GREEN BAY–Nick Perry didn’t play in the playoff loss to the 49ers last January. Thursday morning, Perry gave camp-goers a glimpse of what the Packers missed in San Francisco.
In a set-the-edge drill against rookie tackle David Bakhtiari, Perry dropped his pads on Bakhtiari and knocked him back with a thunderous collision. It produced the kind of hard edge the Packers lacked against quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for 181 yards in the 49ers’ playoff win.
Thursday’s practice provided more evidence of the Packers’ focus on being a more physical team in 2013. The emphasis is especially acute along the line of scrimmage.
Bakhtiari continued to work at both tackle positions. Prior to his bout with Perry, Bakhtiari worked at left tackle against Clay Matthews and Bakhtiari held his own.
The set-the-edge drill was followed by a point-of-attack drill that pitted offensive and defensive linemen and included double-team blocks. Journeyman tackle Kevin Hughes and second-year guard Greg Van Roten impressed.
In a no-huddle drill, Aaron Rodgers was on target to Randall Cobb on a deep-seam route, but Cobb dropped the pass. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin flashed his quickness by exploding through a hole at left tackle. Cornerback Sam Shields broke on a pass from Rodgers for Jeremy Ross and knocked the ball away.
Packers.com will provide a full report following practice.
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