The Green Packers kicked off the 100th NFL season with their first practice of training camp Thursday at Ray Nitschke Field.
Injury Report: K Mason Crosby (calf), CB Josh Jackson (foot), RB Dexter Wiliams (illness), S Darnell Savage Jr. (wisdom teeth)
News & Notes: The Packers continued their tradition of riding bikes with their fans all the way from the stadium to Ray Nitschke Field. Rookie Darnell Savage Jr. said, “Man this is crazy!” as he rode by with his young fan in tow.
Aaron Rodgers said he saw Mike Daniels on his way in and was surprised when he got the text that Daniels was “going upstairs.” Rodgers was effusive in his praise for the former Packers defensive tackle, saying Daniels was the ultimate Packer for his play and leadership, but most importantly his work in the community.
Matt LaFleur said the pads will go on in full during Sunday’s 10:15 am practice at Ray Nitschke Field.
The Packers first-year head coach was also seen wearing his protective boot, but was able to get around on his own without the use of his golf cart. LaFleur said his hope was to get out of the boot in the next few weeks.
Two of the top plays on the day came from Mike Pettine’s defense, as Blake Martinez picked off Aaron Rodgers and Kyler Fackrell picked off Tim Boyle during the team’s 11-on-11 period.
Josh Jones was indeed present for training camp. The safety was playing a little nickel LB with the starters.
They Said It: Aaron Rodgers on the new layout of training camp. Rodgers: “Yeah there’s a lot of new stuff. Some of the drill work is a lot different, some of the procedural stuff we do, we’re kind of splitting up at times too with one group on one side and team drills with another group down at the other end, which really gives a lot of reps out to the younger guys because it gives us a lot of film. Everybody can watch more reps of themselves.”
Blake Martinez on the release of Mike Daniels: “It was definitely a shock for a lot of us. For me, I’m going to miss his intensity. I just remember every time coming in from pregame warm-ups and he’s grunting, growling, doing all this crazy stuff and I just knew it was game time. His intensity and his motor was something a lot of guys would kind of thrive off of.”
David Bakhtiari on the release of Mike Daniels: “I’m going to miss Mike. Mike’s a fellow 4th rounder, and that’s something that he definitely always reminded me. He’s a great guy. I have nothing but respect for that man. Some team’s going to be very lucky to have him. He’s a great locker guy, great teammate, and a hell of a player.”
Dean Lowry on the release of Mike Daniels: “It is a business. Mike’s been a great player here for many, many years so we’re just very thankful for what he brought to this team and to us in our room the past three 3 years.”