Packers notebook: Jaguars' Gray visits

QB started four games last season; state legislature honors Favre; new assistant coaches

Quinn Gray, who started last season as Jacksonville's third-strong quarterback but wound up starting four games, visited Green Bay on Tuesday as the Packers seek a backup to new starter Aaron Rodgers.

Gray, a massive 28-year-old who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 254 pounds, went 2-2 during those starts — all on the road.

His first start was a dud, completing 43.8 percent of his passes for 100 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in a 24-23 win at Tampa Bay. He started the next two games, as well, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns, three interceptions and a rating of 79.6 in a 41-24 loss at New Orleans, and 56.5 percent of his passes for 101 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a rating of 82.0 in a 28-13 win at Tennessee.

He started the season finale at Houston, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 302 yards with four touchdowns, no interceptions and a superb rating of 122.0 in a 42-28 loss.

In all, he played in eight games, completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 986 yards, 10 TDs, 5 INTs and an 85.6 rating.

The Packers have shown interest in Mark Brunell, who visited New Orleans on Tuesday. Another possibility, the oft-injured Trent Green, re-signed with one of his old teams, St. Louis, and Joey Harrington inked a deal with Atlanta.

After visiting Green Bay, Gray hopped aboard a plane to meet with Oakland on Tuesday night. With the Raiders having only JaMarcus Russell, last year's No. 1 overall pick who played sparingly as a rookie, that could be a better fit for someone with designs on playing a larger role.

Honoring Favre
The Wisconsin Legislature on Tuesday passed a resolution honoring former Packers quarterback Brett Favre for his individual accomplishments and for leading the team to victory in Super Bowl XXXI.

"Brett Favre's legacy will live on beyond his many impressive records and statistics, as his leadership and love of football embody the heart of America's favorite game, earning him the respect and admiration of his fellow players, coaches and fans," the resolution concluded.

The resolution also thanked Favre and his wife, Deanna, for their charitable work.

The entire bill can be read by clicking this link: www.legis.state.wi.us/2007/data/AJR-113.pdf.

New assistant coaches
The Green Bay Packers recently named Joe Whitt, Jr., defensive quality control and Mondray Gee as strength and conditioning assistant.

Whitt, Jr., joins the Packers from Atlanta, where he spent this past season as assistant defensive backs coach for the Falcons. He spent the previous four seasons at Louisville, where he served as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. He began his coaching career as wide receivers coach at The Citadel in 2002.

Gee (pronounced as the letter ‘G') comes to Green Bay after seven seasons (2001-07) with the Detroit Lions. He served as a graduate assistant on the strength & conditioning staff at his alma mater, Michigan State, in 2000.


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