Packers Daily Links: Marshall Newhouse Praised At Camp

Marshall Newhouse is praised for his solid play at left tackle through three days of training camp. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Receiving "thumbs up" designations from both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Green Bay Press-Gazette for his play at training camp last night, Marshall Newhouse is turning some heads in Green Bay. "Newhouse has opened training camp doing just what coach Mike McCarthy always wants to see from second-year players," writes Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel. "He has taken a performance jump. In the first two days of no pads, Newhouse showed the gracefulness and sweet feet that led GM Ted Thompson to draft him in the fifth round from Texas Christian last year. In pads Monday night, Newhouse also displayed some of the toughness that he didn't show last summer." Similar sentiments were expressed by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. Interestingly, they both also gave their "thumbs down" to rookie offensive lineman Ray Dominguez.

Rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb also received rave reviews after an impressive display last evening. From wide receiver to special teams, his play apparently stood out. "The Green Bay Packers coach had just watched his team’s first in-pads practice of training camp, and it didn’t take an offensive guru to see the kind of night Randall Cobb just had," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "From the scribes Tweeting away on their iPhones on the sideline to the overflow crowd in the Ray Nitschke Field stands, it was obvious that the second-round pick from Kentucky had made an excellent first impression." It's notable that through only three days of camp, it appears Cobb is only the first-string punt returner, not kick returner.

Randall Cobb was impressive enough to also have articles written about him by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel, Mike Spofford of the Packers official website and Bill Huber of Packer Report (subscription required).

Running back John Kuhn was interviewed for the first time since signing his new contract, in which he said he received other interest in the free agent market. "Kuhn said he didn’t visit with any other teams because the free agency window was so short," writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. "But he said he did entertain some serious offers." Kuhn also re-iterated that returning to Green Bay was his number one choice.

More reaction from John Kuhn on returning to Green Bay appears at Packer Report, JSOnline, ESPNMilwaukee.com and Packers.com.

Brad Jones worked with the first string last night at right outside linebacker and before practice, he spoke with the media about returning from injury. “I mean, every guy thinks they’re Superman,” Jones told Chris Jenkins of the Associated Press. “You’ve kind of got to have that mentality when you’re in the National Football League, that you’re invincible. And it humbles you a little bit that this literally could be taken away from you at any time. Anything can be taken away from you at any time. I think I found a deeper respect for the game, especially when it just literally gets ripped away from you.” Jones also talked about the Packers having little complacency after winning last year's Super Bowl with so many players returning from injured reserve hungry to win again.

Another article about Brad Jones and Morgan Burnett returning from injury is penned by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.

Focusing primarily on Morgan Burnett is an article by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. "It’s been a long stretch without organized football and Burnett has to return to his previous level of play on a surgically repaired ACL," writes Copeland. "Charlie Peprah did more than just keep the position warm and has every intention of keeping the starting job. Burnett, however, is more athletic and will have every opportunity to become the starter." Burnett has been brought back slowly in the start of training camp, not participating fully. There is hope he will resume full-time duty soon.

Another feature on Morgan Burnett is written by Jason Wilde.

The task of replacing the departed defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins is covered by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Everyone concedes it will be impossible to replace Jenkins' individual ability, but among the three, they're going to have to bear more responsibility on the defensive line," writes Silverstein. Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson, Howard Green and Jarius Wynn all get some attention as defensive linemen who have to step up.

Rookie tight end D.J. Williams getting some playing time with the starting offense has been one of the more pleasant developments of training camp thus far. "Williams, the 141st overall pick in this year’s draft who last season won the John Mackey Award given to college football’s top tight end, is off to a fast start in his first training camp," writes Rob Demovsky. "With Finley being eased back into the lineup because he’s coming off knee surgery and Quarless unable to pass his physical because of a hip flexor, Williams has seen a high volume of snaps with the starters." Ryan Taylor is also mentioned as another rookie tight end who is having a good start to training camp.

With James Jones back with the Packers, the depth of the wide receivers is studied by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette who interviews former Packers coach and current NFL Network analyst Steve Maricucci.“It’s probably the best group in the league,” said Mariucci. To think that Randall Cobb could be the fifth-string wide receiver is pretty impressive.

The possibility of Spencer Havner returning to linebacker looks plausible. "In short, Havner realizes a move to linebacker could be his saving grace," writes Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. "When asked if coaches have given him any indication, Havner winked and said he 'hadn't heard a word yet.'" Regardless of any change, there's a decent possibility that Havner's primary role with the team could be on special teams.

Kicker Mason Crosby is working out at St. Norbert College in De Pere seeing as he can't technically practice with the Packers until Aug. 4.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings focused on gaining speed in the offseason.

Brett Swain is looking for his niche on the Packers, which includes a role on special teams.

Alex Green was praised for his work on kick returns by Mike McCarthy.

Training camp reports are filed by Jason Wilde, Tyler Dunne, Larry McCarren and Bill Huber (sub required).

Quotes from Mike McCarthy's post-practice press conference are provided by Kareem Copeland.

A position preview on the defensive backs is prepared by Bob McGinn.

A feature on Lombardi's playwright appears at PackersNews.com.

A brief note on Edgar Bennett as the new wide receivers coach appears at WBAY.com.

An analysis of the Packers appears at NFL.com.

Video from last night's practice is posted at JSOnline.

Video: The Press-Gazette has Donald Driver talking about the Pack...

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Beep's picture

August 02, 2011 at 09:15 am

I understand it is an odd NFL rule that Crosby can't practice with the team, but can someone explain why Kuhn and Jones can? They all were free agent signings, no?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

August 02, 2011 at 09:16 am

They can't either until Aug. 4.

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Beep's picture

August 02, 2011 at 09:19 am

Well then hurry up Thursday...

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PkrNboro's picture

August 02, 2011 at 10:59 am

another "daily link", if I may be so bold...

"Rodgers no longer has to demonstrate he's one of game's best", Judge/CBSSports

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/15380746/rodgers-no-longer-has-to-dem...

Regards,
pNb

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Brian Carriveau's picture

August 02, 2011 at 11:18 am

Feel free. It's inevitable that I miss some stories, especially those coming from the national media.

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PkrNboro's picture

August 02, 2011 at 11:56 am

Enjoyed your "talk show" last night -- but got to it late due to yard work and the requisite shower afterwards.

Will you be doing your show during all of the practices (hopefully)? I enjoy your commentary.

Have you considered doing your show during a Packers game ? I'd much rather listen to you as compared to other announcers. Or do you want the opportunity to enjoy the game unfettered ??

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Brian Carriveau's picture

August 02, 2011 at 01:07 pm

Thanks for listening and your support I appreciated it. I'm not sure I'll be doing it for every practice, but I'll try to do it for quite a few. As you guessed, I probably wouldn't do it for games. I highly suggest turning down the TV volume and listening to the local radio broadcast if it's available to you. Wayne and Larry do such a good job. And truth be told, it's very tough for one person to talk non-stop for more than an hour ;)

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