Camped out with ... Corey Williams

Corey Williams was a hero at least for a day, or a night, to his defensive teammates. The Packers' sixth round draft pick helped extend curfew Thursday by catching a pair of punts launched from the Jugs machine at the end of practice. More than that, he is in position to extend his playing time on game days on a regular basis along the Packers' defensive line.<p>

Williams has been lining up at end with the second team defense, and has been practicing at "three-technique" (defensive tackle) in special defensive packages. He also has been playing with the first team "dime" defense (six defensive backs) with Grady Jackson, Cletidus Hunt and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila during Green Bay's first week of training camp.

Williams left the June mini-camp weighing about 318 pounds. He said coach and general manager Mike Sherman encouraged him to enter training camp at 310 pounds, and Williams did. The extra conditioning prior to camp has helped him be more productive and, thus far, avoid an injury.

"I knew when I come in that I was going to have to be in shape," Williams said. "I couldn't come in all fat and out of shape, you know? The practices that we do, if you ain't in shape you're not going to make it."

Williams is quite versatile. He has played at tight end in high school and at Arkansas State. He also returned punts and kickoffs in high school. The Packers experimented with him at tight end during the off-season mini-camps. When the defense picked him to challenge rookie center Scott Wells in the punt-catching contest at the end of practice yesterday, he wasn't too surprised.

"I guess they knew I used to return kicks in high school, punts and kickoffs and stuff," Williams said with a smile. After getting interfered by a member of the offense who bumped him while he was attempting to make the catch, Williams caught the next two punts to win the contest. Wells never came close to catching a punt.

"I knew I was going to beat him anyway," Williams said.

Williams says his camp experience thus far has been "fun," but "I'm not used to the up-tempo practices that we do," he said. "It's more like technique-learning. It's a big difference. It's a big adjustment for me. I just do the best I can."

Learning the various defensive schemes also has been challenging for him.

"It gets hard, but you've just got to study, you know what I'm saying?" Williams said. "I try my best to study. Sometimes it gets kind of hard because you've got to learn (something new) and then the next day it might change. It's kind of hard."

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