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The Green Bay Packers have announced the departure of veteran defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and inside linebacker Scott McCurley were also let go.
The moves made earlier this week were announced by coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday.
Packers president Mark Murphy said on Tuesday that McCarthy has the authority to fill the coordinator position without waiting for a new GM. Murphy is leading the search for a replacement for general manager Ted Thompson Graham Gano Jersey , who is moving to an advisory role with the team.
Capers had been defensive coordinator since 2009. Green Bay was fifth in overall defense in the Super Bowl-winning season in 2010.
But the defense slipped to 22nd in each of the past two seasons despite being stocked with high draft picks. Injuries have plagued the cornerback position.
More changes to McCarthy’s staff could be coming after the team finished below .500 and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Sammy Watkins made quite the impression on the first day of Kansas City Chiefs training camp on Thursday.
The veteran wide receiver is one of the newest options for first-year starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
"The guy's an unbelievable talent, he really is," tight end Travis Kelce said of Watkins.
"He's a high-character guy, you can't say anything wrong about him. It's been exciting just to see him come out here and work because he's such a great athlete and he makes you want to get better every single day."
Mahomes and Watkins teamed up to elicit the biggest cheer of the day from fans attending the opening of camp.
The quarterback dropped a 60-yard pass on a breezy post route to Watkins, who hauled in the over-the-shoulder catch on the run for an easy score. Mahomes said he's quickly developing a rapport on the field with the newcomer.
"He's a guy that will stay after and get extra work, a guy that wants to put the work in to be great," Mahomes said.
"When you have guys like that all around our team Stephen Curry Jersey , it's easy to build chemistry and build that kind of deep ball or if it's a short pass or whatever it is."
Coach Andy Reid also praised the willingness of Watkins to push himself during practice, whether it's running out routes where he's a decoy or putting in extra reps.
"I love Sammy's attitude and his work ethic," Reid said. "He's all business, he's a quiet guy. He's all business. I love the way he goes about, a true pro."
For the first time in his career, Watkins comes into the season healthy and with a full offseason of work. That's helping him acclimate to Reid's West Coast offense playbook.
"I've gotten the plays down but of course we've got so much to build on with chemistry and working with the guys," Watkins said.
"The offense is so bright you can't sleep on it so everyday we've got to go over it and go over the installs."
The offseason addition of Watkins figures to make the Chiefs offense a puzzle for defenses this season. The team returns three 1 LeGarrette Blount Jersey ,000-yard performers from last season, including the league's leading rusher in Kareem Hunt. Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill topped the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards.
Kelce, who is used to frequently facing double teams and bracket coverage, sees the addition of Watkins creating opportunities for everyone across the offense.
"I think we're going to open everything up for each other," Kelce said. "Pat's got quite an arsenal to throw to."
It also means a lot of players to give the ball, but Reid says the group possesses a desire to win that keeps egos in check.
"That's what's nice about having the guys we have Sherrick McManis Jersey , they all understand there's one ball," Reid said. "They all get it. Sammy went out ran a couple of beautiful routes where he didn't get the ball, but ran like he was going to get it. He didn't pull off at all. That's a great thing to have that kind of talent."
The Chiefs open camp with just one injury issue impacting a projected starter. Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland started camp on the non-football injury list. He experienced a swollen knee following his flight to training camp. Reid does not believe the issue is a significant concern.
"He's in great shape, we're just going to let it calm down, precautionary measure, let it calm down and he'll get back out," Reid said. "I don't think it's anything to go crazy about."
The Chiefs are relying on Ragland as a leader in the retooled starting defense that also includes cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and David Amerson Mark Walton Jersey , linebacker Anthony Hitchens and defensive tackle Xavier Williams.
Those changes on defense along with the addition of Watkins and the promotion of Mahomes, puts a smile on Reid's face.
"We've got a lot of new faces in new places," Reid said. "That part's exciting. The ability to teach, that's what we do. We got quite a little bit of teaching to do as we go here."