Saturday many players in the Packers locker room spoke of the intensity which comes along with the first padded practice of training camp.
Sunday, that intensity was on display.
Emotions ran high on Ray Nitschke Field, and at times spilled over after plays. Several skirmishes broke out, which is normal for the first padded practice of camp. Afterward, Mike McCarthy said he liked the edge the team played with, but sometimes it went over the line in regards to player safety. The "adrenaline level was high, and the discipline level was very low." he told reporters afterward.
No one was injured as a result of extra-cirricular fighting, although Tramon Williams was held out of the 2nd half of practice because his knee was bothering him.
1st round draft choice Datone Jones didn't disappoint, showcasing his agressive talent during drills. Jones stuffed fellow rookie during a "half-line" run game drill, and was 3 for 3 in 1-on-1 pass rushing competition with the offensive line.
Johnny Jolly was a part of one of the scuffles mentioned earlier, but also looked good in his first padded workout in four years. Jolly still faces an uphill battle to make the team with all the young guys on the d-line, but his head and heart appear to be in the right place, and he has a lot of guys in the locker room rooting for him.
Undrafted rookie James Nixon made the most of a miscommunication on offense, picking off Aaron Rodgers during team drills. Nixon played at D-II California University in Pennsylvania. Rodgers got the better of Nixon, however, on the final play of practice, hitting Jarrett Boykin for a touchdown in the no-huddle.
The Packers will not practice on Monday. They will return to Ray Nitschke Field on Tuesday at 8:20 a.m.