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Minicamp Report - Camp 2, Day 1

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  1. PackerLegend

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    Defensive tackle Donnell Washington practiced, but still didn't appear to be in the best of shape. A third-round draft pick in 2004, Washington was held out of the first minicamp for not meeting conditioning requirements. In agility drills at the start of the Friday morning practice, Washington worked at a slower speed than the other defensive tackles. He couldn't push himself without getting gassed. But no defensive tackle showed more power on a sled drill. Washington might be the strongest player on the team. He said after the morning practice that he had benched press 500 pounds a year ago and probably could do 510 right now. Washington also moved well in the afternoon in a drill where the defensive linemen had to run around a large circle. Washington, who stands 6-foot-6, said he weighed 338 pounds, down from about 345 at the first minicamp. He said his body fat was 21%. Washington was listed at 328 last season. He said he stayed in Green Bay after the last camp and participated in the off-season workouts. But he said he also took part in some of the workouts between March 20, when they started, and the first camp. Whatever, Washington said he knows that he's under pressure to produce. In two years, he has yet to appear in a regular-season game. "It's do or die time for me right now," he said.

    Kenderick Allen, another big body at defensive tackle, looked to be in better shape than the first camp. He said his weight was at 328, down from 336 in the first camp when he tired easily. Back then, Allen said, "I was fresh off the couch." Allen was cut by the New York Giants for not participating in their off-season workouts. He said it was because of family issues. He added that the Packers allowed him to work through those issues and that he stayed in Green Bay to work out after the first camp.

    One of the questions scouts raised about quarterback Aaron Rodgers going into last year's draft was his ability to thow the deep ball with accuracy. In the first team session Friday morning, on a cool but not particularly windy day on the Clarke Hinkle Practice Field, Rodgers overthrew a wide open Robert Ferguson on a deep post. In seven-on-seven, Rodgers overthrew an open Donald Driver on a deep pass and also threw incomplete to rookie wide receiver Greg Jennings on a deep sideline pattern. Rodgers put the ball over Jennings' outside shoulder and Jennings got his hands on it, but couldn't haul it in. And even if he had, it didn't appear that he could have gotten both feet down in-bounds. In the final team session, Rodgers underthrew a deep ball to rookie wide receiver Ruvell Martin and it was intercepted by safety Marviel Underwood. In the afternoon, Rodgers overthrew Driver on a deep ball in a simple quarterback-receiver drill and showed his frustration by yanking off his helmet and pounding it on the ground twice. He also threw his arms down in disgust after missing free agent wide receiver Chris Francies on a deep ball in a team drill. With Brett Favre skipping the camp, Rodgers worked with the No. 1 offense and took 50% of the snaps. His best throw of the day came in the afternoon on a go pattern to wide receiver Marc Boerigter. Boerigter beat Mike Hawkins down the sideline.

    Defensive lineman Kenny Peterson practiced after missing the first camp with a shoulder problem. Peterson worked with the first defense at end in place of the absent Kabeer-Gbaja-Biamila. Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, a sixth-round draft pick, also practiced after missing the first camp with an injury to his left ankle that the Packers thought might require surgery. Jolly said he didn't have the surgery, but had recovered. He wouldn't elaborate, explaining that he was instructed not to talk about the injury. Safety Marquand Manuel participated in individual drills, but not team work.

    In addition to Favre and KGB, other veterans who were missing Friday were Ahman Green, Charles Woodson, Al Harris, William Henderson and Rod Gardner. Rookies who were missing were linebacker A.J. Hawk, tackle Tony Moll and linebacker Kevin Schimmelmann. Injured players who still weren't practicing were Brady Poppinga, Jason Horton, Najeh Davenport, Chaz Williams, Chad Clifton, Adrian Klemm and free agent defensive tackle Tim McGill. Safety Jeremy Thornburg and linebacker Kurt Campbell, two other players coming off injuries, didn't practice and weren't on the field. No NFL Europe players participated, either.

    Ahmad Carroll and Mike Hawkins worked with the first unit at cornerback in the morning. Carroll sat out the afternoon practice with an ankle injury. . . Ben Taylor, at the strong side, and Roy Manning, at the weak side, practiced with the first unit at outside linebacker. Corey Williams, Cullen Jenkins, Colin Cole and Ryan Pickett continued to rotate with the first unit at defensive tackle. . . On offense, Daryn Colledge and Junius Coston worked with the first unit at left and right guard, respectively. William Whitticker continued to practice with the first unit at left tackle. . . Rodgers took at least one snap in a shotgun formation in the afternoon. . . Jennings, who showed sure hands in the first camp, dropped an easy slant pass in the afternoon. . . Rookie cornerback Will Blackmon stuck with Cory Rodgers on a deep sideline pass and picked it off at the end of the afternoon session. It was one of the more impressive plays of the day. . . As has often been the case in the past when Favre didn't practice, the morning workout was sloppy. Coach Mike McCarthy said the afternoon session was better, but there were still some sloppy moments. At one point, the offense committed back-to-back movement penalties.

    Kevin Barry was back at right tackle after working at right guard in the first camp, but said nobody told him the move was permanent. Barry said he lost about four pounds since the first camp, putting him at about 337, more than what the Packers want him to weigh.

    Carroll and Ruvell Martin got into a short scuffle in the morning. . . Second-year cornerback Jerron Wishom made a nice play on a curl pattern and deflected a pass that was intercepted by Tracy White, a fourth-year linebacker signed by the Packers this year as a free agent. On the other hand, second-year corner Patrick Dendy got burned by rookie receiver Leo Bookman on a deep sideline pass and didn't hustle to catch up. . . Rookie linebacker Tim Goodwell dropped out of the morning practice with what appeared to be an ankle injury and didn't return in the afternoon.
     
  2. tromadz

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    Rodgers sure did sound crappy, in his interview he said it was windy...but that says it wasnt very windy. Interesting.

    Blackmon continues to do well!

    sounds like an interesting day 1. good find, legend.
     
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    The Associated Press reports Green Bay Packers S Mark Roman showed up at the Green Bay Packers' minicamp Friday, May 19, and if he's still frustrated about the way he was treated by the team's front office, he's keeping it to himself. Roman was frustrated the Packers signed S Marquand Manuel during the offseason. Today, Manuel said his frustration has passed and he's focusing on trying to win the starting job from Manuel.

    Atleast he is trying now which is what he should do, let the best safety win!

    Any one know why Harris, Woodson, KGB, Henderson, Gardner were not there? There where a couple more people as well but I know why they were gone.

    Jason Wilde, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports Green Bay Packers rookie LB A.J. Hawk will rejoin the team for most of their organized team activities in June. He will graduate from Ohio State June 9.
     
  4. thetombradyhater

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    this mini camp is not mandatory
     
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    impressive! :-?
     

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