Ex-Packers update

WIll Manuel start in Denver? Martin trying to hook on with Titans

We all know where some former Green Bay Packers are around the NFL, like good ol' No. 4. For those who are curious about others who have passed through the Packers locker room in recent years, here is an update of some former Packers around the NFL:

Marquand Manuel: The safety that most Green Bay Packers fans loved to hate in 2006, is in the running to start for the Denver Broncos, whom the Packers will face this Friday in Denver.

Manuel took advantage of the opportunity in training camp when Hamza Abdullah was out for a week-and-a-half with a groin injury. When Abdullah, who was a starter at the beginning of camp, returned, he was with the second team after Manuel performed well when he was out. Manuel started the second preseason game and Abdullah will have to earn the job back.

Manuel was given a five-year, $10 million contract by the Packers in the offseason of 2006, then underperformed and was released at the end of training camp in 2007. He signed two days later with the Carolina Panthers. He was released this offseason and signed with Denver.

Kenny Peterson: The defensive tackle, who was with the Packers from 2003-05, was recently passed on the Broncos depth chart for a starting spot by Marcus Thomas, a promising second-year player.

Ingle Martin: There may not be room enough for third-string quarterback Ingle Martin to stick on Tennessee's 53-man roster, but the Nashville native is certainly giving the Titans something to think about with his play in the preseason.


Ingle Martin

Martin, selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft (148th overall) by Green Bay, completed six of 11 passes for 103 yards and drove the Titans 82 yards in 11 plays and John Vaughn kicked a game-winning field goal at the final horn in the Titans' 17-16 win over Oakland over the weekend. Martin's 26-yard pass to Chris Davis put the ball at the 15-yard line to set up Vaughn's kick.

Martin, who played at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville before going to Florida and then Furman, spent last year on Tennessee's practice squad after being waived by Green Bay.

"There's always that concern, at any position, that if a player plays well at his position in the preseason and doesn't make your 53-man roster, there's always the possibility that he will be claimed," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

Javon Walker: The former Packers wide receiver who begged out of Green Bay in 2006, dropped the first pass thrown his way against the Titans and missed another opportunity for a catch when JaMarcus Russell threw over his head, subjecting him to a shot in the ribs.

But Walker's practice sessions have improved of late and he seemed in good spirits. When Walker floated the idea of retiring early in camp and returning his signing bonus, only to be talked out of it by Al Davis, coach Lane Kiffin conceded he was concerned about the receiver's state of mind.

"I've been very critical of Javon throughout this camp and the offseason and he's had a string right here of the best practices he's had," Kiffin said. "He looks to be in the right frame of mind lately so if we can continue to work on that and push that, it's going in a positive direction."

Walker, who was smiling and joking with sideline observers during practice when forced to run a penalty lap for a false start, said he weighs 206 pounds -- his lightest as a professional -- and laughed when asked about the difficulties of training camp in light of his retirement offer.

"Obviously if you can make it through training camp, the hard part is done," Walker said. "Why make it through training camp and stop now? You made it through the hard part, the fun part is about to start. I'm looking forward to that and hopefully being a part of the turnaround we can hopefully have this year and hopefully have a big year."

Walker dropped a slant pass on third-and-2 to open the Titans game and found himself back in Kiffin's doghouse.

Also referring to a sideline fade route that got by Walker in the preseason opener against the 49ers, Kiffin said, "For him not to make those plays or the first game there was a fade that we throw to him that he didn't go up and get, that's discouraging because he was paid an awful lot of money, paid like one of the top five receivers in the NFL. We need him to make those plays."

David Clowney: The wide receiver was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft (157th overall) by Green Bay, but never hooked on with the Packers. He had four receptions against the Washington Redskins on Saturday, but suffered a shoulder injury and had to leave the game, and it wasn't immediately known how severe it is.

Ahman Green: The veteran running back, who is scheduled to earn more than $8 million this season, tweaked his groin during the first play of the Houston Texans' opening preseason game. He is not expected to play Friday against the Cowboys and didn't play against the Saints last weekend.

Green played in six games last year with the Texans and finished with 260 yards. His season was cut short by a knee injury. He gained 1,056 yards with the Packers in 2006, then signed a $20 million contract with Houston in the offseason of 2007.

Sports Xchange contributed to this story.


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