Notebook: Defense dominates

Plus much more from Tuesday, including Williams update and winners and losers during pass-rush drills

The Packers' defense dictated most of the plays during 11-on-11 periods at Tuesday's lone training camp practice.

Cornerback Charles Woodson had two interceptions, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers continually was flushed from the pocket and the running game barely had a prayer.

"Third down was the emphasis today," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I thought the defense had some very good stretches. I would say it's kind of your normal install day of third down, and there was some sloppiness and the timing wasn't where we need it to be."

Asked if that was typical for this early stage of camp, McCarthy said: "I think that's fair to say right now."

Woodson seemed on top of his game after admittedly feeling sluggish on Monday. His first interception came on the first pass play of 11-on-11s, when he jumped a slant from Rodgers to Greg Jennings. The other came when he jumped a slant from Matt Flynn.

Holding the line

The Packers held a pair of one-on-one pass-rushing drills. During the start of the second segment, the starting offensive line of Mark Tauscher, Jason Spitz, Scott Wells, Allen Barbre and Chad Clifton swept matchups against, in order, Aaron Kampman, Jason Hunter, Daniel Muir, Michael Montgomery and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

Later, though, KGB blew past Clifton with an inside move.

Muir and Hunter continue to excel against second-tier linemen. Muir whipped Junius Coston once and steamrolled Josh Sitton moments later. Hunter blew past Daryn Colledge with an inside move.

Rookie tackle Breno Giacomini, who had a rough practice Monday night in one-on-ones, was routed late in the drill by Montgomery but earlier had an impressive victory early against Hunter.

On the sideline

Defensive tackles Ryan Pickett (hamstring) and Justin Harrell (back) remain out of commission, and they were joined on the sideline by cornerback Tramon Williams (left hip flexor).

"I don't know what their timetable is. Just taking it day by day," he said.

Extra points

— Rookie J.J. Jansen continues to get the first reps as the long snapper. He is consistently better than Thomas Gafford, though neither have had a horrible snap. The third person in the derby, rookie offensive tackle Ryan Considine, air mailed a punt snap to Jon Ryan. Considine's snaps lack the zip of the Jansen's and Gafford's.

— Colledge worked as the starting left guard at both of Monday's practices, but Barbre was the starter on Tuesday. It's a continuation of their rotation that started during organized team activities.

— Rookie quarterback Brian Brohm had a tough practice on Monday night but was much sharper on Tuesday. Rodgers, who was so sharp in both practices on Monday, struggled a bit on Tuesday.

All the quarterbacks had their moments, though. Rodgers threw a beautiful deep ball that he fit in between a cornerback and safety to a sliding Taj Smith. Brohm moved up beautifully in the pocket and hit a crossing Jennings in stride. Flynn closed the practice by hitting Donald Driver, Tory Humphrey and James Jones in succession.

— Humphrey, who entered the NFL in 2005 but hasn't caught a pass, better watch out. Converted receiver Evan Moore, a 6-foot-6 rookie from Stanford, beat linebacker Abdul Hodge deep down the seam once and made a one-handed grab later. Humphrey, meanwhile, dropped a couple of tough but catchable passes.


Because of the Brett Favre news, McCarthy was not asked about the Ryan Grant contract dispute.

Woodson, who left the field by jokingly yelling, "We want Brett!," said his "main concern" is Grant.

"When do we get that guy in camp? Because he's just as big a part of the offense as Brett is, in my opinion. I should have said, ‘We want Ryan Grant.'"

Wednesday's schedule

There are two practices on Wednesday: 8:45 a.m. (shells) and 6:30 p.m. (pads).

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at

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