Four-Point Stance: Practice No. 3 of Camp

We take our daily look at training camp, leading off with top pick Datone Jones' impressive performance during the first one-on-one pass-rushing drill of the summer. Plus, Jamari Lattimore, David Bakhtiari and Clay Matthews had some eye-opening moments.

Here is a look back at the highlights of Practice No. 3 of the Green Bay Packers' 2013 training camp.

Big day

It was a day for the defense with the pads cracking for the first time on Sunday.

Inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore set the tone and defensive end Datone Jones showed why he was the first-round pick.

During the first 11-on-11 period of the day, Lattimore hit Jermichael Finley and drilled Johnathan Franklin to jar loose a pass to the impressive rookie back. Later, during an inside-running drill, Lattimore delivered a jarring blow to the other rookie runner, Eddie Lacy. Finally, during another 11-on-11 period, veteran back Alex Green got a taste of Lattimore's power.

It was an impressive debut for Lattimore, who had missed the first two days of practice due to an illness that left him at less than full strength and down a few pounds.

"I felt Jamari had some flash plays in there," coach Mike McCarthy said.

One major reason why Jones was the Packers' top pick is because of his ability to pressure the quarterback. On the second snap of the first one-on-one pass-rushing/protection drill of camp, Jones lined up across from veteran guard T.J. Lang. Jones exploded off the ball at the snap and pushed Lang right back into where the quarterback would have been standing.

Later, he beat center Garth Gerhart and Andrew Datko. In those three reps, he showed the ability to win with power and win with speed.

"When you're doing one-on-ones, it's all about setting your pass-rush moves up," Jones said. "If I was always doing finesse moves, then guys won't start biting on my moves anymore, so you've got to change it up, counter it, give them a bull rush, knock them back. So, the next time, I get him thinking I'm going to bull, then I can do a swim."

By Packer Report's unofficial count, Jones went 3-0 in a drill typically dominated by the offensive line. The rest of the defensive line went a combined 10-20. For good measure, he deflected a pass to Jordy Nelson during a team period.

Bad day

Some of Andrew Datko's struggles probably should be forgiven.

Datko is this year's version of Two Men and a Truck. He's always moving. One snap, he's at left tackle. The next, he's at left guard. Then he's over at right guard and tackle. In order to build the type of depth necessary to go with just seven offensive linemen on gameday, the backups must be versatile.

That said, Datko had a tough day at the office. During a one-on-one run-blocking drill against the outside linebackers, Datko got put to the ground by rookies Andy Mulumba and Donte Savage. During the one-on-one pass-rushing/protection drill, Datko went 1-2, with the win over Jordan Miller and the losses to Jones and Jarvis Reed.

Position of the day

Outside linebackers: Clay Matthews and Nick Perry are the obvious starters. Both made eye-popping plays.

During an 11-on-11 period, Matthews lined up in the slot against receiver Jeremy Ross, who ran a short crossing route. Amazingly, Matthews came off of Ross and deflected a pass to Tyrone Walker.

During the run-blocking drill against the tight ends, Perry received a big ovation from the fans after overpowering tight end Ryan Taylor.

In the derby for roster spots, sixth-round pick Nate Palmer doesn't appear to have the strength to play the physical style demanded by coach Kevin Greene. In the run-blocking drill vs. the tight ends, the 241-pound Palmer lost to Jermichael Finley and back-to-back reps against D.J. Williams. On the bright side, he used a power rush to beat Marshall Newhouse in one-on-ones and forced an outside run by Alex Green back inside during 11-on-11.

Of the undrafted rookies, Mulumba continues to make a splash. He beat powerful tight end Matthew Mulligan in the one-on-one drill and had one jarring tackle.

Four-point stance

— Rookie fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari also had a big day. The offensive tackle went 4-0 in the one-on-one pass-protection drill, including a win over Matthews and convincing wins over three of the rookie outside linebackers. He also beat Matthews in a run-blocking drill. Don Barclay also went 4-0 in the one-on-one pass-protection period.

— What a roller-coaster of a day for James Nixon. He intercepted Aaron Rodgers and had nice coverage to deny a pass to Alex Gillett. On the other hand, he muffed a kickoff, got beat deep by Myles White and gave up a touchdown on a jump ball to Jarrett Boykin on the final day of practice.

— Running back James Starks has strung together three consecutive strong days. No one has ever suggested Starks can't play the game. He's a big runner who never shies away from contact. He's been a beast in the open field the first three days. On the other hand, Eddie Lacy received a jarring message that this isn't the SEC. On his first carry, he got the ball and got plastered by linebacker Robert Francois. Lacy didn't get an inch of running room all day. Monday's off day probably comes at a good time considering how much punishment he absorbed. Not once did he back down.

— Three players were on all four of the core special teams this week: Boykin, Francois and Taylor. Jarrett Bush was on three (probably all four but he wasn't used as a gunner on the punt team on Friday). Jeremy Ross is on three units, with the exception being Randall Cobb getting the first rep as the punt returner on Saturday.

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