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Graham Harrell told the Associated Press nice things about the way Aaron Rodgers has taken him under his wing. “Harrell – just as Matt Flynn did before him – swears by Rodgers’ mentoring and says that, for whatever reason, Rodgers has been his biggest supporter this offseason as he readies himself to be the Packers’ No. 2 quarterback following Flynn’s free-agent departure,” writes Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press. This story is noteworthy in light of news from years ago when Brett Favre said it wasn’t his job to mentor a young Rodgers. It’s good to see that history is not repeating itself.
It happens every year. A relatively unknown and unheralded player impresses during the offseason. One guy who got the media’s attention is undrafted outside linebacker Dezman Moses. “The Packers drafted six straight defensive players in April,” writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But this 6-foot-2, 249-pound pass rusher from Tulane could be a factor, too. His explosion and energy have stood out. At practice, Moses played ahead of last year’s starter, Erik Walden.” It’s can only be good news that Moses is turning heads at minicamp. But it’s only minicamp. What matters is what happens when the pads go on.
Head coach Mike McCarthy explained the reasoning behind the varied practice times in the training camp schedule that was released on Thursday. “Why the tinkering of the players’ body clocks?” asks Bill Huber of Packer Report. “Because the Packers’ first five games start at 3:15 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., noon and 7:20 p.m. before a stretch of noon games.” Back in March, McCarthy had hinted that there would be no nighttime practices during training camp, but the Packers have changed course.
Linebacker A.J. Hawk spoke openly about his performance last season in an interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Watching film I felt like I got stuck on blocks a little too much,” Hawk is quoted as saying by Rob Demovsky. “When I was able to blitz, a lot of times I’m blitzing up the middle or going against a center or a guard, and I feel like I got Velcroed or stuck to them a little too much. So I’ve focused on working on my hands and getting off (blocks) and get to the ball more.” Hawk had an average season in 2011, and his production needs to be better in 2012 if the Packers defense is going to improve.
Cornerback Tramon Williams had an eye-opening and perhaps disappointing statement about his shoulder, as shared by Jason Wilde at ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Basically, I’m not 100 percent,” said Williams. “I’m not going 100 percent out there. Because I’m carrying my shoulder with me and I’ve got to watch what I do.” Williams’ shoulder injury is not new. To hear Williams say he doesn’t think he’ll be 100 percent is disheartening. The Packers defense could really use him at his full strength. There’s still more than a month to go until training camp, so there’s hope that his shoulder will improve.
At yesterday’s practice, left guard Evan Dietrich-Smith and right guard Josh Sitton wore jerseys that read “Friday” and “Sunday” as they lined up on each side of center Jeff Saturday. More comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com and Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore took some reps back out outside linebacker on Thursday.
The Packers tested their new big screen, high definition video boards yesterday.
Mike McCarthy commented on Wednesday’s team-building activity that included clay pigeon shooting.
Former Packer Bryce Paup commented on the fundamentals of tackling in a blog post at JSOnline.
Fox Sports Wisconsin has an article on how the players are perceiving the upcoming 2012 season.
The Packers official website has an eye on the Packers’ young players.
Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay has more on the training camp schedule…
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