Chatman a good fit for No. 4

Antonio Chatman has distinguished himself from the pack in the race to be the No. 4 target for No. 4, Packers WR coach Ray Sherman said.<p>

"He's playing with a lot of confidence," Sherman said of Chatman.

That leaves the rest of the wideouts to battle for the fifth spot behind Javon Walker, Robert Ferguson, Donald Driver and, now, Chatman.

Chatman returned to workouts Tuesday after sitting out one day with a sore ankle. He injured the ankle during the Packers' win over the Saints Saturday on the second-half kickoff, after compiling two catches for 61 yards.

Chatman's return ability and his growth within the system have worked in his favor, Ray Sherman said.

"He's in great shape," Sherman said. "He came back very focused and has picked up what he has done in the offseason."

At 5-foot-9, 184 pounds, Chatman's comparatively diminutive size hasn't hurt him and hasn't stopped him from taking on all comers across the middle, Sherman said.

"He has no fear," Sherman said. ""That's one of the things I look at. If a receiver can't go across the middle, he can't play here."

This isn't the first time Chatman has emerged from a wide-open field to win a spot with the Packers. Last year he topped return-man hopefuls and became the Packers' specialist with 36 kickoff returns for 804 yards (22.3 avg.). The 22-year-old University of Cincinnati product established himself early with a 46-yard return vs. the Vikings on opening weekend.

Chatman also brought back 33 punts for 277 yards with a long of 33. IN the playoffs he had nine returns for 66 yards.

A star in the Chicago Rush of the Arena League in 2002-2003, Chatman didn't get much of an offseason and subsequently didn't initally take off as a receiver with the Pack.

""His body never really had a chance to rest and recover," Sherman said. "He had a chance this offseason to get rested up."


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