The Packers held their first night practice of training camp tonight and their timing was impeccable. The weather was beautiful, especially if your level of exertion was limited to watching from the sideline.
Points of Interest:
-The rebound effort of Marshall Newhouse. The heir apparent at LT had a miserable day against Clay Matthews Wednesday but he bounced back well tonight. Had a couple nice blocks in 1 on 1 (running game) and was solid in team periods. Self-redemption is a powerful motivator.
-The fluid situation at right cornerback. Jarrett Bush opened camp as the starter, was replaced for the last couple days by Davon House but tonight, it was Bush back running with the number 1's. This thing is far from over. Both players had their not-so-good moments tonight and Sam Shields is definitely playing a more physical game.
-Center. The Packers signed Jeff Saturday as the instant replacement for Scott Wells but Evan Dietrich-Smith is having a more than respectable camp.
-Dezman Moses. The rookie free agent OLB continues to impress. Might have had "the" hit of camp when he blew up Brandon Saine on a running play tonight.
-Bryan Bulaga. Had one of the best 1 on 1 blocks on Erik Walden these eyes have ever witnessed. Future Pro Bowl tackle.
-Too many pre-snap penalties. The kind of stuff that drives Mike McCarthy crazy.
-Too easy. The way Aaron Rodgers and his receivers make it look at times. Rodgers has been razor sharp.
-Progress. After a lousy start 7th round draft pick Andrew Datko has shown a little improvement. It's a start.
-Tackling. For a no tackling to the ground practice, there was plenty of tackling to the ground.
-Overheard. A scuffle broke out during practice and Ryan Pickett, who didn't budge from the sideline, said to the guy next to him, "I woulda helped but I had a cup of coffee in my hand." Let the young bucks waste their energy.