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Morning Notebook: Offense Finds A Groove

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Morning Notebook: Offense Finds A Groove

GREEN BAY – The Packers offense may be 0-for-5 in in the two-minute drill since training camp began, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the offense seemed up to task in Tuesday morning's practice.

"We had the two move-the-ball periods, which was good work on both sides, and the no-huddle, which was also good work," said head coach Mike McCarthy following practice. "I am pleased with what I saw out here today and we’ll take a look at it on film."

In the no-huddle, 11-on-11 portion of practice that featured the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, Aaron Rodgers was 8-of-9 passing that culminated in a touchdown pass to James Jones.

It was a methodical march down the field with really no big plays, most passes being less than 10 yards. It featured two completions each to Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Brandon Jackson and James Jones.

The one incomplete pass was intended for Nelson down the seam but ended up hitting rookie safety Morgan Burnett in the back with perfect coverage on the wide receiver.

The "move the ball" drill wasn't quite as efficient, but still saw Rodgers complete 70% of his passes while going 7-for-10 over the duration of the drill. The offense probably would have gone "four and out" on a series or two, but the offense stayed on the field for the sake of practice.

The move the ball portion, which also featured the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, ended with Rodgers throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Tom Crabtree.

The highlight of the drive may have been an approximate 15 yard completion to Jermichael Finley who beat outside linebacker Brady Poppinga in coverage.

There was no two-minute drill as part of practice this morning.

Injury report: The newest injury is to offensive lineman Jason Spitz who wore sweat pants and sat out of this morning's practice.

"He strains his calf," said McCarthy. "He’s listed as day-to-day. We’re just really trying to get him back to where he’s comfortable playing at the level he’s played at in the past."

Select veterans with seven years of experience and over were given the practice off. Donald Driver, Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton did not participate, however on the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Pickett and Charles Woodson did.

Remaining out after previous injuries were linebackers Alex Joseph, Frank Zombo and Clay Matthews, defensive lineman Ronald Talley, tight end Andrew Quarless.

Getting rest coming off of knee surgeries were safety Will Blackmon and linebacker Nick Barnett.

Staying on the Physically Unable to Perform list are running back James Starks, cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby.

Returning to practice was outside linebacker Brady Poppinga, coming back from a concussion suffered last week.

"Everything’s clear with Brady," said McCarthy. "Actually we were a little more cautious. It was probably a day longer than probably we projected initially. But I thought Brady had a heck of a practice today. He stood out to me."

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CSS's picture

Solid reporting per usual, Brian, thank you.

Seems like the live blog and subsequent articles tend to ‘follow the ball’, if you will. I’ve always felt starting positions/roster spots are won and lost away from the football. I would love to hear how individual members of the OL/DL are faring when number 1 units clash? Also, how are the receivers blocking downfield?

Love to hear about any action, even minutia that catches your eye away from the football. Great analysis, thanks again!

PackersRS's picture

I'd love to know what exactly the management are looking for in every positional battle.

For the RBs, is holding onto the ball and protecting the QB.
Wonder what are the traits for the other positions...

I'd say that for the last 5 or 6 guys, it'll be ST play. But when considering an OT, for example, does pass pro surpasses run blocking? Will they take more into account blocking or receiving for TEs?

CSS's picture

You were just asking what coaches look for. Here's an interesting article from Matt Bowen at NFP discussing Rookie Safeties:

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/How-NFL-coaches-grade-rookie-safetie...

Cheers!

FITZCORE1252's picture

Good to hear B-Jack is being targeted as a receiver out of the backfield. Maybe this is a breakout year for him?

This made me chuckle:

"The highlight of the drive may have been an approximate 15 yard completion to Jermichael Finley who beat outside linebacker Brady Poppinga in coverage." - Shocking!

GBP 4 LIFE

pitts's picture

i got more ouy of watching the macarthy show tues night, channel 5,2 ,11 than yhis blog

CSS's picture

I don't know why, but I suddenly find myself thinking about Mush-Mouth from old Fat Albert cartoons. Weirdest thing.....

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