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Ever since I've been attending training camp practices, there's always been something that's bothered me a little bit.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk seems to be making plays in pass coverage all the time during training camp. Seriously, it seems like it happens all the time. Interceptions, pass break ups and tight coverage are the norm for Hawk.

For example, take this report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Greg Bedard of a particular play during an 11-on-11 session during the night practice, "Aaron Rodgers incomplete to a double-covered Tory Humphrey down the middle. A.J. Hawk made any completion impossible with his tight coverage."

What keeps me scratching my head is why these kinds of plays aren't happening during games. The prevailing thought is that Hawk has played solidly in his brief NFL career so far, but not spectacularly. Gone are the game changing plays he made at Ohio State.

But who's to blame? Hawk is young, maybe the time is coming. Maybe the coaches are to blame, their scheme not fitting his strengths. Maybe it's just the nature of training camp practices to take chances, the quarterbacks forcing passes and the defenders making jumps on balls they wouldn't normally take chances on.

It's hard to single out any one reason, but just watch Hawk during the next practice you attend. Or if you aren't attending any, look for his name in the media. The blogs by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Green Bay Press-Gazette break down nearly every play during training camp. Hawk flies around in pass coverage. We're just hoping it's a harbinger of things to come.
Photo credit: AP/Morry Gash

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