"I think he looked like a normal rookie," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I think he was feeling his way on some things .He understands what he's doing. He's picked it up very clean."
Jackson, a second-round pick, was barred from attending the minicamp because he had to attend a promotional event for some of the top draft selections this year in Los Angeles May 18-20. Jackson was upset that he couldn't be at the minicamp, but he kept up with the installations on offense by studying plays he had copied from the playbook, which he wasn't allowed to have in his possession away from the team.
Holdover Vernand Morency is the top candidate to replace Ahman Green, who signed with the Texans in free agency. Jackson, though, took some reps with the No. 1 offense early in the organized team activities, which started May 30 and continue through June 18.
"What we've done with Brandon and really the whole rookie class ... May 15 they're able to travel, so they've all been here since then," McCarthy explained. "I think it was a Monday, we had a three full-day period before they participated in the first minicamp, so really everything he missed in that week he was able to go through prior to his travel out to Los Angeles. So we did that, went through the first minicamp, and then (May 21) through (May 24) was a real focus on the rookie class in the weight room. Everybody else was off, and that was their first week off since March 19.
"Rock Gullickson, Mark Lovat and Brandon Johnson had an excellent week of work with the rookies, so we feel good about where they are as far as their foundation in strength and conditioning. We had four good days there."
Clifton reels in a whopper
Chad Clifton was the top angler of six offensive linemen who, between the minicamp and the OTAs, took a four-day fishing excursion to Alaska, the home state of guard Daryn Colledge.
Clifton reeled in a 92-pound halibut during the trip.
"He knocked it out (early on the trip) and kind of sat back the rest of the week and just watched us try to catch them," said Colledge, a native of North Pole, Alaska.
Packers off-season transactions summary
DT Colin Cole: ERFA; $435,000/1 year
LS Rob Davis: Potential UFA; $820,000/1 year
RB Noah Herron: ERFA; $435,000/1 year
WR Carlyle Holiday: ERFA; $435,000/1 year
TE Tory Humphrey: ERFA; $360,000/1 year
DE Cullen Jenkins: Potential RFA; $16M/4 years, $6M signing bonus
TE Donald Lee: Potential UFA; $595,000/1 year
T/G Tyson Walter: UFA; $701,240/1 yr, $40,000 signing bonus
LB Tracy White: UFA; $641,240/1 yr, $25,000 signing bonus
CB Frank Walker: UFA Giants; $1.24M/1 year, $150,000 signing bonus/$240,000 roster bonus
DT Kenderick Allen: UFA Bengals; 1 year, terms unknown
LB Kurt Campbell (released)
RB Ahman Green: UFA Texans; $23M/4 years, $6.5M guaranteed
FB William Henderson (released)
TE David Martin: UFA Dolphins; $3.57M/3 years, $1.2M SB.
Not in the picture
The Packers have told linebacker Ben Taylor and quarterback Todd Bouman that they do not intend to re-sign them this year, PackerReport.com has learned.
Bouman signed in late November last season after Aaron Rodgers injured his left foot and was placed on injured reserve. Taylor signed as an unrestricted free agent last off-season and played in 10 games. He missed six games due to a hamstring injury.
Quote to note
"Personally, I'm very fond of John Jones. I think he's an excellent man, a wonderful family man. You feel for people. Anytime there's a change professionally, it's never easy. But, professionally, it's part of our business. But, he's a good man. He'll always be a good man."
-- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on club president John Jones, who was placed on administrative leave by the organization May 26 because of management concerns. McCarthy first joined the team as quarterbacks coach in 1999, the same year Jones was hired in the front office.