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Bailey's consistent approach lands a job

GREEN BAY - From the start of training camp, Karsten Bailey was the "what-if" among receivers. After his performances started earning him more kudos from the coach, he had to be considered among those newcomers with a legitimate shot at a job.<p>

Even though the Packers kept only five receivers -- a departure from their usual lineup of six -- Bailey was still standing when this weekend's final cuts were announced.

"When you're talking about your fifth receiver, he has to be a special teams phenom in order to be active," coach/GM Mike Sherman said. "I felt Bailey did a nice job for us on special teams in this camp and also in the preseason games so he helped himself there."

Friday, Bailey caught a 14-yard pass from rookie Craig Nall in the Packers' win over Tennessee at Lambeau. It was part of Nall's red-hot fourth-quarter run.

"I just always tried to do my job, to get out there and show what I could do," Bailey said.

Bailey's consistency through camp, highlighted by a strong performance in the preseason finale vs. Tennessee locked up the job over veteran Charles Lee. Sherman said that position presented him with a big challenge. Bolstering the defensive line and linebackers pulled from the receiving corps numbers, Sherman said.

"Let's start with the receivers. That was difficult because Charles Lee had been here," Sherman said. "We had a couple guys like Chris Jackson who came into our camp and did an excellent job for us, Karsten Bailey continued to improve and made a great catch the other night and again did a nice job on special teams for us."

Bailey was the second third-round pick by Seattle in 1999 (82nd overall), Mike Holmgren's first draft as Seahawks' GM/head coach. His best year was 2000 when he played in nine game and netted 6 catches for the Seahawks. He was waived in last year's final cutdown and spent 2001 out of football.

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