Week 2 Camp Battles

Competition heats up between Rayner-Crosby and backup cornerbacks

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Dave Rayner vs. Mason Crosby for Kicker
Rayner, the incumbent, held the edge early in camp after he went 11-for-11 to Crosby's 9-for-11 in an extensive field-goal segment Aug. 2. The only non-make for Rayner after five days of camp was on a blocked kick.

Rayner, though, stumbled the next two days, punctuated by an 8-of-11 effort before a boisterous capacity crowd at Lambeau Field for the intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 4. Rayner was off the mark from 36 yards and missed both of his kicks from 52. Crosby was slightly better at 9-of-11, missing from 38 and 49 yards, but connected on both of his 52-yard attempts. The first big test comes in the preseason opener Aug. 11 at Pittsburgh.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Patrick Dendy vs. Jarrett Bush vs. Frank Walker vs. Will Blackmon vs. Tramon Williams for nickel back
Dendy had the most exposure to the spot with the No. 1 sub package in the first week of camp and has the most experience of playing in the system as a third-year player. Bush, though, is coming on and capped a solid opening week by breaking up a pass to Ruvell Martin in the end zone on third down in the intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 4. Walker, the team's only notable offseason acquisition, has regressed after standing out in the offseason. Donald Driver beat Walker for two big receptions in the scrimmage.

The injury-plagued Blackmon might be turning the corner for the better, as he picked off one pass in the scrimmage and had another interception nullified by a penalty. Williams, a first-year player, delivered the biggest hit of the live scrimmage when he leveled Chris Francies to break up a pass over the middle.

-- Ingle Martin vs. Paul Thompson for No. 3 QB
Martin has a tenuous hold on the job he held as a rookie last year. He left a lot to be desired with his throwing accuracy in the offseason and remains in a rut early in camp, completing only two of seven passes in the scrimmage. Thompson, an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma, was more productive during mop-up work late in the scrimmage, going 4-of-8 for 45 yards, though he threw an interception when Robert Ferguson slipped.

Thompson, a converted receiver, didn't get rattled easily under duress and showed his athleticism by getting outside the pocket to try to make things happen.

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