The Green Bay Packers held the team's second training camp practice at 8:20 a.m. Sunday at Ray Nitschke Field. The team now has 19 preseason workouts remaining, 14 more open to the public.
Once again, Mike Neal, Nick Perry and Letroy Guion were sidelined with injury. Linebacker Jamari Lattimore joined them on the sideline with an undisclosed illness. Mike McCarthy told reporters he purposely started training camp with shorter practices (2:35 Saturday, 2:37 Sunday), getting the players acclimated to camp. Tomorrow's practice will be longer and will be the first padded practice. That's what the majority of the players talked about in the locker room, how they can't wait for contact. Third-year player Mike Daniels was the most vocal.
"I've liked to hit ever since I was a little kid. And that's real football, it's part of the game, plus we get to really see what everybody's made of. Like Mike Tyson said: Everybody's gotta play until they get punched in their mouth. So we're going to do a lot of mouth punching tomorrow, see how people respond," Daniels said.
Randall Cobb was another big focus on the day. With Jordy Nelson signing an extension Saturday, it would seem likely Cobb (who is also entering the final year on his contract) would be next. However, Cobb didn't give any time table and eluded it may even be after the season:
"I don't believe I've done enough. I think that's on me. I understand the business side of it. I've been here to see things happen in my room alone in Donald (Driver) and Greg (Jennings) and James (Jones), so I know the business. I'm trying to focus on day-to-day, and handling what I can. And the business side of it, let my agent (Jimmy Sexton) handle that," Cobb said.
Mike McCarthy also touched on Datone Jones (a huge topic of the off-season, McCarthy wants him on the field as much as possible) saying he looks stronger, more explosive. And when asked about Micah Hyde's transition from CB to Safety, he said it was "seamless. That you can line Hyde up anywhere, he's a football player".
The Packers training staff have been offering players red jello squares and what looks like fig newtons and some sort of granola bars during tv timeouts. McCarthy said those items have been available to players in the cafeteria, but having them on the field during practice is new.
The team is also playing "crowd noise" as much as possible during practice in efforts to get the team ready for games (especially the atmosphere in Seattle where the team will open up the season.