Notes From Packers Minicamp
Much has been made of Coach Mike McCarthy’s plan to move defensive back Charles Woodson to safety at times this season. McCarthy said this week that Woodson’s role will actually change very little… The coach described Woodson as a playmaker in the Packers scheme but said the team wasn’t planning on recreating the wheel. The team wants to make sure that Woodson is in a position to make plays, which mean’s he’ll be playing primarily cornerback, but also mixing in some snaps at safety in certain defensive looks. Woodson revealed that he’s already played plenty of safety in his Packers career, and the coaching staff has no intention of limiting him to one position in 2012. His top priority will continue to be forcing turnovers.
On offense, the Packers are hoping to establish the running game a bit more this season, and with free agent Ryan Grant out of the backfield picture, the Packers are committed to James Starks as their lead back.
Just as he did in OTAs, Starks handled first-team reps in Tuesday’s minicamp session. Coach McCarthy said Starks is a young raw guy that needs to play. adding that if Starks can stay healthy, the coach believes he’ll make a significant jump as a player. The team is also hoping that the multi-dimensional Alex Green returns healthy from an ACL tear that ended his rookie season.
Jermichael Finley reiterated Monday his drop-marred 2011 was the result of a lack of focus. Finley has gone on the record as planning to “freestyle it” more in 2012, in hopes of building on an already solid rapport with QB Aaron Rodgers. Earlier this offseason Finley signed a two-year, $14 million contract. The deal included a $1 million signing bonus and another $1 million is available through incentives.