The Green Bay Packers' annual Family Night has changed in recent years. No longer a (mostly) live scrimmage, the team now runs through a general practice script with nearly 70,000 fans looking on.
Still, Family Night provides the first glimpse at the newest edition of the Packers in a game-like atmosphere. Those in attendance cheer and react as though each throw, rush and result matters, creating an element of pressure for the players vying for a roster spot.
With that in mind and only a week remaining before the Packers take on the Indianapolis Colts in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, let's take a look at which players saw their stock rise on Sunday and which ones took a tumble.
While many at Acme Packing Company entered training camp skeptical of Jared Abbrederis' chances to make the final cut -- myself included -- his strong Family Night showing along with a solid week of camp have put him firmly in the receiver conversation. The Packers used him mostly in the slot on Sunday, and he kept slipping past the linebackers to make plays down the field. Making tough catches hasn't been his problem, however. Rather, Abbrederis needs to show he can stay on the field in order to snatch a roster spot.
Likely the top undrafted edge rusher in Packers training camp, Reggie Gilbert shined on Family Night while dropping back in coverage. During the Packers' 11-on-11 work, Gilbert followed tight end Mitchell Henry into the back of the end zone when quarterback Marquise Williams unleashed a pass in his direction. Gilbert timed his jump perfectly, cutting in front of Henry for the interception. If Gilbert shows as much skill rushing the passer as he did working in space, he could indeed make the final cut.
No. 1 offensive line
Technically, the true starting offensive line has yet to take the field as guard T.J. Lang and center Corey Linsley remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list. However, the current group, which includes Lane Taylor and JC Tretter, looked solid protecting Aaron Rodgers and the Packers quarterbacks on Sunday. David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga moved as well as they ever have, while the aforementioned Taylor didn't seem out of place with the starters. As for unit leader Josh Sitton, who has battled through back issues in recent years, he successfully executed a Lambeau Leap, a positive sign for his health at this point in the year.
There has been little consensus about Davante Adams' training camp so far. Some see a player who has caught nearly everything thrown his way; others point to his struggles when trying to separate from coverage as bad omen. His performance on Sunday seemed to confirm the opinions of his skeptics. Adams committed multiple wide-open drops, including a would-be touchdown during 11-on-11 work. One practice doesn't make or break a player, but Adams came away from Family Night with a lot left to prove.
Many fans would like nothing more than for Peter Mortell, a Green Bay native, to beat out Tim Masthay for the punting job. However, Mortell shanked multiple punts on Sunday, continuing a downward trend from previous practices. Furthermore, Masthay shined with perhaps his best practice of training camp. The Packers will likely allow the competition to continue until late into the preseason, but Masthay holds a sizeable early lead.
No. 2 offensive line
For as well as the top unit performed, the backups still have plenty of work ahead of them. That shouldn't surprise too many observers, as rookies Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy have just a few padded NFL practices under their belt. Still, both looked shaky during individual drills and 11-on-11.