The Packers concluded their 12th annual Family Night scrimmage Friday. Over 55,000 fans showed up at Lambeau Field for the event, and the weather even cooperated.
Here are some other quick hits from Friday night:
First-rounder Nick Perry showed some good things, but you’d expect a top pick to beat the likes of Shea Allard (UDFA) and Andrew Datko (seventh round) consistently. Still, Perry showed the speed and power combination that helped make him a top pass-rusher in the 2012 draft. On one sequence early, Perry burst around Allard with speed, and then blew him into the backfield with power on the next play. Overall, he beat the man put in front of him, and that’s all you can really ask. Maybe he can piggyback on tonight’s performance moving forward.
Pre-snap penalties were a big storyline, and that’s never a good thing. Far too many mental mistakes, even if this team is only in the second week of camp. The penalties weren’t limited to just the scrubs, either. Coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t happy after Thursday’s night practice for the same reason, and he certainly wasn’t thrilled Friday night.
Backup quarterbacks Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman are both poised players. Neither seemed to get rattled despite facing a stiff rush from the No. 1 defense for most of the night. Coleman had the best throw of the two, completing a backshoulder throw to Dale Moss on his first toss of the night. He has the natural arm talent to be a player down the road.
The Packers first team offense scored on both its first two drives. Obviously this isn’t a revelation, considering the Packers averaged 35 points a game last season against No. 1 defenses. But it’s always comforting to see the offense in an early rhythm. Aaron Rodgers was sharp, as usual.
Running back James Starks had a couple of nice plays. After scoring the first touchdown on a lead play off right guard, Starks did an impressive job of picking up a blitzer on Rodgers’ long touchdown to Greg Jennings. Either Jamari Lattimore or Dezman Moses was closing in on Rodgers off the strong side, but Starks stone-walled him and Rodgers was able to step up and deliver the throw.
Left tackle Marshall Newhouse left Friday night’s practice with an undisclosed injury. He walked off to the locker room late. McCarthy didn’t have any immediate information on the issue.
After starting camp 100 percent on his kicks, Mason Crosby went through a mini-funk Friday. Looked like he was thinking too much after missing his first one. Nothing to worry about.
Second-rounder Jerel Worthy is so quick off the ball. He’s going to get an offsides penalty or two this season, but his burst off the snap is unlike anything the Packers currently have on the roster.
Linebacker Dezman Moses was active again tonight. He’s a guy that just continues to show up.
Skylar Stecker, the daughter of former Packers running back and Ashwaubenon native Aaron Stecker, sung the heck of the national anthem before the practice. If the Packers make the postseason and host a game, she should be signing again.
The offensive and defensive linemen were predictably atrocious attempting field goals to finish practice. Stick to your day jobs, boys.
Maybe the highlight of the night was the entire offense doing the Lambeau Leap after both touchdowns. On the first, the replacement officials called an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The second went flag-free. Not something we’ll ever see in the regular season, but still cool to see nonetheless.