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Vernand Morency is still the Green Bay Packers' leading candidate at running back after this weekend's mini-camp.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said Morency is elusive with good feet and he's getting to be as physical as Ahman Green, who left for Houston during the off-season.


Morency said he was glad quarterback Brett Favre showed up at camp. He said Favre helped him fix a problem with one of his plays that would not have gotten addressed had the veteran quarterback stayed away.

The Packers acquired Morency almost a year ago in a trade that sent Samkon Gado to the Texans.

Coach Mike McCarthy insists that nobody won or lost jobs during the mini-camp and those spots will be determined come August.

Hold-overs Noah Herron and P.J. Pope also took snaps at running back over the weekend, but three other candidates could not practice.

Arliss Beach and seventh-round draft pick DeShawn Wynn sat out with injuries.

The NFL ordered second-round pick Brandon Jackson to attend a photo session for the football card companies and a seminar on endorsement deals.

Meanwhile, second-year corner Will Blackmon had a solid mini-camp after missing almost all of last season with a broken foot and rib injuries.