Walker already paying off

Wonderlic? Whatever.<p> Thanks to Green Bay receiver Javon Walker, the NFL's pre-draft intelligence test may be viewed with a grain of salt from now on. By selecting Walker in the first round despite his single-digit score on the exam, the Packers proved the test is questionable. By picking up the offense in impressive fashion and turning in an outstanding training camp, Walker is proving it wrong.<p>

"I'm moving along. Everything that they've thrown at me so far, I'm just picking it up, so if they threw something at me today, I'll know it tomorrow."

It's no exaggeration to say that Walker has contributed notable plays every day during training camp. Walker continued his consistent ways in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage at Clarke Hinkle Field with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.

"All the hoopla in the misinformation about his inability to learn certainly has not been the case here," GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman said. "Not many rookies come in here and contribute significantly at that position. He's ahead of the learning curve in that regard.

Walker and quarterback Brett Favre have demonstrated good communication in passing drills, including the red-zone drill which resulted in Walker's TD Saturday. The Packers feel that Walker has the speed to go deep and the height to work the sideline. Now the rookie is taking it up a notch and proving at practice that he can work to the inside of the defender as well.

"There seems to be a fair confidence level between our quarterback and him," Sherman said. "Every day (Walker) comes out here, he gets better. He's a guy that has come in here and worked extremely hard. (He) is trying to earn a spot on this team just like if he wasn't drafted."

Add receivers coach Ray Sherman to the votes of confidence backing Walker. Ray Sherman reports that Walker has been a star student even before he became the team's top pick.

"Ever since day-one, he wants to learn," the receivers coach said. "He asks questions, he comes in, he studies, he prepares and that's from the very first time we met at the combine. We were fortunate enough to get him in the draft and he's been that same kind of guy."

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