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News & notes: TE Brandon Bostick coming on strong

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 6, 2013 – 2:54 pm

The latest on Bryan Bulaga’s knee injury can be found here, and more on rookie tackle David Bakhtiari and the introduction of QB Vince Young to Green Bay is right here. Regarding other news & notes …

–Bostick showing up: With injuries at tight end to Andrew Quarless (quad) and now Ryan Taylor (knee), practice-squad holdover Brandon Bostick is starting to show up more on the practice field.

TE Brandon Bostick

TE Brandon Bostick

In the scrimmage on Saturday night, Bostick made a tough catch in traffic over the middle. Then on Tuesday, he caught two TD passes during red-zone work. The first was on a quick flip from QB Aaron Rodgers over the middle that appeared to be an audible at the line. The second was on a crossing route thrown by QB Graham Harrell. Bostick caught it right in front of CB Jarrett Bush and absorbed a hit from S Chris Banjo at the goal line.

He nearly turned a good day into a great day, but he couldn’t haul in another potential TD pass from Rodgers on a difficult catch at the goal line with Bush in tight coverage.

“That would have topped off the day,” Bostick said. “It was a tough catch. I should have made that play. It was good coverage and Aaron threw a great ball. I should have made that play.”

Bostick said the key for him is being able to play faster and not think as much, now that he’s had a full year to make the transition from Division II college receiver and learn Green Bay’s offense. He says his position coach, Jerry Fontenot, is always reminding him to “play fast.”

Bostick also continues to work on his blocking, and on one play he handled Nick Perry’s outside rush OK, though he wasn’t totally satisfied.

“I held my own, but you always want to get that push,” he said. “You always want to be on the other side of the line of scrimmage.”

That’s a tough task for anyone against Perry, but Bostick is quietly improving this camp. Now he has to keep showing growth when the preseason games start on Friday.

–Injury update: Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Taylor would be “week to week” but he didn’t think he’d be out long. WR Jordy Nelson had a procedure done on his knee and is out for the remainder of the preseason, at least.

RB Alex Green (knee) and DE Datone Jones (illness) also missed practice, while WR Randall Cobb (bicep) and DL Johnny Jolly (cramps) left the workout early.

LB Dezman Moses and S David Fulton both returned to practice after missing Saturday’s scrimmage.

–Harrell follows up: After a solid showing in the scrimmage, backup QB Graham Harrell was productive again on Tuesday. In the red-zone work, in addition to the TD to Bostick, he also hit WR Myles White on both a slant and a quick out for TDs with pinpoint throws. Later, he connected with WR Alex Gillett in the back of the end zone for another score.

QB B.J. Coleman hasn’t been able to close the gap on Harrell, and Coleman didn’t help himself by overthrowing a wide open TE Jake Stoneburner at the goal line off a play-action bootleg. Young’s arrival as a fourth QB is only going to put more pressure on Coleman, but McCarthy said he’s “not giving up on B.J. Coleman.”

–Boykin steady: At the start of camp, WR Jarrett Boykin was considered the front-runner for the No. 4 receiver spot, and he’s done nothing to lose his hold on it. On Tuesday, he made an impressive sliding catch on a deep ball in a one-on-one drill against CB Brandon Smith, and then in the no-huddle period to close practice, he made two nice catches on throws from Rodgers, the first a back-shoulder ball along the sideline, and the second a slant on which Boykin took a big hit from S Jerron McMillian but secured the catch.

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10 Responses to “News & notes: TE Brandon Bostick coming on strong”

  1. By northerner on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Training camp isn’t over and the injury list is growing. What happens when things count and the real hitting starts? Not off to a good start for 2013.

  2. By jarhead75 on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    I wish all these “debbie downers” would have a little more faith in the Packers organization. Of course the injury to Bulaga was a HUGE blow, but the rest are injuries to players where we have some depth and should be okay while they wait to get back in the lineup. The injury to Nelson is another blow, but from what I have been hearing and reading, we have a couple youngsters doing well so far. Let’s get a few real games in and see what the year looks like then. GO PACK GO!!!

  3. By Dave on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder if these injuries would result in lost time after the regular season starts. Some of this could be cautionary and also gives the third, fourth, fifth player a shot to make an impression.

  4. By OKGOPACK on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Really like what we’ve seen of Jarret Boykin. Hope he continues to improve.

  5. By GOPACKGO on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    I wish we could get an update on Cobb. A bicep injury sounds pretty benign, but because of the shoulder involvement it could involve the tendon. If it were a bicep tear the injury would be season ending. I am probably just thinking the worst because of what happened to bulaga, but I wish there was some information!

  6. By NDChzhead on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Football=injury. Jordy should be ok by week one, barring any setbacks. Doesn’t sound like the DB’s injuries are anything too major. Point is: every team is losing players. It’s the game. Trust in TT and the coaches that they will have the team ready to go.

  7. By Dan A on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Glad Bostick is getting better and wasn’t satisfied with his blocking. He will continue to grow and become a viable TE for the Packers.
    Now with the injuries..J.Nelson knee scoped and hopefully he will be back for the season opener. With Jordy on the sidelines maybe one of the FA’s can open some eyes like Gillete!

    Go Pack Go

  8. By Todd on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    Really?!?!??! If you have not noticed. this rash of injuries is league wide. Not just the Packers. Look at all the ACL’s being torn. This what I believe is part of the NFL now. Bigger, faster, stronger guys. The human body can only take so much. Plus, less padded practices. Chill out people. Have some faith, remember. Ted did win a Super Bowl here recently. Think positive for once. Show me some love California Gold Rush!

  9. By N1G3R1AGUAY on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

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  10. By jT on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    I’m wondering why Nelson just had his knee worked on this week. The Packers stated that this was an ongoing problem for Nelson dating back to his college days at Kansas State. If this is true then why not do this immediately following the conclusion of last season or at the latest before training camp?

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