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News & notes: Sharp two-minute drill for offense

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 2, 2013 – 10:12 pm

Friday night’s practice ended with a crisply executed two-minute drill during which QB Aaron Rodgers needed just four snaps and 36 seconds to score a TD.

QB Aaron Rodgers

QB Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers began the drive with back-to-back 15-yard completions to WR Jeremy Ross. He then hit WR James Jones down the sideline for a 25-yard gain before zipping a 15-yard TD pass to TE Jermichael Finley. The drive began with just 56 seconds on the clock and the offense needing a touchdown. Rodgers was 4-for-4 for 70 yards, and the score came with 20 seconds to spare.

“The two-minute drive was very clean for the offense,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Aaron was very sharp. It was clean on every single play. He does a phenomenal job with the cadence. Obviously he had the big play there (to Jones), and the ball to Jermichael. That was very well done.”

Other notes and observations:

–LB Nate Palmer (shoulder) returned to practice, but the injury list lengthened with WR Jordy Nelson (knee), TE Andrew Quarless (quad) and LB Jamari Lattimore (illness) missing practice. Also, LB Brad Jones (finger) dropped out of practice.

–The absences of Lattimore and Jones at inside linebacker led to rookie seventh-round draft pick Sam Barrington taking a series of reps alongside A.J. Hawk with the first defense in team work. Earlier in practice, Barrington had a thunderous collision with FB John Kuhn in the half-line running drill that was perhaps the loudest pop of pads in camp thus far.

–CB Davon House was working with the first defense instead of rookie CB Micah Hyde, and House had an up-and-down night. In a lengthy team (11-on-11) segment, House was beaten deep by WR Jarrett Boykin, who hauled in a perfect rainbow from Rodgers. Later, House had solid coverage deep on WR Alex Gillett, leading to QB Graham Harrell’s pass falling incomplete.

–RB James Starks continued a solid first week of camp with an impressive rep in the one-on-one blitz pickup drill against the outside linebackers. Rather inconsistent through his career picking up blitzes, Starks cleanly kept Palmer at bay.

–After a sloppy practice on Thursday, the ball was still on the ground too much. On the aforementioned collision between Barrington and Kuhn in the half-line run drill, RB Angelo Pease ended up fumbling the ball. A few snaps earlier in that drill, there was a botched QB-C exchange between Harrell and Patrick Lewis.

Also, during team work, DL Johnny Jolly burst into the backfield and stripped RB Alex Green of the ball. CB Brandon Smith recovered for the defense.

“Good play for the defense, bad play for the offense,” McCarthy said. “I thought it was a good play by Johnny, it’s unacceptable by Alex. That’s part of training against one another.”

Overall, McCarthy was pleased with the workout heading into the Family Night scrimmage, which will feature the first live tackling of training camp.

“I thought it was a good practice,” McCarthy said. “The energy is where it needs to be. That’s our seventh install practice of eight, so I feel very good about where we are schematically.”

–Updates were posted earlier on Friday featuring the Packers’ running game and the inside LB combination of Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk.


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