The team will practice without pads through this camp and the June minicamp in preparation for the start of training camp in mid-July. Sherman did not hesitate when asked what his top objective is for this camp.
"Not to get anybody hurt, No. 1. We don't want to get anybody banged up in this camp," Sherman said. "The major point of emphasis in talking to this team is to get everybody back together, to get used to playing together, get used to playing with each other. We have about 15 new faces today that weren't with us (in 2002) and 15 faces who were with us and are no longer there. We're trying to get everybody together, to get the veteran players to help the new players along and the new players to learn how we do things here in Green Bay."
Sherman said the Packers will work on some new schemes on offense and defense tomorrow and Friday, then progress to "red zone" on third downs, base offense, and special teams this weekend. The camp's final practice is on Sunday morning.
The following players will not participate in the minicamp due to recent injuries, or because they are recovering from off-season surgery: safety Marques Anderson (hamstring), defensive tackle Rod Walker (shoulder), defensive end Joe Johnson (triceps), and cornerback Bhawoh Jue (ankle).
Sherman said that Anderson pulled his hamstring two to three weeks ago will working out on his own.
Walker underwent minor shoulder surgery this off-season and has working out with trainers to regain strength.
Johnson had surgery on his triceps last fall. Sherman wants to hold him out of the camp for precautionary reasons.
Jue recently had bone chips removed from his ankle.
So far so good
Sherman said that he was happy with how free agent quarterback Eric Crouch performed in practice. Crouch, who won the Heisman Trophy at Nebraska in 2001, is trying to revive his football career as a quarterback. He abruptly retired from football last year from the St. Louis Rams, who wanted him to play as a wide receiver.
"I was fairly encouraged. ... He made some good throws," Sherman said. "He has a live arm, a strong arm. The ball gets out of there. We know what type of athlete he is. Certainly, he's an athlete worth working with. It's just a matter of him learning how we do things from an offensive standpoint in this type of offense as opposed to where he's coming from."