While the first month of the season has the Green Bay Packers on the road for three out of four games, including a pair of NFC North games back-to-back against the Lions and Bears to close out September, it's the middle of the schedule that might determine whether they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Sandwiched around the Week 9 bye are games at the Saints and home against the Bears and Eagles. The Saints are the favorites in the NFC South and the Eagles in the NFC East, while the Bears are probably the biggest threat to the Packers in the NFC North.

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W2W4: Green Bay Packers

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers (2-1) play their second of two home preseason games on Friday (7 p.m. ET) against the Kansas City Chiefs (1-2).

Here are three things to watch:

1. Center of attention: All eyes will be on Corey Linsley as the rookie fifth-round pick will make his first start at center in what will be his one and only tune up before the regular-season opener a week later at Seattle. The Packers turned to Linsley after JC Tretter sustained a knee injury in last Friday's preseason win against the Oakland Raiders. Even quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely will keep a close eye on Linsley -- from the sideline. Rodgers is not expected to play in the preseason finale, which means his first game action with his new center will come against the Seahawks.

2. Backup quarterbacks: The most important job still up for grabs is the No. 2 quarterback spot. Coach Mike McCarthy would like to get Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien equal playing time to get one last evaluation, but he does not plan to alternate them a series at a time. McCarthy said he would rather see them over extended stretches. For what it's worth, Rodgers said this week he hopes both quarterbacks stick on the roster because both help him to prepare for the upcoming opponent and assist him on game day.

3. Who sits: Last week, the Packers lost a pair of starters -- Tretter and B.J. Raji -- against the Raiders. Not that McCarthy needs any more reason to play it safe, but look for several starters to sit this one out. In addition to Rodgers, the Packers might be inclined to sit starting running back Eddie Lacy, receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Don't expect the starting offensive line, other than Linsley, to play much, if at all. On defense, the Packers might sit outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers among others.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There is no doubting the impact that linebacker Clay Matthews has when he is on the field for the Green Bay Packers.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, when Matthews was on the field over the past two seasons, the Packers had a sack percentage of 8.9 percent, which would have been tied for second best in the league.

The problem is that Matthews has missed nine regular-season games over the past two seasons, including five last season because he twice broke his right thumb.

That is the likely reason that Matthews dropped eight spots to No. 14 among all NFL defensive players in this year's ESPN #NFLRank.

He is the fourth -- and (spoiler alert) final -- Packers defensive player to appear in the top 100. The Packers will not have any defensive players in the top 10, which will be revealed on Friday.

Here are the Packers in the rankings so far:

No. 95: CB Sam Shields
No. 81: DT B.J. Raji
No. 50: OLB Julius Peppers
No. 14: Clay Matthews

No. 77: G Josh Sitton
No. 66: WR Randall Cobb
No. 60: RB Eddie Lacy
No. 34: WR Jordy Nelson
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- How many touchdown passes will Aaron Rodgers throw? How many yards rushing will Eddie Lacy compile? How many sacks will Julius Peppers collect?

The oddsmakers have an idea.

Here's a look at over/under totals for some of the Green Bay Packers' skill position players. They are courtesy of the online sportsbook Bovada.LV.

