Thursday evening practice report

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 5, 2010 – 9:40 pm

LB Brandon Chillar, who was given the morning off along with some other veterans, was back working with the No. 1 defense at ROLB opposite Clay Matthews at LOLB, while Brad Jones, who returned to practice after dealing with a back injury for a few days, was paired with Brady Poppinga on the No. 2 unit.

Jason Spitz continued to rotate in at both LG and C with the No. 1 offensive line.

LB Frank Zombo missed practice due to an ankle injury sustained during the morning workout. Also, S Will Blackmon, who has been on a one-a-day schedule coming back from an ACL injury, tried to practice in the evening after sitting out the morning but dropped out early.

Others sitting out in the evening were S Derrick Martin (ankle), S Atari Bigby (ankle), CB Al Harris (knee) and RB James Starks (hamstring).

K Mason Crosby was good from about 50 yards on a run-on FG situation, though the kick was low.

In a pooch-punting session, Tim Masthay badly mishit one short but then rebounded with a good effort that was downed at the 5-yard line by CB Pat Lee. Chris Bryan’s pooch try was also good, downed inside the 5 by CB Josh Bell.

During an extended punting session, both Masthay and Bryan got off to good starts with a couple of high, deep kicks from the back of the end zone that easily cleared midfield. But then both punters fell into an inconsistent rut, trading off between good punts and poor ones. A couple from the back of the end zone were due in part to poor snaps from backup long snapper Evan Dietrich-Smith, but the inconsistency continued when they were punting out at their own 35 with no snapping issues.

Unlike Tuesday night, there were no skirmishes that broke out, but there were still some pretty good hits. CB Jarrett Bush popped hard into RB Quinn Porter on a screen pass, and during a blocking-combination drill, FB Quinn Johnson and LB Nick Barnett had a major-league collision, with Johnson’s helmet coming off.

During team (11-on-11) work, TE Jermichael Finley got behind the defense on a trick play and hauled in a long pass from QB Aaron Rodgers. Later, Chillar came free on a blitz for what would have been a big sack, and backup QB Matt Flynn made a nice play on a scramble to his right to find TE Spencer Havner for a sizable gain.

During 7-on-7, S Morgan Burnett, CB Charles Woodson and S Anthony Levine all recorded interceptions, while Lee had a nice pass break-up. Levine and Burnett followed that up with back-to-back pass deflections during the final team period. With the defense thin at safety due to the injuries, Levine is starting to show up more, and after practice Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the rookie from Tennessee State is a “young man you ought to keep an eye on.”

In that final team period, crowd noise was piped in, and it was considerably louder than it has been in the past. It got veteran T Mark Tauscher for a false start, and T Chad Clifton also false-started during the period, though the crowd noise was turned off by then. In addition, Porter, the rookie RB from tiny Stillman College, had a large number of carries and pass receptions on the evening, but he did fumble one handoff exchange in the backfield. Luckily, the ball bounced right back up into his hands, almost without him having to break stride.

That’s it for the last two-a-day of this week.

Click here for Thursday’s Training Camp Report.

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