Packers camp, day 6: Who's a standout, who's struggling?
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Refresh this page for updates throughout today's Packers training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field.
McCarthy on Ted Thompson's deal: "Happy for Ted personally."
On his relationship with Thompson: "Very good, consistent. We are able to anticipate each other. It doesn't seem like we're going on nine year. It's gone fast. Very organized...we have a very good relationship."
Mike McCarthy said that he didn't know when Morgan Burnett would be back after rolling his ankle. He talked about the group of young safeties like Sean Richardson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Chris Banjo who performed well Thursday.
"Anytime someone's not there, it gives someone else an opportunity. All the young men you mentioned, they get more reps, more opportunities. Sean's having an excellent training camp. He's doing a lot of good things."
"To start off practice, doing some really good things on special teams."
"Ha Ha is getting acclimated."
"Chris Banjo's had a good camp. I like the young guys."
Some of Mike McCarthy's comments during his post-practice conference:
On Derek Sherrod's progress in what could be his first full training camp:
"Sherrod, fully recovered. You could see that in his balance. That was the one thing that would stand out to me, watching him work out and move."
"Much stronger. He just needs to play. He needs to play. He needs a full training camp, which he hasn't had. I think he's coming back very strong."
On Nick Perry's return from injury:
- "No restrictions. It was good to get Nick back out there. You can't have enough really good football players. To get him...in sync...to get the feel for the next guy you'll be rushing with in the game, that's a priority in training camp."
Practice has ended. Mike McCarthy's comments are coming up. We'll have them for you.
Wayne's big play of the day?
Catch of the day @packers practice a leaping sideline grab by none other than Alex Gillett over none other than Tramon Williams.— Wayne Larrivee (@waynelarrivee) July 31, 2014
Here's a snapshot of a fan's passion from the Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne:
Just met a Packer fan from NY here, who said he had to go to hospital after '11 loss to Giants. Why? "Couldn't deal with it."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
If you seriously have to go to a hospital for mental anguish following a football loss, you need to re-evaluate your priorities.— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) July 31, 2014
The offensive line giving Rodgers time - the better that line, the more MVP-ish Rodgers can be.
No-huddle period finishes with Aaron Rodgers has all day to throw at the 5-yard and finds Nelson in the back of the end zone.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
Formations using three potentially-roaming outside linebackers. Nice. Havoc. But they have to stay home sometimes.
Neal, Peppers and Matthews in the game together. Matthews lining up all over the place. Going to have to stop the run in this grouping.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 31, 2014
Oh, and when Clay isn't wreaking havoc, he's smiling with stubble.
The safety spot is looking more and more like it belongs to Micah Hyde.
The incumbent Hyde still looks more natural at PR than the challengers.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
It looks more and more like Myles White wno't be the return guy.
Coaches, just let him focus on offense. RT @robertzizzo: Myles white making catches on offense but drops another punt— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) July 31, 2014
It looks like Sheppard isn't doing anything.
Lonely bein the new guy pic.twitter.com/vBbmFL3OEh— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) July 31, 2014
Just as important for Julius Peppers as doing some things and wreaking havoc: not allowing the offense to wreak havoc because he doesn't do his job.
Great players do their job.
Just saw Peppers do something #Packers OLBs constantly fail to do. Protect the back side. Didn't commit himself so cut back run would occur.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 31, 2014
Rodgers and Nelson being Rodgers and Nelson.
Rodgers hits Nelson deep again. Great catch by Jordy over Casey Hayward. Rodgers and Nelson seem to do that at least once a practice.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 31, 2014
New fashions from Ted Thompson?
You get a new contract you get a new hat. pic.twitter.com/qPeSDdQkoz— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 31, 2014
We're not used to chanting "KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHN!" at 9:14 a.m.
A very halfhearted "Kuhn" chant at camp after the #Packers FB catches a pass. Training camp for fans too ...— Genaro C. Armas (@GArmasAP) July 31, 2014
The defensive front seven is doing some things, particularly B.J. Raji.
Half-line drill underway. Carl Bradford and B.J. Raji with two stuffs at the the line. Winston Moss loves it.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
Raji active in half line drill, few stuffs in the middle. He looks motivated— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) July 31, 2014
Impressive power & technique from BJ Raji during inside run drill this AM. #Packers— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) July 31, 2014
The new kid, wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard.
New guy Sheppard pic.twitter.com/iGkH4NRfIS— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) July 31, 2014
We're seeing some standout performances this early morning:
Eddie Lacy breaks free for a big gain on the first 11 on 11 play of the day.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
Two huge plays to start team: Lacy cuts back a swing pass for an 80-yard TD and then Richardson picks off a flea flicker tipped by House.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 31, 2014
A bigger star than Ed Hochuli is now on the field.
An Ed Hochuli sighting!
You can add another two names to the list of walking semi-wounded: Letroy Guion and Jerel Worthy:
Guion n Worthy still out— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) July 31, 2014
We're beginning to see who will, and won't, be participating for various reasons. A couple of injury notes:
Safeties Morgan Burnett and Tanner Miller, who each turned their ankle yesterday, are not in pads #Packers— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) July 31, 2014
There are few NFL training camps where, six days in, more answers exist than questions. The Green Bay Packers find themselves filled with questions to answer as they come closer to a full week of camp under their wing.
Are young receivers like Jared Abbrederis, Brandon Bostick, Jarrett Boykin and the like ready to fill a much bigger role with just two established veterans left in the receiving corps?
Will the growth from athletes like Datone Jones and B.J. Raji persist? Are the Packers' defenders getting the new concepts?
Who will be returning kicks? Will it be DuJuan Harris? Abbrederis? Someone else among a long list of others?
Will Morgan Burnett be left out of the starting lineup at safety with the emergency of both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Micah Hyde?
Stay tuned. Perhaps a few clues may come today.