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August 1st Training Camp Report

The Training Camp recap for Thursday, August 1st   
The Green Bay Packers practiced in pads for the third straight morning Thursday.  The next two practices, including the Family Night scrimmage Saturday will be at night.  There were no new injuries from Wednesday, but defensive lineman Johnny Jolly did return after hurting his ankle midway through practice yesterday.  One note on the injury front, NFL Network is reporting CB Tramon Williams will be getting a second opinion on his knee injury.  Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he wasn't aware of that information during his post-practice news conference, but said originally the injury did not have him concerned.

The kicking competition was on again Thursday.  Mason Crosby had a great day connecting on all five of his field goal attempts, while Giorgio Tavecchio hit on five of six attempts.  So far Crosby is 9-for-11 in camp on field goals, while his challenger Tavecchio is 10-for-12. 

As far as the rest of practice, McCarthy was not happy with the amount of times the ball was hitting the ground and bad snaps were the majority of the problem.  Don Barclay, who's also competing for the starting spot at right tackle, continues to struggle snapping the ball out of the shotgun.  In the locker room Barclay said the last time he played center was his freshman year of college when he red-shirted, but said he wasn't opposed to playing the position.

A surprise to nobody, Aaron Rodgers continues to excel in the red zone portions of practice, both in 7-on-7's and team drills.  In the 7-on-7 drill Rodgers connected with Jeremy Ross on a touchdown over the middle and in team he connected with tight end Ryan Taylor at the front pylon for another score.  Backups B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell were up in down in their production in the red zone.  At one point, Coleman missed a toss to RB James Starks which drew the ire of the head coach.  After practice McCarthy said "I don't think I've ever seen something like that. I thought it was careless, sloppy and what happens is it overshadows all the positive work that went on out there."

I had the chance to speak with tight end Matt Mulligan for the first time since the Packers signed him this offseason.  He spoke about bringing a "lunch pale and hard hat" approach to the team.  It's something the Packers were obviously looking for when they inked him to a deal, and he appears to be doing the job of bringing a big body and blocking approach to the group.  He also spoke about the consistency that Jermichael Finely has shown as a leader of the TE group; we'll have more on the unusually mum Finley coming up on Local 5 at 6 & 10.

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