Having Brandon Chillar take some repetitions at outside linebacker wasn't just a passing fancy today like it was during Organized Team Activities and minicamp back during May and June.
Chillar spent the entire practice at right outside linebacker while Clay Matthews moved over the left side to make room.
It was somewhat surprising to see Matthews moved over to left outside linebacker given he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie on the right side, and the coaching staff said last season that it was more natural for a left-handed player (like Matthews) to actually play on the right side. Matthews did happen to play on the right side during last year's Pro Bowl, however.
Matthews didn't appear to be fazed with the move. At one point during practice he put heavy pressure on Aaron Rodgers during an 11-on-11 team drill eliciting the quarterback to curse.
While not as prolific as Matthews may have been today on his first day at a new position, Chillar seemed to hold his own although he, obviously, has a lot yet to learn. As Associated Press writer Chris Jenkins noted on Twitter, Chillar could been seen following around talking to Matthews on the sideline during breaks in the action.
Crosby struggles: Kicker Mason Crosby struggled for a second consecutive day when during a brief special teams field goal session, he missed two consecutive attempts.
The purpose of the drill was to practice the field goal unit rushing onto the field with less than 20 seconds and no time outs. The offense ran one play and then the field goal unit ran onto the field.
Crosby missed both kicks from 40-yards, both also on the left hash. The first attempt missed left, the second to the right. Tim Masthay was the holder on both attempts this afternoon after inexperienced Australian punter Chris Bryan took the reps yesterday.
Later on in practice, the Packers practiced one long-distance field goal in which the defense may have the opportunity to return the football if the kick came up short. Punter Tim Masthay took that attempt from over 50 yards.
It's possible Masthay would serve as the long-distance kicker, but Crosby held that job in the past and it can't bode well for the kicker who has been subpar with his accuracy. Crosby had a memorable 69-yard field goal attempt under the rarely used "free kick" rule against the Detroit Lions, which he missed.
So far through training camp, Crosby is 6-for-11 on field goals.
According to a couple reports, Mike McCarthy said during his post-practice press conference that he was not concerned about Crosby.
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