The Green Bay Packers opened training camp a little over a week ago and have been hard at work on the practice field. The team returned to work after an impressive 15-1 regular season last year. The Packers are looking to make up for an embarrassing home playoff loss to end last season.
Throughout the first week of camp, some things have already become clear. The Packers are definitely a Super Bowl contender behind Aaron Rodgers, who has impressed early on in camp. The team is filled with talent and faces some brutal decisions when cuts roll around.
The Packers open their preseason against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, August 9th at 7 p.m. CT.
Sam Shields' performance last season was so poor down the stretch he was replaced by Jarrett Bush in the playoffs. In the first week of camp, it has been clear that Shields' spot opposite Tramon Williams is entirely up for the taking. Shields, Davon House, Jarrett Bush and Casey Hayward are competing for the spot.
Davon House has gotten plenty reps with the first team defense and looks to have made a big jump from last season's camp. Hayward has impressed as well, but the rookie is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL game.
The preseason games will be a good indicator of how the position is shaping up. It will be interesting to see who gets reps, how many and at what point in the games.
While cuts will be tough across the board, the wide receiver position has garnered a ton of interest. The big question is how many receivers the Packers will keep on the roster.
They kept five last year: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Donald Driver and James Jones. Those five are all back in camp and will make the team, but Diondre Borel, Dale Moss and Tori Gurley have every intention of making the roster as well.
Outside of the guaranteed five, Diondre Borel has been the most impressive during the first week of camp. The former quarterback has impressed with improved route-running and less drops from last season's year on the practice squad. Moss has been average, while Gurley has been out with a groin injury.
While the Packers added a ton of new players on the defensive line, Jerel Worthy has made quite the impression in week one. The explosiveness out of his stance is a nice addition to the unit that played so poorly last season.
In addition to his play, Worthy seems to add a new dimension of energy to practices. He is the type of player who enjoys being out there and playing football. He's the type of teammate that any team would be glad to have on their practice field.
With the departure of Matt Flynn to Seattle, Graham Harrell is second in command for the Packers at the quarterback position.
In his new role, Harrell has looked shaky at times during the first week. Although, at times Harrell has looked solid. The potential is there, but the consistency, up to his point, has not been.
Harrell is likely to see plenty of preseason action as Aaron Rodgers already looks in midseason form. During live action, Harrell will need to do a better job managing games and maintaining a better pocket presence in order to be considered a solid backup.
Concussions have been the theme of camp early on. Jermichael Finley suffered what the Packers' training staff called a mild concussion, despite Finley's questioning whether it was or wasn't. During the family night scrimmage, Greg Jennings and Marshall Newhouse also suffered concussions.
Three concussions in the first week of camp certainly isn't good, but it's not something to worry about entirely just yet. Finley is back in action already, while Jennings and Newhouse will hopefully return this week.
The injury situation could be worse, but it's something to watch as training camp continues.