Tag:Morgan Burnett
Posted on: August 5, 2010 6:09 pm

Morgan Burnett poised to start at SS for Packers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A. Bigby's starting SS job is in jeopardy. He'll undergo surgery Friday (AP). It’s looking more and more like rookie Morgan Burnett could start the season at strong safety for the Packers.

As the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, Atari Bigby will undergo ankle surgery Friday in hopes of playing this season. He had ankle surgery in 2008, but that was a much more complicated procedure. This one, Bigby said, is just to clean out some scar tissue.

You remember how it took Bigby a while to sign his restricted free agent tender and how he missed the team’s offseason workouts? Well, that decision might have contributed to Bigby’s ankle soreness.

From the article:

(Bigby) said he felt some pain after last season ended but figured it was the usual post-season soreness. After taking some time off, he said he resumed workouts during which the ankle game him little or no trouble.

But because he refused to sign his restricted free agent tender — he was seeking a long-term deal that he never got — he was never at Packers headquarters, therefore the team couldn’t monitor his health.

Safeties coach Darren Perry said today that Bigby actually passed the running test that every player must go through the day before camp starts. It was only after the test that Bigby complained of soreness in his ankle. The Packers then failed him on his physical and placed him on the active physically unable to perform list.

While Burnett has performed relatively well while running with the first team – which he’s done all offseason – it’s tough to expect him to make a huge impact if he starts in his NFL debut. Even Burnett knows that.

"I can't really say (I'm ready) because we're just in the first week of training camp," Burnett told ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert . "By the end of camp, I'll have everything that I need down. As of right now, I'm still in the learning process of just getting done with the first week of camp.”

If Morgan does take the starting role, he’ll have some help. Free safety Nick Collins is one of the better defensive backs in the league and can help guide him through what promises to be some rough waters.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:47 pm

Milk and cookies for you

A late-night links round-up:

Though it’d make sense if the veterans absolutely hate the fact No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just got a $50 million guarantee without ever having played a down of NFL football, Tom Brady doesn’t seem upset about the deal. He tells a radio show, as captured by the Boston Herald that players of any sort (or experience) should be getting money.

Much has been made about Frank Gore’s party in Miami that ensnared a few collegiate players in the headlights of the NCAA and which might or might not have been paid for by an agent. Gore tells the Press Democrat that the controversy surprised him and he was the one who paid for the party.

Toby Gerhart missed the first day of training camp. Pat Williams, as mentioned in this 1500 ESPN story, didn’t appreciate it.

Unlike a certain NT in Washington, Cardinals OT Deuce Lutui, who says he weighs about 360 pounds, passed his conditioning test today. The Cardinals official site talked to him afterward.

Packers S Atari Bigby isn’t happy with his contract situation, as described by the Green Bay Press Gazette . Bigby, in all reality, should worry about retaining his starting spot over Morgan Burnett, because the ankle injury he suffered today won’t help.

Do you think former Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead wishes he stayed in school one more year? After the Buccaneers cut him today , I imagine the answer is probably, yes.

A few more first-round signings: Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants for a ton of money . Joe Haden to the Browns for a ton of mone y. Demaryius Thomas to the Broncos for a ton of money . Kyle Wilson to the Jets for a ton of money .

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:22 pm

Can Bigby overcome Burnett?

It looks like the Packers will have a battle for the starting strong safety spot after all.

ESPN.com reported today that Green Bay’s Atari Bigby finally signed his restricted free agent tender, and he’ll be at training camp when the Packers open on Friday.

Without Bigby around, third-round pick Morgan Burnett impressed during offseason workouts and showed he certainly could beat out the incumbent starter. He’ll have to continue showing his on-ball skills and his play-making ability, but if Burnett can keep on shining, Bigby – despite his propensity for big hits, he’s also been injury prone – might have to fight just to make the roster.

--Josh Katzowitz

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