-- Keep an eye on free agent wide receiver Ruvell Martin. If he can continue to get open and catch passes in preseason games like he did Thursday night in practice, he'll make the team. He'll get his first opportunity Saturday in San Diego, a team that released him in camp in 2004.
The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Martin was on Green Bay's practice squad during the last seven weeks of last season. He's a big target and seems very comfortable in the offense, especially with backup Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers made a touch pass to Martin, who used his body and jumped high to make the catch in the corner of the end zone during a red-zone drill.
At this point in camp, Martin is out-performing free agent pickup Marc Boerigter and fourth-round draft pick Cory Rodgers.
-- Like in the morning practice, tempers flared during a scrimmage in the evening practice. Linebacker Abdul Hodge and a few offensive linemen were pushing and shoving each other after a play. They were quickly separated by teammates and coaches.
-- The Packers practiced in "shells" and shorts for about an hour and a half this morning on Clarke Hinkle Field.
-- Coach Mike McCarthy gave 11 veterans the morning off. Some of the veterans included Brett Favre, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher.
-- Saturday's preseason game cannot come soon enough. There were a few cases this morning when players were "locked up" at the end of plays, pushing and shoving each other before teammates and coaches arrived to break it up. Offensive tackle Tony Moll and linebacker Nick Barnett were pushing each other after a play. Same with tackle Josh Bourke and a few other defenders.
-- Cornerback Ahmad Carroll continues to be very animated and an overall chatterbox. He was much quieter on the field during his first two seasons, but this year he is very vocal and, overall, keeping himself and teammates loose.
-- It was good to see wide receiver Greg Jennings back at practice. He injured his hip flexor on Tuesday night and didn't practice Wednesday.
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m.
-- The Packers were scheduled to practice in pads this morning, but Coach Mike McCarthy surprised them and conducted a 'shells' practice. With shells, players wear shorts and there is a lot less contact.
-- McCarthy said his troops are "a little leg weary," which was the reason he decided to give his team a break. The move was reminiscent of ex-Packers coach Mike Sherman, who at times veered from the practice schedule in an attempt to keep his team "fresh."
-- Former Packers quarterback Bart Starr attended practice. Starr is scheduled to address the team today to talk about the history of the team. The team's television analysts for preseason games - Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon - also were on hand.
-- Both Billy Cundiff and Dave Rayner made field goal attempts from 31 and 36 yards before they struggled. Both missed field goal attempts from 48 yards. Rayner also was wide left from 41 yards while Cundiff's attempt was good. Ted Thompson, no doubt, is keeping Paul Edinger's phone number on his speed dial.
-- Cornerback Mike Hawkins returned to practice while Marquand Manuel (calf strain) is still out. Manuel's inability to practice makes you wonder if he is suffering from more than a calf strain. Hawkins said his right knee is sore but he's playing through it.
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m.
-- The Packers practiced for 2 1/2 hours under warm and sunny conditions at Clarke Hinkle Field.
-- Like last night, the team ended its practice with about 12 to 15 plays of live tackling. That's good to see and will hopefully help the Packers be a more physical football team. Under Mike Sherman, live tackling was rare in practice, and the lack of contact in the preseason may have led to injuries during the regular season.
-- Donald Driver just about every day shows why he is the team's top receiver. He made a nifty one-handed catch in the end zone off a pass from Brett Favre during a 7-on-7 red zone drill.
-- Former Packers Antonio Freeman and Ken Ruettgers were along the sidelines watching the practice. Freeman was joking around with Favre, Ahman Green and Donald Driver near the end of practice. Ruettgers was reminiscing with George Koonce.
-- Green Bay's defense batted two passes high into the air during team scrimmages. Cornerback Jason Horton intercepted a pass from Favre that deflected off tight end David Martin's hands. Fullback Vonta Leach came down with a deflected pass off linebacker Roy Manning on another play.
-- Wide receiver Greg Jennings did not practice after injuring his right groin during Monday night's practice. Mike McCarthy said afterward that Jennings is expected to practice on Wednesday.
Monday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
-- Ahman Green and Brady Poppinga are back, but both players and the coaching staff are being very cautious. Both players are in excellent condition and moved around well, but the real test will come when they take part in live contact later next week.
-- Green is pushing his comeback no doubt because Samkon Gado has been having a solid camp. Gado, in a third-and-long drill during an 11-on-11 session Monday night, burst through the line, then made an impressive cutback for a long gain.
-- Former Packers offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis attended the evening practice. Lewis' son, Eric, is in his first NFL season as Green Bay's defensive quality control coach.
-- Kickers Billy Cundiff and Dave Rayner continue to be neck and neck in their battle for a roster spot. Both made 5 of 6 field goal attempts from distances of 29, 39, 24, 39, 33, and 52 yards. Rayner's miss was from 39 yards, though he was victim of a bobbled hold by punter Jon Ryan. Cundiff was wide right from 52 yards.