Monday brought day three of training camp for the Green Bay Packers and they seemed to pack a lot into a two-and-a-half hour period. One of the first tweets by the media came from Wed Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that simply stated “the collisions have started”.
Among those who have already made news in the three days of camp practices are Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Julius Peppers, Casey Hayward and Colt Lyerla. Some have made good impressions while others, not so much.
Head coach Mike McCarthy has made some adjustments to this year’s schedule and some changes for the first time in his nine seasons in Green Bay. These include the timing of practice, specifically as they prepare for their preseason games.
McCarthy will not hold practice two days prior to the game and will instead hold the usual team walkthrough the day prior. In previous years, the team held their walkthrough two days before the game with no practice the day prior. He plans to implement this schedule during the regular season as well in the hopes that it reduces the lull before the game and his players will remain more focused.
Monday’s practice lasted about an hour longer than most OTA and mini camp practices so the team is spending a bit more time on the field and preparing for the upcoming season.
There have not been any new nor significant injuries to report. This may not seem like a big deal this early into the preseason, but over the past few years, the Packers have seen some early injuries that impacted their roster. At this same point last year, they had already lost offensive lineman J.C. Tretter to an ankle injury that forced him to miss most of the 2013 regular season.
The Packers are using some advanced technology to monitor their players and try to avoid too much stress on their bodies in the hopes that it will also reduce injuries.
Jay Sorgi of 620WTMJ and the Green Bay Packers Radio Network and Dan Koob of the NBC affiliate, WGBA in Green Bay, offered nice recaps of Monday’s work and below is a recap with some commentary.