–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.
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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