Packers 2014 OTAs: Week Three Open Practice Notebook

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he didn't practice, running back Jonathan Franklin was present at Packers OTAs today, while fellow running back DuJuan Harris looked impressive.

Week three of the Green Bay Packers OTAs started on Tuesday, with practice being open to fans and the media. The team got a few players back from absence last week. Below is what I observed while in attendance today:

  • After missing practice last Tuesday for undisclosed reasons, tight end Colt Lyerla returned to the practice field today. B.J. Raji, too.
  • After the death of his grandmother, Jerel Worthy was present today, though he was not practicing.
  • Running back Johnathan Franklin was present today at practice. He didn't have a helmet, but he stood by the backs and was pretty active messing with the guys.
  • Also dressed but not practicing today: Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Jumal Rolle, Chris Harper.
  • After foot surgery this offseason, Brandon Bostick practiced today for the first time.
  • Not surprising, but Micah Hyde played at safety today with the first-team defense, and JC Tretter lined again up at center.
  • Receiver Myles White and defensive back Chris Banjo got into a fake "fight" early on. It was basically a sarcastic scuffle, but they overplayed it.
  • Tramon Williams tossed a football to a young child in the stands. The kid jumped for joy, only to turn back around and notice Tramon asking for the ball back. Bummer.
  • I said this many times today: DuJuan Harris looked really good. I mean it. He caught a few screen passes and looked shifty, quick, and explosive with the ball in his hands. He also broke a nice run up the middle at one point during practice. The highlight of all players in my opinion today.
  • Today, Aaron Rodgers was actually picked off by Sean Richardson. #factsonly
  • During blitz period today, the Packers blasted music by Imagine Dragons, The Killers, and Jake Owen.
  • The mystery man at today’s practice wearing 54 was newly signed Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis.
  • Richard Rodgers caught the ball very well all day in practice. Great hands.
  • Ryan Taylor made a really good bobbling catch falling to the ground down the seam.
  • Mike Pennell got into a scuffle with DuJuan Harris. For perspective, Pennell weighs 332, Harris weighs 203.
  • Defensive lineman Josh Boyd randomly did meditation techniques on the sidelines. It was probably just a joke, but it was funny watching him standing on one leg and trying to be serious.
  • Cornerback Antonio Dennard wore a black cast on his hand today. Not sure what exactly forced him to wear it.
  • A little boy bawled his eyes out while his mother dragged him out the stands. All he wanted to do was continue watching practice. Poor kid.
  • Four Army veterans were in attendance today and shook hands with players as they came off the field at the end of practice.
  • Once again, Colt Lyerla was the last man to walk off the field today. He worked the ball machine and ran routes on the field by himself. A great sign to see once again. He’s working his butt off.

Don't forget to check out our recap of Mike McCarthy's post-practice press conference as well. OTAs continue through Friday this week, and the team's mandatory minicamp kicks off one week from today, on June 17th.

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