Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Training Camp — Day 2

The Training Camp early birds are out to get their preferred good seats, including yours truly. 

During “team tackling” drills, players take down the giant donuts. Here, WR Randall Cobb (#18) takes his turn.

An unidentified defensive player works on his tackling form. 

Next up was a “knock the ball from the tackling dummy’s ‘hand’ and grab the ensuing fumble” drill, being undertaken by FB Aaron Ripkowski (#22).

TE Casey Pierce (#49) keeps his eye on the fumbled ball. 

OT Jason Spriggs (#78) and OG Matt Rotherham (#74) go through blocking drills with their fellow offensive linemen. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy visits with the team’s head of security. 

The tight ends work on their blocking as well, with Richard Rodgers (#82), Justin Perillo (#80), and Kennard Backman (#86), plus two unidentified teammates and their coach.  

The quarterbacks work on their fundamentals, something that even M.V.P.’s such as QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) need to do each season. Also seen are QB Marquise Williams (#9), QB Joe Callahan (#6), and QB Brett Hundley (#7).

The group of wide receivers are at work in the south end of Ray Nitschke Field. 

RB Eddie Lacy (#27) after a pass reception from QB Aaron Rodgers

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) working with the receivers. 

The linebackers and defensive linemen work against the offensive linemen. This is always fun to watch, but we haven’t seen any flared tempers yet. Once the pads go on, that may change.

RB John Crockett (#38) runs after stretching to catch a long pass during the “play-action passing” portion of practice. 

FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) works as ball boy to get balls back to the JUGS™ machine. 

Above and below, the crowd enjoys an often shady and very pleasant day at Ray Nitschke Field. It was a welcome break from the high heat and oppressive humidity of the past week. 

The scrimmaging portion of practice is always popular, and we like to position our spot in the stands accordingly.There are things to look for that makes this possible. And they are our secret.

WR Randall Cobb (#18) takes a handoff from Rodgers and tries to run around the left end. 

QB Brett Hundley (#7) looks for an open receiver. 

WR Jeff Janis (#83) successfully eludes the defense on the left side. 

QB Joe Callahan (#6) puts everything into a throw downfield. 

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) gets away from DE Julius Peppers (#56), who also is being held. 

RB Eddie Lacy (#27) and FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) spend a few moments together during a “TV Time Out.” 

A panoramic view of practice at Ray Nitschke Field. 

First-round draft pick DT Kenny Clark (#97) gets some pointers from LB Clay Matthews (#52). 

OT Kyle Murphy (#68) tries to keep DE Dean Lowry (#94) off QB Marquise Williams (#9).

Third-year players WR Jeff Janis (#83) and WR Davante Adams (#17) watch the action. 

Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Offensive Coordinator Edgar Bennett watch from behind the offense. 

Some work with the punt teams. The players wearing the red knit caps are the punting team. 

Fifth-round pick WR Trevor Davis (#11) has had a good first two days of practice, garnering quite a bit of attention.

After practice, some position groups stick around to work on techniques. The defensive backs usually work at catching balls from the JUGS™ machine while standing only a few yards away. 

Clockwise from upper left, FS Morgan Burnett (#42), CB Micah Hyde (#33), CB Sam Shields (#37), and FS Damarious Randall (#23) all work with the machine. Not one player was hit in the face with a ball.