Green Bay Packers 2012 Training Camp Preview

REPORT DATE: July 25th

SITE: St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI

CAMP OBJECTIVES: Defense will be the central theme when the Packers return to St. Norbert for the 55th consecutive summer, with improving a unit that permitted an NFL-worst 411.6 yards per game the unquestioned No. 1 purpose. A host of rookies on that side of the ball will have the chance to shine in the preseason, with first-round choice Nick Perry expected to be installed as a regular outside linebacker opposite All-Pro Clay Matthews and second-rounder Jerel Worthy one of several candidates to start at right defensive end, a list that also includes holdovers C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn and Dolphins castoff Phillip Merling. With nickel back Sam Shields coming off a poor season, the door could be open for Casey Hayward -- another second-round selection in April's draft -- and 2011 fourth-round pick Davon House to earn roles in specialty packages, while small-school project Jerron McMillian (4th Round, Maine) could give veteran Charlie Peprah a run at strong safety. Green Bay is fairly well set at offense, but the team does want to see if injury-prone leading rusher James Starks can handle a more substantial workload with former backfield mate Ryan Grant now out of the picture and if young reserves Alex Green and Brandon Saine can emerge as reliable secondary options. A pair of second-year tight ends, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor, could be in line for increased duties with main backup Andrew Quarless' season in doubt due to an ACL tear.


Aug. 9 - at San Diego, 8 p.m. Aug. 16 - vs. Cleveland, 8 p.m. Aug. 23 - at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. Aug. 30 - vs. Kansas City, 7 p.m.