It was the liveliest and longest practice of training camp today, just over two and a half hours. It was a couple of competitive team periods that brought up the intensity, short yardage, red zone work and a two minute drill. You don't need a photographic memory to recall how difficult life was inside the opponent's 20 yard line for the Packers offense last year, especially when Aaron Rodgers was on the shelf.
The former MVP was on the field today however. It was the first time Mike McCarthy tested the offense to score a touchdown with under two minutes to play, 60 yards to go and only a couple of timeouts. Rodgers got the job done, twice actually. Just to make sure the offense ran enough plays, a scrambling touchdown run was whistled down at the one yard line, much to Aaron's chagrin. Given a couple of cracks from there, the defense rose up on first and second down. On third down, a play action fake was sold perfectly and Rodgers lofted a pass to the left corner of the end zone, but no one was there. Brandon Bostick turned his route inside and Rodgers was not happy. But on 4th down, Rodgers went right back to Bostick who cradled a low pass in a crowd and scored. It seems every day at practice, a different tight end has been getting noticed so afterwards, I caught up with Brandon to talk about both the bad and the good plays.
Audio: Brandon Bostick.
Mike McCarthy was also asked about the first competitive two minute drill of camp:
Audio: Mike McCarthy
Rodgers also connected nicely with Jarrett Boykin against Sam Shields for a score during the red zone work. Eddie Lacy busted off a 12 yard TD run off the left side. Sam Barrington filled a hole with authority to stuff a short yardage run by James Starks,
Other notes of the day: Mike Neal was in pads for the first time after watching the first three workouts with a core injury. T.J. Lang has been battling a sore shoulder but he took on a handful of team reps. Morgan Burnett had to drop out of practice after rolling his ankle. It doesn't appear to serious. It allowed Micah Hyde to share first team defensive snaps at safety with number one pick Ha Ha Clinton Dix.
The Packers added a wide receiver today. General Manager Ted Thompson claimed first year wideout Gerrard Sheppard off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-2, 211 pounder played college ball at both Connecticut and Towson. He spent all of his rookie season on Baltimore's practice squad.