PLAY OF THE DAY
Receivers coach Edgar Bennett preaches the need to take advantage of opportunities. As a receiver — especially one not named Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb or Jarrett Boykin — opportunities can be fleeting. Just about the only way to ensure a second opportunity is to capitalize on the first.
Rookie receiver Jeff Janis, on a limited rep count while participating in his first practice of training camp after battling a case of shingles, made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday. Lined up against standout cornerback Sam Shields, Janis made a leaping, one-handed grab in the back of the end zone. Shields was in good position but Scott Tolzien placed the ball where either Janis would catch it or nobody would catch it.
“It’s huge,” Janis said. “Every play that comes my way is going to be big. I’ve been out for a week. I know in OTAs and minicamp that the coaches saw what I could do anyway, but still, it’s training camp and you have full pads on. Just to make plays whenever they come your way is a big thing.”
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Myles White is off to a strong start in his battle to secure the No. 5 receiver position. White, who caught nine passes as an undrafted rookie last season, has made the most of his opportunities, as well, following rookie Jared Abbrederis’ torn ACL.
White showed a pretty complete skill-set on Wednesday. Early in practice, he turned a short crossing route into a big gain when he spun away from rookie cornerback Ryan White. Later, he scored a touchdown with a diving grab of a perfectly placed bullet by undrafted quarterback Chase Rettig. Late in practice, White got behind Antonio Dennard to haul in a long touchdown pass from Tolzien.
“That’s not how I feel,” White said when asked if he thought the No. 5 spot was his for the taking. “I feel like if I can go out there and do what I need to do and perform how I feel I can perform, then I think I have a good shot of making the team. But I don’t feel like it’s my spot. There are no locks. Everything is down to the last minute. That’s not what I’m supposed to be worrying about. I just need to worry about doing my job.”
POSITION OF THE DAY
The quote, linebackers coach Winston Moss said, was taken out of context.
During last month’s minicamp, Moss said outside linebacker Nick Perry had done “absolutely zero.” It was scathing criticism of the 2012 first-round pick, who has played in only 17 of 32 regular-season games but at least forced three fumbles last season.
“If you understand that, as an inside linebackers coach the past few years and now having all the guys and being able to coach him for the first time, when the question was posed, I hadn’t worked with him,” Moss explained. “He’d been in rehab. However it was taken and used, it was very easy to use that in whatever way the source wanted to use it. Simply said, I hadn’t had a chance to work with Nick Perry. So, that was a true statement at that time.”
Whatever the meaning, the fact is Perry is fourth on a talented depth chart. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will start, with Mike Neal getting plenty of action in practice. Perry, who missed most of the first week of practice because of a foot/ankle injury sustained last season, is facing an uphill battle to get significant playing time.
“Nick Perry’s a very prideful guy,” Moss said. “He understands what’s at stake right now. If he can stay consistent to the practice routine and with all the big-picture stuff available, everything else is going to take care of itself. I think he’s off to a real good start. If he can continue to show that, then ask me that in a few weeks.”
Outside linebacker is one of the team’s best spots. Second-year player Nate Palmer is off to a good start. Another second-year player, Andy Mulumba, is having a quiet camp but outplayed Palmer last season. Fourth-round pick Carl Bradford had easily his best day on Wednesday, with at least three good rushes and a batted-down pass. Between the undrafted rookies, Jayrone Elliott has completely outplayed the much-hyped Adrian Hubbard. Hubbard had excellent testing numbers coming out of Alabama but shows almost no explosive ability.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Aaron Rodgers, on what he’s looking for when the other quarterbacks are in the game: “I’m looking for very intelligent or interesting or funny signs in the crowd during timeouts. When our guys are on the field, just helping them out with different things I might see, something I can tell them when then come off on the sideline and look at pictures together. It’s a different perspective when you’re on the sidelines. If I see something, I might point it out to them. I like to stay engaged in the games because it’s important. I want those guys to do well and play well and help them out when I can.”
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