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Notebook: Matthews Switches to LOLB, Chillar At ROLB

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Notebook: Matthews Switches to LOLB, Chillar At ROLB

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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Cole's picture

I would love to see Brandon Chillar develop at outside linebacker. That way if Matthews of Jones were to go down we aren't completely screwed.

Also, it seems to me that it would help Matthews avoid double teams and chip blocks if he can come from either the left or the right, is that fair to assume?

My best friend went to CSU with Crosby. He said Mason was an arrogant prick. I'm not suprised Mason is buckling under the pressure now.

Willis's picture

If thats true about Crosby (hope is isn't) then Ted didn't get a coveted "Packer Person", perhaps he's more like a Bear person? Y'now how most people don't like Bush? I'm that way with Crosby because of his poor accuracy, find it grating. I miss Longwell.

bucky's picture

If your friend went to Colorado State University, he probably didn't run into CRosby too often. He was a Buff.

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Diceman4221's picture

Maybe Mason was such a huge prick that his douchery was detectable in Ft. Collins from Boulder?

some_dude's picture

I'm not sure where McCarthy's defense of Crosby comes from. All I'm hearing is a kicker who is completely unreliable when it comes to putting points up. Perhaps they feel they have enough on their plates with the punter situation.

Nononsense's picture

MM defends Crosby because he has to, he made the decision to have the Punter be his holder instead of Matt Flynn so they could spend more time together working their craft in practice.

Thats all well and good when you have an established Punter amd not a consistant revolving door at the position. At least we know for sure Flynn is gonna be here this season so just go with him.

Nothing is gained by adding this confusion to Crosby's evaluation. You want consistancy from the guy then give him a consistant holder, only then will we truly know if Mason is any good or if its time to move on.

cole's picture

bucky is correct he was a buff, my mistake, my friend was a ram. Not sure how he knew him then, probably saw him at parties or something. He just mentnioned that to me when Mason was drafted.

Anyway, prick or not, I hope he starts making field goals.

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