The Packer Report: Following the Trends

Who is trending upward and who is trending downward? We have the answers you need to know after the 11th and 12th practices of training camp.

Packer Report follows the training camp trends in this daily feature.

Trending upward

— Maybe Mason Crosby is back on track. A day after converting only 6-of-9 field goals, Crosby went 3-for-3, drilling kicks from 53, 58 and 53 yards.

— It was good to see running back Brandon Jackson back on the field, as evidenced by his run on a screen pass early in practice. His legs are obviously fresher than every one else's after being out more more than a week. But in saluting Jackson's screen sprint, it's important to make mention of guard Andrew Hartline's dominating block against Brandon Underwood.

— Reserve defensive back Jarrett Bush made a nice play to break up a pass in the end zone to JaRon Harris. Later, Bush downed a punt at the 4-yard line. And speaking of reserve defensive backs, Charlie Peprah had an interception in a one-on-one drill and had a couple of decisive blitzes.

Desmond Bishop continues to be a one-man wrecking crew, whether it's during a blitz period or individual drills. He even made a nice play in coverage during the morning practice to take away a completion to tight end Spencer Havner.

— It's easy to forget about Greg Jennings and Donald Driver because they're so consistently good. There isn't a practice that one or the other or both aren't getting behind the secondary to haul in a long completion. Driver did it during a no-huddle drill in the morning practice. Jennings did it at night by getting well past overmatched rookie Trevor Ford.

Trending sideways

— In the morning practice, Quinn Johnson was flagged for a false start, with coach Mike McCarthy gruffly yanking Johnson from the lineup. During the night practice, he flashed his immense potential for the first time. In a clash of big hitters in a blitz drill, Johnson demolished linebacker Danny Lansanah. Later, while providing opposition during a punt-blocking drill, Johnson chucked John Kuhn to the ground. He also won two of his three matchups against hard-hitting linebacker Desmond Bishop while part of the scout offense.

— In the morning practice, it was the worst of Aaron Kampman, with the two-time Pro Bowler getting beat in coverage on back-to-back plays by Devin Frischknecht and Kole Heckendorf. In the night practice, it was the absolute best of Kampman. He consistently beat Allen Barbre on passing plays, had a nice drop in zone coverage to force an incompletion and was all over an end-around and a couple of bootlegs.

— If anyone else on the roster would have made this mistake, he would have got his butt chewed out. But nary a word was spoken when tight end Spencer Havner motioned to the right and ran into quarterback Matt Flynn just after the snap. Havner's head must be swimming from playing offense, defense and being with the No. 1 unit on all of the special teams.

— Tight end Jermichael Finley had a few lapses early in practice, including a bad drop on a nice pass from Matt Flynn. He also was routed on a running play by Alfred Malone. One play after the missed block, he was superb in pass protection to allow Aaron Rodgers to connect deep with Greg Jennings. Finley later made a terrific toe-tapping catch in the back of the end zone on a two-point play.

Tyrell Sutton's electric feet drew oohs and aahs from the fans on a run around left end against the starting defense. His pass protection remains iffy, though. While he did a nice job to pick up Will Blackmon on a corner blitz, he also allowed sacks to Tramon Williams and Joe Porter during team periods and got pushed back by A.J. Hawk in a one-on-one blitz period.

Trending downward

— The battle for right tackle is bound to heat up. Allen Barbre had a long night against Aaron Kampman. Barbre allowed at least three sacks, including a pair in the only true 11-on-11 period pitting the starting offense against the starting defense. Barbre might be the strongest player on the team but Kampman is a master of leverage. Barbre and Josh Sitton also got yanked for a false start.

— After a couple of impressive punting sessions, Jeremy Kapinos put four of his 10 in the end zone while punting from the 40-yard line. There's hardly a more wasted play in the sport than a touchback when the goal is to pin the offense inside the 10-yard line. If there's a bright side, all but one of the touchbacks was closed to being downed. Still, this phase of the game is supposed to be his strength.

— Tight end Devin Frischknecht frittered away a strong start to practice by being too lazy in hauling in a pass against safety Anthony Smith during a one-on-one drill. Smith stripped the ball at the last second. Later, Frischknecht either dropped a pass or caught it and had it stripped.

— With Brandon Jackson healthy again, running back Kregg Lumpkin needs to pick up the pace. Getting beaten soundly by Desmond Bishop a couple of times during a blitz period won't help his cause.

Play of the day

It's not often that something in the no-pads morning practice trumps anything that happened during the physical night practice, but Kole Heckendorf's leaping catch while getting sandwiched between Charlie Peprah and Tramon Williams was a thing of beauty.

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