GREEN BAY — Packers LB Sam Barrington, who went on injured reserve in Week 1 of 2015, was voted by his teammates as the Packers’ Ed Block Courage Award winner for last season.
The award is given annually to a player from each National Football League team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity and is also a community role model. It is named for Ed Block, longtime former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who earned a Purple Heart under General George Patton in World War II.
All of the league’s 32 recipients received their awards this past weekend at the 38th annual awards presentation in Baltimore.
Barrington began the season as a starting inside linebacker but injured his ankle in the first quarter of the regular-season opener in Chicago. He was placed on IR and missed the rest of the season. He stayed in Green Bay to do his rehab and was with the team throughout the season, attending team and position meetings regularly, according to Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
McCarthy said at last month’s scouting combine that Barrington was on track with his rehab, though he didn’t give a timetable for his return. Players report for voluntary offseason workouts on April 18.
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Friday night’s practice ended with a crisply executed two-minute drill during which QB Aaron Rodgers needed just four snaps and 36 seconds to score a TD.
Rodgers began the drive with back-to-back 15-yard completions to WR Jeremy Ross. He then hit WR James Jones down the sideline for a 25-yard gain before zipping a 15-yard TD pass to TE Jermichael Finley. The drive began with just 56 seconds on the clock and the offense needing a touchdown. Rodgers was 4-for-4 for 70 yards, and the score came with 20 seconds to spare.
“The two-minute drive was very clean for the offense,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Aaron was very sharp. It was clean on every single play. He does a phenomenal job with the cadence. Obviously he had the big play there (to Jones), and the ball to Jermichael. That was very well done.”
Other notes and observations:
–LB Nate Palmer (shoulder) returned to practice, but the injury list lengthened with WR Jordy Nelson (knee), TE Andrew Quarless (quad) and LB Jamari Lattimore (illness) missing practice. Also, LB Brad Jones (finger) dropped out of practice.
–The absences of Lattimore and Jones at inside linebacker led to rookie seventh-round draft pick Sam Barrington taking a series of reps alongside A.J. Hawk with the first defense in team work. Earlier in practice, Barrington had a thunderous collision with FB John Kuhn in the half-line running drill that was perhaps the loudest pop of pads in camp thus far.
–CB Davon House was working with the first defense instead of rookie CB Micah Hyde, and House had an up-and-down night. In a lengthy team (11-on-11) segment, House was beaten deep by WR Jarrett Boykin, who hauled in a perfect rainbow from Rodgers. Later, House had solid coverage deep on WR Alex Gillett, leading to QB Graham Harrell’s pass falling incomplete.
–RB James Starks continued a solid first week of camp with an impressive rep in the one-on-one blitz pickup drill against the outside linebackers. Rather inconsistent through his career picking up blitzes, Starks cleanly kept Palmer at bay.
–After a sloppy practice on Thursday, the ball was still on the ground too much. On the aforementioned collision between Barrington and Kuhn in the half-line run drill, RB Angelo Pease ended up fumbling the ball. A few snaps earlier in that drill, there was a botched QB-C exchange between Harrell and Patrick Lewis.
Also, during team work, DL Johnny Jolly burst into the backfield and stripped RB Alex Green of the ball. CB Brandon Smith recovered for the defense.
“Good play for the defense, bad play for the offense,” McCarthy said. “I thought it was a good play by Johnny, it’s unacceptable by Alex. That’s part of training against one another.”
Overall, McCarthy was pleased with the workout heading into the Family Night scrimmage, which will feature the first live tackling of training camp.
“I thought it was a good practice,” McCarthy said. “The energy is where it needs to be. That’s our seventh install practice of eight, so I feel very good about where we are schematically.”
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DRAFT RECAP VIDEOS
Packers.com’s Vic Ketchman and Mike Spofford give their recap of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson recaps the team’s selections at the close of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy recaps the team’s selections at the close of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Meet the players
1. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
2. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
4a. David Bakhtiari, T, Colorado
4b. J.C. Tretter, T, Cornell
4c. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
5a. Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
5b. Josh Boyd, DE, Mississippi State
6. Nate Palmer, LB, Illinois State
7a. Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
7b. Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland
7c. Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida
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GREEN BAY — With their 11th and final pick in the 2013 draft, the Packers selected LB Sam Barrington from South Florida. He’s the third of three seventh-round selections, the 232nd overall pick.
A second-team All-Big East pick last year, Barrington (6-1, 235) had 3 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012. He’s listed as an inside linebacker and started his last three seasons in college. He had six sacks among 13 tackles for loss over his final two years and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game.
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