Rookie receiver impressive in camp

Terrence Murphy can run a pass route. The rookie feels confident about his ability to block and catch the ball. But when the Green Bay Packers gave him a copy of the team's offensive playbook shortly after he was drafted in the second round in April, Murphy felt like he was leveled by a 300-pound defensive lineman.

With hundreds of plays and numerous responsibilities, the playbook for a young receiver can be overwhelming. It's a far cry from the offense that Murphy was in at Texas A&M the last four years. But Murphy is up to the task.

"It's complicated, man, because I never ran the West Coast offense," Murphy said. "I just ran the option. Pretty basic routes. I've got a lot to learn, but I'm learning from the older guys, like Donald Driver, and all those guys are helping me out."

Murphy says that he will remain in Green Bay for the next couple of weeks in an effort to absorb more of the Packers' offense. He got a good start in the June minicamp because Javon Walker (contract holdout) and rookie Craig Bragg (hamstring injury) did not participate. Murphy took advantage of the extra reps, and made some progress.

"He's done a nice job," head coach Mike Sherman said. "He's made some plays out there. He's ahead of where I thought he'd be."

Murphy showed an ability to catch the ball during the minicamp with his soft hands. He also has the quickness to separate from receivers for catches, or to break away. The Packers also are looking at Murphy as a kickoff returner this season.

Murphy returned 31 kickoffs for 761 yards during his four years at Texas A&M. He earned All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection as a kickoff returner in 2003. He only returned one punt in college. The Packers are working Murphy at both return positions.

"It's been fun watching him progress," said quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "He's a hard worker. He's diligent and he's not made any mental mistakes."


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