The Green Bay Packers lively Tuesday OTA saw the awaited return of many familiar faces. I have waded through all the reports to bring you all the information you want to know about all the players you want to know it about.
Nick Perry — The second year OLB was a full participant in Tuesday’s OTA. He came in at 265 pounds, which he says is a little lighter than he was last season. He is, however, still wearing a hard cast over his surgically repaired wrist. That cast protects a pin that is still in the wrist. There is no known timetable for the pin to be removed, but will presumably be before the start of the season. Hopefully, because Perry said himself that the use of his hands is vital to his job, though many defensive ends in the 70s and 80s I assume would disagree with that.
Andrew Quarless — The starting tight end during the Packers’ Super Bowl run in 2010 has, according to reports, looked great. His apparent renewed health perhaps goes a long way to explaining why the Packers didn’t spend a single draft pick on a future replacement for Jermichael Finley. Many already believe that if Quarless can stay healthy he’ll be the most complete tight end on the roster.
Desmond Bishop — He attended, but did not participate. He is expected back next week. Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk have been the starters in the middle so far this offseason, and there seems to be some real doubt within the organization and now growing on the sideline that Bishop can fully recover from his hamstring injury and unseat either of those two. That and his $5 million a year price tag is probably why the Packers shopped Bishop during the draft. Like most Packers fans, I’m hoping the Bishop of old can return because we know that would be an upgrade at the position, but hope isn’t going to make it happen.
Derek Sherrod — The good news is that Sherrod has been in Green Bay all offseason and participated in the individual workouts. The bad news is that he attended, but didn’t participate on Tuesday, and there is no definite timetable on when he will participate. Observers say Sherrod is in good shape and appears to be moving well, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for reps, obviously.
Davon House — Pretty much everything I just said about Sherrod also applies to House. In both cases, each player is in danger of falling behind other players at their position. However, it is just the OTAs, and the coaching staff may want the younger and unknown players to get some reps now, while the real competition starts in training camp.
Johnny Jolly — One of two no shows at OTAs, but that’s because he was participating in a drug program, which he just graduated from on Thursday. I don’t know if graduating from a drug program is cause for a cake or anything, but Jolly insists he will be in town shortly. I’m sure my connection is thrilled.
Sam Shields — As stated in my prior article, he’s a no show. I wouldn’t expect him at any of the OTAs. With Casey Hayward gladly taking his position, Shields has zero leverage against the Packers, but that won’t stop him from extending his vacation for another couple months. Keep in mind that Shields got a late start last offseason, due to injuries, and that didn’t stop him from eventually reclaiming a starting spot. So, there is reason for confidence that he could do it again.
Bryan Bulaga — Bulaga was a full participant and got his first taste of left tackle against some pass rushers. His early performance was mixed, to be generous, but the fact remains that he seems to be moving fine and is seemingly unhampered by his hip.
Great that Quarless and Perry are back.
Bishop has said he’s 100% for awhile, here’s hoping they’re just being cautious with him.
I’m trying not to lose the last bit of faith in Sherrod, but, it’s getting hard. I know he had another surgery recently, maybe he will come back totally healthy from that… Just better be soon.
Nice article. Glad we can actually talk about this season with something other than rumors and hypotheticals. Any word on Alex Green? I still have faith in Green and Sherrod. Not as much as I once had but I haven’t thrown ither to the dogs just yet
I know Green was hurt last year and I think he’s a good kid and a decent player. I certainly think that Harris earned the starting job last year though. He was quite productive and was very explosive getting to the second tier. If he develops a bit of patience and stops running up his O-lineman’s behinds, I think he is a very solid option at RB. I’m glad Green looks good though. I liked him a lot coming out of college.:)
Is anyone still shocked as I am that Johnny Jolly has a chance with our team again…I mean, I know we can sign him for dirt-cheap & Worthy’s timetable is a while from now…Just seems hard to believe.
I’m not shocked, but I am a little surprised. When he went to jail, I thought we had seen the last of him in the NFL, let alone with the Pack.
I’m kind of optimistic though. His nasty attitude was something I think the coaching staff wanted to add in the offseason, and he had plenty of that when he was on the field. The only down side was that he had a hard time controllign that attitutde sometimes that cost us some stupid penaltie. I remember one night gmae against the Favre led Vikings in particular where he extended their drive two or three times because of personal fouls, offsides, etc. They ended up scoring a TD in a close game that gave the Vikes momentum to build on that.
I hope with all this rehab he’s been doing (if he ends up makig the roster) his decision making is a little improved.
Forgive all my typo’s. It’s been a long work week.
I’m sure his time in prison has allowed him to mature and learn more self control. Anyone who conquers addiction by definition has become more in control of their behavior and the choices they make. If he is still physically capable, I actually think he will be better than he was! We still very much need his nasty attitude though. The only scary guy regularly on our defense is CMII. Bishop is a thumper as well but I’m concerned that he won’t be the same guy. We need to field a defense that is respected and can’t be dictated to. It’s tough to do that with a bunch of “nice guys”. When is the last time you saw one of our players on D really light someone up(that wasn’t a sack)? That is a problem. Pass rush is important but being able to clobber a ball carrier if the ball does come out of the offensive backfield is equally important. The 49’ers have some nasty defensive players. We need to follow suit if we hope to compete with the best NFC teams this year! Go Pack!
Could be a real “feel good” story of redemption! The guy did his time and seems to have gotten things squared away. Remember Favre had a huge vicodin and alcohol problem. I have seen him personally break the law numerous times when he was a younger player and there were never the legal consequences that some of the other guys seem faced with. Let’s be happy that Jolly conquered his addictions and will add much needed depth on the D-line:)
Has anyone heard anything at all about the LT Datko? I saw a report a while ago that his shoudler shit was behind him and that he was supposedly primed to morph back into this bad ass mofo from FSU he once was.
Datko has been that back up at RG in camp.
Bulaga is a mistake…you will see. Why they didn’t give up a second round pick for Branden Albert, well I know the answer to that one.
Shields would be better playing in the middle covering the slot receivers and TEs/HBs anyways. I would have Hayward and Williams start outside because its mainly about coverage. While Shields could play inside where he would be asked to tackle more often, which is becoming a strength of his.
Does anyone know why in god’s name they are thinking about playing huge a** Mike Neal at OLB?! How can the organization say that they are concerned about Perry being too thick and stiff to play the flats at OLB and then bring in a guy that is 25 lbs heavier and probably considerably less athletic than Perry in space? I actually think they should move one or both of these guys to ILB. That would make much more sense and give us a devastating presence of beef and rushing capacity in the middle of the field. I don’t think DBish. is gonna be able to return to form and slow, undersized Hawk & Jones are not the answer at ILB either. Perry is faster than both of them and could really level a running back. He’s big and fast, 38 inch vertical to bat down passes…. I really like both Perry and Neal as players and feel that they will really contribute this year. The huge question I have is, what the heck are the coaches thinking?! CMIII is the prototype at OLB in today’s NFL. You just can’t ask a guy that’s 30-45 lbs heavier than him to play the same way in space! Those behemoths would get smoked on screen plays and flat passes…end runs… all day long! I’m all for guys moving where they are best suited but Perry and Neal do not look at all like OLB’s to me. I’m sure Capers has something up his sleeve but to say that I’m concerned about these 2 guys is an understatement.:/