Monday practice report

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 16, 2010 – 4:37 pm

The injury list remained a bit lengthy for the start of Week 2 of the preseason.

Sitting out Monday’s practice were RB Ryan Grant (concussion), S Will Blackmon (knee), RB Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring), LB Alex Joseph (quad), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Nick Barnett (knee), LB Cyril Obiozor (calf), C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (sprained neck), G/C Jason Spitz (calf) and TE Tom Crabtree (sprained wrist). The three players who started training camp on PUP — S Atari Bigby (ankle), CB Al Harris (knee) and RB James Starks (hamstring) remained out.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Grant might be able to practice on Tuesday. Same with Blackmon. He also said the training staff is looking into a protective cast that Crabtree might be able to wear.

As far as the depth chart goes, with Dietrich-Smith and Spitz both out, rookie Nick McDonald was the No. 2 center behind Scott Wells. Barnett did the opening jog-through but then gave way to Desmond Bishop. Brandon Jackson was the No. 1 RB, with rookie Quinn Porter the No. 2 and FB John Kuhn taking some halfback snaps as well. LB Brady Poppinga was working with the No. 1 unit at outside linebacker along with Brandon Chillar. The left guard rotation involving Daryn Colledge and Bryan Bulaga remained the same.

In the opening team period, LB Brad Jones nearly had an interception off a deflected pass. He dove and got both hands on the ball just before it hit the ground, but he couldn’t hold on.

In 7-on-7 red zone work, QB Aaron Rodgers was very sharp in the first session. From between the 20- and 15-yard lines, Rodgers hit three straight TD passes — one to WR James Jones down the right side and two to TE Jermichael Finley over the middle. His next set of reps the defense got the better of him, though, as a bullet over the middle to WR Greg Jennings was incomplete and then CB Sam Shields nearly intercepted a ball at the goal line for TE Spencer Havner.

K Mason Crosby went 6-for-7 during a FG session from progressive distances starting at 28 and going back to 45 yards. His only miss was wide left from 33.

Practice concluded with Rodgers and Matt Flynn each getting a chance to direct a 2-minute drive. In both cases, the offense needed a TD and had only one timeout left, starting on its own 40.

On Rodgers’ drive, Jones was the star. He caught passes of 20 and 18 yards to get the ball into the red zone. The drive eventually came down to fourth-and-1 from the 7 with 8 seconds left, and Rodgers drilled one into Jones for the TD when he ran a buttonhook right at the goal line.

Flynn had the offense moving as well, with passes to WR Charles Dillon, TE Andrew Quarless and WR Chastin West covering 11, 17 and 15 yards, respectively. The one to West was a scramble to Flynn’s left and a good sideline throw. After a false start moved the offense from the 10 back to the 15, WR Brett Swain made an impressive one-handed catch to get the penalty yardage back, but the drive ended with back-to-back sacks by LB Frank Zombo and DE C.J. Wilson.

That’s all from Monday’s workout. The Packers return to the field twice on Tuesday, at 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Click here for McCarthy’s press conference transcript, and check back later tonight for today’s feature story and Training Camp Report.


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