Monday, August 4, 2014
Packers Camp Report: Day 8
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Green Bay Packers training camp:
- In the offseason, fourth-year linebacker Jamari Lattimore looked like a player who was ripe for more playing time. As training camp entered its second week, that may have come to fruition. Lattimore got more snaps with the starting defense in Monday night's practice, which was heavily focused on red zone work, than he had in camp to date. Lattimore worked extensively at Brad Jones' inside linebacker position. Jones did not take any team snaps during the second half of practice but did take part in the final period of practice. Coach Mike McCarthy said he did not have any injury information on Jones, so it was unclear whether Lattimore's playing time was earned or the result of something wrong with Jones. Safety Morgan Burnett also followed the same pattern as Jones, but McCarthy did not have any injury information about him, either.
- All the hype -- if you can call it hype surrounding undrafted free agents -- was about the signing of Alabama outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, but the better prospect so far has been Toledo's Jayrone Elliott. The rookie outside linebacker had a monster showing in the one-on-one period, winning all four of his turns. Rushing off the edge, he beat tackles Derek Sherrod and Bryan Bulaga and handled Don Barclay twice. He was credited with the victory over Bulaga because he appeared to get held on the play. After he whipped Sherrod, someone in the crowd yelled, "C'mon, Sherrod, you were a first-round pick." Previously, Elliott had gone 1-1 in the drill during the first week of camp.
- One of the best fights of camp took place during the one-on-one drill. After center JC Tretter blocked defensive end Luther Robinson, the two remained engaged and threw punches until guard T.J. Lang came flying in and the rest of the linemen encircled them. … Mason Crosby was perfect on eight kicks -- from 33, 38, 42, 44, 46, 48, 53 and 55 yards -- to run his summer-long mark to 28-of-30. … Sixth-round cornerback Demetri Goodson had a rough practice, giving up three touchdowns (to receivers Alex Gillett, Kevin Dorsey and Gerrard Sheppard) and picking up a pass interference call while trying to cover tight end Ryan Taylor. … The first (and only) night practice of camp lasted two hours and 21 minutes. McCarthy said the practice was so crisp that it ended 10 minutes earlier than scheduled. "I thought the energy, the tempo, it was outstanding," McCarthy said.
- Tight end Colt Lyerla, who sustained a knee injury in Saturday's Family Night practice, will miss "a couple weeks." His agent, Vinnie Porter, said Monday night that Lyerla is not expected to need surgery but that his knee has significant swelling.
- In other injury-related news, seventh-round receiver Jeff Janis was activated off the non-football illness list after missing the first week of camp because of shingles. He practiced in full pads but appeared to be limited. Running back Michael Hill did not practice after he sustained a concussion on Family Night. Others who did not practice were safety Tanner Miller (ankle), receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (hamstring) and defensive end Jerel Worthy (back). Receiver Randall Cobb took a hard fall late in practice but returned after sitting out one short period.
- The Packers' next practice is Tuesday at noon local time. They will hold only one other open practice this week, on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., in advance of Saturday's preseason opener at Tennessee.