Packers training camp report: July 30
JUL 30, 2013 5:41p ET
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
8:20 a.m. (Total: 2 hours, 29 minutes)
* CB Casey Hayward (Hamstring -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* DE Mike Neal (Abdomen -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* RB DuJuan Harris (Knee -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* OL Derek Sherrod (Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* S Sean Richardson (Neck -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 4)
* WR Charles Johnson (Left Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* WR Kevin Dorsey (Leg -- Consecutive Missed Practices: 2)
* CB Tramon Williams - (Knee -- First full missed practice)
* OL Kevin Hughes - (Headaches - First missed practice)
* CB James Nixon - (Left practice early with right leg injury)
* S David Fulton - (Left practice early with left knee wrapped)
* OL J.C. Tretter (Ankle - likely out until midseason)
* DL Jerel Worthy (Knee - likely out until midseason)
* WR Sederrick Cunningham (Wrist Surgery -- Return date unknown)
* CB Davon House (Food Poisoning -- Returned after missing three practices)
* S Chaz Powell (Foot -- Returned after missing three practices)
Movin' On Up:
S Jerron McMillian
McMillian was outstanding in Tuesday's practice and made several big-time plays. Early in the Packers' 11-on-11 red-zone team drills, McMillian had a good hit on D.J. Williams as the tight end attempted to haul in a high pass from Aaron Rodgers at the goal line. Later, McMillian tipped a pass in the end zone that he nearly intercepted before the ball fell out of bounds.
During 7-on-7 drills, McMillian had an interception and also tipped a pass that was picked off by Loyce Means.
"Here's another guy that's spent a lot of time here (in the offseason) and knows the defense inside and out, is a lot more comfortable," coach Mike McCarthy said of McMillian. "You don't see him thinking back there like he did as a rookie. Played a lot of snaps last year, was kind of up and down and did some really good things for us, but the consistency wasn't there. I see a much more consistent player, which I'm excited about because he also has big playmaking ability and we've seen that already."
So You Had A Bad Day:
RB Johnathan Franklin
The Packers ran a drill that had running backs attempt to block the oncoming pass rush of outside linebackers. As a whole, Green Bay's running backs didn't do a very good job in this drill, but Franklin was by far the worst among them.
On two occasions, Nick Perry bullied his way right past Franklin in no time at all. Later, undrafted rookie Donte Savage beat Franklin without much of a battle.
Franklin is a small running back, so it's not as easy for him to hold off big pass rushers like Perry. But, if Franklin is ever to become an every-down running back, he'll have to be able to block much better than he did in Tuesday's practice.
"I felt like the outside linebackers clearly got the best of the running backs today," McCarthy said. "We were too high. We weren't sitting down. We didn't have our head up. So it'll be good tape to watch. So that's a drill I'm sure we'll do again."
- Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt challenged his players early in practice, saying that he was wondering which of them was going to make the play of the day. None of the cornerbacks had particularly notable performances, though Means would probably get the nod as the "winner."
-- Giorgio Tavecchio didn't have as much distance on his kickoffs as Mason Crosby. Tavecchio's hang time was decent, but if he beats out Crosby for the job, punter Tim Masthay might have to handle kickoff duties.
- The Eddie Lacy spin move was in full effect Tuesday. During red-zone drills, Lacy dominated with three touchdowns, but when he didn't have much running room, he went to the spin move at least three times.
- Ryan Taylor had an important moment on offense, catching a quick slant from Aaron Rodgers for a short touchdown. Taylor hasn't played much offense in his first two NFL seasons, but more effective plays like that should help him.
- Cornerback Brandon Smith had two bad plays in coverage. First, he got confused in coverage and let Jordy Nelson get wide open for a touchdown. Later, James Jones caught a quick pass from Rodgers, made one quick cut and juked Smith completely out of the play for another touchdown.
- James Starks had several quality plays, but one of them had defensive line coach Mike Trgovac furious with his group. Starks got a pitch to the outside and ran nearly 15 yards before a defender was even within range for a potential tackle. On another run, Starks lowered his shoulder fearlessly to gain extra yards.
- The three songs played during the team's water breaks : Imagine Dragons, "It's Time" - Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" - Fun, "Some Nights"
* Wednesday, July 31 - 8:20 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 5)
* Thursday, August 1 - 8:20 a.m. (Training Camp Practice No. 6)
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