The Word: Training Camp Day 2

Driver vows to return soon; Favre misses practice; offensive and defensive plays of the morning;

At one point during Green Bay's second training camp practice on the first team offense, the average age of the six skill position players was 23.

That's what happens when Brett Favre and Donald Driver can't participate.

Favre missed today's morning session due to a death on his wife's side of the family. It is unknown when the 17-year veteran will return.

Driver continued to rest his shoulder - strictly a precautionary measure. Driver sustained a slight separation of the AC joint in his right shoulder last December, and he doesn't want to risk popping it out this early in the season. He expects to suit up soon.

"I'd rather take the time off now than have to take the time off during the season," Driver said. "Right now it's one of those day-to-day things. It's not that serious. I just tweaked it a little bit…I'm not one of those guys to take off [practice]. I love to practice."

Driver added that he hopes to be back by Tuesday, when the Packers practice at old City Stadium.

"If I can get out there [Tuesday], that'd be great," Driver added. "Maybe not that morning but by that evening I should feel good about it."

Running and catching isn't an issue for the reigning Pro Bowl receiver. It's strength. His shoulder can only take so much, which equates to a new workout regiment in the weight room.

"It's one of those things where you just have to take time off to make sure the pain goes away," Driver said. "I have to make sure that if I can't bench press, to do something else. That's the thing that was hurting my shoulder. Rock [Gullickson] and the training staff told me to stop benching so now I'm going to something else.

"Maybe if I stay out of the weight room the shoulder will get better. I have to stop beating it up."

Favre's absence allowed Aaron Rodgers to direct the offense all morning. From start to finish, Rodgers was sharp. The foot he broke last season is fully recovered and it's clear that Rodgers focused on his mobility during the off-season. He threw on the run very accurately in the 11-on-11 session.

Even more impressive is Rodgers' knowledge of the offense. At one point during the team's blitz drill, Rodgers completed five passes in a row.

Rodgers kept the group of severely green receivers around him on the same page each drill and it showed. During the entire practice there was only one instance in which Rodgers threw an incomplete pass due to route confusion, a great sign for the second day of camp. For more on Rodgers be sure to check the Q&A on later today. Other notes:

Offensive Play of the Day
One of Rodgers' five straight completions went for a touchdown, even though it's designed as an 8-12 yard play.

With the defense sending a heavy blitz, Aaron Rodgers took a quick hop step and delivered the ‘hot route' seam pass to Carlyle Holiday, just outside out of the left hash mark. Holiday caught it in stride and instantly gained a full head of steam, flying past safety.

From then on, it was an up-and-down day for Holiday, who had two long passes from Rodgers bounce off his hands.

Defensive Play of the Day
Third year cornerback Patrick Dendy nearly came away with training camp's first interception in the 11-on-11 drill. He anticipated a slant pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings, jumped the route and broke up the pass, nearly pulling off a would-be ‘pick six.' Dendy is currently battling newcomer Frank Walker, Jarrett Bush, and Will Blackmon among others behind starters Al Harris and Charles Woodson.

Stock is Up
Yesterday second year pro Chris Francies garnered the loudest oo's and ahh's from the Packer ‘railbirds,' after a deep connection with Rodgers. Today the two hooked up numerous times underneath the secondary. Francies has a tall, almost lanky stature but operates comfortably on hooks and slants- patterns typically designed for bulkier receivers. He has displayed the quickness to stop on a dime and turn for the ball before outside linebackers can react.

A four-year starter at Texas El-Paso in college, Francies finished with 128 receptions (sixth in school history), 2,022 yards (sixth), and 12 touchdowns (ninth). A relatively unknown, the undrafted 6-1, 193 lbs. wideout only played in seven games last season, making two catches for 12 yards.

But now the slate is clean. With Driver nursing his shoulder, McCarthy has given the 10 other wide receivers plenty of snaps. Thus far, Francies has looked as good as anyone.

Stock is Down
With Chad Clifton sitting out today's morning practice, Adam Stenavich and Orrin Thompson each saw time at left offensive tackle but did little to take advantage. On consecutive plays the two had false starts, drawing the ire of the coaching staff.

He Said It
"Any chance I have to play, I'm going to try to make plays. At training camp you want the most opportunities you can get. So that's what I try to do. Make the most of it. Now, I understand the concepts on offense. It makes it a lot easier to make plays."
- Wide Receiver James Jones on seeing increased action with Driver sitting out

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