June minicamp ends

As far as minicamps go, this one was especially important for Packers quarterback Brett Favre and his 'new' group of wide receivers. Favre took as many reps as possible in the seven practices to get as familiar as possible with his receivers.<p>

Veteran wide receiver Terry Glenn, second-year pro Robert Ferguson and first-round draft pick Javon Walker each got a heavy dose of Favre 'bullets' throughout the camp, which began on June 3. Fourth-year pro Donald Driver and third-year pro Charles Lee served as mentors to the newcomers and looked hungry to challenge the top three for playing time. Third-year pro Karsten Bailey also showed that he will be making a strong bid to make the 53-man regular season roster in September.

The Packers finished their minicamp, in which players did not wear pads, by working on a two-minute drill.

"We have a young group of receivers that need a lot of work in the two-minute offense, as well as our quarterback," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "That's something we really have to emphasize when we get back here. We were fairly good in our two-minute last year, both offensively and defensively, but compared to two years ago we weren't very good."

Green Bay will open its 2002 training camp on July 24 when rookies and selected veterans begin practicing. Full-team workouts begin on July 27.

Thus far in the off-season, the team's receivers have displayed much more quickness and an ability to separate from defenders. Glenn has easily stood out among the other receivers, catching nearly every pass thrown to him whether he had to jump high or dive to the turf.

Now, it's a matter of polishing the timing in the preseason.

"It's there for right now as much as it can be," said Glenn. "We still have a lot more time to go. I don't think it ever will be 100 percent. That's will be the goal that we shoot for. Until we get to that point, nobody will be satisfied. That's what you play the game for."

Sherman said the Packers also will make every effort to sign the team's six draft choices. Thus far, none of Green Bay's draft picks have signed.

"That is a major priority at this time," said Sherman. "We're going to continue with our off-season program. A lot of the guys are here in town. We'll continue to work that. Obviously to get those guys in camp."

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