The Green Bay Packers returned to practice on Monday and were moved inside the Don Hutson center. It was not open to the public but media still attended and judging by the reports from the sidelines, the Packers picked up where they left off after Saturday’s 21-7 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Among some of the more noteworthy items was that the first team offense was the same that started Saturday’s game, with Richard Rodgers taking the first rep at tight end. Andrew Quarless got in on the action shortly thereafter and the two of them appear to be splitting time with Brandon Botsick out with a reported ankle bruise.
Bostick, running back Rajion Neal, linebacker Joe Thomas and defensive tackle Letroy Guion did not practice today. Bostick was not with the team during practice and according to head coach Mike McCarthy, will be out a couple of weeks but the injury should not require surgery.
Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin lined up at wide receiver. Cobb, Tramon Williams and Micah Hyde took the reps at punt return.
Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien both had good days. Receiver Myles White completely baffled cornerback Casey Hayward for a nice gain, at one point. Rookie receivers Davante Adams and Jeff Janis both had some nice grabs today and appear to be settling into the offense more every day.
The defense jumped out with some big plays early as rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix logged his first interception of the preseason on an overthrown ball by quarterback Chase Rettig. A few plays later, a ball bounced off the hands of running back James Starks and Clinton-Dix was there, once again, for another pick. If they come in bunches for the rookie during the regular season, the Packers won’t mind.
Also scoring an interception from the safety spot was Chris Banjo, on a tipped ball intended for tight end Justin Perillo. Morgan Burnett nearly had a highlight-reel pick but couldn’t hold onto the ball. There’s a reason they’re not receivers but still good to see the safeties around the ball all day.
Defensive lineman Datone Jones has drawn much discussion about how much improvement he can make over his rookie campaign. He was able to swat a pass down with a two-handed bat. I noticed that the Packers defensive linemen didn’t get their hands up much in the St. Louis game and wondered if that would become a point of emphasis.
McCarthy spoke after practice.
Was asked about the fumble by running back DuJuan Harris. McCarthy said it was a correction that was made and that regardless of who you are, you can’t put the ball on the ground. Right now, Harris has a firm hold on the team’s third running back spot with Neal still nursing a knee injury.
Talking about the second-team offensive line, McCarthy specifically addressed tackle Derek Sherrod. Said there were a few plays he probably wanted back on Saturday but overall, feels that Sherrod is progressing fine. Sherrod was heavily analyzed after getting beaten badly, on a few occasions, by the Rams second and third teams.
McCarthy praised Clinton-Dix for his continued understanding of the defensive scheme and his work ethic. Said he’s the same man every day at practice.
In addressing undrafted free agent linebacker Jayrone Elliott, McCarthy simply said that Elliott has taken advantage of every opportunity given to him. At this point, it seems that Elliott stands a good chance of joining the roster when final cut downs are made in a few weeks.
We’ll have more updates as the week goes on and the Packers prepare for their preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. Week three typically brings more of a regular season game atmosphere and approach, with the starters sometimes playing the entire first half. Returning to Lambeau Field for the first time since departing in free agency are former Packers Charles Woodson, James Jones, C.J. Wilson and Brandian Ross.
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