The start of football at Lambeau Field is upon us, with Family Night taking place on Saturday in front of 67,191 fans. The starters on both sides of the ball had solid performances, while players on the bubble seemed to struggle under the bright lights. New to the injury list tonight was Letroy Guion, who McCarthy later confirmed left the practice with a hamstring injury. That injury thinned the front seven even more, as Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Adrian Hubbard, and Jayrone Elliott all sat out as well. Mitchell Henry, however, was back after he sat out Friday's practice.
Davante Adams started the fireworks early with an impressive one handed grab against first-round pick Damarious Randall, and then later caught a touchdown. Randall Cobb added a touchdown grab, as well as Jordy Nelson on a bubble screen from the one yard line. Larry Pinkard, who has been praised all off-season, dropped a sure touchdown pass in the end zone from Scott Tolzien. Tolzien did, however, make a nice play rolling to his right to escape pressure and connect with Cobb for a 30 yard gain. Aaron Rodgers threw a ball to Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, his sixth interception of camp and first interception in Lambeau Field since 2012 (even though this is still just a practice), hopefully it is not too foreboding.
Press the P-A-N-I-C button, Aaron Rodgers just threw his sixth interception of training camp.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 9, 2015
Rodgers did make one of his signature throws through a very tight window to Jeff Janis who made a great catch, but later ended up with a bad dropped pass from rookie quarterback Brett Hundley. Neither Janis nor Hundley have had the best camps, and tonight brought those struggles to the forefront.
In a scary play down the sideline, Javess Blue collided with a Packers staff member and was taken to the locker room with a left arm/hand injury. The Packers already have injury problems at the receiver position with Jared Abbrederis, Adrian Coxson, and Ricky Collins already out.
The defense came to play on Saturday, collapsing the pocket and forcing errant throws by quarterbacks at of the depth chart. Rookie James Vaughters beat tackle Bryan Bulaga off the edge to hurry Rodgers, and Bruce Gaston had a couple of rushes against Don Barclay, one resulting in a sack. Andy Mulumba, who's also had an impressive camp since coming off an injury in 2014, laid a nice lick on Alonzo Harris as well. In the secondary, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Tay Glover-Wright both came up with interceptions, and the rookie cornerbacks showed promise.
As far as special teams goes, it looks like the kick returning duties will most likely go to rookie draft pick Ty Montgomery, with Micah Hyde, Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis, Javess Blue, and Jimmie Hunt all back getting reps as well. Mason Crosby looks to be in mid-season form as he hit all eight of his field goal attempts, including two from 50+ yards.
Today's family night was Amazing. Thank you GB we are all family. #GoPackGo— Datone Jones (@IAM_Dat_One) August 9, 2015