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News & notes: WR Jarrett Boykin continues to battle, kickers perfect

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 13, 2013 – 5:03 pm

WR Randall Cobb was playing through some obvious pain in Tuesday’s practice. For an update on that, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news & notes:

–Boykin, Jolly stand out: Undrafted rookie WR Tyrone Walker has received a lot of attention lately, but second-year pro Jarrett Boykin isn’t about to give up his roster spot that easily.

WR Jarrett Boykin

WR Jarrett Boykin

Boykin had a strong practice on Tuesday, making several catches working with both the regular offense and scout-team offense.

Boykin made a nice grab on a comeback in traffic, a diving catch of a slant from QB Vince Young and later a spinning catch in the middle of the field. He nearly capped off his day by hauling in a deep ball from QB B.J. Coleman along the sideline, but the throw was just out of reach and bounced off his outstretched hand.

DE Johnny Jolly was another player who looked to be having a strong practice. In the one-on-one pass-rush drill, Jolly slipped by G Greg Van Roten with a quick spin, and then he beat C Patrick Lewis with a swim move.

It should be noted that Van Roten then bounced back with strong reps against DE B.J. Raji and DE Mike Neal.

–Kickers perfect: Both Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio were a perfect 8-for-8 on field goals in another head-to-head duel. The kickers kicked two series of four kicks, the first from 33, 43, 48 and 50 yards, and the second from 34, 39, 45 and 54 yards.

As has usually been the case, Crosby’s kicks have carried a longer distance, and it’s especially noticeable on the longer field goals.

“Right now I’m hitting the ball really well,” Crosby said. “I’m striking it solid, and I’ve put a few good days together here, and that’s positive. But definitely Giorgio is hitting great balls and it’s motivating for me. I’m focused in and making sure that I’m taking care of my business.”

The day prior, Crosby was 7-for-8 and Tavecchio was 8-for-8, meaning the two kickers have combined to go 31-for-32 over the last two practices.

“These last two days were good,” Crosby said. ” It was good to test our bodies and test our minds a little bit and get out there and hit two long sets in a sense. I think hitting that many balls really pushed me and got me into a rhythm and into a good spot.”

–Hayward still out: Mike McCarthy made it sound as though the return of CB Casey Hayward, who has not practiced all training camp due to a hamstring injury, was not imminent, though his medical reports have improved.

“Casey Hayward’s injury is going to take time,” McCarthy said. “He’s made a lot of progress in the last 5-6 days. As far as the timeline, we’ll have a better understanding next week how close he is.”

A defensive rookie of the year candidate last year, Hayward led all rookies in 2012 with six interceptions.

–Pickett misses practice: DE Ryan Pickett missed practice due to a personal matter. He indicated on his Twitter account that he had to take one of his children to the hospital, but everything is fine.

G T.J. Lang (back) continued to sit out, as did fellow lineman Andrew Datko (concussion). McCarthy said Datko is “getting close” to passing the tests that are part of the concussion protocol.

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13 Responses to “News & notes: WR Jarrett Boykin continues to battle, kickers perfect”

  1. By PK on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    My gut tells me Jolly could make for some happy Packers. Good luck to the man. People sincere and successfull about overcoming adversity add a dimention others can not. #97 fits the bill.

  2. By carter Wilkinson on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Rodgers has 6-8 years left in his prime and we keep people like Dom Capers as our d coordinator. We need to get someone better to run that defense go look at the stats for our D every year Dom has been here. And for the longest time Mike Mccarthy thoughts were we need to run the ball 50% of the time even if we have the best qb in the league and that is ridiculous play to your strengths. Bruce Arians would put up crazy stats with Rodgers. WE HIRED MCCARTHY AFTER HE DRAFTED ALEX SMITH AND HIS OFFENSE WAS RANKED 32 IN THE LEAGUE. We are wasting our window of opportunity. Get capers out even the year we won the superbowl look at stats, the best defenses to play the game were not “bend dont break”. WE ARE NOT BUILT TO BEAT THE 49ERS, OUR BEND DONT BREAK DEFENSE WILL BREAK EVERY TIME AGAINST THE 49ERS.

  3. By carter Wilkinson on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Lets get someone different besides Capers, his philosophy on defense…”bend dont break” will break every time against the 49ers. We will get beat by them 2 times this year, 1st game and in the playoffs. It is not our players it is Capers. I am not saying i could do a better job, but i think other people for sure could. We can not stop the 49ers with this defense….so dumb.

  4. By OKGOPACK on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    We can’t renovate our whole defense because of 1 or 2 teams. I’m so glad you are not our GM.

  5. By carter Wilkinson on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    We went to T&M to ask there coaching squad on how to stop the read option. When we go to a college team to ask for help that means there is a problem. and its not just one team we have a problem with. Look at the stats even the year we won the superbowl. There are for sure better D coordinators out there and we have wasted a couple of years. AND YES OKGOPACKGO. People draft and change defenses to adjust to one team. Watch more nflnetwork and ESPN.

  6. By Corky on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    carter Wilkinson I agree with OKGOPACK. I’m glad you aren’t the Packers GM. You’ve been watching too much NFL and ESPN where a bunch of has beens give their opinion without being there. Get a life, the Packers have been one of the most successful teams over the last 15 years.

  7. By BT on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    15? Try one losing season in 21 years, and that losing season is because of Mike Sherman riding Favre and Holmgren’s coat tails. He wasted 4 years of our draft, and that is a fact!

    Carter, wtf is T&M? You want to talk facts, so the 11th ranked defense last year isn’t good enough for you? What stats are you looking at that say otherwise? Yeah, we got beat by the hot team, two different times with two different QBs, including Alex Smith, whom you took a shot on. Did SF win the Super Bowl? No. I don’t think they will win it this year either, and they have to do it before Kapperneck’s contract comes up where they have cap space to keep some of the names they have.

    Listen kid, Capers /is/ one of the best. McCarthy has won us a SB and your taking pot shots at him as well? Yeah, that just shows how level headed and mature you are. I am sure you can do better, maybe in Madden. But consider this, there is a reason a lot of those guys are on ESPN and the NFL Network… it is because they are out of a job and no one will hire them. Sure, there are guys like Gruden and Chower that can get a job at the drop of the hat, but those guys are few and far between. Carter is a joke, and a blemish on the HOF to let him in. Only thing he was the best at was pushing off.

    Be glad we are not the Lions, Bears, or Vikings. They seem to have a hot year one out of every 3 years, then fail to live up to expectations and change coaches and staff and start over… and that is what your calling for, for us to start over, with as you put it, 6-7 years left in Rodger’s prime. So you want to waste it completely. Brilliant, just frigging brilliant.

  8. By buckybadger on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    @carter, Capers was also the D coordinator when we won the Super Bowl and turn that defense around. You know nothing about about pro football judging by your comments. You don’t win every year and you don’t fire the staff just because you don’t win it all.

  9. By peter on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    That Stoned Guy’s voice comes out when I read some of these comments…

  10. By starr1957 on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see there are a few fans who aren’t panicking because of ONE meaningless preseaon game.

    Rootin’ for Jolly, if he can get back to anywhere close to where he was before, will be a great help on D-line.

  11. By carter Wilkinson on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Ok guys lets just wait and see then.

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