Packers rookie report: Week Two

Posted Sept. 21, 2010 @ 3:13 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert presents his weekly report on the Packers’ 2010 rookie class. Player rundowns are in order of draft selection:

OT Bryan Bulaga (first round) — It's looking like the Pack's first-round pick is a good bet to replace veteran Chad Clifton (sore knee) as the starting left tackle Monday night against the Bears. The consensus seems to be that Bulaga held his own at left tackle after replacing the injured Clifton in Week Two, other than his false-start penalty in fourth quarter.

DE Mike Neal (second round) — Neal has yet to be activated after reportedly tearing some cartilage away from his ribs in an injury suffered Sept. 8.

SS Morgan Burnett (third round) — After looking somewhat tentative in the starting SS role in Week One, Burnett made big strides in Week Two, registering his first career interception. He needs to be a more aggressive run defender.

TE Andrew Quarless (fifth round) — Inactive in Week Two, Quarless is a project with Jermichael Finley-type potential.

OG Marshall Newhouse (fifth round) — Inactive in Week Two, Newhouse looks like just an insurance policy for now.

RB James Starks (sixth round) — After missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury, Starks isn't eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list until Oct. 18.

DE C.J. Wilson (seventh round) — Wilson had eight snaps against the Bills and displayed flashes with two pressures late against Buffalo.

Undrafted rookies:

CB Sam Shields — Shields has taken control of the nickel corner job. He split time with Tramon Williams against Buffalo, and together they held Bills WR Lee Evans to zero receptions. He also had a key stop on 3rd-and-6 at the end of the first half.

TE Tom Crabtree — Crabtree played 16 snaps at tight end and was a factor on special teams, even though he had one penalty.

RB Dimtri Nance — The ex-Falcon picked signed shortly after Ryan Grant went down for the year had two carries against Buffalo and looked at least serviceable.