What We Have Learned so Far from Green Bay Packers Camp

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 03: Charlie Peprah #26 and other members of the Green Bay Packers ride bikes to practice during summer training camp on August 3, 2009 at the Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's only been a few days so far, but the Green Bay Packers have been anything but dull.

First they cut Charlie Peprah, which while no huge impact to the defense in many ways, was a surprise. It immediately puts the already vital question of who plays free safety directly front and center for camp.

Charles Woodson took over as base safety, but that's not very telling considering how little the Packers use their base formation. What is telling is the fact that he has sat in on safety meetings, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

While Woodson always plays some safety, having him sit in meetings, as far as I know, is new.

The ripple effect is that Jarrett Bush has leapfrogged Sam Shields for the No. 3 cornerback and M.D. Jennings seems to have a leg up in the competition for safety when Woodson isn't there.

This is far from settled, obviously, but it is a step toward resolution.

It's the most intriguing storyline right now, but not the only one.

Jermicheal Finley has a minor concussion and sat out practice Friday which should open up a chance for one of the other tight ends to make their presence felt. We know it is unlikely the Packers keep all their tight ends this year—the question is, who will keep their job?

Tom Crabtree is a fan favorite, while D.J. Williams has a lot of talent.

Finley will be back before you know it (fantasy football players, play his absence up during your drafts and drive his price down), but he's been banged up and plagued by drops last year.

Who knows what this year could bring?

Alex Green has been cleared for pads and contact as of Saturday—which means we will get a sure feel for how healthy the former Hawaii back is very shortly.

While James Starks has a lock on what passes for a starting running back job in Green Bay, he's far from having a death grip on it. Green can do a lot of things well and if he can stay healthy could prove a more useful and versatile back.

Saturday's practice is the first full-pads practice.

Finally, Nick Perry is one of the rookies who will be counted on to perform right from the start this season and has shed nine pounds in order to help his transition from defensive end to linebacker.

He's already finding his comfort zone at outside linebacker and according to the Press-Gazette, even dropping into coverage.

I'm a big fan of Perry—his presence will make a huge difference on defense this year.

We'll be back Monday (barring any big pieces of news) with some more looks at news from training camp.

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