For the second straight night, Bishop turned in a couple of highlights in the team (11-on-11) drills. Dropping into coverage, he cut in front of tight end
“Desmond is definitely an individual who has big-play ability,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after Monday night’s practice, the shortest of training camp at just one hour, 45 minutes. “I think he’s clearly classified as one of our better pressure players, so you definitely feel the impact when he’s on the field. It’s great to have him back.”
Bishop’s fresh legs may have something to do with his immediate impact. A starter the past two seasons, Bishop began training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a calf injury, missed the first five practices, worked out in shells twice and then participated in warm ups only last Friday, but did not scrimmage on Family Night.
He said before practice on Sunday, his first in full pads, that “there’s no taking it easy,” and he was going to crank up the intensity from the get-go. He made his presence felt most on Sunday in a goal-line period when he laid out fullback
“He has a complete understanding of the defense,” McCarthy said. “He’s an excellent base and sub player. It’s definitely a little different with Desmond on the field, no doubt.”
It was with
McCarthy cut the aerial show short, though, because of the team’s lengthy injury list. Cornerback
McCarthy said left tackle
Monday was the last of nine installation practices, with Tuesday’s 3:30 p.m. workout slated to focus on the San Diego game.
Coincidentally, McCarthy’s first preseason game as a head coach back in 2006 was in San Diego – against his coaching mentor, Marty Schottenheimer – and it couldn’t have gone much worse. The Packers started two rookies at guard in that game, and McCarthy’s memories are …
“Not positive,” he said, able to crack a smile at the 17-3 defeat that was probably more lopsided than the score indicated. “I remember the first three plays; I think our quarterback was hit two of the three.
“I definitely remember the game, and I remember Marty Schottenheimer slapping me on the back and saying, ‘Kid, don’t worry, it gets better.’ And I said, ‘Hell, I sure hope so.’ Long night.”
The Packers were just in San Diego last season, of course, pulling out a 45-38 barnburner that wasn’t decided until the final minute.
“This will be a good challenge for us, it always is,” McCarthy said. “You only have to point to last year’s game out there in the regular season to tell you what the competition will be like.”Related links