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Packers' rookies get rolling

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GREEN BAY (AP) -

The Green Bay Packers practiced with nine of their 11 draft picks under contract, and nine more undrafted free agents.

Only first-round pick Datone Jones, a defensive end from UCLA, and second-round pick Eddie Lacy, a running back from Alabama, had not come to terms.

The team also had 27 players taking part on a tryout basis, a longshot route that has led to contracts for several players over the past few years.

Both Lacy and Jones were able to participate in the practices, and Jones went in with a distinct advantage over his fellow rookies: The defense he played in at UCLA under coach Jim Mora and defensive coordinator Lou Spanos was strikingly similar to the Packers' scheme.

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