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Morgan Burnett Returns To Practice

Safety Morgan Burnett participated in practice for the first time in the regular season when the Packers hit the field today in preparation for their showdown with the Seattle Seahawks. 

Datone Jones also returned to the practice field after serving his one game suspension. 

The Packers defense will need both Burnett and Jones if they are going to slow down Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks offense.

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Since '61's picture

Aaron - thanks for the update and some good news on the personnel front. Go Pack! Thanks, Since '61

Tundraboy's picture

Thanks for the good news!

EdsLaces's picture


ottscay's picture

I think this is the best news all week!

Icebowler's picture

I hear Morgan is one of the few guys that can actually tackle.

packsmack's picture

My fantasy team is counting on it.

The TKstinator's picture

So is my favorite NFL team.

EdsLaces's picture

So is my life ...........wait.

Harlan Huckleby's picture

What a difference a couple years seems to make with these safeties. Morgan Burnett used to be public enemy No. 1 on these comment threads. Expect more struggles from Clinton-Dix over the next year or two as he learns the position.

dschwalm's picture

A form tackle shouldn't be too hard to teach. Teaching courage to tackle power runners is a little more challenging!

Since '61's picture

Just want to mention that I am posting from the new Cheesehead app on my iPhone. Great Job to everyone who helped get this done. Thanks, Since '61

G_is_4_Greatness's picture

This is excellent news. I'm hoping getting 42 and 95 back will boost the defense after a sub par showing in Chicago. P.S. the app is awesome and easy to use.

BELIEVER's picture

why was Morgan out?

vj_ostrowski's picture

*perfect Mike McCarthy vocal impression*

"Morgan had a calf"

The TKstinator's picture

I didn't even know he was a cow.

The TKstinator's picture

Calf injury.

Amanofthenorth's picture

Thanks for the clarification.

4thand1's picture

Morgan yes, D Jones start earning your draft status, Perry put up or get out, Neal your time has run out.

EdsLaces's picture

Daniels more Daniels-like.

dschwalm's picture

I predict that the three of these 'draft and develop' guys won't be with the team next year. Perhaps someone should stand in for TT when evaluating defensive players in the draft. His record is pretty shoddy.

Archie's picture

The love for Burnett seems strange to me. He started out so-so and steadily got worse and then all of a sudden groupthing decided he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. He is a C quality S at best. And Datone Jones has been a bust for 3 years. I guess optimism among homers springs eternal.

Look at ATL - worse defense in the league last year and now they look good. Why? Coaching. Dan Quinn from SEA took over during the off-season and suddenly the sane players look much better. Makes me think GB needs new coaches on defense. Except for Joe Whitt, everybody else is a proven loser.

croatpackfan's picture

Aaaaah, those Dom Capers haters... Dan Quinn D suffered 24 allowed points and almost lost the game to Eagles... It was not D that save the game for Falcons, but Matt Ryan and offense... And they played at home... Lets see how they'll play against Giants in New York, before we make final marking of that "wonderful" D!

Nick Perry's picture

Archie, Atlanta was a huge player in Free Agency and stocked up on defense in the draft so it's not "The sane (lol) Players" as last year.

Morgan Burnett and Matthews in the middle are what really helped the Packers run defense last year. IMO Burnett finally "Earned" his money last season.

I do understand your frustration though, we've been talking about the Packers Run Defense for what, 5 seasons counting this year? My hope is it's early in the year. Matthews played in his FIRST GAME last Sunday. Lets give them time to get their freaking legs under them before we start calling for heads after week ONE!

vj_ostrowski's picture

Again, it's like you're not even watching the same sport.

I wouldn't grade Burnett as anything more than a B/B-, but to say he's gotten steadily worse is just factually incorrect. The opposite is true. Burnett started out so-so (in fact, I'd even say that's generous on your part, as he blew plenty of coverage assignments early in his career).

The fact is that now not only has he improved in coverage (still not his best trait, as he sometimes gets exposed and is definitely not the ball magnet he looked like in college), but he has become a strength in the run game. He gives us a clear boost there, and I'm not sure how that's debatable. When healthy, he fills like a linebacker.

When he's gone, it's noticeable. The drop to Hyde is clear, and it makes HHCD worse too.

dschwalm's picture

Hey, Archie. You might have something here..........only because I totally agree with you!

The TKstinator's picture

"Atl-worse [sic] defense in the league last year and now they look good"

After ONE game? Seems just a bit premature.

Spud Rapids's picture

Burnett's best two years were his rookie year and last year. The common thread between those two years was he had a reliable safety next to him e.g. Collins and Clinton-Dix.

I think it is unfair to be harsh on Burnett when he clearly had lack luster talent like Bigby, Peprah, McMillian, M.D. Jennings playing next to him. These guys all were terrible.

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