When the Packers' 2014 training camp began, B.J. Raji was looking at a move back to nose tackle, Nick Perry was hoping for a healthy season after some lingering offseason injuries, and Richard Rodgers was a wide-eyed rookie just hoping to have some chances to earn Aaron Rodgers' trust in camp.
Fast forward one year, and two of those three things are the same. Raji spent 2014 on injured reserve and still is looking for a return to his 2010 form on the nose. Perry had offseason surgery, but is finally as healthy as can be. Rodgers is the odd man out, as he is looking for more in his second year - a bigger impact, and possible a starting job.
Those are some of the big storylines coming out of Packers camp after the first few days. Thankfully, we don't have off-the-field issues or fights in practice to talk about - for now, at least, the Packers are keeping their heads down and working hard without letting tempers flare. The same can't be said for every team around the league.
We've got all that and more in today's curds.
Training camp is special time of year in Green Bay | Packers.com
Mark Murphy takes questions from fans again, and this month's batch include emails about concerts at Lambeau Field, the Brown County ticket lottery, and the Patriots' deflated footballs.
Off-season work makes B.J. Raji feel confident arm will hold up | JSOnline
Raji is confident that the work he has put in to strengthen the muscles around his torn biceps, in addition to that muscle itself, will keep him in good shape this season.
Richard Rodgers could be ‘top-level talent’ at TE | Packersnews.com
So says tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot, who also says that Rodgers is a "very smart kid" who should get plenty of opportunities this year.
Healthy outlook | ESPN Wisconsin
Nick Perry is finally full-go after a long 2014 season playing through pain and eventually having surgery this offseason. Perry is taking most of the first-team reps at right outside linebacker when Clay Matthews is playign on the inside.
J.J. Watt talks about visiting Packers training camp as a kid | ESPN.com
No surprise here - growing up as a Packers fan in Pewaukee, Watt had the typical experience of a Wisconsin kid visiting training camp, hoping for autographs. That's part of the reason why he tries to give out as many autographs as he can.
Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers - NFL.com
This is a bit of a shock, as Boykin is one of the better slot corners in the NFL. The Steelers only had to give up a conditional fifth-round pick for the corner.
Dez Bryant takes swing at teammate during Cowboys training camp - SBNation.com
Jets' Sheldon Richardson charged with resisting arrest after street racing incident - SBNation.com
Marijuana, a loaded gun, and speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour - that's not exactly an ideal way to keep quiet during the offseason.