As training camp resumes on Monday after a day off, here's what's making headlines over the past 24 hours or so in the world of the Green Bay Packers...
Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward has performed so well during Packers' training camp thus far, he's gotten reps with the first-string dime defense, and his role could expand even more. "Lumped behind Tramon Williams, Jarrett Bush, Sam Shields and Davon House when training camp opened, Hayward has been the most impressive defensive back and overall rookie so far," writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. McGinn went so far as to suggest that Hayward could become just the eighth rookie to start at cornerback for the Packers in the last 50 years. The Packers have kept Hayward primarily at the slot during the offseason and early during training camp. He still has to prove whether he can be a perimeter cornerback, which will be a tough task.
More on Casey Hayward comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Another player that's making an impression at camp is second-year tight end D.J. Williams. “I think D.J. has had two very good practices,” head coach Mike McCarthy is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “He’s had a couple of nice catches, big plays in practice. He’s playing with much more balance and strength. D.J. is stronger, more comfortable. He’s doing a lot better job of attacking the middle of the field. I’m excited to see him put the pads on and do the interior stuff.” In the limited amount of time I've seen Williams during camp, he's looked good. He seems to be one of those players whose made big strides from year one to year two in the NFL. Now he just has to keep it up.
Both Clay Matthews and Mike McCarthy attempted to de-emphasize the mentality to designate winners and losers during one-on-one competitions during training camp. “The first thing you have to understand is it’s a teaching (drill)," Matthews told Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette. "I might go in there and go 0-for-10 one day but I might pick something up and learn something that’s going to help me out and I think on the other side of the ball, too. You’ve got to understand, it is one-on-ones, so you’re going to be competitive yet at the same time you need to individually take something away from it.” McCarthy said much the same thing, and both have a point. One-on-one drills can't be looked at in a vacuum. They're part of a larger equation.
More on one-on-one drills comes from JSOnline.
The use of wide receiver Jordy Nelson on special teams has been noted by Jason Wilde. "Even after watching then-rookie running back Alex Green (Oct. 23 at Minnesota) and No. 2 tight end Andrew Quarless (Dec. 4 at the New York Giants) each suffer season-ending knee injuries on kickoffs last season, McCarthy and special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum had Nelson working on both the No. 1 kickoff return unit and the No. 1 kickoff coverage unit during the first three days of training camp practices," writes Wilde. There's a valid point about the risk of playing on special teams, but playing on kickoff units isn't what it used to be since they've been moved five yards closer last season. I can see Nelson playing on one special teams unit, but it's difficult to envision him playing on two, other than maybe a hands-team unit.
Roles among the coaching staff are becoming defined in a report from Bob McGinn. "As offensive coordinator, (Tom) Clements made it clear that he would work from the field just as he did for the last six seasons as (Aaron) Rodgers' trusty quarterbacks coach," writes McGinn. It was also reported that new quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo will spend games in a press box above the field. There will still be a lot of interaction between Rodgers and Clements on the field just as there has been for the past several seasons.
Another feature is written by Bob McGinn on Clay Matthews switching sides of the field.
A column on Jarrett Bush is penned by Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.
A piece on the deep throws seen at practice comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels are making some noise at training camp, from Packer Report.
Training camp observations are posted at Packer Chatters.
Brian Carriveau is the editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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