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Morgan Burnett gets off to rough start

Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:01 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was not a great first day at work for Packers safety Morgan Burnett. He didn’t look good tackling against the Eagles, he didn’t look aggressive and he dropped a potential interception. Overall, while taking the place of Atari Bigby (on PUP after offseason ankle surgery), he looked less than impressive.

Burnett Still, Green Bay’s coaches don’t seem concerned.

"I'm not worried about his physical play right now," safeties coach Darren Perry told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't think anybody on our defense is worried about his physical play."

Perhaps not, but his first game provided more questions than answers.

From Greg Bedard’s story:

Perry said he was "completely aware" of why questions would be asked. The Eagles' two longest completions, both 27 yards, were successful largely because Burnett didn't attack the man with the ball, and a 12-yard touchdown run straight up the middle exposed Burnett's inability to make what should have been a routine tackle.

"I want him to be more aggressive," said Perry. "I'd like to see him play with a little bit more recklessness, and we can get that."

But Perry didn't think Burnett was timid against the Eagles.

"No, I wouldn't say that," he said. "I think probably more cautious than anything else."

Perry admitted that when Bigby returns to health, he would have a chance to win back his job, but Green Bay has liked Burnett for a while. He keeps himself around the ball, has good range and makes interceptions. But scouts also wondered about his physicality, and so far, they’ve been proven right (though with a tiny sample size).

"The main thing for him is to keep growing as a player," said Perry. "Understand his role in the defense. We don't want him to be tentative back there. First time out of the gate, I think there was a little tentativeness in terms of reacting."

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Morgan Burnett gets off to rough start

The Packers traditionally have had a really good run with their safeties, Leroy Butler, Darren Sharper, and Nick Collins come to mind. D. Sharper and N. Collins were not that spectacular in their first season. People need to wait and see what happens with Burnett before they start making snap judgments on him too. Its a wait and see thing with him if you ask most anybody with the Packers...

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