Packers training camp report: Aug. 21
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
11:00 a.m. (Total: 1 hour, 38 minutes)
Movin’ On Up:
TE Brandon Bostick
The play of the day belonged to Bostick. After spending all of last season on the practice squad, the second-year tight end continued to make a strong case for a spot on the 53-man roster with a highlight catch in Wednesday’s practice. Bostick made a one-handed, leaping grab in the end zone with two defenders closing in. It was the type of catch that was sure to get the entire coaching staff’s attention.
The Packers’ tight end group is crowded and talented, making it difficult for the 24-year-old Bostick to claim one of those coveted jobs when the regular season begins. Undrafted Jake Stoneburner has also been impressive, adding to the already deep unit that consists of Jermichael Finley, Matthew Mulligan, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor. But there’s not much more Bostick can do than what he’s displayed so far in training camp. The rest is up to the coaching staff and front office.
So You Had A Bad Day:
K Mason Crosby
Just as Crosby seemed to be gaining some positive momentum, the seventh-year kicker lost all of it with three consecutive missed field goals in Wednesday’s practice. Three in a row. Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was so upset that he yelled into his microphone “Make the kick. Let’s go.” That was heard by everyone in attendance (including at least 1,500 fans), as Slocum’s words are amplified through the speaker system.
“He didn’t have a good day,” coach Mike McCarthy said of Crosby.
The timeline for Crosby’s latest struggles works out poorly for the Packers. Within the past week, the Miami Dolphins released Dan Carpenter and the Buffalo Bills released Rian Lindell. As those moves were being made, Crosby was kicking the ball better than he has in more than a year. Crosby made all three field-goal attempts in Green Bay’s second preseason game and followed it up with making 9 of 10 in Monday’s practice. Then, Lindell signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carpenter signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the Packers were in play for Carpenter. With both kickers now off the market, Crosby’s performance at Wednesday’s practice was one of his worst ever.
Crosby finished the day having made only 2 of 5 field-goal attempts, with misses coming from distances of 42 yards (twice) and 44 yards.
Giorgio Tavecchio went 2 for 2, connecting from 42 yards and 43 yards.
– This is was the first (and only) practice of the week with players in pads. The practice moved at a very rapid rate during its 11 periods, but McCarthy was not happy with the way the players performed.
– No more reason to panic, Packers fans. One day after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was absent from practice with a head cold, the former MVP was on the field Wednesday.
– Randall Cobb, who missed the past four practices, began the day in pads but disappeared into the Don Hutson Center early on and returned later without his pads. Cobb then played catch on the sideline with a visor on. Based on his extremely limited work, it seemed unlikely that Cobb will play Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks, but surprisingly, McCarthy said the third-year receiver “has a chance” to be ready for that game.
– Rookie defensive lineman Datone Jones limped off the field after rolling his ankle. McCarthy had no idea after practice about Jones’ availability for Friday’s game.
– DuJuan Harris continues to be the No. 1 running back, followed by Eddie Lacy.
– McCarthy said that “no final decision” has been made in the starting right tackle competition between Don Barclay and Marshall Newhouse. Barclay continues to get nearly all of the first-team snaps at that spot, with Newhouse backing him up. McCarthy said it’s his goal to be closer to making a choice at right tackle after watching the film of this Friday’s game.
– M.D. Jennings will start at safety in Friday’s game, according to safeties coach Darren Perry. This is all part of the team’s plan to continue switching Jennings and Jerron McMillian back and forth until one of them does enough to claim the job. Perry described that race as “neck in neck.”
– During the “Last 8” practice period, Graham Harrell threw up a Hail Mary that was caught in the back of the end zone by Williams. The defense failed to swat it down.
– B.J. Raji and Robert Francois both had disruptive plays during combo drills. Alex Green was the unfortunate running back who found Raji and Francois closing in on the backfield just as he was being handed the ball.
– Micah Hyde remained the No. 1 punt returner.
– Jeremy Ross was the No. 1 kick returner, with Johnathan Franklin No. 2, Green No. 3 and Omarius Hines No. 4.
– Practice ended with Casey Hayward jumping in and intercepting a pass in the end zone from Vince Young that was intended for Taylor.
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