Coaches Provide Rookie Reviews

We talked to the position coaches to get their early reading of the Packers' seven draft choices. While only Morgan Burnett is in line to start, the rookies' first impression has been a solid one.

How are the Green Bay Packers' seven draft picks doing in their first week of training camp? We talked to their position coaches on Thursday.

First round: Bryan Bulaga

Offensive line coach James Campen: "Very, very good. He's actually a little bit faster, has quicker skills than what you see on tape until you get him out there doing drills. He moves very fluid. He's a little more athletic than I thought he was. He's doing a good job."

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin: "I like him. I think sometimes with O-linemen, if your name doesn't come up a whole lot, that's probably a good thing. I think he's been solid, he's been competitive. I like his effort and his energy in the running game. He shows the skills that we thought we saw on tape. One of the things you're always concerned about is when you catch film and you draft somebody, sometimes you get surprised. That's natural; nobody's perfecct. It looks like he's got the skills we thought we saw on tape. We think he's develop into a good player."

Second round: Mike Neal

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac: Going to be a good player. Very serious about his job. Obviously, he still makes some rookie mistakes and there's some things, coming into an Okie defense, that he's got to do a little bit differently. But I love his attitude, I love his work ethic. He's very strong, he's got good feet."

Third round: Morgan Burnett

Safeties coach Darren Perry: "He's got a lot on his plate, and he is a rookie and we can't lose sight of that. But his progress has been steady; we've just got to keep him going in the right direction. Been very pleased up to this point. The thing that you have to understand is that we haven't played any games. We know once we get into the preseason, the tempo is going to pick up, and this system is very complicated, and he's still learning. Every day is something new. The big thing is technique and seeing things. It's a different game at this level as far as routes, how you play things, the talent level, so he's really got to be on point, and I think he's understanding that going up against our guys, particularly the receivers, the tight ends, the quarterback."

Fifth round: Andrew Quarless

Tight ends coach Ben McAdoo: "He's making improvement. I hope you're seeing the same thing. He's working hard. He's working at the things he doesn't have a lot of experience at. It's important to him. You're seeing the development of a rookie. We've put a lot on his plate. He's playing all the tight end positions we have in our offense and he's doing a good job mentally absorbing the information, and he's carrying it over to the field and playing faster and with more energy."

Fifth round: Marshall Newhouse

Campen, on whether Newhouse has been moved solely to tackle because he's played mostly left tackle at camp after playing guard in OTAs and minicamp: "No, not at all. We have a plan that we're going with so we're moving them around according to our practice schedules. He's doing a good job there and at left guard. He missed the reps when he got dinged. He's all well and ready to go."

Sixth round: James Starks

Running backs coach Edgar Bennett: "Coach always talks about availability and accountability. Part of it is you have to be able to practice. You've got to play. You've got to play. When you're not playing, that's opportunity for other guys to jump out there and get their opportunity to produce, and you're seeing that now. (Quinn) Porter, he's getting an additional amount of carries and he's making the most of those opportunities. You can't miss when you've got guys who have been extremely productive. He understands that's a big part of it, so he's doing everything he can to make sure he can get back out here and perform."

Seventh round: C.J. Wilson

Trgovac: "C.J.'s doing a nice job learning. I thought the first couple of days, just like last year with our rookies, they come in with pads and it's a different speed and they're in a new stance and in a new deal. They kind of get it by the end of OTAs and then we take a month off and then come back, and I think he's picking up a little bit. The other day, he had some very nice pass rushes. He'll be a guy that will factor in these preseason games. I love his work ethic, he's very serious about his job and he's got some skills."


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