Training camp look in: Flags fly in WR-DB drill on Friday

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 1, 2014 – 9:39 am

140801-sheppard-300GREEN BAY–Packers defensive backs got an up close and personal look at how pass interference penalties will be called this season: often.

In a one-on-one drill with wide receivers, Referee Ed Hochuli’s abbreviated officiating crew tossed flags on nearly every play. It was consistent with the new emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact about which Hochuli spoke to reporters on Thursday. Hochuli was seen speaking to Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy prior to Friday morning’s one-on-one drill. The new emphasis might’ve been the topic.

Translation: Get ready for a lot of points scored in the NFL this season.

Newly acquired wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard made the big play in the drill. The 6-2, 211, Sheppard pulled away from defensive back Ryan White to haul in a deep pass from Aaron Rodgers, to the delight of the fans in attendance at Ray Nitschke Field.

Safety Morgan Burnett returned to practice after a day of absence, and showed no signs of favoring the ankle injury that kept him out of Thursday’s practice. Rookies wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and center Corey Linsley didn’t practice. will provide an update from McCarthy’s post-practice press conference.


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