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8-3 Packers Training Camp Recap: Family Night

Family Night Scrimmage Recap
The Green Bay Packers took a break from Training Camp at Ray Nitschke Field Saturday night to practice under the lights of Lambeau Field for the team's annual Family Night Scrimmage.

The team came away from the intra-squad scrimmage with only one injury.  Backup tight end Ryan Taylor left the field and was eventually carted off to the locker room.  Mike McCarthy did not have an update on his status following practice.

Aaron Rodgers looked great leading the Packers in the no-huddle to start off the scrimmage.  Rodgers was 4-for- 6 for 62 yards and finished the drive with a nice escape out of the pocket and touchdown toss to tight end D.J. Williams.  The offense then took the chance to take a group Lambeau Leap into the stands.

Rookie RB Eddie Lacy also stood Saturday night.  The big back ran hard and often made something out of nothing by pushing the pile.  When there was a hole, Lacy found it and exploded through like the 16-yard scamper he had right up the gut of the defense.  It will be interesting to see if Lacy gets a chance with the #1 offense this week at practice.

Backup QB B.J. Coleman is being given every chance to take the #2 quarterback job, but he was disappointing at Family Night.  Coleman, who was given multiple series with the #1 offensive line, threw two interceptions including one returned 66 yards for a touchdown by CB James Nixon.  Coleman also threw an INT in the end zone on an errant toss to Jeremy Ross that ended up in the hands of CB Brandon Smith.

Speaking of disappointments, Mason Crosby's struggles continue.  Crosby, who's in a competition for the kicking job for the first time since he was a rookie, missed 4 of his 6 attempts during a kicking competition that concluded the scrimmage.   His counterpart, Giorgio Tavecchio connected on 5 of 6 in that final period.  On the night Crosby finished 3-for-8 while Tavecchio knocked 6-of-6 through the uprights.

The only other touchdown of the evening came on a Graham Harrell swing pass to backup RB Angelo Pease who made a move on rookie LB Nate Palmer who took a bad angle leading to the score. 

The Packers return to practice Monday for a private practice, while heading back out to Nitschke Field for a public workout Tuesday.

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