Training camp notes

The Green Bay Packers practiced in pads in the morning and held a special teams workout in the afternoon today, preparing for their first preseason game this Saturday at Philadelphia against the Eagles.<p>

While the first units on offense and defense are not expected to play much, there is a lot of competition for roster spots among many of the backups. Coach and general manager Mike Sherman and his staff likely will be focusing on the offensive line, running back, punt and kickoff returners, and defensive backs in the upcoming preseason games.

Aside from their starters on the offensive line, the Packers are in need of quality backups. "We met last night and there are guys that we definitely have to take a look at and make evaluations on," Sherman said. "We have to see certain players do certain things. That's going to be a priority. We have 'X amount' of spots open on this roster. Those men vying for those spots need to be evaluated. We need to make great decisions, which is not an easy thing to do, within a short period of time. That's what my goal is."

Backup running back Rondell Mealey injured his ribs last week and may not play. He is being challenged by Ki-Jana Carter, Herbert Goodman, Tony Fisher and Jason Brookins for a roster spot. The Packers are think at backup fullback because fourth-round pick Najeh Davenport has been slowed by a foot injury.

"There are some areas on this football team that we need to address," Sherman said. The coach said his personnel staff is currently "scouring the internet" and waiver wire for any players released by other NFL teams.

"We've got to be looking under every rock, nook and cranny for anybody who can help our football team this year. ... There are certain teams out there that have excess offensive linemen, so we're watching them as well, and other positions. We're constantly evaluating."

Scary moment: Wide receiver Terry Glenn dodged a bullet when he attempted to catch a pass from Brett Favre in the morning practice. Glenn landed awkwardly on his left leg and was down for about five minutes. But after he was examined by trainers, he popped up to the applause of about 1,000 railbirds, plus a sigh of relief by the entire Packer organization.

Funny moment: The team ended its morning practice with offensive tackle Mark Tauscher and nose tackle Gilbert Brown fielding punts from the JUGS machine. Tauscher represented the offense, Brown the defense. Whoever caught the most out of two punts allowed their unit an extra hour of curfew.

Tauscher made it look easy, catch both punts. Brown gave it a try, but was unable to catch either of the punts from the machine.

"I told you 'Tausch' can do anything on this football team," Sherman joked. "Punt return might be one of 'em. I don't know about the run after catching it, how far he's going to get. He probably will catch it. Gilbert, on the other hand, struggled a little bit. He hasn't been practicing that too much."

Last week, the defense won the extra hour of curfew.


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