The Packers practiced late on Sunday night, which was a pain for those of us who live in the Eastern time zone and have jobs on Monday morning. Anyways, here are your notes from practice.
- Desmond Bishop, John Kuhn, Mike Daniels, and Marc Tyler all started practice back in pads on Sunday night for practice (WH), as did Tori Gurley (TS). Daniels, however, did not end up participating fully in practice (Pack). Marshall Newhouse was not, as he's still nursing an undisclosed injury (Edit: it's a concussion) sustained on Family Night, and D.J. Williams was held out as well as Brad Jones and Jon Hoese (TS). In his place, Herb Taylor got the first-team reps ().
- In addition to Newhouse sitting out, the coaching staff decided to give a slew of veterans the day off. Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Jarrett Bush, A.J. Hawk, Jeff Saturday, Ryan Pickett, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and Anthony Hargrove all skipped practice (Pack), as it seems the cut-off was 6 years of experience (MV).
- Mason Crosby had a series of 50+ yard field goal attempts, first hitting from 52, then missing from 53, then hitting again from 57.
- Graham Harrell took advantage of extended reps with Rodgers out today. He hit Jordy Nelson for a big back-shoulder touchdown along the sideline early (WH), then went 6 for 8 on the next drive with a scoring pass to Tom Crabtree (TD). He later hit James Jones for a long completion down the sideline over Sam Shields (TD). He did have a big overthrow that was dropped in the secondary by Casey Hayward (WH), but otherwise seemed solid.
- With Woodson and Bush out of the lineup, Hayward and Jerron McMillian took over in the dime package (TS).
- Andrew Datko had a rough practice, and Herb Taylor wasn't much better. Datko got pushed back into B.J. Coleman at one point by Erik Walden (RD). Taylor false started (TS), got burned by Jerel Worthy at least once in team (TS) and once in one-on-ones (TD), and was also lit up by Dezman Moses (TS). Jason Wilde thought he looked good until late, but that's not the impression I got from the tweets.
- At least the starters on the right side of the line are in solid form. They had solid practices, not allowing much to the defense (TD) until Perry beat Bulaga big-time on a one-on-one drill (RV).
- Punting practice was mixed. Cobb and Borel both muffed punts (TS), and Masthay started rough with consecutive 37-yard punts before kicking it up a notch and hitting 40 and 50-yarders consistently (MV).
- Ryan Taylor had two more blatant drops today (MV). He had a huge block on Otis Merrill on a screen pass (MV), but he needs to catch the ball better.
- Bishop was clearly happy to be back in pads. He played next to D.J. Smith, who was there in Hawk's place. Bishop lit up Nic Cooper late in practice, but it was a non-tackling drill so Mike McCarthy was not pleased (TS).
- Worthy looked good. He had the aforementioned beating of Taylor, but then had a sack and knocked down a pass just a play apart (MV).
And that's your practice recap. Again, thanks to these reporters for their hard work:
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