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Packers Daily Links: Aaron Rodgers Mentors Graham Harrell

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Packers Daily Links: Aaron Rodgers Mentors Graham Harrell

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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.

More on Dezman Moses comes from PackersNews.com and Packer Report.

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.

More on the training camp schedule comes from the Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

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.

More on Tramon Williams comes from the Press-Gazette and Packer Report.

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.

A couple thoughts from minicamp are shared by JSOnline in a blog post and a video.

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...

Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Rodgers = The Anti-Favre

That really, really blows to hear Tramon say that. Damn.

EDS and Sitton, that's just funny.

GBP 4 LIFE

Evan's picture

"To hear Williams say he doesn't think he'll be 100 percent is disheartening."

Wait - Tramon didn't say he won't be 100%, just that he's not right now. I thought earlier reports said he should be 100% by the start of the season.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Good point, the way I stated that is confusing.

Evan's picture

You can't scare us like that, Brian.

tony's picture

+1

Oppy's picture

Tramon's got nerve damage in his shoulder.

Nerves regenerate on their own schedule, if they ever do at all.

Any guesses on when he'll be back to 100%, or IF he'll ever be back to 100%, is exactly that- a sheer guess.

On a positive note, Tramon has stated that during minicamp he was "doing all the things he needs to do" on the field, including playing press technique, and he doesn't seem worried about it. So, that's reassuring.

Evan's picture

Also, someone should tell Rodgers that it's not in his contract to get Harrell ready to play.

Sconny's picture

Read what Williams says again. He is describing how he looks when he watches himself from film of last year. He's not describing his current status.

Oppy's picture

Favre being a complete and total schmuck to Rodgers has actually been such a blessing in disguise for how it's molded and shaped the way Rodgers conducts himself day in and day out- and particularly how he bonds with and mentors the young QBs on the roster- that Favre's douche-baggery to Aaron alone should be enough to get #4 retired and Mr. Crock's name in the ring of honor.

The lord works in mysterious ways.

packsmack25's picture

When I hear about Rodgers helping out younger guys, my admiration for him borders on creepy.

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