Notebook: Pack Imports Punter

The 6-foot-5 Chris Bryan joins the punting battle after being mentored by former Packer Nathan Chapman.

If he lasts until the start of training camp in July, you can bet the railbirds will be chanting, "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oy, oy, oy!"

The Packers signed Australian Rules player Chris Bryan on Tuesday, with the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Bryan joining fellow newcomer Tim Masthay in a wide-open punting derby.


Chris Bryan
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According to the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, Bryan, 27, tried out for NFL scouts in Los Angeles on March 9. He's been tutored by Nathan Chapman, a former Aussie star who got a shot to punt with the Packers in 2004. Chapman told Packer Report that Bryan worked out for the Packers on Monday before signing on Tuesday.

"I'm confident it will work out," Bryan told the newspaper on Feb. 28. "I can consistently kick hang time of 4.5 seconds, which is about 50 yards. I've also got the bomb there. That's about a hang time of 5.4 seconds, but it's the consistency that's the key."

To read that story, click here.

And for more, come back on Wednesday. Packer Report just got off the phone with Chapman.

Click for Cans champions

Food pantries across Wisconsin received the benefit of support from Packers fans — including the usual concerted effort by PackerReport.com readers — as 28,000 cans were distributed on Tuesday as the bounty from an eighth consecutive win in the Campbell's Chunky soup's "Click for Cans" online food drive.

Associated Bank, a Packers corporate partner, joined the effort and donated an additional 10,000 cans, augmenting the 18,000 that were garnered with the victory.

Korey Hall, Brad Jones and Brandon Underwood led the effort to load up 28,000 cans for the 29 Wisconsin area food pantries that were present at the Associated Bank Gate on Lambeau Field's west side. Each pantry received about 1,000 cans. Approximately 335,000 people receive assistance from the pantries that received the soup.

 Quick hits

— According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the California Highway Patrol will seek two misdemeanor charges against Spencer Havner after a weekend motorcycle crash left him with a broken collarbone. He reportedly was found with a blood-alcohol content of more than the limit of 0.08.

Mark Tauscher's two-year contract could be worth $8.7 million, according to a source. In 2010, he'll make $3.2 million in base salary and roster bonus. In 2011, his base is $4.1 million. The rest comes in per-game roster bonuses and a $200,000 workout bonus.


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