It was back to work for the Pack today, coming off the Pre-Season opening 20-16 loss to the Tennessee Titan in rainy Nashville Saturday night. Head Coach MIke McCarthy had the guys pad up and it was a lively practice, closed to the public on Ray Nitschke Field. McCarthy thought it was one of the more physical practices of training camp. It certainly was feisty. There were no less than four scuffles during drills, two of them involving Myles White, one against the usually mild mannered Tramon Williams. Garth Gerhart took a swing at Mike Pennel after they tangled during the short line run drill.
After practice, Mike McCarthy critiqued the game film from LP Field. While it was hard to judge the quality of work from many skill position players because of the monsoon like conditions, he did call out J.C.Tretter for the work he did in his first start at center and added Derek Sherrod may have played the best game since arriving as the number one pick four years ago. Tretter played the longest among all first teamers on the offensive line and Sherrod got snaps at both left and right tackle. The aspect of the night McCarthy liked the most was the weather and the impact it had on everything from handling the ball to sideline and press box communications. Having mother nature and technology uncooperative made for a great learning environment:
Audio: Mike McCarthy.
On the medical front, there were three injuries of note from the game. Running back Rajion Neal, who scored the Pack's second touchdown, suffered a knee injury returning a kickoff. He's not expected to be out long term. Davante Adams injured his wrist on the second of his two muffed punts. Adams played several snaps after the injury and was wearing a brace today and he did not practice. Defensive tackle Josh Boyd suffered a rib injury and linebacker Joe Thomas also had a knee injury.
It turns out Jordy Nelson wasn't a healthy scratch Saturday night. He, along with Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy were given the night off but Nelson suffered a slight hamstring pull during Friday's closed practice. He was a spectator at practice today.
I don't think fans should worry about Rodgers not getting any game snaps. During the team's two minute drill today, Aaron drove the offense to the 20 yard line with :06 left on the clock and needing a touchdown to win. After taking the snap, he extended the play by moving left, coming back across to the right and zipping a low BB cradled by Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
The team returns to Ray Nitschke field for a public workout Tuesday at 11:45 AM.
Special thanks to Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy for batting leadoff as our guest on the 35th season premier of the 5th Quarter, live from the Stadium View on Holmgren Way. The joint was packed, a record crowd for opening night and it was great to have the show beamed live to our company listeners in Sheboygan and Wausau and streamed on many Midwest Company radio station web sites. Co-host Matt Z couldn't resist the crack, I've been hosting the show longer than he's been alive. Thanks Z. Come on by next Monday night at 5.