Aaron Rodgers
Passing yards: 4,400
Touchdown passes: 34.5
Interceptions: 9.5

Eddie Lacy
Rushing yards: 1,150.5
Total touchdowns: 10.5

Jordy Nelson
Receiving yards: 1,150.5
Touchdown catches: 9.5

Randall Cobb
Receiving yards: 1,050.5
Touchdown catches: 8.5

Julius Peppers
Sacks: 9.5

Clay Matthews
Sacks: 11.5

Packers Camp Report: Day 21

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers training camp:
  • For the final practice of camp on Wednesday, the Packers went through their new day-before-the-game practice in helmets and shorts. It lasted 61 minutes. That brought their total time on the practice field for training camp to 35 hours and 30 minutes dating to the first practice on July 26. When told of that number, one former Packers' player from the 1980s said: "We used to practice that much the first week [of camp]." The longest practice of the summer was their fourth one of camp on July 30. It lasted two hours and 36 minutes. The only other practice lasted more than two-and-half hours. It was a two hour-and-31-minute session in July 30. They went longer than two hours and 15 minutes only twice after Aug. 1. The shortest practice of camp was a 58-minute session on Aug. 21, the day before the preseason home opener against the Raiders.
  • As has been their custom following the final practice of training camp, the players thanked the fans for attending practice by going over to the stands and shaking hands with them.
  • Despite not having another kicker to compete with, Mason Crosby got almost the exact same number of training camp field goals as he did last year, when the Packers had two other kickers in camp. Crosby finished camp by making all three of his field goals (33, 38 and 43 yards) in Wednesday's practice to finish camp 53 of 63 (84.1 percent). Last summer, he was 53 of 67 (79.1 percent) in practice.
  • After reducing their roster to 75 on Tuesday by putting six players on injured reserve, there were only four players who did not practice on Wednesday. They were: cornerback Demetri Goodson (concussion), linebacker Brad Jones (quadriceps), center JC Tretter (knee) and tight end Brandon Bostick (leg). None is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and several other veteran starters also are not expected to play. Rodgers took mostly scout-team reps in practice this week.
  • Thursday's game against the Chiefs at Lambeau Field kicks off at 6 p.m. local time.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Contrary to what even he thought, Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien still has practice-squad eligibility.

The NFL office confirmed that on Wednesday, and it has nothing to do with the changes that went into effect last week.

The part of the rule that applies to Tolzien states, in part, that "a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a practice squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons."

Citing that rule, a league spokesman said: "Tolzien is eligible to be on the practice squad. … While Tolzien does have three accrued seasons, he's never been on an active roster for nine or more games in any of those three [seasons]."

Tolzien has been on the 46-man game-day roster for 11 career games, but it was broken up over two seasons. He dressed for eight games last year with the Packers and three in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers. Tolzien was on the 49ers roster for all of 2011, but was inactive for all 16 games that season.

Earlier this offseason, Tolzien said he did not think he had any practice-squad eligibility remaining.

His agent, Ethan Lock, said Wednesday that he was of the same belief until he closely examined the wording of the rules.

"According to that rule, the letter of the rule, he is," Lock said. "I hadn't given it much thought."

Tolzien is locked in a battle with Matt Flynn for the Packers’ backup job. Tolzien's practice-squad eligibility might be a moot point because the Packers may keep all three quarterbacks on the roster, given what they went through last season after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone.

"I don't know if that particular instance would change us, but I think you know from experience what works and what doesn't," general manager Ted Thompson said. "Not just that position, but all positions. You try to be prepared for as much as you can be, but you can't for big surprises. Those are hard to overcome."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has made it perfectly clear over the years that he has no desire to add general manager duties to his job description.

And with Ted Thompson planning to stick around in that role for several more years after his recent contract extension, that won't be necessary.

But that doesn't mean the Packers coach does not take a keen interest in the personnel side of the business, perhaps more so at this time of the year when the final decisions on roster spots are made.

"I don't know if I ever met a coach who didn't think he was a great personnel guy,” McCarthy joked this week. "But I've never met a personnel guy who didn't think he was a hell of a coach. I think that's just our business. It's fun."

When told of McCarthy's comment, general manager Ted Thompson also chuckled.

"I agree," Thompson said. "I always said I was going to be a coach, so I think I'm kind of halfway there already. So I'm maybe the worst kind of personnel guy. But yeah, I think I know what he's getting at."

The truth is Thompson has the final call on all personnel matters in Green Bay, but the reality is he probably would never give McCarthy a player he does not want. It was that way between Ron Wolf and his coaches when he was the Packers' general manager from 1991-2001, and Thompson is a Wolf disciple.

"I have great respect for the process and structure that's been in place since Ron Wolf came here in [1991]," McCarthy said. "Just the way our people go about it, there's just a lot of confidence from a personnel department to the coaching department, and vice versa. It's definitely a fun part of the job. But the final decisions are the things that you kind of just beat yourself up over. Ted, he's the ultimate about being patient, being thorough. If the deadline's 3 o'clock, you’re probably going to hear about it at 2:59."

