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Packers rookie TE D.J. Williams looks the part

One of the early headlines coming out of Packers training camp involves a tight end who fans did not get to see much of in 2010.

But it isn’t Jermichael Finley.

Instead, fifth round draft choice D.J. Williams has been showing off his impressive ball skills in seven-on-seven segments and individual drills, making fans believe that general manager Ted Thompson has once again struck gold in the middle rounds of the draft.

There’s no denying that Finley is a lock to start as long as he is healthy, but the departure of free agent Donald Lee and no apparent back-up could mean that Williams, a junior from Arkansas, could contribute in 2011.

Wondering if Williams defines Ted Thompson’s mantra of “Packer people”? ESPN’s E:60 ran a segment on Williams portraying his extremely difficult childhood. Growing up, Williams dealt with a drug-inflicted, abusive father and eventually escaped with his mother and sister to Arkansas, where the family of three began a new life.

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August 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Packers agree to terms with four draft choices

Four down, six to go.

The Packers agreed to terms on a contract with four of their rookies from the 2010 NFL Draft Thursday. Fifth round tight end D.J. Williams, sixth rounders offensive guard Caleb Schlauderaff and Ricky Elmore, and seventh round tight end Ryan Taylor all signed their first NFL contracts, which will be four-year deals, due to theNFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Full contract details were unavailable as of Thursday night.

Williams, whose contract involved a $198,000 signing bonus, was selected with the 141st overall pick and will join a deep and talented tight end group consisting of Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless and Tom Crabtree. The recipient of the 2010 John Mackey Award, given to college football’s top tight end, Williams caught 54 passes for 627 yards and four touchdowns. Undersized at 6-feet, 2-inches, 245 pounds, Williams posted a 4.59 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine and was labeled the top H-back in his draft class by ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

The newest addition to Aaron Rodgers’ arsenal was also rewarded with the 2010 Disney Spirit Award, given to college football’s most¬†inspirational¬†figure, after he, his mother and siblings moved from Texas to Arkansas to escape an abusive father. Williams fits the bill of “Packer people” and will be a threat down the middle of the field. He must add size and, as will be with all rookies, will need to work on his timing in the offense.

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twitter has quickly become the most efficient ways to follow the off-the-field lives of one’s favorite athletes, and the Green Bay Packers are no exception. While most fans are aware of the usual tweeters like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Crabtree and Jermichael Finley, the newest members of the Packers can also be found on Twitter. Here’s a list of the Packers’ rookies along with links to their Twitter accounts.

Derek Sherrod, LT, Mississippi State (@dsherrod78): Offensive Lineman for the Green Packers, Mississippi State Alumni, and I like to work hard and play even harder.

Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky (@rcobb18):

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July 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment