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May 30 OTA practice notes

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 30, 2012 – 5:31 pm

Despite a steady drizzle through the first half of practice, the Packers remained outside on Ray Nitschke Field for the entirety of Wednesday’s workout. Here are a few news & notes about what went on:

–Not practicing on Wednesday were RB Alex Green, CB Charles Woodson, S Charlie Peprah, FB John Kuhn, LB Frank Zombo, C Sampson Genus, DL Johnny Jones, G Jaymes Brooks, DE Phillip Merling, T Marshall Newhouse, DT Mike Daniels, T Derek Sherrod and TE Andrew Quarless.

–With Newhouse and Sherrod both out, Herb Taylor and rookie Andrew Datko shared snaps at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line. On the No. 2 line, Datko played LT and Taylor was at RT, so both players got quite the workout.

–On defense, LB Clay Matthews did not take snaps in the team (11-on-11) drills, and he was replaced by LB Erik Walden on the right side. Rookie Nick Perry remained at LOLB with the first unit.

–P Tim Masthay was at his best in the pooch-punting portion of practice. Masthay dropped multiple punts perfectly inside the 5-yard line with his Aussie-style end-over-end boots.

–Like last week, the young DBs continued to make plays, as CB Davon House broke up a quick out to WR Diondre Borel and then moments later deflected a deep ball intended for WR Shaky Smithson. Later, House was outjumped by WR Curenski Gilleylen for a nice catch. Also, S Anthony Levine nearly had an INT on a sideline route for WR Tori Gurley, and CB Jarrett Bush almost had a pick-six on a quick out for WR James Jones. Bush also deflected a pass in the blitz period that was nearly picked off by CB Sam Shields.

–QB Graham Harrell did beat the blitz with a tightly threaded throw to TE Ryan Taylor down the seam, an impressive play that left S Jerron McMillian and Levine looking at one another in the defensive backfield.

–In the locker room after practice, LB A.J. Hawk spoke to reporters about his new haircut. Earlier this spring, Hawk had his long hair cut for charity, and he and his wife are partnering with Wigs for Kids in an effort called Hawk’s Locks for Kids, which will take donated hair to help make wigs for children who are cancer patients or burn victims. An event in Hawk’s home state of Ohio is planned for June.

“I think they said it takes six or eight people’s hair to make one wig for these kids, and with my ratty, terrible hair, they probably needed a bunch of extras in there,” Hawk said. “So I didn’t give them much, but I gave them what I had.”

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20 Responses to “May 30 OTA practice notes”

  1. By Scott on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I sure am glad that Hawk is talking to the press about his haircut! Instead, he should be explaining why he is so inept as a ILB! Can’t cover ANYBODY. He is a good tackler. But all his tackles come 5-6 yards downfield. He shouldn’t be a starter, but TT signed him to a big contract last year, and stuck with him for this season. But the minute, the very minute, this season ends, they should cut Hawk!

  2. By shannon on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Scott,
    Well said. I couldn’t agree more about A.J Hawk.
    That is what this defense is missing the most, a dominant ILB like all the other great teams have.

  3. By Mike on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Funny all the hatred for Hawk. The vitriol wasn’t quite so much the previous year, when he had better cast of characters all around him. Hawk is an easy target, but he’s not the only one to blame for the Packers’ problems on defense last year. Just the most convenient, apparently.

  4. By Derek on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Wow… easy with Hawk. I know he isn’t the force that he was @ Ohio State, but he’s very talented against the run and a great tackler. Before the draft, I was thinking that Bishop would be great opposite Clay as a rusher and rotate Francois and Smith in the middle. Those two are way to good to have sitting on the bench. Bish is amazing when he’s blitzing, very instinctive and strong.

