Friday, July 27, 2018

2018 Training Camp — Practice #1

It’s the end of July, so that means one thing — the annual start of Green Bay Packers Training Camp. This year, the practices are later, with start times ranging from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This means that we don’t have to get up as early as in recent years, but we do get there early enough to get a good seat. You’ll just have to come out at whatever time you think “early” is and see how many people are ahead of you in line.

The area outside the Ray Nitschke Field stands is buzzing with workers and fans before the gates open.

The first day drew a reported record crowd of spectators.

Once practice starts, there is a line of folks who will get in once others leave.

panoramic view of the practice fields.

Players starting to arrive via the traditional kids’ bikes.

Players milling about before practice starts. DE Dean Lowry (#94) is among those who arrive early.

Assistant coaches, along with DT Mike Daniels (#76) and LB Clay Matthews (#52).

DE Nick Perry (#53) is on the P.U.P. (Physically Unable to Perform) list to begin training camp. So he spends his time watching his teammates on the field.

LB Clay Matthews (#52) during the stretching period.

Defensive players hopping down the field during the stretching period.

DB Tramon Williams (#38), back in Green Bay, acknowledges the crowd.

A new footwork drill was a lively period.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) takes the field for the first time in 2018 Training Camp. Note: The offense spends the first half-hour or so of practice inside the Don Hutson Center.

Players participate in a “ball security” drill where RB’s and WR/TE’s run a gauntlet of players trying to strip them of the ball.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) running the first-string offense in a scrimmage period.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy, new Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine, and returning Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin watch the scrimmaging.

RB Jamaal Williams (#30) making some yardage.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) conferring with HC Mike McCarthy about the last series.

QB DeShone Kizer (#9) takes a turn with the offense.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) gives some instruction to WR DeAngelo Yancey (#10) after a previous play.

WR Davante Adams (#17) watching his teammates.

A ballcarrier is in the middle of this scrum.

DT Kenny Clark (#97) and LB Vince Biegel (#45) attempt to stop RB Jamaal Williams (#30).

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12)... will he hand off or pass?

T David Bakhtiari (#69) and TE Jimmy Graham (#80).

Former GM Ted Thompson and new GM Brian Gutekunst.

CB Josh Hawkins (#28) slips while performing a drill with a coach.

Rookie P J.K. Scott (#6) booms another long one.

Offensive linemen working among themselves.

The offensive linemen during a “T.V. Timeout” period.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) gives some pointers to rookie QB Tim Boyle (#8).

LB Clay Matthews (#52) chases and apprehends a large donut on the north end of the practice field.

RB Ty Montgomery (#88) runs out a play.

More offensive linemen blocking with pads.

New TE Marcedes Lewis (#89), who came from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

New TE Jimmy Graham (#80), who came from the Seattle Seahawks.

RBs Aaron Jones (#30), Jamaal Williams (#30), and Ty Montgomery (#88).

RB Aaron Jones (#33) looks to find a hole in the defense.

QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) with protection from his fellow offensive mates.

RB Ty Montgomery (#88) sprints away from LB Jake Ryan (#47).

Above and below, QB Aaron Rodgers (#12) scrambling and throwing.

C Corey Linsley (#63) and T David Bakhtiari (#69).

The team gathers at the conclusion of practice.

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#21) gives a ball to a fan after practice.

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