Morgan Burnett

Morgan Burnett at Monday's practice

Veteran Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson likes what he sees from rookie safety Morgan Burnett.

In fact, Woodson expressed confidence in Burnett’s ability to start for the Packers, which becomes increasingly likely the longer Atari Bigby refuses to sign his tender.

“From what I’ve seen early out of him, he’s not making mistakes, or if he is making mistakes, it’s no more than anybody else is making. He’s got a lot of experience back there with him, with Nick, myself and Tramon. So if he is to play in there, we’ll carry him as long as we can until he’s up to speed but, (shoot), he’s good. He looks good to me, you know,” Woodson said. “Now it’s just a matter of experience getting into a game and getting a feel of it and playing at this level. So we’ll see what happens when he’s thrown in the fire.”

Just like you’ve been carrying Bigby?

Oh, wait, Bigby didn’t play that well even when you were carrying him.

Anyway, you have to like what’s being said about Burnett, whom the Packers drafted in the third round. Packers coach Mike McCarthy was talking him up during OTAs, as well.

“He’s learning; he’s growing,” McCarthy said. “I do like his assertiveness, particularly in his communication skills, and that’s very important at the safety position. Athletically, he’s a young man with a bright future. You can just see the athletic ability, both on special teams and defense. He’s still learning the defense, and he’s doing a good job of that.”

When Burnett learns the defense, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in the Packers starting lineup.