Thompson said he and McCarthy have regular conversations about personnel decisions throughout the season, which allows them to work well together in the high-stress times like final cuts, which have to be made by Saturday.

"I went to see him this morning, just to say, 'Look, we're going to have a tough couple days, we got to keep watching what's in the best interest of this football team and those young men downstairs,'" Thompson said Wednesday. "We have to put that at the forefront. We can't worry about, 'I thought this guy was going to be this kind of player or this guy is disappointing me or the coaches like this guy or scouts like this guy.' We can't get into that. We have to do what's right for the Packers, and most of all what's right for the people that are in that locker room."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers rookie outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott is tied for the NFL lead in preseason sacks.

Just don't tell that to his position coach Winston Moss.

"Coach Moss told me he wanted to see if I was the real deal," Elliott said Tuesday.

Maybe Moss was just trying to make sure the undrafted rookie from Toledo was not content with what he's put together in his first three preseason games because four sacks in just 36 preseason snaps certainly is nothing to disregard.

But Elliott's sacks have come late in games while playing against inferior competition and in clear-cut passing situations. What Moss wants to see is how Elliott will handle extended playing time when he will have to do more than just rush the quarterback on every snap.

"It's easy to go out there and get a couple of sacks when you know you've got to pass rush," Elliott said. "But you've got to go out there and play real football now."

Well, it might not be easy, but Elliott's point is well taken.

So when asked what he still he thinks he needs to show in order to secure a roster spot, he spoke nothing of sacks or quarterback pressures.

"That I can play on special teams against better competition and show I can be stout in the run game," he said.

He will get that chance on Thursday's preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. After playing 14 snaps in the first two preseason games combined, Elliott got 22 snaps last Friday against the Raiders. He is expected to get even more against the Chiefs.

"When he's been given a chance, he's stepped up,” coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. "Obviously, he played a lot more this past week against Oakland, and he'll play more than he ever has against Kansas City, both on special teams and defense."

Elliott's athleticism was apparent almost immediately after the Packers signed him out of the University of Toledo. He quickly moved near the head of the undrafted class along with defensive tackle Mike Pennel, who might be nothing short of a lock to make the team.

"He's a little deceptive in that he's a glider," Moss said of the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Elliott. "It doesn't look like it, but he's moving a lot faster. And being able to work against him in the individual drills, he's lot stronger than you anticipate as well. That's very deceiving."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- How many 29-year-old NFL players are still ascending?

Count Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson among the small group that can make that statement.

Nelson, who turned 29 on May 31, jumped 32 spots to No. 34 among all offensive players in ESPN's second annual #NFLRank project.

The Packers clearly believe Nelson has not reached his plateau. After all, they gave him a four-year, $39 million contract extension last month. In new money, it made Nelson the ninth-highest paid receiver in the NFL by average salary per year.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Nelson has 31 receptions of 30 or more yards since the start of 2011. That ranks second to only Detroit's Calvin Johnson (32).

Here's a look at the Packers in the rankings so far:

No. 95: CB Sam Shields
No. 81: DT B.J. Raji
No. 50: OLB Julius Peppers

No. 77: G Josh Sitton
No. 66: WR Randall Cobb
No. 60: RB Eddie Lacy
No. 34: WR Jordy Nelson
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers reached the mandated 75-player roster limit on Tuesday by placing six players on injured reserve. Two days earlier, they waived seven players.

Most surprising move: When the Packers used to hold their offseason practices on the old practice field that bordered Oneida Street, there was a term for players who stood out in helmets and shorts and then faded when the pads came on. They were known as members of the “All-Oneida Team.” Put receiver Chris Harper in that category. The second-year pro drew praise from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy for his production during the offseason program. After a practice on June 3 during which Harper caught a deep pass, McCarthy said: "That’s the kind of explosiveness that he has." Two and a half months later, Harper did not even make it to the final cuts. He was one of seven players released on Sunday.

Change of plans: So much for tight end Colt Lyerla spending the season learning the Packers’ ways while on injured reserve. On Tuesday, they reached an injury settlement with him, the details of which can be found here. If the Packers truly wanted to develop Lyerla, it would seem logical that they would have kept him on injured reserve to keep a close eye on him.

