For a recap of Wednesday’s practice, which did not please Head Coach Mike McCarthy, and a rundown on some of the team’s injuries, check out today’s feature story. Here are some other news & notes:
–On target: QB Aaron Rodgers has done it many times before, and he did it again on Wednesday.
Launching throws from long range toward a netted hoop near the sideline, Rodgers dropped one in from around 40-50 yards away, drawing cheers from the Ray Nitschke Field crowd, which got to see an exaggerated “belt” celebration from Rodgers.
For a video of Rodgers throwing a deep ball into the hoop earlier this training camp, click here.
As for the rest of practice, Rodgers said he feels fine after missing Tuesday’s workout due to a head cold. Acknowledging the starters may not play the entire first half like they normally would in the third preseason game, Rodgers said that won’t impact the team’s readiness for the regular season.
“Anything from this point forward are just bonus reps,” he said. “We practice hard, we practice together, we spend a lot of time talking and working together. We need to go in against a good defense this week and get some reps, stay healthy and get out.”
–Time to catch up: WR Charles Johnson, a seventh-round pick from Grand Valley State, says he’ll be ready to play as soon as the coaches decide to put him in a game, despite the fact that he has hardly seen the field.
Johnson got hurt on the second day of OTAs, returned for the first two training camp practices without pads, but then had not practiced since until Wednesday, when he was very limited but in full uniform.
“The things that have happened to me while I’ve been here have been very humbling for me,” Johnson said. “I used to be the guy who was like, hey, I’ve never been hurt. I’ve never missed a game. But now I can barely get on the practice field. Now I go out there and say every day I have to prove something.”
It would seem awfully soon for Johnson to play on Friday after just one limited day of practice, so his roster fate could very well come down to the fourth preseason game, at Kansas City next week. But he’s willing to take any snaps the coaches want to give him, even if it’s right away Friday night.
“Physically I’m a little bit behind because I’m not getting on-the-field reps. I’m not up to speed with the game like some of the other guys may be,” he said. “But mentally I’m up to speed, I’m at par. I know everything I need to know if I was to get thrown out there in a game. I know all my materials.”
–More on injuries: Undrafted rookie LB Andy Mulumba (knee) missed practice on Wednesday, while CB Loyce Means (ankle) was back in action.
–Play of the day: TE Brandon Bostick made the play of the day, leaping between two defenders in the end zone with one arm reaching straight up, tipping the ball to himself and then hauling it in as he fell to the ground.
“He’s come a long way and I’m proud of him,” said fellow TE Jermichael Finley, who spent time working out with Bostick in the offseason. “I call him ‘Little Finley.'”
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