The Packers had their Rookie Camp this weekend. This is for rookies to get some practice time in front of their new coaches, to get indoctrinated into the Packer Way, and learn about the storied tradition of this franchise. They will learn about names like Lombardi, Starr, Favre, Hutson, and Lambeau. They will learn what it means to be a Packer and what a priviledge it is to play for the most storied franchise in the NFL. Some of the standouts from Packers Rookie camp this past weekend were people like Patrick Lee, Breno Giacomini and obviously Brian Brohm. Matt Flynn was good as well. Obvioulsy this is just competition against fellow rookies, so it is really difficult to gain a good assessment until the minicamps or training camp itself. However, Ted Thompson has struck gold in the past two drafts and his 2005 one wasn't bad either.
Lee is coming in hoping to win the nickle corner job. Woodson and Harris have a solid stranglehold on the 1 and 2 corners. Lee, hopefully is the long term replacement for one of them. He like to play bump and run which fits into the mold of the Packers as Harris and Woodson both like to employ that strategy. I was excited about this pick on Opening Day and all indications so far are that this was a quality pick at the end of round 2.
Breno Giacomini, was tried at both the left and right tackle positions and looked at home at both spots. This is valuable because he can come off the bench and play multiple positions, which increases our versatility there and we likely will have to find an extra body to cut somewhere on the field as we will probably field 6WRs vs 5 from last season. Versatility by the backups on the O-line will quite possibly help make that decision easier.
Both Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn got their first taste of the Packer playbook and looked to have no real problems picking it up. They will both take their playbooks home and further study it and get even more familiar before June minicamp.