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July 31st Training Camp Recap

Packers Training Camp Recap for Wednesday, July 31st
The Green Bay Packers had their first back-to-back padded practice of Training Camp on Wednesday.  Let's start with the injury report.  Johnny Jolly left practice with an ankle injury.  Not suited up Wednesday included OLB Nate Palmer (shoulder), OLB Dezman Moses (toe), safety David Fulton (knee), and the usual suspects or players that missed the previous day(s) like OT Derek Sherrod, DT Jerel Worth, RB DuJuan Harris, OL J.C. Tretter, CB Tramon Williams (knee), CB Casey Hayward, S Sean Richardson, DE/OLB Mike Neal and rookie WR's Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey.

As far as practice today and who stood out, Morgan Burnett was all over the place making plays for the Packers during 7 on 7's and team periods.  Burnett intercepted B.J. Coleman in the team period, made a dive breakup of a pass while covering Randall Cobb in 7 on 7, and even lit up rookie TE Jake Stoneburner with a big hit.  Mike McCarthy said the next progression of Burnett's career is to make more plays around the ball, and he is certainly doing just that so far in camp.

Another "OHHHH!!" moment of practice came when the Packers first two draft picks went toe-to-toe during a team running play.  Eddie Lacy took the handoff and took it up the field, while DE Datone Jones was waiting to lower his shoulder into him and put him on the ground.  The opposite ended up happening.  Lacy showed big-time power and put Jones, whose manhandled lineman many times at practice so far, flat on his back.

Mike McCarthy has not seen anyone step up in the return game to take Randall Cobb's job, which the Packers Head Coach appears to want to give away so his WR can have a full plate on offense without the additional special teams load.  McCarthy said if the team were playing today, Cobb would be its return-man.  Jeremy Ross got reps on the first-team kickoff return team, and took the second reps on the punt returns.  Rookie Johnathan Franklin muffed a punt and also dropped a kickoff Wednesday during his turn in the rotation.

Jermichael Finley spoke in the locker room for the first time during Training Camp, but didn't say much beyond the fact he's just "trying to do things the right way."  I'm assuming someone has told him to talk less, or at least not say much when he does talk.  Finley looks bigger this season, and others seem confident he can get back to playing at an elite level like he did at times earlier in his career.  McCarthy made a joke during his press conference that he's been hearing less about Finley in the media, which is a good thing.

McCarthy also said rookie OT David Bakhtiari has earned more reps with what he's been doing in pads at practice.  The 4th round draft pick from Colorado has been getting the backup reps behind Bryan Bulaga at LT and getting 3rd string reps behind Marshall Newhouse and Don Barclay at RT.  The long-haired Baktiari also worked out with Clay Matthews this offseason; we'll have much more on that story coming up on Local 5 News at 6 & 10.

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