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Family Night a Mixed Bag og Good/Bad Performances for Packers

B.J. Coleman and Mason Crosby will need bounce-back performances next week in training camp
A Family Night record crowd of 63,047 fans packed Lambeau Field Saturday night to give the green and gold a game-like atmosphere in the middle of training camp.

The annual event is a good reminder to players just how special Titletown is on game day, even for a scrimmage.

 "Just amazed at how much has been done in my 9 years here to the stadium, how the fans are so dedicated coming out to Family Night," said Aaron Rodgers in the locker room Saturday night.  "The noise they made was incredible.  It just makes you feel really privileged to be a part of this organization."

Rodgers' only drive was a good one.  He lead the #1 offense on a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a seven yard touchdown to tight end D.J. Williams.  After the score the entire offense took the first Lambeau Leap of the season together

As far as stand outs Saturday, it was hard to miss rookie running back Eddie Lacy making an impact on the ground.  The former Alabama back has been breathing new life into the Green Bay running game over the last week of practice and on Family Night he piled up 65 yards on eight carries.

"Whenever we call a running play," Lacy said.  "If you stretch it the way you're supposed to and the offensive line does what they are instructed to do and everything falls into place, it just builds that trust between the line and the running backs.  As long as that continues to be how it is, and everyone gets better, we should not have a problem."

Backup Quarterback B.J. Coleman stumbled in his pursuit of the second string quarterback job.  Coleman completed 9 of 17 passes but threw two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown by CB James Nixon.

 "I've been working really hard," Coleman said after the disappointing performance.  "Once you get out there in an environment with 80,000 people, things start moving a lot faster.  Guys are amped up and excited so it was good to get out there and get that experience, and I have to learn from those failures."

Coleman's counterpart Graham Harrell was 9-for-12 for 87 yards with a touchdown pass to RB Angelo Pease.

One position battle that's about to heat up even more following Family Night is the kicking clash between Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio.

Crosby, who converted a career low 63.6% of his field goals last season, made only 3-of-8 attempts last night. The left-footed Tavecchio was true on 6 of 7 attempts.

"Mason Crosby is competing for a job on our football team like everybody else," said Head Coach Mike McCarthy.  "He definitely didn't take a step in the right direction with his performance.  He's definitely got to do better than that because that's not going to cut."

So is Crosby worried about his job being in Jeopardy?

"No, I've been hitting the ball well," Crosby said.  "Obviously I'm extremely disappointed with how I hit it tonight.  I had great lift, hit some good balls, just picked some bad lines and that's something I really need to work on."

"I feel for him," Tavecchio said.  "He's a fellow kicker.  I thought he struck the ball well today.  I think he struck the ball better than I did, but the results don't show that.  That's the frustrating part as a kicker."

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