Packers’ moves: After Sunday's release of seven players -- Harper, safety Charles Clay, cornerback Antonio Dennard, linebacker Korey Jones, fullback Ina Liania, quarterback Chase Rettig and receiver Gerrard Sheppard -- the Packers were at 81 on their roster. On Tuesday, they placed the following six players on injured reserve: receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee), guard/tackle Don Barclay (knee), running back Rajion Neal (knee), nose tackle B.J. Raji (biceps), linebacker Joe Thomas (knee) and guard Andrew Tiller (calf). Abbrederis, Barclay and Raji will remain on injured reserve for the entire season, but Neal, Thomas and Tiller most likely will be given injury settlements and released at a later date.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers reached an injury settlement with rookie tight end Colt Lyerla on Tuesday and waived him off injured reserve.

The settlement will pay Lyerla through Week 8 of the regular season, his agent Vinnie Porter said, and also allows him the opportunity to return to the NFL this season. Had he spent the entire year on injured reserve, he would have had no chance to play until 2015 but would have been able to attend meetings and other functions with the Packers.

Now, the Packers cannot bring him back until after Week 14 because NFL rules state a player who reaches an injury settlement can't return to his old team until six weeks after the settlement expires. Any other team could sign him to the roster or practice squad after Week 8.

"They said they didn't think injured reserve and sitting out a whole other year would be the best thing for him," Porter said. "This allows them to bring him back later this year. It also allows other teams to do the same, but they're willing to take the risk."

The Packers were the only team willing to take a chance on Lyerla after his college career ended prematurely last fall, when he left the University of Oregon in midseason. He subsequently got into legal trouble, which further hurt his standing with NFL teams.

After going undrafted and unsigned in free agency immediately following the draft, Lyerla came to Green Bay on a tryout basis for their rookie minicamp. They signed him the following week.

It took a while for the talented, athletic tight end to show much and when he did, he got hurt. He tore the medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments in his right knee while trying to hurdle a defender in practice on Aug. 2. Porter said the injury will not require surgery.

"They definitely said nothing but good things about him," Porter said. "He had a little rust from not playing in a while, but he was in shape and showed how talented he is. They said all good things, so hopefully they do [bring him back]."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It often takes an injury or an unusually poor preseason showing for a Green Bay Packers draft pick to get cut at the end of his rookie training camp.

Take last year's class as an example. Of the 11 players picked, eight made the opening-day roster.

The three who did not – fourth-round pick JC Tretter plus seventh-rounders Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey – all had injury issues. Tretter missed all of camp because of a broken ankle that forced him to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, while Johnson and Dorsey battled injuries throughout the offseason. Johnson played in only two preseason games, while Dorsey played in only one. Johnson landed on the practice squad before the Cleveland Browns signed him, and Dorsey spent the season on injured reserve.

With that in mind, here's a look at where things stand for each member of general manager Ted Thompson's 2014 draft class heading into Thursday's preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, plus the undrafted rookies who could be on the verge of winning a roster spot:

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S (first round): After a slow start to training camp, Clinton-Dix has found himself around the ball more often of late. He has three interceptions during practices this summer, which ties safety Sean Richardson for the camp lead. However, it looks like he won't unseat second-year pro Micah Hyde for a starting job. That means Clinton-Dix likely will play only in the dime (six defensive back) package to start the season.

Davante Adams, WR (second round): Early in camp, Adams was pushing Jarrett Boykin for the No. 3 receiver spot but inconsistent play derailed that. Meanwhile, Boykin has overcome a slow start to secure that spot. If Adams can refine his route running and shore up his hands, he could still make a push for more playing time as the year goes on.

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Benny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsRookie Richard Rodgers is in line to be the Packers' starting tight end.
Khyri Thornton, DE (third round): Much like fifth-round defensive end Josh Boyd last season as a rookie, it's been a big adjustment for Thornton. Thompson has never cut a third-round pick coming out of his first training camp, but Thornton might have trouble getting on the field early in the season. Playing mostly against second- and third-stringers in preseason games, Thornton has just one quarterback hurry and no sacks or hits in 81 snaps, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Boyd was inactive for six of the first eight games last season. Thornton could follow a similar path.