  5. By gary ferguson on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    looks to me like perry will be a fit…….but the season may hinge on worthy…the def end from michigan…..hopefully hell turn out to be a stud

  6. By gary ferguson on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    just to clarify my remark……i was against drafting an OLB but i know i was a minority view….my concern is using your OLB’s for your pass rush is a recipe to be beat by big plays from a good team….best pass rush is from the ends and tackles which we have not had in a long time……

  7. By Eric on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Gary,

    Did you miss the memo. The Packers run a 3-4 defense not a 4-3. Pass rush comes from the outside line backers. The D-ends eat up blocks.

  8. By Jeff on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Nick Barnett is a very good ILB, but when he went down in 2010, and Hawk was given his responsibilities, the unit seemed to get better. I think people forget how much of a loss Nick Collins was to the team. He was very fast, a ball-hawk, and a good communicator. I believe the defense will rebound this year, although Collins will be tough to replace.

  9. By Kyle on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk is a great packer, he didnt get a new monster contract last year, he got dropped by the team and signed a new contract the next day for less money.

  10. By Sean on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well said Eric.

  11. By Jason on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Scott & Gary are obviously not educated fans.

  12. By RedClay on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk has been in the top 5 tacklers every year he’s played. Seems to me that a team that struggles w/ tackling, would appreciate a consistent tackler.

  13. By James on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Nick perry will give the D the much needed pass rush, opposite of Mathews. The safety is still a concern to me. Packers have a lot of young talent in secondary that needs to step up this season so Woodson, although I’m not exactly thrilled about it, can move to safety.

  14. By nate on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah all you guys getting on Hawk need to chill. I’ll admit he gets beat in coverage about 60/40 but that is to be expected, he’s a stocky run stuffer and disrupter, not a downfield speedy guy. Everybody can’t be Jon Beason or Patrick Willis! Hawk is a solid tackler minus the LeGarrette Blount fiasco where everybody got trucked!

    I’m not getting all this foolish talk about Perry either, like who in the world could be against that pick! The dude, on paper, is a absolute beast! I think he will pan out well. In the 3-4 sacks come from the OLB primarily, and occasionally the big guys! We definitely had to address the OLB situation! Great job TT!

  15. By Gsmiff on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    A.J. Hawk has always been a mediocre player IMO, and as far as him being a big part of the “D” I think not. I know a few of my fellow Packers fans don’t have the same opinion as mine but hey it is what it is. “Go Pack Go.”

  16. By ernie ernie on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk just can’t tackle but I think he is afraid of getting hurt.
    You watch him for ten plays and he is always the last one on the pile. The Pack need to dump him. He’s not super bowl material.

  17. By goatlava on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    I’m surprised people speak of AJ Hawk as if he is an average linebacker. an average linebacker can at least make tackles before the other guy gets the first down. Average linebackers can break up passes on occassion to stop a first down. Hawk on the other hand is consistently 3 steps behind the 10 yard receptions where he then makes his tackles. His tackling numbers are completely misleading!
    People say you cant cut him because of his salary. Who cares! I say cut him, put in a younger, hungry, and quicker LB who makes a rookie salary. There might be a few hundred thousand dollars extra added to what is owed to hawk but you’ll have a much better player with the team being better off. Hawk has been overrated for years! iss him goodbye. Please!

  18. By Ron on Jun 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk will start a lot of people on defense stuck up the place he will be the starter! He’s lead every year in tackles almost: always in the top three in tackles was selected to the pro-bowl when we won the super bowl!!! three interceptions tied all starting middle linebackers the year we won it all!!! take care go pack go. he will play better so will the defense no where to go but up!!!

  19. By christian on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Those who can play football for the pro teams those that can’t find ways to pick apart those that can…Ted and the coaching staff and players are doing a fine job if it was easy everyone would be doing it. Just be grtaeful we’re winning games. Do you not remember the Don Majkowski era where they couldn’t even spit without getting covered in it? Be grateful stop nitpicking…

  20. By hotcarlgiver on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    It could be worse, you could be vikings fans, like me. But still, skol vikes.

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