June minicamp notes

Fullback Nick Luchey and tight end Tyrone Davis have not exactly been sweating it out this off-season. Both players tipped the scales well over their listed playing weight when they reported for the June minicamp. But their added bulk is not the kind that coaches like to see.<p>

Davis, who has had trouble keeping his weight down in recent seasons, is listed at 260 pounds on the team's off-season roster but reported to camp closer to 280 pounds. Luchey, signed by the Packers this off-season, is listed at 270 pounds but close to Davis' weight.

Offensive coordinator Tom Rossley says he would like to see Davis lose 10 to 15 pounds and Luchey about 10 pounds before the start of training camp in mid-July. While Davis has been able to practice and shed a few pounds during minicamp practices this week, Luchey has been sidelined with a knee injury.

Davis' and Luchey's expanded girths haven't exactly made coach and general manager Mike Sherman a happy camper.

"That is frustrating," Sherman said. "That's hard to swallow sometimes when you are asking someone to contribute and they are not in the shape that they said they would be in. That is a bugaboo of mine, there's no question about that."

About the only thing Davis has dropped with his new weight is his position on the team's depth chart. The veteran has slipped to third behind David Martin and Bubba Franks. Luchey is expected to eventually succeed William Henderson, but at this point, it won't be this season.

Henderson, physically fit as usual, has been extra intense in this minicamp, obviously unwilling to give up his role as the team's starting fullback.

"It seems like he's more focused and zeroed in at this time of year," said Rossley. "It's a good thing."

Back at it

Donald Driver, who injured his left hand during practice on Thursday, returned to practice Friday morning. Driver was injured when safety Marques Anderson tried to strip the ball from him at the end of a play.

X-rays taken of Driver's hand were negative. Driver had his hand taped in practice, but did not appear to have any problems catching the ball.

Competitive camp

Though they are only practicing in helmets and shorts, minicamp practices this week have been a little extra intense. Sherman attributes that to his assistant coaches.

"The assistant coaches had great practices, and it starts there," Sherman said. They come to practice with a lot of enthusiasm. I believe it carries over to our players, and our players have been very competitive. Our coaches are competitive amongst themselves on the staff and that transfers to the players."

Early leave

Many of the veterans were excused from practice about 30 minutes before it ended today, giving coaches a chance to focus on rookies and younger players in scrimmage situations.

The Packers will have the weekend off before returning to practice on Monday. The team will practice at 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and conclude the camp on Wednesday with a 10:30 a.m. practice.

Sherman said that the final three practices will focus on "red zone" and base offense, and third down situations.

"The next three days are big for us," Sherman said.

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