When Sam Sheilds suffered an injury at practice last night, the Packers find themselves thin at the cornerback position heading into their first preseason game tomorrow at Cleveland. “With starters Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams performing only on the scout team, it appeared McCarthy had no intentions of playing them on Saturday,” writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. “Plus, fourth-round pick Davon House and undrafted rookie Brandian Ross are injured.” That leaves the Packers with only three cornerbacks fully healthy and ready to go: Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee and Josh Gordy. Head coach Mike McCarthy did leave the door open, however, to players returning from injury before the game on Saturday.
More on the depth corcerns at cornerback can be read at the Packers official website.
In regards to Saturday’s preseason opener, the amount of playing time they receive may differ from player to player. “McCarthy suggested after practice Thursday night that he’s probably going to spread out the playing time more evenly among the starters and backups than in past years, but that he might mix and match personnel more also, with some non-starters playing with the starters, and vice versa,” writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It’s also unclear whether he might completely rest some long-time veterans, at least on defense.” Defensive players who didn’t practice with the starters last night include: Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Nick Collins, Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk, though McCarthy wouldn’t rule them out for Saturday.
An alteration to the training camp schedule was announced yesterday, including a move of the three remaining night practices to the afternoon. “The new schedule, which features all morning practices at either 11 or 11:15 a.m. and eliminates three 7 p.m. practices next week, was announced Thursday,” writes Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. “It brought relief to players who had been reporting to team facilities around 7 a.m. and weren’t leaving until 10 p.m.”
The battle for the starting spot at safety is detailed by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. “While (Morgan) Burnett says he’s taking nothing for granted, and (Charlie) Peprah isn’t willing to concede anything yet, it has become clear which direction the Packers are going,” writes Demovsky. “They’re going with the guy they drafted in the third round out of Georgia Tech last year, not a guy they re-signed as a street free agent.” This may be the most shocking development of training camp, not so much that Burnett is starting, but how early they inserted him with the starters.
The development of defensive back Jarrett Bush is covered by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Plunk yourself down on the sideline at Packers training camp this year and one of the things that strikes you right away is that the 6-foot, 200-pound Bush is playing cornerback with far more confidence and aplomb than he ever has,” writes Silverstein. “His one-on-one coverage has been better than it’s ever been and his mistakes fewer and far between.” Considering the depth at cornerback, Bush should get plenty of playing time tomorrow.
A blog post on Jarrett Bush accompanies the article at JSOnline.
T.J. Lang’s ongoing battle to win the left guard job is documented by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. “Two weeks in, Derek Sherrod has been erratic while Lang has impressed on the No. 2 offense,” writes Dunne. “This is a sink-or-swim year for the 2009 fourth-round pick. After bouncing around at guard and tackle, this could be Lang’s best (and final) shot to earn a long-term spot.” Given left guard is still up for grabs, it will be worth watching both Lang and Sherrod tomorrow evening.
Video of T.J. Lang at the JSOnline blog accompanies the article.
Running back Ahman Green signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Green Bay Packers. “Green returned home, where he almost certainly will be enshrined in the Packers Hall of Fame someday,” writes Vic Ketchman of the Packers official website. “The countdown toward that day began on Thursday, when Green, the Packers’ all-time leading rusher, officially retired from professional football.”
Former Packers kicker Don Chandler passed away. “Chandler, who was the kicker on the Green Bay Packers’ championship teams in 1965, 1966 and 1967, died Thursday morning in Tulsa, Okla,” according to the Press-Gazette. “He was 76 and had been battling cancer.”
More on Don Chandler appears at the Journal Sentinel.
Nick McDonald’s position change to center is covered by Tyler Dunne.
Jermichael Finley’s proclamations are pointed out by the Associated Press.
A feature on Jarius Wynn is at Packer Report (sub required).
Mike McCarthy’s press conference transcript is published at PackersNews.com.
The running back position gets some attention at Packers.com.
Ryan Grant ignores Vikings trash talk.
Four players are eligible for next week’s Supplemental Draft.
New game day bus service to Lambeau Field is announced.
Video: The Packers head to the White House…
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