Monday, May 13, 2013

Packers Sign Three Players After Rookie Orientation Camp

The Green Bay Packers hosted their annual rookie orientation camp over the weekend.

The main attractions were their recent draft picks. They also invited 27 players in for a tryout but only three of them were signed. Little is known or expected from Illinois State WR Tyrone Walker, Washington FB Jonathan Amosa, or Arizona State CB Brandon Smith but obviously they did something to stand apart from the 24 other players who did not receive a contract offer.

Mike McCarthy didn't always have a camp for rookies after the draft, but this gives them a chance to get a taste of an NFL camp (and what the Packers expect) before the organized team activities this summer. It also provides extra work for young players (like QB B.J. Coleman) who aren't rookies but can attend because they were on the practice squad last season.

Coleman stood out because he seems to have learned so much in the last year. The physical ability has always been there, but now he might have a chance to win the backup quarterback job over Graham Harrell.

You can't read much into what happened over the weekend. At the post-camp press conference, McCarthy said that this camp is about seeing if each player is a fit for what the Packers need. "The real football doesn't start until training camp."

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