GREEN BAY–The sound of pads colliding punctured the morning air at Packers training camp on Sunday, the first day of full-pads practices.
On the first play of a “screens and deceptives” drill, wide receiver James Jones went up above cornerback Sam Shields to catch a deep pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers along the sideline, producing the biggest cheer of training camp to date. On the next play, tight end Brandon Bostick flattened two defenders with a resonant collision that produced another throaty reaction from fans. With those two plays, the live-action part of training camp began and energies peaked, with bodies hitting the ground and Packers defenders growling their approval.
Temperatures were in the 50s for the second consecutive day, and the stands were packed with fans eager for some real football. When they got it, they cheered their approval.
It’s also important to note that preparation for the season opener in San Francisco was noticeable on Sunday, as quarterback Graham Harrell and a scout-team offense ran a 49ers-like read-option scheme in half-speed drills against the Packers defense.
Packers.com will provide full reports following practice.
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