Practice Time: 8:20 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 33 minutes)
Movin’ On Up: TE Brandon Bostick
With Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor both sidelined, Bostick made the most of his increased opportunities. Bostick, a practice-squad player last season, had a lot of snaps with Aaron Rodgers and the starters in Tuesday’s practice.
Rodgers found Bostick in the end zone twice for two team-drill touchdowns. The second touchdown came on a nice throw from Rodgers in a tight passing window that Bostick caught in traffic and got smacked as he began to cross the goal line in stride. Bostick seemed slightly shaken after the play, but Rodgers approached him right away and showed his appreciation for the 24-year-old’s efforts.
Green Bay’s tight end room has too many talented players for all of them to make the team, and Bostick could be the odd man out. But more big catches like what Bostick had Tuesday will gain Rodgers’ trust and that could go a long way as coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson make their final cuts before the regular season.
Honorable mention: CB Sam Shields, WR Jarrett Boykin, QB Graham Harrell
So You Had A Bad Day: QB B.J. Coleman
The addition of Vince Young means even less breathing room for Coleman and Harrell to have poor practices. Coleman was already coming off a bad outing when he threw two key interceptions in the intrasquad scrimmage Saturday night.
With the Packers looking to see if Coleman or Harrell can rise to the challenge, Coleman was unable to do so Tuesday morning.
Coleman had tight end Jake Stoneburner wide open — there was not a defender within eight yards in any direction — for what should have been an easy touchdown, but the pass was way overthrown. Coleman later had a wobbly throw into the end zone that was broken up during 7-on-7 drills. A crisper pass likely would have resulted in a touchdown. Coleman was the first quarterback up during the red zone drill, but in his five snaps, the offense didn’t have much to show for it.
As has been the case with Coleman throughout training camp, he wasn’t without good throws. He made a nice pass to Alex Gillett for a touchdown with Davon House in coverage. The problem with Coleman continues to be consistency.
Noted: – This was the Packers’ first practice without Bryan Bulaga (torn ACL) at left tackle. David Bakhtiari got the vast majority of Bulaga’s snaps at left tackle, with Marshall Newhouse playing right tackle.
– After experimenting a lot at center and guard over the past week, Don Barclay (due to Bulaga’s injury) was back to playing more right tackle.
– Jeremy Ross, who is the most likely candidate to replace Randall Cobb on special teams, dropped a punt on a live return. Ross’ fumble in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers last season can’t be easy for the coaching staff to forget when he does this in practice.
– Vince Young only got two reps in team drills, both of which were handoffs. Young was 2 for 4 while throwing in the wide receivers vs. defensive backs drill, including his first pass that was badly underthrown into the ground. However, in individual quarterback drills, Young threw his final three passes successfully through the netting, which Coleman and Harrell were unable to do with the same frequency.
– With Alex Green and DuJuan Harris both out, the order of the running backs was: Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, James Starks.
– Bakhtiari isn’t going to be treated any differently now that he’s the likely starter at left tackle. The coaching staff might even be tougher on him now. Offensive line coach James Campen yelled at Bakhtiari after the rookie didn’t get in the huddle fast enough. Bakhtiari seemed to think that he was not in for the next play.
– There were two big hits delivered in this “thud” tackling practice. Safety Jerron McMillian and linebacker Jamari Lattimore both flattened receivers downfield after completions.
– Practice concluded for the second time in training camp with a perfect strike from Rodgers to Jermichael Finley in the end zone for an impressive touchdown. It was a tough catch by Finley, too, who hung on in traffic.
– The four songs played during the team’s water breaks: Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z), “Crazy In Love” – Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound” – Bastille, “Pompeii” – Motley Crue, “Kickstart my Heart”
Sidelined: * WR Randall Cobb (Bicep — Left practice early)
* DL Johnny Jolly (Cramps — Left practice early)
* TE Ryan Taylor (Knee — First missed practice after leaving Saturday’s scrimmage early)
* DE Datone Jones (Illness — Fist missed practice)
* RB Alex Green (Knee — First missed practice)
* WR Jordy Nelson (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* TE Andrew Quarless (Quad — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)