Time to Shine for the Young QB's
Something was missing from tonight's practice, as in any player with at least 6 years of experience. "Selected" veterans were given the night off but that didn't hurt the intensity level. There were at least three minor skirmishes and the one between Jarius Wynn and Greg Van Roten was particularly entertaining. Actual blows were struck on both sides.
Also of Note:
-Sans Aaron Rodgers, both young QB's got plenty of work and had their moments. Harrell didn't stretch the field with deep throws very often but he did take what the defense gave him underneath. A TD pass to Jermichael Finley's back hip in the end zone was a thing of beauty. He also showed good athleticism bouncing around the pocket. Don't know what his exact stats were but B.J. Coleman completed two of his better passes this camp, one to James Jones, another to Diondre Borel, both despite tight coverage.
-The backup offensive linemen are still providing more questions than answers. I'd like to say this or that kid looks like a player, but as soon as Van Roten displays a first rate punch in pass protection, he'll screw up on the next rep. Same goes for the Don Barclay's, Tommie Draheim and Shea Allard's of the world. Not-so-incidentally, it was Herb Taylor, a tackle with a couple years of experience elsewhere, getting the call at left tackle. Marshall Newhouse suffered a concussion in Friday night's scrimmage.
-Free agent Linebacker Dezman Moses continues to make a strong push for the final 53. He's got some "snap" to his game. Shows it on a regular basis.
-In the early going, yours truly wasn't sure if Jerel Worthy was more talk than action but the 2nd round choice has been an impact player in his last 2 practices. Looks quick, strong and tough. Backing up your words by making plays make those words all the more meaningful.
-When the OLB's and TE's go one on one (running game), it shows some things never change. It's still a game of leverage - low man wins.
-Desmond Bishop went through his first padded practice and drew the ire of Mike McCarthy for laying a "courtesy" (read unnecessary) shot on rookie fullback Nic Cooper. Next play in the goal line drill, Bishop sticks James Starks right in the hole for no gain. The guy can't help himself, he just likes to hit folks, be it legit or on the cheap side.
-Bryan Bulaga has dominated Nick Perry in one on one's (pass pro/rush) but Perry got his revenge tonight. Got underneath Bulaga and dumped him right on his rear end. Perry is a very powerful man because that's exactly what Bulaga is.
-Believe it or not. If you took a snap shot of the entire practice field, 90% of the time 90% of the guys aren't doing anything. Yet, when it's all over, every player is tired and sweaty. Check it out.