The Family Night Scrimmage Reviewed
Green Bay Packers#85 Greg Jennings celebrates a touchdown catch from Aaron Rodgers during the Green Bay Packers Family night Scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, , August 3, 2012. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Here's the way the Family Night Scrimmage looked from the perspective of the radio booth in the press box. It's a great place to watch a game and the view from up top is a refreshing change from the sideline vantage point at training camp for one simple reason. You can see a helluva lot better.
1. The prettiest play was was Aaron Rodgers "dropping" a pass into Donald Driver for a big gainer up the sideline. Brandian Ross was the beaten defender but his coverage wasn't bad - the throw and catch were just that good.
2. The toughest play the #1 offense made was when Rodgers stepped up to avoid the rush, and fired low and hard (the only area that was open) to Greg Jennings. He catches an almost uncatchable ball for 6.
3. The replacement officials might want to loosen up. The #1 offense celebrated TD's with an entire unit (yes, even 318 pound Josh Sitton) Lambeau Leap. After the first touchdown, the officials threw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. It looked like Mike McCarthy took a moment to explain to them that fun for the whole family is OK on Family Night.
4. The most active defensive player may have been Jamari Lattimore. Made a number of plays from his inside linebacker position, which is new for him. He was an OLB last season.
5. Nick Perry was more of a factor than we've seen at regular practices. Since it was never 1's vs. 1's he didn't have to go against Bryan Bulaga, who's been outstanding.
6. Jerel Worthy made perhaps his most impressive play of camp. He beat Evan Dietrich-Smith's block back and dumped the ball carrier for a loss.
7. In the battle for playing time at the right cornerback position, Sam Shields didn't help himself when Jordy Nelson beat him for a catch and then ran through his tackle attempt on the first series of the scrimmage.
8. This team doesn't have a lot of areas of genuine concern but one possibility is offensive line depth. Andrew Datko, a 7th round pick, has really struggled.
9. Mason Crosby is human after all. Finally missed a kick for the first time this camp, as a matter of fact, he missed a number of them. He did nail a 60 yarder sans rush. A try from 65 was long enough but no good.
10. Prior to the scrimmage, 10 year old Skylar Stecker sang the National Anthem as well as it can be sung. She's the daughter of former NFL player Aaron Stecker, who starred right down the street at Ashwaubenon High School.