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PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season Jason Spriggs Jersey , the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games.Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field — even if it is a modernized version of the stadium — adds to the theme. There will be a free fan festival and concert in nearby Grant Park and, for the first time, the league has approved a free viewing event of the game in the park.“We see that around other sports,” said Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president for league events. Such viewings, for example, have been a staple of the World Cup for decades, and hockey also has adopted the practice. “It will create a big festival environment.”This will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.“With the 100th season, we want to do something to kick it off in a special way Kyler Fackrell Jersey ,” said Hans Schroeder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.”Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked the name of George Halas, the team’s founder, in welcoming the news.“George ‘Papa Bear’ Halas and the NFL’s co-founders probably didn’t imagine the federation they established 100 years ago in cities and towns across the Midwest would one day be the most successful professional sports league in the world,” Emanuel said in a statement. “But that’s what their vision achieved. Chicago — the most American of American cities — is the perfect venue for this game.”Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will produce a series that selects the 100 greatest teams, plays, games, characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; and Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series.The league also disclosed plans for next month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville. Teams will make selections in eight of the original 13 towns that comprised the NFL for its first season. In Dayton, Ohio Justin McCray Jersey , the field used back then, Triangle Park, still exists, and a selection will be made there. The NFL also has committed to installing new turf on the field.“This is a really special moment for our city,” Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said. “We’re excited that the NFL is recognizing the places that were there in the very beginning and that they are celebrating Dayton’s special history in paving the way for the league with a donation that will leave a lasting impact in the community.”Each of the 32 clubs will stage a “Fantennial Weekend” during the regular season in which it will work in conjunction with local high school football teams on a Friday, stage a fan festival on Saturday, and then have former players from the NFL club at the game on Sunday. The home team also will reveal the greatest moment or play in its history that day.Rolapp said the league is talking to DIRECTV about expanding the digital presence for its popular Sunday Ticket option that makes available all out-of-market games. The NFL could opt out of its contract with DIRECTV after next season.“The world has really changed and how people consume games has changed,” he said. “How do we broaden these rights, deliver more easily to digital platforms?” Frequently connected with the Packers at #12 overall, Oliver looks like a generational athletic talent on the defensive line."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Draft: Houston DT Ed Oliver put on a Pro Day performance to rememberThat’s the face of a man who just crushed his workout without really trying.Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY SportsThe phrase “generational talent” is bandied about in scouting circles on occasion, and rarely does it truly mean what its literal interpretation indicates. However, when it comes to pure athletic ability, Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver appears to fit that description.Oliver, a highly-regarded prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft Preston Smith Jersey , put his absurd athleticism on display Thursday at Houston’s Pro Day and left NFL Twitter slack-jawed in the wake of his workout. It’s not just that he’s big, or that he’s fast, or that he’s big and fast. It’s the sum total of all of his numbers that have NFL fans and analysts (including several here at Acme Packing Company) drooling.Oliver, who measured in at 6-foot-1 7/8 at the Scouting Combine last month and weighed 281 pounds on Thursday, posted numbers that would be impressive for players at positions like off-ball linebacker or running back. Check out these reported numbers for Oliver today and from the Combine, along with their percentiles for interior defensive linemen (from Mockdraftable over the past 20 years of workouts):40 time: 4.73 seconds (98th percentile)Short shuttle: 4.22 seconds (96th)3-cone: 7.15 seconds (95th)Vertical*: 36 inches (98th)Broad jump*: 10 feet (98th)* Results from Scouting CombineRanking in the 95th percentile or above at your position in any one drill is impressive. Landing with that ranking at every movement drill is just insanity. Add to that an excellent 32 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds in Indy and you have a literally once-in-a-generation player in terms of athleticism.The reason that Oliver is not seen as a lock for a top-five or even a top-ten draft pick has to do with effort, production, and usage at Houston. His sack and tackle totals dropped in 2018, but he also missed four games as a junior. In addition, the Cougars frequently lined Oliver up as a nose tackle despite his size seeming better-suited to a three-technique alignment. With athleticism like that, it would seem that he was a bit wasted playing largely on the nose; indeed, those testing results are excellent not just for an edge rusher but even for an off-ball linebacker.Mockdraftable’s average numbers for off-ball linebackers are as follows: 4.72 40, 4.29 short shuttle, 7.11 3-cone Ty Summers Jersey 2019 , 34-inch vertical, 9-foot-8 broad jump. Oliver basically matched the average 40, was a tenth-second short of the average 3-cone, and beat all the others. In fact, Oliver’s athleticism is so absurd that NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein reports that at least four teams have graded him as both a defensive tackle and an inside linebacker.Oliver even talked to NFL Network’s Jane Slater about his workout and about the possibility of playing linebacker — and he also said that he even held back on his 40-yard dash to avoid hurting himself:If the Packers indeed find a way to land Oliver, either at 12 overall or via a trade up into the top ten, it’s easy to imagine him becoming a fun chess piece for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Play him on the edge, at 3-tech, or even standing up over the A gap on passing downs. Combined with an excellent pair of linemen in Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels as well as the Smiths on the outside, Oliver would be a matchup nightmare. On which player should offensive coordinators focus their protections?Hopefully that’s a question that Packers opponents have to answer come September.