Packers Training Camp Report: Aug. 7

Date:
Wednesday, August 6, 2013

Practice Time:
8:20 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 10 minutes)

Movin’ On Up:
WR Jeremy Ross

The Packers are dealing with multiple injuries at wide receiver, giving Ross additional opportunities to make plays. In Wednesday’s practice, Ross came up big with two long pass completions. First, Ross caught a deep pass from Aaron Rodgers in which he jumped over cornerback James Nixon in single coverage to come down with the ball. Later, Ross beat Davon House deep and caught a 50-plus-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Coleman.

Jordy Nelson is out at least until Week 1 of the regular season, Randall Cobb was a limited practice participant and both seventh-round rookie receivers have missed the past eight practices. Both Ross and Jarrett Boykin have taken advantage of it, with Ross really standing out in Wednesday’s practice.

“I think you really like to see Jeremy and Jarrett step up the way they have, first-year guys making that jump in the second year, really understanding the game and starting to make the offense their own,” Rodgers said. “It’s important, especially at the wide receiver position.”

Honorable mention:
LB Nick Perry

So You Had A Bad Day:
TE Jermichael Finley

This one is quite simple. When you’re a playmaker like Finley, don’t use your hands to punch teammates in their helmet. That’s what Finley did during a fight with Jarvis Reed. Finley didn’t injure himself, but at the rate that Green Bay is losing players, a self-inflicted wound would really be difficult for the Packers to deal with. Especially considering Finley is owed more than $8.5 million this season.

Finley has had a very good training camp, both on the field and in his professional behavior off of it. This was definitely a setback for him, though.

“It’s not very smart,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Just punching a man when he’s wearing a helmet, that’s not the smartest thing.”

Honorable mention:
QB B.J. Coleman

Noted:

– With Bryan Bulaga likely out for the season with a torn ACL, the Packers once again lined up David Bakhtiari at left tackle and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle with the starters.

– The starting outside cornerbacks were Sam Shields and Davon House, with Micah Hyde in the slot. Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward remain out with injuries.

– The first-team kickoff coverage unit consisted of these 11 players: Jarrett Boykin, John Kuhn, Robert Francois, Jamari Lattimore, Morgan Burnett, Terrell Manning, D.J. Williams, Jeremy Ross, Micah Hyde, Jarrett Bush.

– During the kickoff coverage drills, Mason Crosby, Giorgio Tavecchio and Tim Masthay all went twice. Masthay won Round 1 by kicking it out of the back of the end zone, but his second kickoff was mishit and squibbed only to the 15-yard line. Crosby won Round 2 as the ball traveled eight yards deep into the end zone, but his first kickoff was a line drive that barely bounced to the goal line. Tavecchio was more consistent than his two challengers, hitting the first one two yards deep into the end zone and the second one going five yards back into the end zone.

– Fights galore, all of which were featured in this story.

– Crowd noise was used for the first time during training camp, with the team now in preparation for its first preseason game Friday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

– Vince Young really got involved in practice for the first time in a Packers uniform, but the results weren’t great. He’s already been elevated above Coleman on the depth chart (at least based on this practice), but Young threw two interceptions. On the first one, Young telegraphed his pass and it was picked off by Brandon Smith for a touchdown. In the next drill, Young overthrew his receiver and the ball was intercepted by Chaz Powell.

– The three songs played during the team’s water breaks: Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight” – Fall Out Boy, “My Song Knows What You Did in the Dark (Light ’em Up)” – Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams), “Get Lucky”

Sidelined: 

* RB Eddie Lacy (Hamstring — First missed practice)
* TE Ryan Taylor (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* WR Jordy Nelson (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* TE Andrew Quarless (Quad — Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* CB Tramon Williams – (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 7)
* WR Charles Johnson (Left Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 8)
* WR Kevin Dorsey (Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 8)
* CB Casey Hayward (Hamstring — Consecutive Missed Practices: 10)
* RB DuJuan Harris (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 10)
* OL Derek Sherrod (Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 10)
* S Sean Richardson (Neck — Consecutive Missed Practices: 10)
*OL Bryan Bulaga (Torn ACL — likely to miss the entire season)
* OL J.C. Tretter (Ankle — likely out until midseason)
* DL Jerel Worthy (Knee — likely out until midseason)
* WR Sederrick Cunningham (Wrist Surgery — Placed on injured reserve Tuesday)
He’s back:
* DE Mike Neal (Abdomen — Returned after missing the first nine practices)
* WR Randall Cobb (Bicep — Returned, but was not a full participant)
* DL Johnny Jolly (Cramps — Returned after leaving Tuesday’s practice early)
* DE Datone Jones (Illness — Returned after missing one practice)
* RB Alex Green (Knee — Returned after missing one practice)

What’s Next:

* Thursday, August 8 – 8:20 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 11)
* Friday, August 9 – 7:00 p.m. – Preseason game No. 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals

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