Tag:Training Camp
Posted on: July 28, 2008 6:46 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2008 1:06 pm

Training Camp Report Update (Yep, got nothin')

Update to the Updated Update: Wow, I'm totally full of it, aren't I? I only went to see one practice this week, after promising myself and my blog readers (maybe 2 or 3 people, though that's generous) that I would give updates. Well, a big "screw you" to all those people who actually bought into my claim of providing a perspective on the training camps. Looks like I can't be trusted, right? And, no, I did not receive any money offers to stay away from training camp. However, if I really wanted to go and loved watching each practice, would money be able to satisfy that experience? Probably for me, but, hey, I don't actually play the game I love, now, do I?

Updated Update
: I again was too tired to attend the Tuesday afternoon practice, so I am sorry to add that I have nothing new to report. I realize that I keep changing my schedule, but I learn from experience that even 2:00 doesn't give me enough sleep. This leaves me with the 6:30 practices--3 days a week--as the best option whenever I feel like going. Sorry for the confusion.

Working the night shift from 11-7 requires that I sleep during the day, which I learned makes it difficult for me to attend both practices. I had planned to go to the morning practices, sleep until 5, and then go to the later one as well, but since the first practice went until 11 AM, I couldn't sleep much between getting home and leaving for the later practice. Therefore, I've decided I will only attend one practice a day, the evening practice, which would allow me to rest and watch the players practice full contact drills, giving me a better idea of how the team performs. The next practice I attend, then, will be tomorrows full pad practice at 2:00 will be Wednesday at 6:30 PM maybe never. I figure that it won't make a difference if I miss the morning practices, since they are only 2 hand touch and not the best way of assessing the team. Besides, I can just watch the Packers training camp report on TV and actually get a better view of what is happening (since the camera is closer than where I sit). This blog might seem unnecessary, but I wanted to explain why I won't be adding a second report today. In fact, I don't know how frequent I will add new reports (it also cuts into my sleep), but I do hope to continue this. Anyway, I'll go back to sleep now and rest for my night shift job, but I'll end with this promise: tomorrow I will have another report for your enjoyment. Whether it is helpful or not is still up in the air.
Category: NFL
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:17 pm

Training Camp Report - Morning Practice

Training camp started today for the Green Bay Packers and, given the close proximity between my house and Clark Hinkle Field, I have the opportunity to witness every practice. Since I am able to attend these practices on a consistent basis, I figured that I should share my thoughts and some plays that caught my attention (those that made me cheer). However, I can't guarantee a useful analysis, since I am not a sports scout or professional sports writer. I don't know what I am meant to look for. Still, if some of you are interested in an analysis from a fan instead of one with the marks of a professional, feel free to read on. I hope that I can provide some insight.

Anyone familiar with any of my previous posts on Brett know where I stand, and knowing this would help better understand why the most irritating part of the viewing experience was the constant discussions about Favre. It really grew tiresome and more aggravating for me as the statements all combined into one collective opinion: Thompson is an idiot for not taking back Favre and he should be fired. Now, personally, I don't think Ted deserves the brunt of the blame, but I realize that those believe what they want to believe, and in who they place their trust. If they find Favre without flaws and a complete victim, they will believe any bad word about Ted stated by Favre. If they are open to doubting Favre, they might question who is really the villain. What was so intolerable for me was that everyone I heard from was on the anti-Thompson, pro-Favre side. Here are some paraphrased statements I heard: "Do you see Brett?"; "Training Camp is not the same without Favre"; "I am a die hard fan, but if they trade Brett, I might stop watching."; "Ted is the enemy and should be fired if he lets Brett go." Of course, there were many Number 4 jerseys and a kid with a shirt with the statement "Bring Brett Back" on it.

But that was just the irritating part, which I expect when I go to any of the practices. In my opinion, though, I didn't think camp was really that different without Favre (I've been to past camps). I also was very much impressed my the new offensive leader (who actually received a lot of positive comments, immediately followed by a negative, mostly involving him not being Favre). This is actually a good place to start.

Quarterbacks -
With all of the complaints about Favre not being there, I thought that the group as a whole did well. The biggest surprise, for me, was Matt Flynn. He threw some impressive passes, with one being a perfectly thrown deep ball that was one of those "wow moments" for me. He also did a good job sidestepping pressure. Brian Brohm made same good throws too, but it seemed his receivers dropped many of his passes and, from my vantage point, I couldn't determine if it was his fault or the receivers. All of the quarterbacks seemed very comfortable with the offense and performed generally. Aaron Rodgers, in my mind, was very impressive. Much of what I heard were evident to me as I watched him play. He had a quick release and had good speed on his passes, which proved useful during the short routes. He also had some good medium routes down the middle that further showcased his arm strength. His deep ball was equally impressive in my mind, and it was easy to see why Greg Jennings described it as a "pretty pass." He only completed on of the three, but I blame the receiver on this, as I'll explain later. He also threw the only interception, but it was more a good play by Al Harris than a bad one by Aaron Rodgers. I look forward to seeing more from these quarterbacks.

Receivers -
For the most part, it seemed, all of the receivers performed well enough, making some grabs, but I should highlight a few in particular. Jordy Nelson caught maybe three short to medium passes, so I didn't learn much about him. However, one receiver who really impressed me was Ruvell Martin. I knew he made some clutch receptions last year, but he proved that he has some good hands. He dove for a deep pass from Rodgers and made another notable catch (a "wow moment" again) and also had a great leaping grab of another pass. James Jones, however, disappointed me slightly. He missed two deep passes from Rodgers and it was clearly his fault. For some reason, he seemed to slow down on the route, as if he doubted Rodgers' arm strength, which meant he had to run to try to catch up and make a futile attempt. He did this twice, though I don't know why. This looked to be a minor error that could be fixed as he develops with Rodgers.

Offensive Line and the Running Backs - Not much to say here, since it was two-hand touch (they were not in pads), but I saw some growth in Brandon Jackson. He seemed more comfortable and fluid, making cuts and jukes with ease. He also should some great speed when he would run in the open field after the end of the plays. He also showed good hands in catching several passes. Noah Herron and DeShawn Wynn, even Vernand Morency, all seemed comfortable (though I hope to see how this changes when full contact is allowed). I think this was a further testament to the offensive line, who appeared to pick up their assignments well, opening holes. If this line can show itself strong in contact drills, the Packers might be able to succeed with any of their backs (watch out Ryan Grant).

I couldn't see the defensive drills from my seat but I did notice that when playing the offense, they were very aggressive and put pressure on the quarterback. I have little to add here. I also don't know what to say about the tight ends, since I didn't really pay attention to them.

All in all, except for the annoying conversation and sun in my eyes, it seemed like a good practice. I shouldn't be, since it is probably typical of NFL practices, but I was impressed by how well run and disciplined the drills were; everything moved like clockwork. I hope to give a more in-depth report after I see their evening practice when they wear pads. Hopefully, that will give a better idea of where they are.
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