Packers training camp: The road to the Super Bowl begins
Training camp is officially here as the Packers completed the first of 19 practices. First off, some injury notes. Derek Sherrod, Jerel Worthy, Sean Richardson, DuJuan Harris, Mike Neal, Casey Hayward, Jamari Lattimore, Davon House and Chaz Powell did not practice. Mike McCarthy said Harris is a week or two away from practicing and Neal and Hayward are a couple of weeks away.
Marshall Newhouse opened practice as the starting right tackle. There was chatter that Newhouse may not be the starter at that position but at least in the early going Newhouse is the man there.
With Harris out there was a steady rotation between Eddie Lacy, Jonathan Franklin, Alex Green and James Starks. As we stated earlier, this is one of the best storylines of camp and at first glance the competition here is already at a pretty high level.
There were a few drops during the passing drills. Undrafted rookie Myles White dropped a couple of passes. Rookie Charles Johnson also had a drop but made up for it with some nice receptions and laid out while nearly make a reception late in practice.
Ryan Taylor and D.J. Williams also hauled in a couple of impressive receptions. Those two guys will compete for playing time behind Jermichael Finley. Randall Cobb's athleticism stood out on a pair of receptions.
During the 7-on-7 drill cornerback Brandon Smith puled off an interception but the player of the day was rookie cornerback Micah Hyde. Hyde took advantage of Hayward and House being out by taking a number of snaps with the #2 defense. However, Hyde gave up a touchdown to James Jones during the 2-minute drill period to wrap up practice.
Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio split field goal attempts during a special teams period. Both made one and missed one from 53 yards out.
McCarthy shared his theme for the team: protection, connection, reflection.
The Packers built in three "TV timeout" breaks into the practice. McCarthy said he wants the team to train the way they play and obviously TV timeouts are a part of NFL play.
And in case you're wondering we're 191 days away from Super Bowl XLVIII.