Packers like Brohm, but poses no threat to Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers says he doesn't feel any pressure from Brian Brohm, the rookie quarterback selected in the second round in April.

Rodgers, who already has the unenviable task of following retired three-time MVP Brett Favre, said Packers coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson have both voiced their confidence in him, and even teammates, like receiver Donald Driver, can't help but interject their opinion.

"Mike said I'm the guy, Ted said I'm the guy, Donald thinks I'm the guy ..." Rodgers said.

Packers' quarterbacks:

Age: 24

Height:6-2

Weight: 223

Born: 12/2/1983 Chico, Calif.

College: California

Experience: 4th season

Age: 22

Height:6-3

Weight: 227

Born: 9/23/1985 Louisville, Ky.

College: Louisville

Experience: Rookie

Age: 22

Height:6-2

Weight: 228

Born: 6/20/1985 Tyler, Texas

College: LSU

Experience: Rookie

"You the guy!" Driver shouted as he walked by.

Rodgers said he thinks Brohm has picked up the offense pretty well so far.

Brohm said it's been much different from being a rookie in minicamp to the first organized team activities with the veterans.

"The game's faster, the defense is faster, everything's moving around a lot quicker and you get to see how the plays are supposed to be run," he said.

Brohm also said Rodgers has been helping him out whenever he has questions.

"We just got a few basic plays done at rookie camp. We're trying to get the whole offense in now. So, there's a lot more being put in," Brohm said. "I've just got to learn it as fast I can, try to pick up everything as quick as possible, but at the same time, when I'm out there, not try to think too much and just play. It's pretty complicated, but I'm getting it pretty well right now."

The coaching staff has been able to spend more time with Brohm because Rodgers has already been in the system for three years since being drafted in 2005.

"I really like the way he picks things up," McCarthy said of Brohm. "He is a sponge. He's a quick thinker, you don't have to repeat things with Brian, and I think he is a good fit for our volume and what we ask the quarterback to do."

Besides, Rodgers said he realizes if he doesn't perform, he won't be the starter regardless.

"If I play well, everything's going to take care of itself," Rodgers said. "And if I don't, then either Brian or somebody else will be replacing me, and I'll know before anybody else."

LEFT GUARD SHUFFLE:Allen Barbre and Daryn Colledge are splitting repetitions on the first team at left guard.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Barbre is in competition for one of the inside guard spots and Colledge will likely play every position on the line.

"It's just that flexibility, the uniqueness of the athletic ability of the offensive line. It's a very athletic group," McCarthy said. "Allen Barbre would probably be one of the more athletic guys in that group. You're just trying to prepare yourself for that 45-man roster."

It's Colledge's third year with the Packers, but he's failed to establish himself as a dominant offensive lineman after being a second-round pick in 2006.

"I would have liked to have been entrenched as the starter by year three, but year three is just starting, we're only in OTAs right now," Colledge said. "We're both going to compete to start. I was the starter last year, he was the rookie. And now, he wants to be the starter this year, and so do I."

Barbre was selected in the fourth round last year.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said the coaches are evaluating both guys.

"We're going to do as good evaluation as we can without pads on to see where guys are at and see how they respond to different situations and different combinations of people playing next to them and those type of things," he said.

SCHROEDER RETIRES: Former wide receiver Bill Schroeder told the organization he is retiring with the Packers. Schroeder spent five seasons in Green Bay, leaving in 2001.

He also played in Detroit from 2002-03 and Tampa Bay in 2004.

"He was a local boy who made good, and we're pleased to welcome Bill as a member of our alumni," general manager Ted Thompson said in a release.

Schroeder, a native of Sheboygan, graduated from Wisconsin-La Crosse where he starred in track.

"It was a great privilege to have played for the Packers for the majority of my NFL career," Schroeder said. "I am honored that the Green Bay Packers have allowed me to end my playing days as a member of one of the greatest franchises in professional sports."

Schroeder started 78 games in his eight-year career and finished with 304 receptions for 4,583 yards and 28 touchdowns, with his most productive years in Green Bay.

PACKERS SIGNEE: The Packers signed tight end Evan Moore on Thursday.

Moore played four years at Stanford as a wide receiver and finished his career there with 103 receptions for 1,555 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He'll wear No. 8.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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