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Brandon Underwood Making The Biggest Second-Year Jump

It’s only OTAs, but Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made an interesting comment today just after I was done questioning the team’s cornerbacks.

McCarthy told reporters cornerback Brandon Underwood, a sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2009, has made the biggest jump from year one to year two.

Now, we don’t want to read too much into this because, let’s face it, linebacker Jeremy Thompson was killing it in OTAs last year and then came back to earth during training camp and couldn’t get on the field during the regular season. He’s since retired because of a serious neck injury.

However, this is reason for optimism. If Underwood shows real improvement, he could move into the Packers’ top four at his position, displacing the dreadful, horrible, how-does-this-guy-even-have-a-job Jarrett Bush.

“I think (Underwood) has really matured in the weight room. He looks very good right now,” McCarthy said. “I know we’re only practicing in shorts and helmets, but I think Brandon Underwood is off to an outstanding spring so far. I’ve been very pleased with what he has shown on film.”

The biggest knock on Underwood coming out of college was his strength. Although he was an All-Big East performer and played both cornerback and safety his senior season, Underwood fell to the sixth round largely because he was considered too wiry and and a weak tackler.

While he showed improvement throughout his rookie campaign, Underwood looked overmatched much of last season. Obviously, he made addressing those deficiencies a priority this offseason.

We won’t really know whether Underwood is ready to move up the depth chart until the pads go on, but at least there’s hope the Packers can finally be rid of the scourge known as Jarrett Bush.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. jeremy June 2, 2010

    Hopefully he makes a jump a la Finley. they were both knuckle heads coming out of college who seams to like football a lot more than class.

    While the comparison to Thompson is valid, it’s probably easier to judge DB’s without pads than DL’s. DB’s need to play mostly in space and maintain coverage discipline, they’re secondary responsibilites are to contain the runner, hit and lastly take on blockers at the point of attack (the part Thompson couldn’t do, and you can only see in pads).

  2. Spellcheck June 3, 2010

    you spelled seems wrong… dumbass