What you need to know: Monday

We have a quick-hitting look at the day's minicamp practice, with everything from attendance to punting.

Some quick hits from Monday morning's practice:

Here and there

— The practice was supposed to be one of two on the day. Instead, the afternoon workout was canceled for a team-building exercise at a local bowling alley. Practices on Tuesday will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. The final minicamp practice, at 10:15 a.m., will be held on Wednesday. That's it until training camp begins on Aug. 1.

— Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins was at the mandatory minicamp, but cornerback Charles Woodson and cornerback Will Blackmon were not. Woodson was at a charity function and was excused and Blackmon got married over the weekend. Coach Mike McCarthy said Blackmon was expected back on Monday night.

— Out with injuries were offensive tackles Breno Giacomini (ankle) and Chad Clifton (knees and shoulders), safeties Atari Bigby (ankle) and Anthony Smith (groin), linebacker Nick Barnett (knee), defensive ends Cullen Jenkins (ankle) and Alfred Malone (wrist), center Scott Wells (shoulder), receiver Jamarko Simmons (back) and tight end Carson Butler (leg).

— Barnett and Bigby were with the starting defense during the opening jog-through period. A smiling Barnett emerged from rehab later with a bag of ice wrapped around his reconstructed right knee; Bigby, like during OTAs, occupied himself by doing handstands.

On the field

— In a live punting period, incumbent Jeremy Kapinos and talented newcomer Durant Brooks each punted eight times. When Brooks is on, he's on, but when he's not, he's not. Kapinos didn't have a bad one in the bunch and his next-to-last boot soared about 15 yards over the returner's head. His leg's not as lively but he's more consistent. Both had to deal with a couple of bad snaps from backup Duke Preston, and Brooks hit a low, end-over-ender on one of them.

We talked to both of them after practice. Brooks, a sixth-round pick by Washington last year who's short run there was doomed by a hip flexor, is confident in his skills. Kapinos, who wasn't even in a training camp last summer, says he's a better punter today because of the every-day experience.

— It's a good thing these are noncontact practices. Jordy Nelson made a nice catch on a pass from Aaron Rodgers. If it was a game situation, safety Aaron Rouse would have pulverized Nelson because Rodgers' pass appeared to not lead him enough to the outside.

Tramon Williams continues his strong offseason. Starting in place of Woodson, he deflected a pass that was almost intercepted, and he didn't give up more than a couple of completions.

— During a red-zone drill, the defense came out on top on a series of plays from inside the 20-yard line. The offense scored two touchdowns, one on a nice connection from Rodgers to Ruvell Martin and the second on a short quarterback draw by Brian Brohm.

— There were no lineup changes on offense. The starting offensive line remains, from left, Tony Moll at tackle, Daryn Colledge at guard, Jason Spitz at center, Josh Sitton at guard and Allen Barbre at tackle.

On defense, B.J. Raji and Johnny Jolly were the ends with Ryan Pickett at nose tackle. When OTAs began, Raji and Justin Harrell were the ends. Jolly/Harrell are playing in place of Jenkins. The linebackers, as they have been all offseason, were Aaron Kampman and Jeremy Thompson on the outside and Brandon Chillar (for Barnett) and A.J. Hawk on the inside.

— While acknowledging that most teams are thrilled with where they stand at this time of year, McCarthy is pleased by the state of the team about five weeks before the start of training camp.

"It's really a correction period throughout the whole minicamp for everything that we have done over the course of the OTAs," he said. "If you watched the blitz period, there were blitzes in there from the first install to the ninth install, no different for the offense. So very gamelike as far as the volume of information the player has to take from the classroom on to the practice field today, and that's always a good indicator of your pulse of the football team from a scheme standpoint. We practiced fast. I thought the tempo was outstanding."

Quoteworthy

Yeah, Aaron Rodgers. I'll name him right away. He was over there holding up an iPod like it was a microphone right now. So, he's always making it that much easier as far as breaking us in. Everyone right now, rookies, it's true what they say. You're definitely the lower man on the totem pole. It's fun. There's no real hazing, but it's fun to be the little guy again.

— Clay Matthews III, on who gives the rookies a hard time


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