Four-Point Stance: Practice No. 1 of Camp

We take our daily look at training camp, leading off with rookie cornerback Micah Hyde's big debut (but disappointing ending). Plus, Sean Richardson, the receiver battle, some racy lyrics and more.

Here is a look back at the highlights of Practice No. 1 of the Green Bay Packers' 2013 training camp.

Big day

With Casey Hayward injured, fifth-round pick Micah Hyde got more snaps from the nickel position, and he got more reps in general with Davon House out, as well.

Hyde took advantage, showing the coverage skills he flashed as a key four-year player at Iowa. He broke up a deep pass to Sederrik Cunningham and a crossing route to tight end Andrew Quarless. He also tore the ball loose to foil what looked like a completion to Alex Gillett.

About the only time Hyde was clearly beaten was the last play of practice, when James Jones got behind him for a touchdown during a no-huddle segment that ended practice.

"If you had asked me who was the one player that jumped out to me today, I'd say it was Micah," coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's something that you saw on his college film at Iowa, his ability to play the football. He has excellent ball skills. He's a very good anticipator. He jumped out to me, especially being on offense and calling the plays. I thought he got off to a good start."

Hyde took it in stride and kept his big day in proper perspective.

"Like I just told the last two people, it's a compliment. But it's Day 1," Hyde said. "Tomorrow, it's not going to mean anything what happened in Day 1."

What does he do for an encore?

"Get better tomorrow," he said. "That's about it. Come in and compete and get a little better tomorrow with more of the defense getting put in."

Bad day

Back in the spring, Sean Richardson's goal was to be cleared for training camp after neck surgery in January. Then, his next goal was to contend for the starting position opposite Morgan Burnett.

Standing at his locker on Friday, however, Richardson spoke with a reserved tone. That he fell short of his first goal isn't really relevant in the big picture.

"With a neck injury, it's very serious, and that's how they're taking it," Richardson said, sounding very much like a man who has contemplated his football future. "They're not just sweeping it under the rug because, ‘OK, you look great, you feel great. Let's put you back out there.' I've got a long life to live. They don't want to put me back out there and something happen like I get paralyzed. We're going through all the tests and all the opinions and perspectives, and we'll go from there."

Richardson said the prognosis remains good; McCarthy said Richardson is "getting close" but also said the team is "getting close to a decision" with Richardson.

"It's in God's hands," Richardson said. "I did what I had to do rehab-wise and I'm doing everything they're asking. It's really out of my control right now. This is the process of healing. It takes a long time. If it heals and the doctors think it's OK without any neurological risk … like I said, I try not to get worked up about it. I keep faith and let's see what happens."

Position of the day

The Packers will have an all-out battle for the fourth, fifth and, possibly, sixth spots on the receiver depth chart. The two seventh-round picks, Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey, practiced after being held out of the offseason workouts due to injuries.

Johnson, who had been sidelined by a sore hamstring, almost made two amazing grabs, including a head-first dive on a bomb from Graham Harrell.

"Almost doesn't count," Johnson said. "Should have brought it in but better luck next time."

Johnson and Dorsey will challenge holdovers Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross along with undrafted rookies Myles White, Alex Gillett, Sederrik Cunningham and Tyrone Walker.

"Mike talks a lot about accountability and availability and the availability is just being able to be healthy and be out there and get a look," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "The receiver position has some openings. The rookies have a tough schedule. They're up very early and they're going to have a tough test every single day trying to make this football team."

Four-point stance

— The two men on the move on the offensive line are Don Barclay, who took snaps at right tackle, right guard and center, and Andrew Datko, who played every spot but center. Marshall Newhouse continues to take the bulk of the snaps with the No. 1 offense at right tackle but Barclay did get some reps with the first unit.

— As we have written on several occasions, John Kuhn's roster spot is not secure. It's a minor thing, considering it's Day 1, but Kuhn was not part of the No. 1 punt team. The core included Robert Francois, Nick Perry, Brett Goode, Terrell Manning and Ryan Taylor as the line, Jarrett Boykin and D.J. Williams as the wings, and Jeremy Ross as the personal protector.

— As if the musical interludes during practice weren't strange enough — they were meant to simulate TV timeouts — but it was bizarre for a family-friendly franchise to sign off on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," with lyrics such as "Must wanna get nasty" and "You the hottest (rhymes with itch) in this place." Fortunately, the "TV timeout" ended before the third verse of the song was played for the families and children in attendance.

Jordy Nelson said he was "disappointed" in Greg Jennings' seemingly nonstop criticism of Rodgers since signing with the Vikings. "I think someone who had a relationship like they had -— or, I guess, you thought they had, whichever way it (is) — it's sad to see." Jennings has refused to call Rodgers by his name in his criticism. Nelson said the team's current receivers jokingly have started calling Rodgers "12" to make light of the rather one-sided war of words.


Agree or disagree?: Discuss hot Packers topics in our, free forums. Leave Bill a question in the subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum.


Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


Packer Report Top Stories