Packers training camp report: Aug. 1

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Practice Time:
8:20 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 22 minutes)

* CB Casey Hayward (Hamstring — Consecutive Missed Practices: 6)
* DE Mike Neal (Abdomen — Consecutive Missed Practices: 6)
* RB DuJuan Harris (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 6)
* OL Derek Sherrod (Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 6)
* S Sean Richardson (Neck — Consecutive Missed Practices: 6)
* WR Charles Johnson (Left Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* WR Kevin Dorsey (Leg — Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* CB Tramon Williams – (Knee — Consecutive Missed Practices: 3)
* OLB Dezman Moses (Toe — Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* OLB Nate Palmer (Shoulder — Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* 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:
* DL Johnny Jolly (Ankle — Returned after leaving Wednesday’s practice early)
* S David Fulton (Knee — Returned after missing one practice)

Movin’ On Up:
DL Mike Daniels

This is Daniels’ first time making the ‘Movin’ On Up’ list, but he’s been a runner-up on two other occasions. Simply put, Daniels has been dominant through four padded practices.

During one-on-one blocking drills, Daniels drives offensive linemen back with such force that it often seems there’s not much that can stop him. He hasn’t had as much of an impact during 11-on-11 team drills, but the defense hasn’t yet been allowed to have live tackling.

Daniels lacks ideal height, but his strength is markedly improved from a year ago and he’s ferocious. If he’s able to translate his current play into the season, the Packers’ defensive line is going to be good.

“I think Mike Daniels definitely has a lot more pop,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Mike’s been here (in Green Bay) the whole time. I think he stayed here the whole summer. Mike’s always had a great motor. He had a little bit of the injury last year, so he’s definitely healthier at this point than he was. He looks stronger. Obviously he has a better understanding of our defense. He’s even playing some of the tougher techniques for his body type better. I think Mike’s off to a good start.”

So You Had A Bad Day:
OL Don Barclay

This is Barclay’s second time making the negative part of these daily reports. But, as was the case earlier in training camp, Barclay’s mistakes have come at the center position. He’s been doing very well in his competition to win the starting right tackle job, but the Barclay-at-center experiment has not gone well.

In Thursday’s practice, Barclay again skidded two shotgun snaps along the ground to the quarterback. For as solid as he’s been at right tackle, he’s been the opposite in the team’s attempts to get him ready at center.

“Well, Don Barclay, I think it’s obvious, it’s new to him and the shotgun,” McCarthy said. “I want to say three out of the four — off the top of my head — have been the issue (in shotgun) and the first one was with a very wide outside zone run play, which is difficult for the center. It’s probably the toughest snap that he has, so it’s time to start improving.


– Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene simply referred to Eddie Lacy as “Alabama” during a drill in which offensive players were practicing how to have proper tackling technique.

– Tim Masthay had a terrific day of landing punts within the 10 yard-line. Punt after punt was dropping near the goal line and stopped before reaching the end zone.

– Jeremy Ross worked as Masthay’s personal protector in the punting drills. This meant Ross was not available to receive any of the punts down on the other end. So, without Ross, it was Randall Cobb, Myles White, Tyrone Walker and Omarius Hines as the punt returners.

– Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings continued their daily back-and-forth battle of which player gets the starting nod, and — as the rotation would have suggested — it was McMillian’s day to go first.

– Morgan Burnett has no competition for his starting safety spot. Burnett had another very productive practice, breaking up passes in tight coverage and smothering receivers in single coverage deep downfield.

– B.J. Raji did not do well in the one-on-blocking drills against the offensive line, getting stopped by Andrew Datko (who hasn’t won many of these battles) and Evan Dietrich-Smith. Raji did beat David Bakhtiari (who’s been very good in training camp), but a veteran like Raji should be expected to have more success in these situations.

– This was also the first day that Datone Jones struggled in certain areas. In those same one-on-one blocking drills, Jones lost three out of four. Marshall Newhouse, Garth Gerhart and Kevin Hughes all bested Jones, with his only win coming against Patrick Lewis.

– It was difficult to evaluate whose mistake it was, but a pitch from B.J. Coleman to James Starks was not close, with the ball landing on the ground for a fumble. They tried the same play again immediately after that and the pitch worked fine.

– Tight end D.J. Williams, who hasn’t had many notable moments so far in training camp, caught a touchdown pass from Coleman. However, the referee flagged Williams for offensive pass interference and the touchdown was taken away.

– Aaron Rodgers found Jermichael Finley open in the middle of the end zone, with Finley making a diving catch for the touchdown.

– In the final series, Rodgers had a bit of a limp in his left leg between plays. Rodgers stayed on the field and finished off a touchdown drive with two nice passes, so it clearly wasn’t serious.

– The three songs played during the team’s water breaks: Wolfmother, “Joker & the Thief” – Zac Brown Band, “Jump Right In” – Rihanna (feat. Pitbull), “Diamonds”

What’s Next:
* Friday, August 2 – 7:00 p.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 7)
* Saturday, August 3 – 6:30 p.m. (Family Night Scrimmage at Lambeau Field)

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