Richard Rodgers, TE (third round): Without much fanfare, Rodgers appears to have won the starting job over veteran Andrew Quarless and up-and-comer Brandon Bostick (who went down with a foot injury in the second preseason game). However, Bostick almost certainly would have been the tight end in two-minute situations and likely will be when he returns next month. Rodgers' blocking has to catch up to his pass-catching ability.

Carl Bradford, LB (fourth round): It doesn't matter how the Packers spin the last-minute decision to switch Bradford from outside to inside linebacker this week, that's a tell-tale sign that they're concerned he may never be able to be a productive pass-rusher off the edge. Thompson has not cut a fourth-round rookie since receiver Cory Rodgers in 2006, but Bradford has been just as disappointing. If he makes it, it's solely because they're not ready to give up on him yet.

Corey Linsley, C (fifth round): This was supposed to be a redshirt season for him, but the knee injury to Tretter last week means Linsley might be the most important rookie on the team when the Packers open the regular season in Seattle. His responsibility as the starting center, even if it's only until Tretter returns, is far greater than what any other member of this draft class faces. Physically, he looks the part, but his mental errors have hampered him.

Jared Abbrederis, WR (fifth round): The former Wisconsin standout almost certainly would have made a strong push for the No. 5 or 6 receiver spot if not for a torn ACL in the first week of camp. He also would have had a chance at the kick return job but instead will spend his rookie season on injured reserve.

Demetri Goodson, CB (sixth round): The former college basketball player at Gonzaga who then played three years of football at Baylor has struggled mightily in coverage despite obvious athleticism. He sustained a concussion in last Friday's preseason game against the Raiders, leaving his status his doubt.

Jeff Janis, WR (seventh round): Still raw and unschooled in the complexities of the Packers’ offense, Janis' speed can't be ignored, which is why Thompson likely will keep him on the roster. After his impressive 34-yard, catch-and-run touchdown in the second preseason game, it's likely a team would claim him before the Packers could sneak him through to the practice squad.

Undrafted rookies with a chance: Defensive tackle Mike Pennel of Colorado State-Pueblo is a virtual lock to make the roster after B.J. Raji's season-ending injury, while outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (who is tied for the NFL preseason lead in sacks with four) might be only one more good showing away from joining him on the 53.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It should come as no surprise that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy ranked as one of the NFL's top coaches in ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando's extensive project that examined all 32 coaches Insider through the eyes of a wide range of league sources.

In a poll of 30 NFL people -- eight current general managers, four former GMs, four personnel directors, four executives, six coordinators and four position coaches -- McCarthy came out tied for sixth with Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin. They ranked behind only New England's Bill Belichick, Seattle's Pete Carroll, New Orleans' Sean Payton, Kansas City's Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants.

McCarthy's 88-50-1 record in his eight seasons gives him the fourth-highest winning percentage in the league among current coaches with a minimum of 60 games.

Using the same voting system Sando employed earlier this year in his "QB Tiers" project Insider, the coaches were broken up into five different tiers. McCarthy came in near the top of the second tier.

But it was perhaps more interesting what some of those league sources told Sando about McCarthy.

Here's an excerpt:

Like Payton, McCarthy gets high marks for his offensive acumen and overall leadership. The Packers have won with varying run/pass emphasis and they continue to evolve as their personnel changes. But the Packers' defensive performance has declined in recent seasons, leading voters to cite the same reasoning over and over when asked why McCarthy wasn't a '1' in their eyes.

"I like him as a head coach and would love to work for him," one veteran assistant coach said. "I think Mike is a great offensive coordinator who has done some pretty good things as a head coach, but defensively and on special teams, they have never done well enough up there. There is something missing in the program."

A former GM said he thought McCarthy needed to "fix the staff defensively" while noting that the head coach must coach the coaches, not just the players. McCarthy did get 11 votes in the first tier, however. One of those votes came from an executive who blamed some of the defensive issues on personnel, noting that McCarthy had in fact made sweeping staff changes back in 2009.

