Some have stepped forward in camp : Packers Insider

Some have stepped forward in camp

August 12, 2010 by  
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Aug 11, 2010 ~ by Wayne Larrivee

~For rookies, free agents and first and second year players, the preseason began with Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage. This week it’s the next step in the process as exhibition games begin. Here is a look at those who must shine on the preseason stage this month.

Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers needs to stay healthy. Matt Flynn is looking to become what Matt Hasselbeck was years ago – “Mr. August.”

If all goes according to plan, the bulk of Flynn’s playing time will come during the preseason. He needs to show the coaching staff, as well as himself, that he’s making strides. His performance in camp thus far can best be described as uneven.

Matt Flynn: He needs to show the coaching staff, as well as himself, that he's making strides. His performance in camp thus far can best be described as uneven.

  
Running backs

With Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson, the Packers know exactly what they have. Unheralded rookie free agent Quinn Porter out of Stillman College has impressed in practice.

If he can do it under the lights in a game, then he makes this team.

One scout already told me he looks like the team’s second best running back. He has very good quickness and the ability to see the hole and hit it hard.

Fullbacks

The question here is how many will they keep? The Packers carried three fullbacks last season, and they know what they have with John Kuhn and Korey Hall.

Kuhn runs the ball well in short yardage and inside runs, and Hall is a good receiver. Both of these veterans are good special teams players.

They would like to keep 263-pound hammer Quinn Johnson, the second-year player out of LSU.

Johnson has not shown the kind of improvement one would hope for in a second-year prospect, but his size and potential are tremendous. He needs to show he can catch (a dropped pass in the scrimmage doesn’t help), run and most of all blow people up at the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Receivers

I can’t see anyone breaking into the top four at wide receiver. James Jones and Jordy Nelson, the third and fourth men on this totem poll, have been most impressive in camp.

Brett Swain must stay healthy to earn the No. 5 slot. He is coming off a knee injury and tweaked it during the scrimmage.

Tight ends

The Packers feel they have five tight ends who can play. Deciding how many to keep is the question.

Jermichael Finley is a star in the making. Donald Lee is the most complete player of the group. Andrew Quarless is a fifth-round draft choice out of Penn State with great ability. Spencer Havner caught five touchdown passes last season, and Tom Crabtree is an excellent free agent who has impressed the coaches with his all-around play in camp.

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