High School in Houston for two years.

Dotson lettered three times as a defensive end (2004, 2006-07) at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of three Big 12 championship teams. A native of Houston, Dotson graduated from Oklahoma with a degree in sociology and a minor in African-American studies.


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