Packers training camp: Finally getting healthier
Two things stood out at Monday's training camp practice. First, the team is finally getting healthier. While some like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb remain sidelined, Datone Jones, Casey Hayward and Andrew Quarless finally participated in practice. DuJuan Harris continues to see an increased workload and his return from injury creates a logjam at running back. It's the same with Quarless's return as the competition behind Jermichael Finley is very tight. Of course, these are good problems to have.
Second, is the efficient, business-like approach to practice today. It was a shorter practice and Mike McCarthy ended it without the usual no-huddle drill to complete the day. Afterward McCarthy said the team accomplished what they needed to in a short amount of time. It almost feels like as a whole the team has a regular season mindset with three practices scheduled, followed by an off day, followed by game day. There's still a number of roster decisions to make so there's plenty of reps to go around but at this point if a player hasn't made an impact he probably won't be in Green Bay after next week.
A few other notes from the day...Aaron Rodgers and Graham Harrell took all of the snaps in the first offensive period. While Vince Young continues to progress it appears that Harrell will remain as the backup.
Speaking of reps, Don Barclay got plenty of snaps at right tackle with the first team offense though McCarthy said afterward the position has not been won yet.
Harris repped with the first team and McCarthy reiterated that Harris is classified as the number one back but of course that could change over time.
Myles White was unable to build off his performance against St. Louis the other night by dropping two passes in the same drill. After the second drop he went off to the side and did pushups though I couldn't tell if he was doing that on his own or if that was some sort of punishment.
Micah Hyde and Omarius Hines were returning punts during a special teams period. Hines muffed one of the punts.
Sticking with special teams Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio each attempted ten field goals ranging from 35 to 55 yards. Crosby was 9-10, missing from 50, Tavecchio was 8-10, missing from 41 and 50.
Jermichael Finley continued to impress with a couple of nice catches during 11-on-11 work. On the other end, D.J. Williams had a drop. It's been a quiet camp for Williams and with the tight end position loaded Williams may not make the roster.
Hyde picked off a tipped pass during 11-on-11. While his coverage skills are up-and-down his playmaking ability is unquestioned and that should lead to playing time come September.
There were two "TV timeouts" during practice, the music was provided by Pearl Jam and Trae. I have to admit I needed to Shazam the latter.
Here's what's on the calendar for the next several days: after Monday the Packers have two more practices this week, followed by the Seattle game Friday, then three practices next week. Rosters need to be reduced to 75 by next Tuesday and after the Chiefs game next Thursday rosters must be reduced to 53 by Saturday, August 31. Practice squads are then established the next day.