Morgan Burnett remains in starting lineup for Packers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/14/14) Packers safeties coach Darren Perry said Wednesday safety Morgan Burnett is not in jeopardy of losing his starting spot in the lineup, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"Morgan’s our starting safety," Perry said. "And the other guys are competing, unless I’ve been told differently.
"He’s one of our communicators. He’s a leader on this defense. He knows it about as well as anybody back there. I would expect him to be able to command and communicate amongst the other guys in terms of what calls and what coverages and what checks we’re supposed to be in. That’s the standard operating procedure for him."
Joe Thomas departs preseason game with knee injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/9/14) Packers inside linebacker Joe Thomas left Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans with a knee injury. This is a difficult break for Thomas, who was picked up by the Packers as an undrafted free agent and was having a strong couple of weeks of training camp. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Packers safety rotation could change in preseason
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/8/14) Packers defensive back Morgan Burnett will sit out Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans, reports ESPN.com Friday.
The report also indicates that there is a chance Burnett can lose his starting job, with rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix expected to step in while Burnett is out. Micah Hyde is also making a transition from cornerback and has reportedly impressed coaches. Coach Mike McCarthy did note that he considers Burnett a starter, but that doesn't mean he will dominate the playing time.
"We don't get caught on 11 players, especially [when] the emphasis for our whole defense is to play more players," McCarthy said.
Morgan Burnett dealing with oblique strain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/5/14) Packers coach Mike McCarthy said safety Morgan Burnett suffered an oblique strain Tuesday. McCarthy added he should know more about Burnett's status by Tuesday night.
Casey Hayward will be ready for OTAs
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/9/14) Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, limited to three games last year with hamstring problems, said he'll be ready for the offseason program starting in two weeks, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Hayward led the team with six interceptions as a rookie in 2012.
No Headlines Available
The Packers defense is restocked and healthy coming into 2014 -- a dangerous combination for their opponents. Clay Matthews will be fine after messing up his thumb last year and he'll be joined on the pass rush by ex-Bears end-turned-linebacker Julius Peppers. Casey Hayward will return to the secondary after missing 13 games with hamstring issues while rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joins him at safety. The defensive line boasts some pretty good depth including rookie Khyri Thornton coming aboard. The Packers will surely have some tough weeks (playing at Seattle makes for a tough Week 1 draw) but there's still enough talent there to cause some problems and get more than the 11 interceptions and three touchdowns the defense got last year (the special teams delivered one touchdown). Though they have a lot of front-seven members getting older, the Packers should still be considered good enough to consider with a final-round pick.