Saturday, July 28, 2012
BBAO: Charles Woodson 're-challenged'
By Kevin Seifert
A special Saturday edition of Black and Blue All Over:
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- By all accounts, Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson is fully on board with a nuanced position change that could give him more opportunities to make big plays this season.
Woodson via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "I think it can in situations where I'm able to kind of roam a little bit and help out. It's different from corner, where you're usually worried about a particular receiver and how he can threaten you as a corner. As a safety, you get to move around a little bit more and show different looks and not have that responsibility of just having one guy. It will be fun to play more safety. I'm getting a lot more of the calls as a safety. I'm used to being out at corner and seeing plays from that angle. To be able to play at safety and really, really, really understand the play even more, I think will play to my advantage."
And while there has been no obvious dilution of his play as he gets older, this move can certainly be viewed as a career extender.
"At 35, in this league, they try to find ways to get you out of the NFL," Woodson said, "but the Packers have continued to increase my workload, which is great. I'm looking forward to writing a new chapter in my book."
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers defensive linemen Mike Neal and Anthony Hargrove, who will serve NFL suspensions when the season begins, won't get much work in 11-on-11 team drills, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette explains why the Packers are using a 2.5-second clock in 7-on-7 drills.
- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder clicked with tight end Kyle Rudolph in the team's first training camp practice, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, via Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I'm not in this to rebuild. I'm in this every year to compete for a championship."
- The Vikings are trying to avoid using the "rebuilding" word in camp, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
- Although first-day depth charts aren't always significant, it's worth noting that Alphonso Smith was a cornerback and Erik Coleman worked at safety with the Detroit Lions' first team defense Friday. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.
- With tailback Jahvid Best on the physically unable to perform list, the Lions are using Stefan Logan as a running back, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
- Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh realizes he did not play to his standards in 2011, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com outlines some new plans for the Chicago Bears' special teams.
- The Bears are negotiating a new deal to continue training camp at Olivet Nazarene University, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bears rookie Brandon Hardin is making the adjustment to safety, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.