Brohm getting comfortable

The brainy rookie quarterback will make his Lambeau debut tonight in Family Night Scrimmage.

Brian Brohm has watched a game in Lambeau Field. On Sunday, he'll be throwing his first pass in the historic stadium.

Brohm, the University of Louisville quarterback selected in the second round of April's draft, is one of 19 rookies who will play for the first time in Lambeau during Sunday's Family Night Scrimmage.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to get out there in front of the fans," he said after Saturday's practice.

Brohm, not surprisingly, has had his share of ups and downs during his first NFL training camp. His first pass in a one-on-one drill matching tight ends against safeties on Saturday resulted in an interception by Nick Collins. He's thrown more than a few balls that can be described generously as wobbly. But he has been the best quarterback on the field at times during game-type situations.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable with everything we've put in," Brohm said. "Obviously, there's going to be some mistakes here and there to clean up. That's what getting reps is all about and practicing and getting better. The more reps I get, the more comfortable I'll feel."

Playing quarterback often is more about mental skills than physical skills. With the speed NFL defenses play at, quarterbacks need to play instinctively. He's not at that point, but he says he's getting there.

"It's getting to the point where I can just go out there and play," Brohm said. "Obviously, there's some times when you're thinking a little bit. The goal is to when you get out there, you're just out there playing, not thinking a whole lot, and it comes naturally."

Brohm has immersed himself in the offense for the last three-plus months, and his work is paying dividends. Coach Mike McCarthy repeatedly has praised Brohm's mental acumen, saying he's picked up the offense faster than any quarterback he's worked with.

"That's a huge compliment first of all," Brohm said. "I'm just going out there and trying to pick it up as fast as I can and go home and study. I think it's helped that I've been in kind of a pro-style throughout college and run some of these plays throughout college. I had a brother that's been in the league, so that helps."

That brother is Jeff Brohm, who spent seven seasons in the NFL and was the quarterback's coach at Louisville.

"He told me to pretty much live up here, which during training camp, we have to," Brian Brohm said. "But even when it wasn't training camp, like in OTAs, I'd come back and watch film after the practices when I didn't have to be here. That's what he said would help separate yourself."

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com


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