"We're a draft and develop program," McCarthy said. "This is essential to our development. I've been real happy with it, particularly with our second- and third-year players. They're here; they're into it. You really see the benefits when you see the third- and fourth-year players."
The Packers obviously hope to see a marked improvement for second-year players this season. McCarthy often talks about the great improvement players make from their rookie year to their second year.
A case in point was RT Bryan Bulaga last season. "Really improved from last year," McCarthy said.
With that being said, I'm going to list five second-year players who have mostly been under the radar for a couple of reasons.
One, they didn't make much of an impact in their rookie year.
Two, they all were hurt by the NFL lockout from last year in terms of being able to use offseason programs to help and advance their development.
This current offseason WILL provide that opportunity for these players in terms of utilizing practice sessions, workouts and classroom time to become better players in 2012.