Packers Training Camp Report: Aug. 13

Injuries and absences continue to create opportunities for Packers veterans.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Practice Time:
11:15 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 28 minutes)

Movin' On Up: 
Kickers Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio

It was a perfect day for both Crosby and Tavecchio. In 16 field-goal attempts, there was not a single miss. Going back and forth, Crosby and Tavecchio connected from distances of 33 yards, 36 yards, 39 yards, 43 yards, 45 yards, 48 yards, 50 yards and 54 yards.

Coach Mike McCarthy said that volume would pick up in the kicking competition, and it certainly has. Tavecchio has yet to miss this week, now making all 16 of his kicks. Crosby has only missed once (15 of 16), but he still has yet to have a day in which he's outperformed Tavecchio.

"Right now, I'm just really working on the things that I need to work on," Crosby said. "I'm hitting the ball really well, striking it solid. I put a few good days together here and that's positive. Giorgio's hitting great balls. It's motivating for me, and I'm focused in and making sure I take care of my business. For me, that's all I can control. I can only control what I do and how I go about my business. These last two days were good. It was good to test our bodies and test our minds a little bit, and hit two really long sets. I think hitting that many balls really kind of pushed me and got me into a rhythm and into a good spot. I feel really good with that process."

So You Had A Bad Day: 
WR Jeremy Ross

Ross is in danger of dropping his way out of a spot on the team, or at least a spot in the Packers offense. Ross dropped three passes in Tuesday's practice, and this isn't the first time that it's been an issue for him.

With the ability to contribute on both special teams and offense, Ross' versatility is beneficial for Green Bay. But, while Ross has had a couple good days as a receiver throughout training camp, dropped passes are a continuing problem. Jarrett Boykin and undrafted rookie Tyrone Walker have both been so dependable that it makes Ross' mistakes stick out even more.

- Eddie Lacy and DuJuan Harris both practiced, but neither running back took part in any team drills. Without Lacy and Harris, James Starks got the snaps with the starting offense.

- Ryan Pickett had a family emergency, and in his absence, Mike Daniels started in the Packers' 3-4 base defense.

- Coach Mike McCarthy was not happy with the way his team performed in the ninth practice period. When the drill concluded with Graham Harrell mishandling the snap, McCarthy was furious and forced Green Bay to restart the period.

- For the second day in a row, Micah Hyde was ahead of Davon House on the depth chart at outside cornerback.

- In preparation for Saturday's game at St. Louis, the Packers had crowd noise blaring on the speakers during the 'Team Pressure' period.

- It's become obvious that B.J. Coleman has officially slid to fourth on the quarterback depth chart. Coleman worked almost exclusively as the scout-team QB.

- Graham Harrell is ahead of Vince Young in the rotation and is still in the lead for the No. 2 quarterback job. Young just completed his first full week in Green Bay, so his role could change as he gets more comfortable in the offense. However, though Harrell struggled in the preseason opener, he has been solid in practice.

- David Bakhtiari is the starting right tackle and his fellow offensive linemen are doing everything they can to make sure he's ready for it. Evan Dietrich-Smith spent several minutes with Bakhtiari at the conclusion of the one-on-one pass-rush drills and was instructing him on how to have better technique.

- As described in detail in this story, Randall Cobb was heavily favoring his right biceps injury. During and after nearly every play, Cobb was clearly in significant pain.

- Mike Neal performed well in the one-on-one pass-rush drills, showing off speed and power. Neal drove offensive lineman Lane Taylor straight back on one snap and later used good quickness around the edge to get past Bakhtiari.

- The three songs played during the team's water breaks: Of Monsters and Men, "Little Talks" - George Strait, "Heartland" - Quiet Riot, "Come on Feel The Noise"

* DL Ryan Pickett (Personal -- First missed practice)
* DL Datone Jones (Ankle -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* OL T.J. Lang (Back -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* OL Andrew Datko (Concussion -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 3; and one game)
* TE Ryan Taylor (Knee -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 5; and one game)
* TE Andrew Quarless (Quad -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 7; and one game)
* CB Tramon Williams - (Knee -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 10; and one game)
* WR Charles Johnson (Left Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 11; and one game)
* CB Casey Hayward (Hamstring -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 13; and one game)
* OL Derek Sherrod (Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 13; and one game)
* S Sean Richardson (Neck -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 13; and one game)
* WR Jordy Nelson (Knee surgery -- Out the remainder of training camp)
*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:
* RB Eddie Lacy (Hamstring -- Limited -- Returned after missing three practices and one game)
* WR Kevin Dorsey (Leg -- Returned after missing 10 practices and one game)

What's Next:
* Wednesday, August 14 - 11:15 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 14)
* Thursday, August 15 - 11:00 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 15)

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