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Packers Practice Recap, 7/31: Josh Jones keeps impressing

The rookie safety is looking like one of the most impactful players on the Packers’ defense regardless of experience level.

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If there has been one consistent thread throughout the Green Bay Packers’ early training camp practices, it is the play of rookie safety Josh Jones.

The second-round draft pick (61st overall) has stepped into Dom Capers’ defense comfortably and has made big plays each day. On Saturday, the first day in pads, Jones laid a huge hit over the middle on wide receiver Malachi Dupre — a big enough hit that it drew the ire of some members of the Packers’ offense.

After a day off Sunday, Jones and the Packers got back to business on Monday and he picked up where he left off. Midway through practice, Jones made his first interception of the summer, picking off a Brett Hundley pass intended for running back Devante Mays. Then towards the end of the session, Jones came down with a pair of would-be sacks of the quarterback on blitzes (the quarterbacks of course wear red jerseys forbidding contact).

Jones’ continued strong play was probably the biggest highlight on Monday, a day with few of them. In fact, one of the most notable plays in practice was a Hail Mary attempt by Aaron Rodgers that was actually batted down by the defense.

Meanwhile, punter Justin Vogel had another mostly good day punting the football; in a series of six punts, he shanked one but hit the others all solidly, including one boot of well over 50 yards.

One other notable item was a minor scuffle between Mike Daniels and right tackle Bryan Bulaga.

The Packers are back practicing again on Tuesday at 8:15 AM, then have an off day before a pair of evening practices beginning at 6:15 PM on Thursday and Friday. That all leads up to Family Night on Saturday evening.