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May 22 practice notes

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 22, 2012 – 4:29 pm

63 Jeff Saturday

Tuesday’s first OTA practice, held at Ray Nitschke Field, lasted roughly 1 hour, 50 minutes. As with all OTA practices, players were in helmets and shorts, no pads.

–Depth chart: With CB Charles Woodson and S Charlie Peprah not practicing, CB Jarrett Bush and S M.D. Jennings were working with the No. 1 defense, with CB Sam Shields the nickel corner. Jennings and Shields had particularly strong practices. Jennings made a sliding interception of an Aaron Rodgers pass over the middle, while Shields ran stride for stride with Jordy Nelson on a deep ball and came up with the INT after just missing a couple of other picks earlier in practice.

Watch OTA Practice Review with Vic and Mike–More depth chart: First-round draft pick Nick Perry was with the No. 1 defense at left OLB, with starter Clay Matthews moving over to the right side. On the defensive line, the three-man base alignment featured B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett and C.J. Wilson with the first unit, while the two-man nickel package had Raji and second-round pick Jerel Worthy as the inside rushers.

–Position change: LBs Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore, who had been outside LBs in the past, were getting their reps in position drills and full team (11-on-11) at inside LB.

–Handling the past: Rodgers was asked about the January playoff loss to the Giants and whether it still burns. “Nah,” he said. “That’s long since forgotten. I left Green Bay that week and kind of moved on. It’s frustrating and you’re still frustrated by it, but it’s not something I carry with me.”

Not all his teammates could say the same, however.

“It’s still with me,” defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said. “I’m real sour about it still, but you just use it as motivation to work hard and get ready. We came up short, so we have to work to get this taste out of our mouth.”

Added TE Jermichael Finley: “If you lose to the team that won the Super Bowl, it eats at you.”

–New team: C Jeff Saturday (No. 63, pictured), signed as a free agent from Indianapolis in the offseason, was with the No. 1 offense as expected in his first full-squad workout with the Packers. Saturday, of course, was the center for all four of QB Peyton Manning’s MVP seasons with the Colts, and now he’ll be snapping to the reigning league MVP in Rodgers.

“I tell people all the time, I’ve already had a blessed career and now you’re just capping it off,” Saturday said. “I feel a little bit like a rookie. I’m in the (play)book a lot more than I’ve ever been, or at least since the ’90s. That’s quite a while. But it’s fun, too. It refreshes you.”

Saturday said there’s not much from Indy’s offensive system that carries over, but Rodgers noted that Saturday’s experience with no-huddle work is definitely a plus.

“As much up-tempo stuff that Indianapolis ran in his time there, it’s going to transition very well to some of the stuff we’re going to do,” Rodgers said. “Jeff’s really smart, knows the game really well, knows his strengths and limitations, and we’re excited to have him.”

–Nice grab: WR Diondre Borel, who spent last season on the practice squad as an undrafted rookie, made one of the nicer plays for the offense with a sliding grab over the middle, followed by a quick spin/pop-up move to keep running.

–In addition to Woodson and Peprah, those not practicing included DE Mike Daniels and LB Frank Zombo on defense, and RB Alex Green, FBs Jon Hoese and John Kuhn, TE Andrew Quarless, T Derek Sherrod, G Jaymes Brooks and WR Donald Driver on offense.

–The Packers have two more weeks of OTA workouts before the mandatory three-day mini-camp to conclude the offseason. The next two practices open to the media and public are on Wednesday, May 30, and Tuesday, June 5.

For a recap of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s post-practice press conference, click here.

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24 Responses to “May 22 practice notes”

  1. By JoAnn Muir on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Donald Driver better have a spot, since he is the only one who actually caught a pass last year during the disastrous game.

  2. By mike h on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    thats right some people forget that Driver was the only one who steped up in the NYG loss.

  3. By Ali on May 22, 2012 | Reply


  4. By Stephanie Z on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Your comments are the exact reason I want Double D back. I am still so ticked off about that Giants playoff game. Driver was the only guy that showed up to play. Everybody else was asleep.

  5. By Stephanie Z on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    BTW, did you all see Antonio Freeman cheering for Donald last night on DWTS? It was awesome!

  6. By TNS on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Our coaching staff will select the 53 players whom they think give us the best chance to win.

    That judgement will not be based on one game’s performance last January – not should it.

  7. By JIm on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I love DD .. I hope he still has a spot on the Pack roster … but if he doesn’t, that’s life in the NFL … TT has gotten us a title and a 15 win season and I have faith in the choices he makes … If it’s time for Green Bay to move on without DD, then so be it … We survived without Favre, we’ll survive without DD if it’s in the cards .. (and I bet DD won’t make a circus out of it the way ol’ number 4 did)

  8. By Matt on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Superbowl 45 was just the start, we’re in for a fun ride. Hope it’s with DD but in TT we trust. With MM guiding our players, there’s still a lot left. Can’t wait, GO PACK!

  9. By bob m. on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    TT is not going to hang onto DD because he won the dwts, congrats on that but the reality is DD is old and old players break down, slow down and loose it. if TT thinks one of these young guys are ready DD will move on, like that QB, burt or whatever his name was.

