Notebook: Sloppy ending to first day

McCarthy's thoughts, Giacomini's struggles, injury update and much more from the night practice.

The Green Bay Packers donned full pads for the first time in training camp during a lengthy Monday evening practice, and coach Mike McCarthy wasn't ecstatic afterward.

"I thought the padded level was high on both sides of the ball. I thought the footwork was sloppy," McCarthy said. "It looked like we were in mud at times. We'll look at the film. I'll say this: The pace of the practice was excellent. We were 14 minutes early (Monday night), 10 minutes early (Monday morning). So, that part of it's good. That's what you're looking for.

"We looked like a team that hadn't played in pads since January," he continued. "That's my evaluation so far."

Bad night for Breno

Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini will want to forget this practice.

The rookie fifth-round pick was beaten so badly in a one-on-one pass-rushing drill by Mike Montgomery that they had a rare re-do. Montgomery beat him again. The coaches immediately gave Giacomini another crack, and he held his own against Jason Hunter before Hunter beat him on the next rep. Moments later, rookie Jeremy Thompson beat Giacomini.

Giacomini's problem is he backpedals so quickly that the pass-rusher can run him right back into the quarterback.

On the bright side, in a one-on-one run-blocking drill, Giacomini dominated a rep against Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

Hunter had one of the most impressive pass-rushing victories by running past left tackle Chad Clifton. Defensive tackle Conrad Bolston knocked the helmet off of center/guard Junius Coston en route to winning a matchup.

The wounded

Cornerback Tramon Williams was the only casualty during the night practice. McCarthy called it a hip flexor, and wasn't sure of Williams' status for Tuesday.

Cramping, however, claimed more than a few players on a beautiful night.

"It's unfortunate. I don't think it's extremely hot. I think it's more excitement anxiety," McCarthy said. "I know two years ago when we practiced at night we had a bunch of guys cramp up, so that's something we'll emphasize again and correct."

Gbaja-Biamila and Clifton practiced after missing the morning session. Defensive tackles Ryan Pickett (hamstring) and Justin Harrell (back) remain out of action, and running back Ryan Grant remains unsigned.

Extra points

Aaron Rodgers, who had a strong practice, hit a wide-open James Jones on a deep ball down the right sideline. A breakdown in the secondary allowed Jones to run free once cornerback Charles Woodson dropped coverage.

— The defense overwhelmed the offense most of the time on running plays during 11-on-11 periods, though running back Noah Herron broke off a big run on a cutback.

— Twice, running back DeShawn Wynn — not known as the toughest guy on the team — finished off runs by lowering a shoulder into safety Charlie Peprah.

— There wasn't supposed to be any live tackling, but linebacker Brandon Chillar drilled tight end Joey Haynos.

Daryn Colledge worked as the starting left guard for both practices Monday. He's battling Allen Barbre for the job.

"Starting jobs aren't going to be won tonight, I can promise you that," McCarthy said.

Will Blackmon and rookie Jordy Nelson look like dangerous punt returners; rookie Patrick Lee had one punt bounce off his chest. Lee also struggled in one-on-one passing drills.

— Neither of the long snappers, Thomas Gafford and J.J. Jansen, had a truly bad snap, but Jansen's had more perfect ones.

— McCarthy lauded the work of running back Brandon Jackson, saying he had a "special practice."

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com


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