From the Green Bay Press-Gazette by Dylan B. Tomlinson-Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers Saturday April 30, 2005 _____ "I didn't take rookie quarterback Aaron Rodgers long to impress his new coaches and Green Bay teamates on Friday morning. Rodgers was standing in the Don Hutson Center during his first practice as a member of the Packers when he began firing pass after pass to receivers during warmup drills. On each throw, Rodgers showed quick release and arm strength that is usually seen in Green Bay when Brett Farve is in Town. After several consecutive completions Tom Rossley's eyes got really big and he could not hide a smile. "He's better than I thought he would be and I thought he would be good." Rossley. "I'm very excited that we got him." "His arm strength is better than I anticipated." said Rossley. "He gets of the ball quickly. I don't think there is a pass he can't make." Packer's coach Mike Sherman also said Rodger' debut was a success. "I thought he had a good day for his first day out of the blocks." Sherman said. "He threw the ball well. Obviously, we have a long way to go to get him the knowledge of our offense. But I thought he stepped in and played well. Quarterback coach Darrell Bevel gave Rodgers a portion of the Packer's playbook when he was in town Sunday, but Rodgers said he was a bit overwelmed by his first real look at the offense. "I don't know anything." Rodgers said laughingly. "I know it's going to take some time." As sharp as Rodgers look throwing during drills, he struggled during team drills, which Rossley said was to be expected "When we put him into team, his mind was spinning." Rosley said. "It can be overwhelming to try to step into this offense on your first day of Practice. Rodgers didn't throw many passes during team drills , but receiver Donald Driver was impressed with what little he saw from Rodgers. "It was a chance for him to come out and show what he can do," Driver said . "So far, so good. The guy can play. he showed us that." unquote--- ---It is only the first day of mini camp, but it was positive news. We, Packer fans knew it was going to be a long process to become a Q.B. for the Green Bay Packers. The rookie is going to have to learn the Packer offense with it's huge playbook, it is not a simle offense.