After a lost rookie year due to a season-ending hamstring injury, 2013 seventh-round pick Kevin Dorsey is quickly improving as a receiver and is on track to be on the Packers' 53-man roster when the regular season kicks off.
With the season-ending injury to Jared Abbrederis (plus the illness — shingles — that kept Jeff Janis out for the first seven practices), there is a significant opportunity for second-tier receivers to make the Packers active roster. At the top of that list is Kevin Dorsey and Myles White, as both have been performing very well thus far.
Dorsey continued to make plays throughout Monday night’s practice. He showed good hands on his first touchdown catch from Matt Flynn in the red zone and later showed his ability to make a difficult grab near the sideline on another TD from Flynn.
Dorsey first started turning heads in training camp by often finding himself on a couple first-team special teams units. After a lost rookie year due to a season-ending hamstring injury, the 2013 seventh-round pick is quickly improving as a receiver and is on track to be on the 53-man roster when the regular season kicks off.
Honorable mention: Undrafted rookie Jayrone Elliott had a standout performance Monday during the one-on-one pass-rush drills. He won all four of his matchups, and it was against difficult competition, too: Derek Sherrod, Bryan Bulaga and twice with Don Barclay.
So You Had A Bad Day:
Cornerback Demitri Goodson
It’s been a rough training camp for sixth-round pick rookie Demitri Goodson, but Monday night was his worst practice yet. He gave up three touchdown passes, and none of them involved Aaron Rodgers at quarterback or any of the team’s top wide receivers.
Goodson first allowed a touchdown on a pass from Flynn to Alex Gillett during the red zone period. In the next segment, Dorsey beat Goodson for a touchdown from Flynn. Lastly, recently signed receiver Gerrard Sheppard beat Goodson for a touchdown on a fade pass from Scott Tolzien.
– For the second time in eight practices, Morgan Burnett left early and did not return. Head coach Mike McCarthy did not have an injury update on Burnett following practice. The first time Burnett was hurt in training camp, it was an ankle injury.
– It’s unclear whether presumed starting inside linebacker Brad Jones left practice early with an injury or whether the Packers wanted to get an extended look at Jamari Lattimore. Jones has done little to stand out, but Green Bay has been hesitant in previous years to choose Lattimore over him. McCarthy said he didn’t have any information on a potential injury to Jones in practice.
– The first-team punt unit consisted of Davon House and Jarrett Bush as gunners, Micah Hyde as the personal protector for Tim Masthay, along with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Brandon Bostick, John Kuhn, Nate Palmer, Lattimore and Burnett, with Brett Goode snapping.
– In the punt return portion, Hyde was first up, followed by Cobb and then White.
– During the half-line drills, B.J. Raji pushed second-year guard Lane Taylor backward to disrupt the running play. Rookie Khyri Thornton showed strength when he shoved aside an offensive lineman to make a play.
– Tight ends Jake Stoneburner and Andrew Quarless both had impressive touchdown receptions on passes from Rodgers during the team red zone period. Brandon Bostick made a diving catch during that segment, as well. Stoneburner later had another noteworthy play, making a diving catch on a pass from Tolzien.
– Not to be outdone, rookie tight end Richard Rodgers made his mark on the next drill (pass under pressure) when he caught a pass down the seam from the other Rodgers and took off quickly downfield for yards after catch.
– Casey Hayward added to his reputation as a ball hawk with a pass deflection on a throw from Rodgers to Davante Adams. Hayward and safety Sean Richardson have been around the ball and made plays more than any other members of the secondary.
– DuJuan Harris dropped a swing pass from Tolzien to end the pass under pressure drill.
– Cobb dropped a pass from Rodgers and made himself do an extended series of push-ups afterward.
– In the no-huddle segment, Chris Banjo made a great play on fourth down to deflect a pass away from Cobb near the back of the end zone. The worst part of it for Cobb was that he was shaken up and missed the next drill. However, Cobb returned for the final period of practice and seemed OK.
– Tramon Williams should be thankful that Ed Hochuli and his officiating crew are no longer in Green Bay, because he had his hands all over Chris Harper on a deep pass from Rodgers. No flag was thrown.
– Mason Crosby continued his hot streak, making all eight of his field-goal attempts. He connected from distances of 33, 38, 42, 44, 46, 48, 53 and 55 yards.
* TE Colt Lyerla (Knee — First missed practice — will be out a couple weeks)
* RB Michael Hill (Concussion — First missed practice)
* S Tanner Miller (Ankle — Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)