Packers training camp report: July 28

Date:
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Practice Time:
8:20 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 27 minutes)

Sidelined:
* CB Tramon Williams (Knee — Sat out the second half of Sunday’s practice)
* CB Casey Hayward (Hamstring — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* CB Davon House (Illness / Food Poisoning — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* DE Mike Neal (Abdomen — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* RB DuJuan Harris (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* OL Derek Sherrod (Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* S Sean Richardson (Neck — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* S Chaz Powell (Foot — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* WR Charles Johnson (Left Leg — First missed practice)
* WR Kevin Dorsey (Leg — First missed practice)
* OL J.C. Tretter (Ankle – likely out until midseason)
* DL Jerel Worthy (Knee — likely out until midseason)
* WR Sederrick Cunningham (Wrist Surgery — Return date unknown)

He’s back:
LB Jamari Lattimore (Illness — Returned after missing two practices)

Movin’ On Up:
DL Datone Jones

It was a terrific full-pads debut for Jones. While it was difficult for defensive linemen to make much of an impact when the Packers were in shells and shorts for the first two practices, Jones was an instant impact player in pads Sunday.

Early in practice, Jones flew by fullback Jonathan Amosa and crushed Eddie Lacy in the backfield. Later, Jones had a fingertip deflection to break up a pass attempt. In one-on-one blocking drills, Jones “won” all three of his snaps, easily getting by Garth Gerhart, beating Andrew Datko and sneaking by T.J. Lang.

During 11-on-11 team competition, Jones went unblocked around the edge for what would’ve been a quarterback sack and later narrowly missed a “sack” on Aaron Rodgers.

“I thought Datone looked very good, very comfortable,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s in good shape and I thought he had a good first day just from what I saw.”

So You Had A Bad Day:
CB Jarrett Bush

Not having Casey Hayward and Davon House available (along with a mid-practice injury to Tramon Williams) has given Bush an unexpectedly increased role in training camp. He’s had a significant amount of snaps with the starting defense, both on the outside and in the slot.

In Sunday’s practice, Bush was beaten by receivers on multiple occasions. On a deep pass from B.J. Coleman to Myles White, Bush was too far behind to make a play (even though the pass was slightly underthrown). Graham Harrell also connected with White on a play that had Bush directly in coverage.

Unlike last season, when Bush was a starting cornerback in the Packers’ regular season opener, there’s a very small chance he sees much — or any — action on defense in 2013. Bush was yanked from Green Bay’s 2012 starting defense because of his issues in coverage and, a year later, the 29-year-old is still the same player: Strong tackler, not consistent enough in coverage.

Noted:
– Myles White and Jake Stoneburner were the only two players to fumble during the ball-security gauntlet drill. Both White and Stoneburner have struggled holding onto the ball in general over the first three training camp practices.

– Very early in practice, James Jones made a great catch over Sam Shields on a pass that Rodgers threw a bit high.

– Jamari Lattimore was very vocal during practice. Nearly every time he exited the field, Lattimore yelled loudly to try to get his defensive teammates fired up. Lattimore also had a good day on the field before cramps forced him to the sideline.

– Sam Barrington made a nice tackle during an early drill, but, unfortunately, the defense was not supposed to do that level of hitting at that point. McCarthy wasn’t happy and let Barrington know about his displeasure. Plays like that fall under the player safety guidelines.

– In kick returns, Jeremy Ross was the first player up. Ross was followed by Randall Cobb, Sam Shields, Johnathan Franklin, James Nixon and Loyce Means. Nixon muffed his first attempt.

– Eddie Lacy had a rough day, through little fault of his own. On several plays in which he was in as the running back, the offensive line failed to block well enough and Lacy got stopped behind the line before getting a chance to do much.

– In addition to Datone Jones, the other stars of the one-on-one blocking drills were David Bakhtiari (whose highlight was stopping Clay Matthews), Don Barclay (who “won” all four of his attempts) and Mike Daniels (who beat both Evan Dietrich-Smith and Lane Taylor).

– Nixon, who muffed his first kickoff return attempt and allowed a couple big plays on defense, did have a very good moment when he intercepted Rodgers and returned the ball for what would have been a touchdown.

– Practice ended with Jarrett Boykin making an impressive touchdown catch in a pass from Rodgers.

– The three songs played during the team’s water breaks were: U2’s “Vertigo,” Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Dave Matthews Band’s “Funny The Way It Is.”

What’s Next:
* Monday – Off Day
* Tuesday, July 30 – 8:20 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 4)

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