  10. By Johnny 7 on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    DD is and has been a wonderful man, father, and player. Hope he is around our team forever. If not as a player then as a coach of some sort! His smile and personality are priceless!!!!!!!
    DD you are the man!

  11. By hawk on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Double D will always be a Packer no matter if he plays for another team next season. He is one of my all time favorite Packer Players, a class act and a great role model for everyone to admire. TT has a tough decision on who to keep at WR. There’s a lot of talent there. Do you keep an aging veteran who is a fan favorite for sentimental reasons and let a future prospect go??? I don’t envy TT or MM for making tough decisions like this. But Double D has had a great career here in Green Bay and will go out having the title of GB’s #1 WR in yards. Thanks Donald for being a great Green Bay Packer, we as the Packer nation wish you and your family all the best no matter where you will be! Take care and God Bless!

  12. By JCIll on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Donald is one of the most loved players in history. Unfortunately, NFL is a business, and with all of the talent at WR, I’m afraid Donald will be odd man out. It would be fantastic if the Pack could find a spot on the staff. Assistant WR coach might work. His personality and spark would be great for the team. The question is whether he would accept an offer from another team to start.

  13. By KLK on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    does anyone think he doesn’t have what it takes to make the roster this year? some of you are sounding like its a foregone conclusion that he won’t! He’s still got talent and plenty of energy left. He’ll make the squad and retire after they win the super bowl this year!

  14. By mattnidaho on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    My honest opinion is that we will release DD. I am right along with all of you in wishing we could keep him because he is the definition of a true packer. We simply have to much depth at WR to keep him around any longer though. Our practice squad has to much talent at the position and we need to start bringing these guys in and keep the young fresh legs on the field. I love this organisation and appaerntly so does espn scouts. They did a rating system based on drafting scheme, front office, current players, and coaching and did a rating for the best team in 2015 Packers were #1 baby! GO PACK GO!

  15. By LeeinHongKong on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    DD is clearly one of the most widely respected and loved Packers ever. His humble and gentlemanly charm, his infectious and genuine smile, his dedication and hard work over his record-setting Hall-of-Fame career, and the story of how he got here against terrible odds, all endear him to us fans. Who isn’t happy to see him win DWTS, too? (Except maybe Katherine Jenkins… :D) We’d all be sad to see him off the team, but as has been said, in TT (and MM) we trust. NFL football is a tough business and a young man’s game, and there is so much talent on the 90-man Packers roster right now, with 37 or 38 players to be cut before the season starts, who knows whether or not we’ve seen DD’s last play on the field in green and gold. I hope not, but if so, I hope he can stay on in some kind of coaching capacity. The whole team respects him, and the younger guys look up to him as a role model and mentor. He’d be a great addition to the staff! Even if he ends up playing for another team in the coming season, we’ll all wish him well, and hope that he’ll be back to Green Bay for a second career, when that time comes.

    In the meantime, Donald, enjoy the DWTS success – CONGRATULATIONS!

  16. By tommyjoe on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad to hear some of the players are still not ok with last years playoff game. This can only help to drive them, physically. Except Aaron! He would need to be the player that has left it behind. He is the one person that could really screw up the game if his thoughts were not focused on only the present and tried to make some, not so easy passes.

  17. By Jeff jusiel on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think Donald Driver will be back this season. His passion and unmatched desire for winning will shine. He and the Pack will dance their way to the big dance in Feb. 2013. Go Pack Go

  18. By PackerCalvin on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Donald Driver can still play,.He is committed and is willing to take a pay cut.He should be able to retire on his own terms as a packer.

  19. By Greg on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    If I’m a Packer Player I am going to use the Giants loss to set my rear end on fire the entire season and playoffs until the Lombardi Trophy is back in Green Bay. I’d hate to be on the Packer schedule this year. Go Pack Go

  20. By Red Clay on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Does the first note above mean that bush has moved ahead of shields at CB? Or maybe coach wanted to keep shields in his same nickel position.

    Does Nick Hill’s release mean that BJ Coleman makes the practice squad? Seems like it to me.

  21. By Justin T on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    The thing I don’t like about this article is they said Driver wasn’t at practice. I immediately think, “is that cause he is too busy dancing with the stars?” If that has become more important than practice, let him go. That is lack of concern coming from a guy that dropped some passes against a team we should have beat, the Giants. If he isn’t showing up to practice but can easily be seen dancing around, I don’t think that is exuding the hard work it takes to be a Packer. Whatever the case, I better not see 1 happy Manning face all year long, especially at the expense of the Packers.

  22. By geb365 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    DD first congrats. on winning DWTS. Still the same hard working person since the first day you put on the uniform. You may have lost a step, though i can’t see it.I’m thinking that there is something to be said about honor, even in this day and age when everything is a competitive dog eat dog business mindset. If you play another year and you clearly lost that old magic SO WHAT!! You gave it your all, laid it on the line, and if you say you can play another year, then I say SHUSH to all you bottom line elitists….

  23. By ernie ernie on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I too love DD but football is all about competition and he must beat out two very good, young up and comers. If he makes the team one or two of them go elsewhere. That’s life, that’s football.
    In addition if his salary is too high, he may be cut to use that money elsewhere. Its also a business.

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