Packers Camp Report: Day 5
July, 31, 2014
By Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers training camp:
- There's so much talent and depth at receiver that a little-known player like Alex Gillett would not seem to have much chance to the make the roster. And then he makes a catch like he did on Thursday. During a team blitz period, Gillett ran a go route down the left sideline. With the ball in the air, Gillett out-jumped rookie cornerback Demetri Goodson, who was in good position, and hauled in Matt Flynn's bomb. Earlier in the drill, the 6-foot-1 Gillett had a bad drop on a throw from Aaron Rodgers, but he bounced back in a big way. Gillett, who spent all of last season on the practice squad, converted to wide receiver late in his college career at Eastern Michigan after making 30 starts at quarterback. "When Aaron is in there and you drop a ball, that's one where you're kind of like, 'I need to make up for it.' That definitely crossed my mind," Gillett said.
- Speaking of depth at receiver, the Packers appear to be bullish on second-year pro Kevin Dorsey as a special teams player. Dorsey, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who spent all of last season on injured reserve, lined up with the No. 1 kickoff return team as a front-line blocker in a spot usually occupied by special teams ace Jarrett Bush. Dorsey then worked with the second-string unit as the kickoff returner.
- Safety Sean Richardson had his second interception of training camp. After wrestling a ball away from Jordy Nelson for an interception on Monday, Richardson came up with another one on Thursday. He picked off a Flynn pass that was deflected by cornerback Davon House. "Sean Richardson is having an excellent training camp," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. "He's done a lot of good things." Richardson has seen his practice reps increase not only because of his strong start but because starter Morgan Burnett has been sidelined by an ankle injury since midway through Wednesday's practice. Rookie first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix worked alongside Micah Hyde as the starting safety combination with Richardson and Chris Banjo as the top backups.
- In other odds and ends: Outside linebacker Mike Neal went 3-1 in the one-on-one pass rushing drill, although none of his turns came against a starter. His most impressive rep was against Don Barclay, who was playing right tackle. Neal used Reggie White's old club move to toss Barclay aside. … Starting right guard T.J. Lang, whose reps have been limited by a shoulder injury, won both of his one-on-ones, blocking Josh Boyd and Luther Robinson. Lang began most team drills with the starters but then gave way to Barclay after a few snaps. … Undrafted rookie linebacker Joe Thomas continued his impressive start to camp by whipping Barclay in the one-on-one drill.
- In addition to Burnett, add rookie safety Tanner Miller (ankle) to the injury list. Others who missed practice were receiver Jeff Janis (illness), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (hamstring) and defensive end Jerel Worthy (back).
- Friday is the final 8:20 a.m. practice of training camp. The schedule shifts to the evening for Saturday's Family Night practice at 6:25 p.m. local time. Following an off day on Sunday, Monday's practice is at 5:30 p.m.