Young Burnett just needs to do the job
Aug 26, 2010 ~by Robert McGinn
~The education of Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett will accelerate Thursday night when Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts visit Lambeau Field.
Thrust into the starting job without any competition because of Atari Bigby‘s ankle surgery, Burnett has performed like a typically tentative rookie, feeling his way through the first four weeks of training camp and two exhibition games.
“He’s figuring it out,” safeties coach Darren Perry said Tuesday. “You’ve got a 21-year-old that ain’t seen a whole lot of football. He was a little cautious early on. He will get to the point where he’ll be a little bit more aggressive.”
Nick Collins has developed into one of the finest safeties in the NFC, and no team has a better trio of safeties than the Colts with Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea and Melvin Bullitt.
“You’ll see some of the plays that Nick can make because he (Burnett) has got that ability,” Perry said. “Experience becomes confidence.
“If he does what the defense calls for, we’ll be fine. We’ve got enough talent around him. He can just do his job. He doesn’t have to do anything special.”
The Packers traded up to draft Burnett in the third round due in part to his 14 interceptions in three seasons at Georgia Tech.
Burnett has not been a ball hawk in camp, intercepting about three passes and dropping about the same number.
“He’s had a lot of knockdowns and had his hands on some balls,” said Perry. “I don’t think it’s a question of being passive. It’s just not quite being sure.”
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