Packers training camp report: Aug. 19
AUG 19, 2013 6:14p ET
Monday, August 19, 2013
11:30 a.m. (Total: 1 hour, 46 minutes)
Movin' On Up:
DL Johnny Jolly
Between Saturday's preseason game and Monday's practice, Jolly has been the Green Bay Packers' best defensive lineman. Yes, the same player who had been out of the NFL since the 2009 season and spent six months in a Texas prison has been dominant in recent days.
Jolly batted two passes at the line of scrimmage Monday. The first one was tipped and still wound up in the arms of Myles White. Jolly's second swat was sent directly into the ground.
"Any time you can get your hand on a ball that no one catches, it's a dead play for the offense," Jolly said in the locker room. "It's a wonderful thing."
Jolly did more than get his hands on the ball Saturday night in St. Louis. The massive Jolly batted one pass in the air that was intercepted by Jarrett Bush. Later, Jolly dropped back into coverage near the goal line and intercepted a pass of his own off a tip from cornerback Loyce Means.
"I wouldn't say I surprised myself, because I worked hard to get back to this point," Jolly said. "I'm going to continue to work to better myself and better the team."
So You Had A Bad Day:
K Giorgio Tavecchio
Bad days can be relative. Before Saturday's game, Tavecchio had never lost in a kicking competition against Mason Crosby. Tavecchio had made 37 of 41 field-goal attempts throughout training camp (including the family night scrimmage), while Crosby was 32 of 41. However, Crosby is now on a bit of a roll after performing better than Tavecchio in two straight appearances.
Crosby connected on 9 of 10 field-goal attempts in Monday's practice, making kicks from distances of 34 yards, 35 yards, 39 yards, 41 yards, 45 yards, 47 yards, 48 yards, 53 yards and 55 yards. Crosby's only miss was from 50 yards out.
Tavecchio was 8 for 10, missing from 41 yards (though the snap was high) and the same 50-yard spot as Crosby.
Against the Rams, Crosby was 3 for 3 and Tavecchio was 1 for 2.
The problem for Tavecchio is that he likely needed to be consistently better than Crosby to win the job. The Packers are financially invested in Crosby (three years, $7.85 million remaining on his contract) and stuck with him through his NFL-worst field-goal percentage last season.
After weeks of Tavecchio taking the advantage on Crosby, the momentum has now shifted.
- The Packers were in shorts and helmets for this practice. The plan is for Wednesday's practice to be the only one this week in full pads.
- After starting Saturday's game at right tackle, Don Barclay was again with the No. 1 offense in Monday's practice. Marshall Newhouse mostly served as the second-string left tackle behind David Bakhtiari. Despite it looking like Barclay is the team's clear choice for the full-time starter at right tackle, coach Mike McCarthy said that no decision has been made.
- DuJuan Harris was the first-team running back. Even after Eddie Lacy's performance against the Rams (8 carries, 40 yards), McCarthy continues to classify Harris as the starter.
- Micah Hyde remained the starting outside cornerback, even with the return of Casey Hayward. Tramon Williams is still out, but Hyde already moved ahead of Davon House on the depth chart. After Hyde intercepted another pass Monday, it will be difficult for the Packers to keep him off the field in the regular season, even if all the cornerback are healthy.
- Hyde also returned punts and was chasing down everything, even the ones that were landing out of bounds. After McCarthy praised Hyde last week -- saying that he considered putting Hyde on offense, the rookie cornerback still has a chance to beat out Jeremy Ross as the player who allows Green Bay to get Randall Cobb off special teams.
- Wide receiver Omarius Hines dropped a punt in a live return. Hines has been working as a punt returner in recent weeks, but he doesn't seem like much of a threat to actually win that job.
- During kickoffs, neither kicker (Crosby or Tavecchio) performed better than punter Tim Masthay. Both of Masthay's kickoffs went through the end zone, with his second one sailing at least 10 yards out of the end zone and nearly clearing the practice fence.
- M.D. Jennings was the starting safety next to Morgan Burnett. In Saturday's game, Jerron McMillian was the starter with Burnett. That back-and-forth will likely continue between those two until the end of preseason.
- Two days after Aaron Rodgers described Jermichael Finley's performance as "awesome," the 26-year-old tight end had a great catch on a corner route. Rodgers' pass was high, but Finley hauled it in as the crowd cheered wildly from the bleachers.
- Jarrett Bush had a near-interception in a team period. Bush made a good break on the ball, but after it fell to the ground, he went to the sideline and made himself do pushups.
- McCarthy canceled the final practice period -- a no-huddle drill -- because he said he "was pleased with the work" that the team had done.
* CB James Nixon (Knee / Ankle -- First missed practice)
* TE Matthew Mulligan (Elbow -- First missed practice)
* WR Randall Cobb (Right biceps -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 3; and one game)
* CB Tramon Williams - (Knee -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 13; and two games)
* WR Charles Johnson (Left Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 14; and two games)
* OL Derek Sherrod (Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 16; and two games)
* S Sean Richardson (Neck -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 16; and two games)
* WR Jordy Nelson (Knee surgery -- Out the remainder of training camp)
*OL Bryan Bulaga (Torn ACL -- Likely to miss the entire season)
* OL J.C. Tretter (Ankle -- Likely out until midseason)
* DL Jerel Worthy (Knee -- Likely out until midseason)
* CB Casey Hayward (Hamstring -- Returned after missing 15 practices and two games)
* DL Datone Jones (Ankle -- Returned after missing four practices and one game)
* TE Andrew Quarless (Quad -- Returned after missing nine practices and two games)
* Tuesday, August 20 - 11:15 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 17)
* Wednesday, August 21 - 11:00 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 18)
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