Friday’s Play, Player and Position of Day

Our play of the day underscores the growing pains the Packers are having in replacing tight end Jermichael Finley. Plus, in our Position of the Day feature, we put the spotlight on the cornerbacks.

Here is our review of the sixth day of Green Bay Packers training camp.

PLAY OF THE DAY

These plays are pretty much indicative of the tight end group as a whole.

During a red zone drill, Brandon Bostick scored a touchdown by making a contested catch of a back-shoulder pass against Jarrett Bush. However, during a four-minute drill in which the offense’s goal is to run out the clock to win the game, Bostick hauled in a pass from Aaron Rodgers on third-and-9 but was stripped from behind by Bush.

At this point, none of the tight ends have strung together a consistent stretch of quality play to seize control of the position.

“As far as how the reps work out, frankly, it’s up to the tight ends,” coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. “If one player jumps out and warrants playing all the plays and that’s the best thing for our offense, then we’ll go that way. We’ve always been a multiple-personnel, multiple-formation team. Really, the ability to play as many tight ends as possible is our plan as we approach real football games.”

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Davante Adams, the team’s second-round pick, had his best practice of training camp. Adams scored three touchdowns, including two from Matt Flynn during a red zone drill. The second of those had Flynn jogging downfield to give Adams a high-five. On the play, cornerback Demetri Goodson lined up over Adams but blitzed at the snap. Adams saw it coming and adjusted his route accordingly. Then, at the end of practice, he used his size to give cornerback Jumal Rolle a gentle nudge to make the grab in the end zone.

“I think you’re starting to see some plays from Davante,” Rodgers said. “He’s a real talented guy, especially at the line of scrimmage with his strength and his body control.”

POSITION OF THE DAY

Green Bay has a good problem at cornerback: It’s got more talent than it can get on the field.

Tramon Williams and Sam Shields have formed the top tandem throughout training camp. In nickel, Casey Hayward would enter and line up in the slot. In dime, the Packers could go in two directions. The most likely option would have Williams and Shields outside, Hayward as the nickel and Micah Hyde moving down from safety to play the dime. In that case, talented Davon House might never get on the field. The other option would have Shields and House on the outside with Hayward and Williams in the slot positions.

“House is kind of the Jordy Nelson kryptonite, so I’m glad he’s on our team,” Rodgers said. “I think Jordy would actually admit that. House kind of plays Jordy pretty well. The one guy I think that’s really jumped out in that group is Casey, as far as you saw him last year dealing with some injuries and he’s playing kind of more like he did his first year when he was one of the top rookies and making a lot of plays. He’s a ballhawk, he has incredible instincts and gives us a lot of depth when you’re talking about those four guys.”

Of the four top corners, Hayward has made the most noise. He made an excellent play on Friday. Rodgers fired a laser deep down the middle to Randall Cobb. Hayward, however, ran under the route and deflected the pass.

Rolle and Goodson, a second-year player and rookie, respectively, have flashed plenty of upside.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers, on third-year defensive lineman Mike Daniels: “Mike’s got a defense temperament. Mike’s a tough guy. He’s a physical guy, takes a lot of pride in that. You know what you’re going to get every day. The more guys you can have like that, the better you are, normally. Mike’s probably fought his whole career that he’s undersized, he’s not real tall, all that kind of stuff. But he’s very strong, very explosive. You saw that last year; he was very productive last year. He’ll surprise a lot of guys because might look at him and say, ‘Well, geez, he’s not really big enough,’ but I love the way he plays. I like his temperament. He’s going to challenge you every day on the field and he’s going to give you everything that he has. From a coach’s standpoint, that gives you a lot of confidence.”


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