Packers’ ‘quiet’ training camp not such a bad thing

Packers training camp has been somewhat "quiet." That can be a good thing. Dan Hogan photograph

Well, thank God I’m not the only one who thinks that the Packers camp has been quiet in comparison to many others around the league and the NFC North Division.

But don’t get me wrong, quiet can be a good thing. It usually means things are going well – it means injuries are at a minimum, there are no player holdouts and no significant influx of new personnel.

But we must not fall asleep at the wheel. Though it seems it may be all quiet on the Packers front, there are still plenty of stories developing.

Even Kevin Seifert of ESPN North Blog agrees, but also accuses some who feel he’s been ignoring Packers camp.

“While the rest of the division has been dealing with a scheme transition (Minnesota Vikings), unexpected personnel moves (Chicago Bears) and injuries (Detroit Lions), the Packers have been simply motoring along during camp at Lambeau Field,” he said today.

But there have been some interesting stories from Packers camp, just not the headline poppers we’ve seen from others.

Lori Nichols of jsonline.com has had some excellent profiles on Packers rookies, namely Alex Green and most recently Shaky Smithson; the beat reporters from all the major outlets have done a phenomenal job of utilizing their Twitter accounts to bring us minute-by-minute accounts of training camp happenings; the cover-it-live blogs from Family Night allowed fans to weigh in throughout the night; and even the most recent news that Donald Driver hasn’t slowed his approach to training camp is a refreshing and informative angle.

But the most sexy news to spill out of this camp so far has been Rob Demovsky’s look at how the Packers may be looking at contract extensions for Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson, and Josh Sitton … all of whom many feel will have Pro Bowl-type seasons.

It’s a move the Packers have to make. Whether they ink all three remains to be seen, but two of those three would be a good thing.

And though the news has been sparse in the early going for the world champs (getting back on topic), there have been some interesting position competitions evolving that will no doubt proceed to shape headlines as the exhibition games play out.

For instance, who will take over at ROLB? Who will play LG? How will the depth chart at LT play out? And what about the  ILB? Special teams? and even running back?

So yeah, there are some interesting story lines to follow and a great season of football ahead.

Stay tuned …

Topics: Clay Matthews, ESPN, Green Bay Packers Training Camp, Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson, Josh Sitton, Kevin Seifert, Lori Nichols

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