The weather finally cooperated.
That was as big a storyline as any for Friday’s Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field, an event plagued by storm delays and cancellations in recent years.
This time it went off without a hitch, but even without any signature moments or emerging stars, the night still treated 55,605 enthusiastic fans to two touchdown drives by the No.1 offense, respectable showings by both backup quarterback
“You’d be remiss if you don’t first acknowledge the atmosphere,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Incredible. It was great for our young guys.”
The first-string offense’s two drives, both against reserve defensive units, were productive. Quarterback
Meanwhile, the No. 1 defense – which played without resting veteran
“It’s coming along,” Perry said of the work-in-progress defense with a handful of new faces. “We still have a lot of work to be done, but at the end of the day, when the games come, we’re going to be ready.”
Added McCarthy, who said he was reserving judgment until he views the film: “I thought the communication was good. I want to take a closer look at the tackling.”
Harrell made a decent go of it against the No. 1 defense in a no-huddle period. Battling through some headset communication problems early on, Harrell engineered a 60-yard drive highlighted by an 11-yard completion to tight end
“We had the opportunity to go against the first defense, which is fun, and it’s an opportunity for us to get better,” Harrell said. “We moved the ball and did some good things, which is encouraging for us as a second unit, but we just have to get more consistent.”
For the first time in training camp, the Packers’ kicking game wasn’t consistent, and that’s not in reference to the “just for fun” kicking contest between offensive lineman
Crosby then tried a series of long ones, making kicks from 56 and 60 but missing from 60, 62 and 65.
“I’ve been pleased with my fundamentals, pleased with how I’m striking the ball,” Masthay said. “I want to get off to a fast start this year, because I haven’t done that my first two years. I’m a little bit antsy to get this thing rocking.”
Anxiety at the line of scrimmage led to some sloppiness for the second straight night. After 14 pre-snap penalties in Thursday night’s practice, there were seven more on Friday (four on offense, three on defense), a development McCarthy once again termed “unacceptable.”
“You’re not happy about that, particularly when it’s back-to-back nights,” he said. “We obviously have to get that right.”
Players return to the practice field on Sunday night, with three more public workouts prior to the first preseason game in San Diego.
“This is the process of training camp,” McCarthy said. “My message to the team was let’s make sure we get better and improve. We’re making progress.”
Injury update: McCarthy did not have an injury report following the scrimmage because he had yet to speak with the medical staff.
In addition to Woodson, the players who did not participate included RB