The Green Bay Packers put the pads on for the first time this week as they went through their final tune-up before week 3 of the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers returned to the field after missing Tuesday with a head cold. The only player not practicing that was able to go yesterday was undrafted rookie OLB Andy Mulumba who sat with a knee injury. Of concern to the Packers, first round pick Datone Jones rolled the same ankle that had kept him out of practice recently, and he was forced to drop out of practice. His status for Friday is now even more up in the air than it was before. Rookie WR Charles Johnson (knee) practiced for the first time since July, and WR Randall Cobb (bicep) did limited work as well.
As far as practice itself, Head Coach Mike McCarthy was not happy with the work out there today. He made that clear several times during his post-practice press conference. McCarthy said this practice was supposed to be like a Friday in-season practice on a six-day week. “There’s a number of moving parts, but players are supposed to practice and when the pads are on you have to practice a certain way and we didn’t do that,” McCarthy said.
Just when Mason Crosby appeared to be gaining the upper-hand in the kicking competition with Giorgio Tavecchio, Crosby missed three straight field goals Wednesday from 42, 42, and 44 yards away. “He didn’t have a good day, probably like a lot of our other guys didn’t have a very good day today,” McCarthy said after practice.
It appears RB DuJuan Harris is ready to go after his first full week of practice. Harris, who finished last year as the starter, is being given the chance to start with the #1 offense during practice. He and Eddie Lacy continue to show good burst. The battle at right tackle may not be over yet. Marshall Newhouse continues to get some reps, but you have to wonder if Don Barclay can seal the job up with great performance against Seattle.
In a two-minute drill with the scout offense vs. the #1 defense, the drive ended as B.J. Coleman scrambled around before eventually being intercepted by Micah Hyde at the goal line. Hyde continues to work as the #2 CB behind Sam Shields with Tramon Williams out and Casey Hayward just returning this week. Speaking of Hayward, he picked off Vince Young in the end zone to end practice. The play fo the day no doubt belong to TE Brandon Bostick who made a one-handed catch in the end zone between CB Davon House and S Chaz Powell. Bostick has been flashing in practice some lately and will need to make some plays vs. Seattle Friday in a wide open backup tight end battle. Rodgers was his sharp self as usual today. During a “move the ball” drill, Rodgers connected on touchdowns to TE Jake Stoneburner, WR James Jones and TE Jermichael Finley.