Friday practice report

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 6, 2010 – 6:14 pm

New to the injury list is LB Brady Poppinga, who sustained a concussion in Thursday night’s practice. He sat out Friday and Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he would not participate in Saturday night’s scrimmage.

S Will Blackmon (knee) and LB Frank Zombo (ankle) also remained out, along with the three PUP players — S  Atari Bigby (ankle), CB Al Harris (knee) and RB James Starks (hamstring).

In the QB hoop game, Aaron Rodgers dropped one in from about 45 yards away. He also hit the rim once. Matt Flynn had two rimshots, much to his chagrin.

In one-on-one work between WRs and CBs at the goal line, there were several notable plays. WR Brett Swain made a strong inside-out move on CB Brandon Underwood, who maintained good coverage, but Flynn’s pass was pinpoint off Swain’s outside hip and zipped past Underwood for the score. Later, Underwood snagged an INT in the end zone on a jump ball against WR Chastin West. Then against Swain again, he hung with him on an outside-in move but Rodgers’ throw was just high enough for Swain to haul it in.

CB Jarrett Bush undercut an out route by Jordy Nelson and almost picked the ball off, only to collide with WR Donald Driver standing out of bounds, staggering him for a few moments. Driver then made a nice grab against Bush on a fade route from Rodgers.

In team work, Nelson made what might have been the catch of the day. With CB Charles Woodson in coverage, Rodgers’ throw was behind Nelson on a crossing route, and Woodson looked like he’d have an INT. But Nelson reached back and snagged it away from Woodson, barely even breaking stride.

WR Patrick Williams, who continues to make a push for the No. 5 receiver spot, found a lot of daylight on a quick slant from Rodgers. The newest member of the team and WR corps, Jason Chery, got a step on Woodson going deep down the right sideline, but Flynn’s well-thrown pass went off his fingertips and was incomplete.

The next team period focused on red zone, and the offense and defense went back-and-forth getting the better of one another. CB Pat Lee nearly had an INT when he jumped a slant route by Swain. FB Quinn Johnson made a tough adjustment to make a catch in the flat, then turned upfield and rammed pretty hard into S Charlie Peprah at the pylon. CB Sam Shields should have had an INT when he perfectly read a crossing route by TE  Andrew Quarless, but he dropped QB Graham Harrell’s throw. TE Donald Lee made an impressive one-handed catch in the back of the end zone on a throw from Rodgers against near-blanket coverage by LB Nick Barnett. Finally, DE Mike Neal bulled his way into the backfield for what would have been a significant tackle for loss on a running play.

In 7-on-7, on the very first snap, S Nick Collins made a difficult, diving INT on a ball that deflected off the outstretched arms of Driver.

K Mason Crosby got off to a great start in a progressive FG period, but lost his touch at the end. He hit five straight FGs from distances of 20, 33, 35, 39 and 46 yards, with the 39-yarder going straight into the elevated camera pit behind the goalposts. But then he missed wide right from 50 yards and wide left from 50 again before drilling a 51-yarder to finish 6-of-8.

More significant action in the final team periods included a nice pass break-up by CB Tramon Williams on a Rodgers deep ball to Driver. A couple of snaps later, Rodgers found Jennings on a deep in route for a big gain on third down.

With the offense working on 4-minute situations (late in the game, trying to move the ball to run out the clock), rookie RB Quinn Porter made a couple of nice cuts and broke free for what would have been an 80-plus-yard TD run. Only in the 4-minute offense situation, Porter should have taken a knee when he got close to the goal line rather than score. Nonetheless, it was an impressive run, with Porter showing off his speed.

Back to more red zone work, S Derrick Martin, who returned to practice after sitting out Thursday, nearly had a major collision with WR Charles Dillon on a quick slant pass from Flynn. LB Brad Jones also got a sack of Flynn on a later play, with LB Cyril Obiozor also providing pressure from the other side.

Finally, Rodgers found TE Jermichael Finley in the back of the end zone for a score after a patient, effective scramble out of trouble.

That’s about it until Saturday’s Family Night Scrimmage. Check back with for today’s McCarthy press conference transcript, a feature story, and the Training Camp Report.

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