By Chris Peterson @thepackersguru on June 25, 2014
It can be easy to overreact to what happens during an NFL minicamp, but any time players are on the field, they have a chance to impress the coaching staff and move up the depth chart. Here are five Packer players who needed to impress during this offseason and simply were unable to deliver.
After the Packers failed to select an inside linebacker in the 2014 NFL Draft, the door was open for Barrington to throw his name into the competition with Brad Jones, A.J. Hawk and Jamari Lattimore. Yet, Barrington failed to impress during minicamp and at this point appears unable to compete for a starting job.
With the absence of Jermichael Finley, who appears unlikely to be re-signed by the Packers, Quarless has a great opportunity to lay claim to the starting tight end position in Green Bay. Unfortunately, in his first chance to establish himself as the starter, Quarless was held out due to an undisclosed injury. It doesn't mean Quarless can't lock down the job in training camp -- it just makes his job that much harder.
Perry is an extremely talented player and has flashed great potential as a pass rusher. However, he has been unable to stay on the field during his first two NFL seasons, and that was the case during minicamp as he was sighted only on the sideline. If the former first-round pick from USC wants to fulfill his potential, his health will be key going forward.
Lyerla was one of the most talked about Packers this offseason after he signed with the team as a rookie free agent. While his talent is immense, he is raw and did not make a big splash as expected during minicamp. Instead, fellow rookie tight end Richard Rodgers from Cal stole the show and threw his hat into the ring for the starting tight end position. If Lyerla wants to make the 53-man roster, he will to step up during training camp.
It's hard to call Franklin a dud. After all, it's not his fault that he suffered a career-ending neck injury, even though it certainly was a blow to the Packers. Questions began to arise when he was not participating in the offseason workouts -- then the announcement came that his career is over. He will be missed and could have brought an explosive element to the Packers' running game that didn't previously exist.
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