Slowly but surely, the intensity is picking up at camp. A second straight padded practice Wednesday night under near ideal weather conditions had Mike McCarthy look at both red zone and 2 minute drill installations. He also got his first look at Jermichael Finley and Morgan Burnett in full 11 on 11 team drills. Finley caught a nice fade route touchdown in the red zone period and Burnett broke up a couple of passes. In fact, the secondary made a bunch of plays, frustrating the offense by working on their blitz packages in both team periods. In the red zone period, the offense failed to complete a pass on a dozen consecutive plays. Tramon Williams came up with a pick, right where he left off in the playoffs last season. McCarthy said after the workout the defense is playing with more intensity than the offense right now which is typical for most training camps. The offense gained a little confidence in the first two minute drill however. The situation was this: 1:11 left to play, down 24-20 and you start on your own 40 yard line. Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson twice on fade routes down the left sideline as the offense moved 60 yards in just four plays to score, the final five yards on an out route to Donald Driver who beat Charles Woodson. The second unit fizzled as Matt Flynn was sacked twice, by Jarius Wynn and later, Brad Jones. McCarthy is cramming the installations in over the first 9 camp practices, a process that normally happens during both the mini-camps and organized team activities. It's clearly a work in progress.
The Packers suffered the most significant injury of camp as rookie 7th round pick, defensive end Lawrence Guy suffered a concussion. McCarthy wasn't sure if the protocols for treating concussions are the same in camp as they are for the regular season but Guy will be withheld from Thursday night's practice. It appeared Sam Shields suffered an injury trying to break up one of Nelson's grabs in the two minute drill. He got up slowly and was helped along the sideline. Not to worry, McCarthy joked it was just "a uniform malfunction".
After cutting Nick Barnett, Brandon Chillar and Brady Poppinga before camp opened, it's becomming clear the team might be concerned about depth at the linebacker spot, particularly inside. The Packers signed free agent K.C. Asiodu Wednesday. He's a 6-3, 247 pounder out of Central Oklahoma, now in his third year trying to stick. He played 10 games for the Rams in 2009 and one game last season for the New Orleans Saints. Poppinga by the way, was picked up by the Rams on Wednesday.
Former Packer Antonio Freeman was at practice Wednesday night. One of the heroes of Super Bowl 31, Freeman was in town working on a promotion for DiGiorno's pizza. He laughed when he entered the league, he got a small time gig hawking Red Baron pizza, now that he's retired, it's a step up to DiGiorno's. Freeman also works for Comcast sports and may move from hosting Washington Redskins pre-game shows to his hometown Baltimore Ravens this season.