Chatman gets vote of confidence

Like many of his teammates, punt returner Antonio Chatman couldn't seize the opportunity to shine in the preseason opener. One off night hasn't diminished Coach Mike Sherman's confidence in his usually solid return man.<P>

"I feel comfortable with him back there," Sherman said after practice Wednesday.

Comfort is exactly what Chatman delivered in his first season. Although his 8.4-yard average ranked him just below the middle of the conference pack, Chatman was unmatched in one category that definitely counts. He had zero fumbles in 98 chances.

"He usually makes pretty good decisions back there and he's sure-handed," Sherman said.

The former Arena Football League has been turning on the jets in practice, just as he did at last year's training camp when he emerged from a wide-open competition to win the return job. But with two returns for a one-yard total and a fair catch Monday night vs. Seattle, Chatman hasn't yet built on those hints of break-out ability.

The Packers are confident that Chatman's second season will turn reliable into remarkable.

"I think he's going to have a heck of a year," Sherman said.

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