Receivers provide early fireworks

It was only a scrimmage, albeit a glorified scrimmage with all the sights and sounds of a real game, complete with a record ‘Family Night' crowd of 62,701 packing Lambeau Field. But without overstating the case, the fans that turned out on this beautiful cool, comfortable night were treated to some early fireworks long before the grand finale at the conclusion of the evening.

Zip! Brett Favre throws a 30-yard bullet to Donald Driver between two defenders at the 11-yard line. Favre and Driver connect two plays later for a four-yard touchdown.

Zing! Aaron Rodgers hits Donald Lee for 20 yards and then finds Ruvell Martin on a beautiful 30-yard strike with Martin scampering all the way to the 11 and setting up a 5-yard touchdown toss to Marc Boerigter.

Zap! Favre again, this time to Greg Jennings in the two-minute drill for 27 more yards of real estate. A short time later, Favre hits Lee for 10 more yards, setting up a 10-yard touchdown romp by Samkon Gado.

Sure, there are plenty of rough edges to smooth out on both sides of the ball but there were some encouraging signs, especially from the receiving corps. Head Coach Mike McCarthy definitely noticed and he singled out rookie Greg Jennings in particular.

"I was very pleased with Greg," McCarthy told reporters after the scrimmage. "The thing about Greg Jennings is that he's been so consistent throughout camp. He's where he's supposed to be and he's winning on routes and he makes plays. That's what you're looking for in young players to make that transition to the NFL."

McCarthy said he was also pleased with tight end Donald Lee and second-year man Ruvell Martin.

"Donald Lee had some opportunities tonight, too, and made a few plays," McCarthy added. "He dropped some but Lee is a young, up-and-coming player, too, and I really like the tight end group. It gives us a lot of depth and flexibility. And Ruvell Martin is the type of guy that has paid the price and I thought he was productive tonight and made some key plays."

For his part, Jennings took this night in stride while taking special notice of the ‘Family Night' atmosphere. "The scrimmage was great and the atmosphere was just unbelievable," Jennings said. "These fans are remarkable. As to my performance, I don't like to be an individual so our team performance as an offense, we played well but we could have played better. We've still got a lot of time left before the season actually starts. I'm real comfortable in the offense right now. I hope it shows and when you're comfortable out there, everything just comes naturally and you can just react and make plays. That's what I try to do."

Jennings wasn't the only one who felt at ease during the scrimmage. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers echoed Jennings' sentiments while assessing his own performance.

"I felt comfortable," said Rodgers. "The game was able to slow down for me and I felt good with my reads and my progressions. We moved the ball pretty well. I was able to go through my progressions, be patient and make the kinds of throws I wanted to."

With this scrimmage now in the books, the Packers will be looking to take their next baby step when they take on the Chargers in San Diego. If nothing else, they'll get a chance to hit a different group of people and do some important learning in the process.

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