Packers reportedly sign Lacy
GREEN BAY - Numerous media reports say the Green Bay Packers have signed second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy. There was no immediate word on contract terms for the University of Alabama running back.
Except for first-rounders, all rookies are required to have four-year deals. Lacy's signing leaves first-round defensive end Datone Jones as the only Green Bay draft pick not to enter into a new contract. The team signed nine other draft selections before their rookie camp began almost three weeks ago.
With Charles Woodson gone, the Green Bay Packers are looking to second-year pro Casey Hayward to grab more interceptions from the corner spot. The 5-11 Hayward led the Pack with six interceptions and 21 pass break-ups last year from Woodson's former position. Corners' coach Joe Whitt Junior said Hayward has quote, "a skill set that in the past is very similar to Woodson ... And that's rare." His coaches say Hayward has a sixth sense of knowing when to plug passing routes, and getting into a receiver's mode when the ball comes his way. Whitt says Hayward should get double-digit interceptions each year - and he should have done so in his rookie campaign. Hayward is honing his skills this week, as the Packers continue their organized team activities.
It's not clear when - or if - Green Bay defensive lineman Johnny Jolly will report to the Packers' organized team activities which are now in their second week. There was talk that the 30-year-old Jolly would practice this week, after he completed a drug rehabilitation program last week in his home town of Houston. Jolly and his agent are not talking, and coach Mike McCarthy will only say there's a quote, "process" Jolly is going through. But the coach did say after yesterday's practice that Jolly and everyone else deserves second-chances in life. Jolly was re-instated earlier this year, after a three-year suspension that followed a series of arrests in Houston for codeine possession. Packers' defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said he spoke with Jolly and his mother as often as he could under league rules over the past three-plus years. Trgovac said he cares about Jolly as a person, but he cannot say what type of shape he's in. The coaches say it remains to be seen if Jolly can still perform on the field - especially after the Packers drafted four new defensive linemen over the past two years.
The Packers are bringing in a free agent safety who played his college ball in the NCAA's Division II. Green Bay has signed David Fulton of Chowan University in North Carolina. He had a team-high four interceptions last fall with a sack, nine pass break-ups, and a forced fumble. The 23-year-old Fulton joins five other safeties on the Green Bay roster. Those five were all hold-overs from last season, including Sean Richardson - who's recovering from neck surgery earlier this year.