5 things learned from Packers 2017 rookie minicamp
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Safety Josh Jones prides himself on being versatile
The Packers drafted more than just a safety when they selected Josh Jones with the No. 61 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Jones started for three seasons at N.C. State and moved from strong safety to free safety before his junior season. But it only took one weekend of rookie minicamp for the Packers to test the 6-foot-1, 220-pound playmaker even more. He practiced at safety and nickel linebacker. “I expect to contribute … any way I can, regardless of what my role is,” Jones said in the locker room. “However they want to use me … I can do a lot of things for a defense.”
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Taysom Hill impresses McCarthy
McCarthy gave a large compliment to quarterback Taysom Hill in a press conference after the second day of practice, saying the former BYU player “belongs” at the NFL level. He added that the growth in Hill and fellow quarterback Drew Bauer, who was in minicamp on a tryout basis, was “as good or better than I can remember two guys improving from Day 1 to Day 2.” Hill, an undrafted free agent, suffered four season-ending injuries in his five-year collegiate career. He passed for 2,323 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016 and finished his college career as BYU’s leading rushing quarterback. Bauer is the second-leading passer (9,061 yards) in Minnesota Duluth history, a Division II program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Vince Biegel can rock the green and gold
It’s a little strange to see former Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel in a different uniform. We must say, though, the green and gold isn’t a bad look. He picked jersey No. 45 with Green Bay, as fellow Packers linebacker Jake Ryan bears the No. 47 digits Biegel wore in college. The 23-year-old fan favorite left the first practice with a hand injury but practiced on Day 2 with a small cast. His hand shouldn’t be a concern for football fans in Wisconsin, who may have hand cramps themselves from buying so many Biegel jerseys online.
Jamaal Williams has never tried cheese curds
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy might want to extend the rookie orientation period next season. Fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams admitted on Twitter he’s never heard of cheese curds. “Honestly I don’t even know what a cheese curd is … Is it a snack? Probably. I’m going to try it out … it sounds like it’s good.” It appears that Williams, who grew up in Fontana, Cal., might need a few extra lessons to get accustomed to the culture in Green Bay. Hopefully he’s heard of beer.
Kevin King found a birthday buddy
Defensive star Mike Daniels didn’t mask any of his emotions when it came to his birthday on May 5. He gave Packers second-round pick Kevin King some love on Twitter when he heard the two shared the same day: “So me and @King_kevvoo share the same bday😬 #HappyBirthday lil bro! Let's terrorize offenses and go get this💎 #GBBASHBROTHERS #GoPackGoKing.” King turned 22 years old and Daniels, now in his sixth NFL season, is 28.