On Monday, the Green Bay Packers practiced again at Ray Nitschke Field as the team begins to prepare for preseason games to begin. With Thursday approaching quickly, the team had three practices (including today’s) with two of them open to the public as they get ready for real competition.
Today’s practice illustrated one notable facet of the team’s game plan for this week.
Brett Hundley practiced with the starters throughout Monday’s practice, while Aaron Rodgers ran the scout team instead. This is a plain sign that the Packers do not plan to have Rodgers on the field at all in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
On that note, Hundley reportedly looked very good, and will have plenty of opportunities to display his development on Thursday. He had a big connection with Randall Cobb on a deep throw at one point while the defense struggled in zone coverage.
Rodgers looked great as well, by all accounts, as he hit Montay Crockett on a deep ball over Kyler Fackrell’s coverage. He also found DeAngelo Yancey for a long pass as well with Quinten Rollins covering. Yancey in particular had his name mentioned a few times, both working with Rodgers on the scout team and with Hundley.
Dean Lowry had another great day, tipping a pass at the line of scrimmage that was eventually intercepted by Jake Ryan.
Justin Vogel punted into the wind today and struggled a bit; out of nine punts, he had four that were shorter than 40 yards including two that went just 30 (but had good hang time). Two of the nine were 50-plus, with a third coming just short at 49. Inconsistency seems to be the biggest issue for Vogel; he appears plenty capable of big kicks with good hang-time but struggles to hit the ball well consistently.