On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 29, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Gold Pkg) (Midwest Shrine Game) Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Gold Pkg) (Midwest Shrine Game)
  • Tue., Sep. 01, 2015 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All other practices listed are expected to be open unless listed otherwise. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). All times indicated are Central.
  • Wed., Sep. 02, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Gilbert Brown Appearance

    Gilbert Brown

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

    Sargento-Meijer's appearance

    Oak Creek, WI
  • Thu., Sep. 03, 2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CDT Gerry Ellis and Tony Fisher appearance

    Gerry Ellis and Tony Fisher appearance

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 3:30 - 5pm

    Green Bay Packers Bishop’s Charities Game

    Meet and Greet Autograph Table

    Oneida Nation Gate, Lambeau Field

  • Thu., Sep. 03, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT Packers vs. New Orleans Saints (Bishop's Charities Game) Packers vs. New Orleans Saints (Bishop's Charities Game)
  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Bill Schroeder appearance at NWTC

    Bill Schroeder appearance at NWTC

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    11:30 am- 12:30 pm

    NWTC Green Bay Campus- Welcome Center SC240

News

Print
RSS

Packers healthier, practices better

Posted Aug 20, 2012

Rookie tackle Andrew Datko is the latest addition to the injury list, otherwise, the Packers are a healthy team heading into Thursday’s preseason game in Cincinnati.

“This is the healthiest we’ve been in quite some time, and our practices the last two days reflect that. The quality of work has picked up,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following a lengthy and physical workout on Monday. The practice included two separate periods during which the offensive and defensive lines worked against each other.

Winless through the first two games of this preseason, the Packers would like to come back from Cincinnati this week with a win and an effort that says the team is ready to begin the regular season. The starters will see their longest action of the preseason on Thursday.

“There are a number of things,” McCarthy said when asked what he wants to see his team accomplish against the Bengals. “You go out to win the game. I’d like to see the first guys play the first half. The second half is opportunity for a lot of individuals, and that’ll give us information. It will be an excellent challenge. There’ll be a lot that’ll come out of this game.”

NFL teams must cut their rosters to 75 by Monday. The second half of Thursday’s game will be all about that roster reduction.

Datko, a seventh-round pick from Florida State, sustained a concussion in Sunday’s practice. No timetable for his return was provided, but McCarthy talked about medical staff's being especially cautious in dealing with injuries.

In Datko’s place on Monday, undrafted free agent tackle Shea Allard worked at left tackle with the No. 2 offense. Undrafted guard Greg Van Roten also spent time with the twos; both players would seem to be headed for the most important game of their professional careers.

Newly acquired running back Cedric Benson is also attempting to carve a place for himself in the Packers offense, and all indications on Monday were that Benson is assimilating himself into the action seamlessly. Benson burst into the open on a couple of runs and on a screen pass, too.

“Cedric Benson is an extremely productive player. You look at his last three seasons,” McCarthy said, referring to consecutive thousand-yard rushing efforts. “We don’t have to change anything and he doesn’t have to change anything to fit into our offense. We have plenty of scheme for Cedric Benson to fit in.”

Linebacker Erik Walden (pictured), a somewhat forgotten player following the selection of Nick Perry in the first round of the draft, continues to play well in this training camp. He was praised for his solid work in taking on and defeating run blocks by offensive linemen on Monday. Walden was the star of the drill.

Rookie cornerback Casey Hayward continues to pile up passes-defensed. He leaped above 6-4 wide receiver Tori Gurley to knock away a deep pass along the left sideline on Monday.

First-year safety Anthony Levine would seem to have moved up the depth chart. He was playing with the No. 1 “dime” defensive unit on Monday and made an impressive play in breaking up a pass.

Packers fans in attendance no doubt had their hearts warmed by the sight of Aaron Rodgers completing a no-huddle drill with a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings.

Related links
 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers vs Eagles: Final Thoughts

    (4:24) Posted Aug 28, 2015

    Packers.com's Vic Ketchman and Mike Spofford preview game three of the preseason as the Green Bay Packers take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Vic and Mike talk about what's at stake, players to watch, and ways the Packers can win.

  • Young QBs preparing for extended duty

    (2:31) Posted Aug 28, 2015

    With many starters limited this week Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles will provide quite an opportunity for quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard.

  • Joe Whitt Gets Results

    (2:49) Posted Aug 28, 2015

    Packers Analyst Larry McCarren taps into the mindset of cornerbacks coach as he takes a young group with vast potential into the 2015 season.