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News & notes: Vince Young takes more snaps, kicking competition continues

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 7, 2013 – 3:06 pm

For the latest injury news and a recap of Wednesday’s practice skirmishes, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news and notes:

–Young more involved: New QB Vince Young took far more snaps in the team (11-on-11) drills than he did his first day, and the uneven results were to be expected. It appeared on one play that Young’s cadence caused someone to false start, and later he overthrew TE D.J. Williams, leading to an interception by S Chaz Powell.

He came back from that to make a good throw to WR Jeremy Ross, only to have it knocked away at the last moment by CB Loyce Means.

“Vince Young is on Day 2 in a new offense,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “One of the reasons why we signed Vince Young is he knows how to play quarterback. He knows how to win. He’s played in games. He has experience. The hard part is what he’s going through right now. It’s a whole different verbiage.”

–Kickers even: In a brief kicking session, both Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio went 3-for-4 on field goals. Crosby was good from 36, 46 and 48 but missed wide right from 50. Tavecchio was good from 36, 48 and 51 but missed wide left from 46.

Not to get lost in the competition is the burden placed on holder Tim Masthay, who has to switch back and forth holding for both a right-footed (Crosby) and left-footed (Tavecchio) kicker from snap to snap.

“I feel like it’s come along pretty well,” Masthay said. “Ever since we signed Giorgio, I’ve taken a ton of snaps here. I’ve got a Jugs machine at my house and I’ve been catching left-handed field goal snaps for quite a while now and I’m starting to feel pretty comfortable with it. I feel good going into the game.”

Masthay also has been taking regular reps kicking off, and he did well in last Saturday’s scrimmage, but he was audibly upset at himself when he flubbed a low line-drive kickoff in practice on Wednesday. Masthay kicked off in college at Kentucky and enjoys getting his swings in.

“I was so mad at myself. It’s been quite a while since I mis-hit a kickoff like I did on that one today,” he said. “I don’t know if I just got a little too juiced up trying to crush it or something.”

–Different perspectives: Whether or not the post-whistle skirmishes witnessed Wednesday are good for the team depends on the point of view. DL Mike Daniels, who has been one of the more outspoken and feisty players throughout camp, loves it.

“The monotony of training camp, you see the same people every day, you eat the same grilled chicken every day, you should lose your mind,” Daniels said. “You should be angry when you hit the field. You should want to beat the crap out of each other. We’ve been doing that, and like I said, I can only imagine what we do when we see somebody we don’t like.”

QB Aaron Rodgers chalked up the extracurricular activity to fatigue and didn’t particularly care for it, but he agreed that it’s simply time to play against an opponent.

“Guys are grumpy and just don’t really take any of that extra stuff,” he said. “That’s part of camp. Some people like it more than others. I’d rather not have our guys punching each other in the helmet, hurting their hands, so hopefully that nonsense is done with. We’re excited about moving on to face somebody else.”

–Next man up: Rodgers called his new left tackle, rookie David Bakhtiari, “raw” and said he’ll be learning “in the fire” if he’s indeed the Week 1 starter.

Bakhtiari will be charged with handling the opponent’s best pass rusher on a regular basis, and Rodgers will need to have confidence that his blind side isn’t constantly under siege.

“There’s usually a tough guy at that position rushing at my back side against every team, and against their best pass rusher you need a lineman who can hold up,” Rodgers said. “Obviously we believe in David.”

Another injury on the offensive line could be problematic, though, Rodgers suggested.

“I’ve said before in this camp it’s impressive the kind of depth that we have, and now our depth is going to get tested,” he said. “We need those guys to step up and play well and be healthy. There’s fluke injuries in this thing and they’re frustrating, but from this point forward it’s going to be important that we keep all those guys healthy.”


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6 Responses to “News & notes: Vince Young takes more snaps, kicking competition continues”

  1. By ladiesguidetofootball on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    We’re pulling for Vince down here since not all of us are Cowboy fans.

  2. By mazovoid on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    I want to say get rid of Mason Crosby, but at the same time Giorgio isn’t really that much better than him. I’m beginning to hope we bring somebody else in to be kicker. We can’t afford another repeat of Crosby being the worst kicker in the league.

  3. By Ihappydirt on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    For some reason I’m having trouble logging in to the regular comments, so I’m going to note here that Mike said Johnson hasn’t practiced at all. I was at the first practice when Johnson looked as good as anyone at the WR position.

    His routes were crisp, he was fast and caught the ball well. But he does need to get healthy. I hope he falls to the practice squad if he doesn’t make the 53.

  4. By churdybird on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron is clearly bothered by Jermichael punching helmets, and it’s obvious that the best quarterback in the league is going to be upset when he sees one of his top targets caring more about a ten second fight than he does about the rest of the season. I’m a HUGE Jermichael fan, but he needs to keep his head a lot cooler, if he wants to live up to his potential.

  5. By kk on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    If Arena Football kickers can make 50 yard field goals through uprights that are 9 feed wide, don’t you think they could do the same through NFL uprights that are 2x as wide?

  6. By OKGOPACK on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    You seriously watch arena football? Get real! :)

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