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Hawk Says He’s Heard Workouts of NFL Teams Have Been Pretty Bad

A.J. Hawk says that he’s heard the offseason workouts for various NFL teams, including that of the Packers, have so far been not that impressive.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk, who says he will be fully recovered from wrist surgery in time for training camp, has been keeping up with the day-to-day court drama of the NFL lockout only to a point, uninterested in its complexities. He’s just hoping and waiting for the day when he can get back to work, but Hawk isn’t so sure a players-only workout is a good idea. Teams like Dallas, the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans have had them, and Hawk has heard the suggestions that the Packers have one, too.

There is a value to these players-only practices, he said, but it is limited, and it’s not clear how productive these practices are compared to a structured off-season practice run by coaching staffs of 20 or more. “The most the defense can do when we get together is seven-on-seven,” said Hawk. “I can understand quarterbacks throwing to receivers and stuff like that. I think it’s more of a camaraderie thing.

“I’ve heard that different guys’ workouts from different teams have just been a disaster. They’re working out at bad high school fields and equipment and all that kind of stuff.” Hawk said every one of his teammates is working out individually, every day, so he’s not concerned if they don’t have any of these players-only practices. “We’re all ready to come back. We never got out of shape,” said Hawk. “The player gatherings are a good thing to get together and be with your teammates – that’s the most I would take from it.”

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