Not being able to pass his physical or practice due to a hip injury, second-year tight end Andrew Quarless is already losing valuable practice time in the opinion of Chad Toporski of AllGreenBayPackers.com. “Having to stand on the sidelines while a rookie steals the spotlight is no way to prove to the coaches (or even the fans) that you have what it takes to play a starting role,” writes Toporski. “Compounding the problem was the absence of OTA’s and mini-camps during the lockout that could have helped Quarless make his second-year strides.” I would tend to think if Quarless can overcome this injury in short order, it shouldn’t affect him too much. But certainly the longer it lingers on, the more it hurts him and his chances to make the roster or climb the depth chart.
The topic of replacing Cullen Jenkins as an interior pass rusher is taken up by Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company. “While I thought (Mike) Neal was drafted as Jenkins’s replacement, his recovery from shoulder surgery is setting him back, and I don’t expect he’ll be 100% by the start of the season,” writes Benson. “As good as Jenkins was, DE C.J. Wilson is impressing the coaches, and I hope that’s not just talk. DE Jarius Wynn has done a good job generating some pressure too, and he can replace some of what Jenkins did as a pass rusher.” And it should be noted that Benson also covers B.J. Raji as part of his post as well.
Tight end Jermichael Finley’s catch of two passes on the same play at a recent training camp practice has gotten some attention at the NFL’s official website, where Adam Rank posted video of it. “Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you,” writes Rank. “The Packers are playing with two footballs at one time, but TE Jermichael Finley makes it look easy. Here, the tight end shows that he has supreme concentration, wrangling in two passes during one pattern. Pretty impressive.”
Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette noticed it too.
The 2007 Draft class of the Packers has been significantly reduced recently. “A lot has changed in 2011, as free agency and roster cuts have come in a flurry after the players and owners came to an agreement on a new CBA last week,” writes Bob Fox of Packer Chatters. “The class of 2007 was definitely affected. Harrell was released. Jackson signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent. Hall also signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent.”
The depth, or lack thereof, at inside linebacker concerns Amanda Lawson of Rodgers That. “I have no doubt in my mind that Bishop and Hawk can cover the position and do it well,” writes Lawson. “But what happens if, heaven forbid, they are injured? Bishop and Hawk need to become mentors of both, Smith and Jackson, as well as any other player who is practicing at the position.”
Tight end Jermichael Finley’s reaction to claims of Philadelphia’s “Dream Team” is noted at Total Packers.
A blogger from Idaho, Colleen Brenton of Pocket Doppler, is sad to say goodbye to Daryn Colledge and Korey Hall.
The pitfalls of placing too much emphasis on practice are explained by Alex Tallitsch at Rodgers That.
Some training camp photos are posted at Packerville, U.S.A.
A training camp report is filed at Packer Chatters.
Listen to the Packers Therapy podcast at Packer Chatters.
Video: Some footage from the shareholders meeting last week appears at Rodgers That…
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