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Monday Training Camp - Bishop, Chillar, Harris, and Giacomini

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Although a number of players sat out practice, Mike McCarthy said the Green Bay Packers are "definitely healthy." Other notes:

  • McCarthy was ready to praise both LB Desmond Bishop and LB Brandon Chillar. Bizzle suggested rotating the LBs based on the situation, but it's too early to tell since the preseason games haven't been played and LB Nick Barnett still hasn't practiced on his surgically repaired knee.
  • Watch for undrafted rookie WR JaRon Harris. He's been up-and-down in training camp, but Monday was one of his up days. He's still a long shot as the undrafted rookie tries to make the leap to the NFL from South Dakota State. His profile from NFL Draft Scout.
  • 2nd year player OL Breno Giacomini might have moved into the lead for the starting right tackle job. The 2008 5th round pick barely played at all last season.
  • From Cheesehead TV, it's hard to tell what's holding up the signing of DT B.J. Raji; the Packers or Raji's agent.

Also, I got my copy of the Football Outsiders 2009 Almanac. They've always got good stuff, although they've pegged the Packers as a 7 to 8 win team in 2009. I disagree with that assessment, but they did have some praise for WR Jordy Nelson:

Although it’s easy to compare him to other white guys, the closest comp to the player Nelson will grow up to be is Joe Jurevicius; a tall possession receiver who’s deadly within 12 yards of the line of scrimmage. He’s great at disguising his routes and using his speed to blow past linebackers or his size to overwhelm defensive backs.