A GM placing McCarthy in the top tier focused on offensive flexibility. "You look at him as an offensive play-caller and he was grinding the s--- out of the ball when he was in New Orleans, and then he changed things up," the GM said. "He developed a passing game in Green Bay, and he is just the same guy all the time – strong leader.”
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers' no-huddle machine stops for no one, even if one of the cogs goes missing.

So the loss of starting center JC Tretter, the man who was at the controls of the offensive line for the first three preseason games when the Packers’ no-huddle offense hummed along, will not slow down quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

So promised offensive line coach James Campen, whose job it will be over the next week and a half to get rookie center Corey Linsley up to speed -- literally in this case -- in the Packers' fast-paced offense.

"He will keep the pace," Campen vowed.

The Packers want to field the fastest offense in the NFL. Their goal is to run 75 plays per game. While much of that responsibility falls on Rodgers, the center plays his part, too. The sooner the center gets to the ball and gets the rest of the linemen set, the faster Rodgers can relay the signals to his receivers, running backs and tight ends.

"That is one of his requirements," Campen said. "Get over the ball. Let's get ready. Let's go.”

Luckily for Linsley, a fifth-round pick from Ohio State, he will have help. He will be surrounded by the Packers' two most experienced offensive linemen, guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. They will assist with all of the protection adjustments that must be made at the line of scrimmage when running a no-huddle offense.

"I think he's going to be expected to play at a fast tempo," Rodgers said. "He's got cyborgs on both sides who know exactly what they're doing and what everybody is doing up front. Josh and T.J. are going to be very important to Corey playing as fast as possible, but we have a lot of trust in Corey."

It was going to be a difficult task to run the no-huddle offense in the season opener at Seattle no matter what given the noise at CenturyLink Stadium but with a rookie starter at center who may go the entire preseason without taking a game snap with Rodgers, it could be especially problematic.

In that regard, however, Linsley has one thing going for him: He has played center in loud stadiums before entering the NFL. Playing at Ohio State, he has experienced places like Michigan Stadium (which holds 109,901 fans) and Penn State's Beaver Stadium (107,282).

"I think he's had to do a lot of things without hearing," Campen said. "He'll be fine."

Packers Camp Report: Day 20

August, 25, 2014
Aug 25
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers training camp:
  • Mason Crosby has put together a strong training camp, so there's probably no reason to fret over a few missed field goals, but the Packers had to be happy to see him bounce back after missing three times (from 38, 42 and 46 yards) in a four-kick stretch during Monday's practice. Crosby finished the session by converting field goals of 48, 53 and 55 yards to salvage a 5-for-8 showing on a windy day at Ray Nitschke Field. Crosby has made 50-of-60 kicks overall in practice, a conversion rate of 83.3 percent, but over his last 30 kicks he has made 22 (73.3 percent). Perhaps more importantly, he has made 4-of-5 in preseason game action.
  • It was a rough practice for second-year receiver Myles White, who dropped two passes during team periods. White is a classic roster bubble player who needs to make every play he can in the final days of camp to show he's worth keeping.
  • Running back DuJuan Harris looks like a lock to be the kickoff returner, especially after rookie receiver Jeff Janis mishandled a ball off the JUGS machine during a special teams period. The punt return job, however, remains unsettled.
  • The Packers still have six roster moves to make on Tuesday to get down to 75 by the 3 p.m. (local time) deadline. However, they would need to release only three more players if they put receiver Jared Abbrederis, offensive lineman Don Barclay and nose tackle B.J. Raji on season-ending injured reserve as expected.
  • Others who did not practice on Monday were: running back Rajion Neal (knee), cornerback Demetri Goodson (concussion), linebacker Joe Thomas (knee), linebacker Brad Jones (quadriceps), guard Andrew Tiller (calf), center JC Tretter (knee) and tight end Brandon Bostick (leg).
  • It was likely the last full-pads practice of training camp. After going for two hours and two minutes, the Packers will not practice on Tuesday and then will hold their final open practice of the summer on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. local time.