The Packer Report: Following the Trends

Who is trending upward and who is trending downward? We have the answers you need to know after Tuesday's two-a-day workouts.

Packer Report follows the trends in this daily feature.

Trending upward

— Just another day at the office for Charles Woodson. He intercepted two passes on Thursday night, the first a great read on a pass from Brian Brohm to Jordy Nelson and the second with sheer athleticism to run down a pass to Kole Heckendorf. Just before that second interception, he blitzed to stuff a run by Brandon Jackson.

Al Harris, the Packers' other ageless wonder at cornerback, made a great break on a pass from Brohm to almost intercept a pass to Heckendorf during the night practice. The talk about Harris being unable to adjust to the new zone concepts? A bunch of worthless speculation.

Aaron Kampman did whatever he wanted to for most of both practices. He had several sacks and flushed the quarterback from the pocket countless other times. Allen Barbre, Breno Giacomini, Dane Randolph, it doesn't matter. Oh, and he got downfield with great coverage to break up a pass to tight end Evan Moore. In the morning practice, Kampman and right tackle Allen Barbre got into a shoving match. On the next play, Kampman blew past Barbre for a sack. Moments later, he was quick into the flat, where he could have blasted Tyrell Sutton, who was making a juggling catch.

— It's not too late for Alfred Malone to make a run at a roster spot, especially with Justin Harrell out. Malone, who has textbook size to play 3-4 end, beat Jamon Meredith and Giacomini during one-on-one pass-rushing at night. In the morning, he deflected one pass and got in the backfield on a couple of runs.

— Either B.J. Raji is capitalizing on fresh legs or he's just too good. Regardless, he's been a real handful during his three practices. During the night practice, he bulldozed his way past Scott Wells during the two-minute drill and chased Brohm out of the pocket late in practice. Pairing Raji with Kampman on passing downs could be bad news for opposing quarterbacks.

— Kole Heckendorf continues to have a strong camp and definitely is bound for the practice squad. On Raji's aforementioned pressure of Brohm, Brohm scrambled out of the pocket and fired to Heckendorf, who made a diving catch in the end zone. It was one of two or three tough grabs during live periods.

Trending sideways

Aaron Rodgers just hasn't been consistently accurate yet. After a strong start to the night practice, he faltered late, including a mental error by dropping a shotgun snap during the two-minute drill. Rodgers is throwing deep more often during practice — especially deep down the middle, where he senses a weakness in Dom Capers' defense — but he's also missed some easy short throws.

— Right when you think Brian Brohm is having a strong practice, he throws interceptions to Charles Woodson and Charlie Peprah. On the bright side, during the night practice, he made some really good throws, including a bullet to Jake Allen for a touchdown despite good coverage by Tramon Williams.

Matt Flynn doesn't have Brian Brohm's arm strength but he makes good decisions — and he makes them quickly. Still, there's that arm strength. One of Woodson's interceptions came on a sideline route in which the ball just took too long to get to its destination.

— Breno Giacomini appears to be in the process of supplanting Allen Barbre at right tackle. But Giacomini hasn't been flawless by a long shot. In the morning practice, he was beaten twice in four plays by undrafted defensive end Ronald Talley. In the night practice, Alfred Malone got under him and pushed him back with ease during one-on-one pass rushing.

Trending downward

— Tyrell Sutton was sensational in the scrimmage but not so much on Tuesday. In the morning, he dropped a couple of passes and failed to pick up Tramon Williams on a blitz. At night, he was beaten by Brandon Chillar on a blitz and then failed to run out of bounds after a catch during the two-minute drill.

— Allen Barbre is in the process of losing the job at right tackle, which he's held since the start of the offseason. He played well against Cleveland but goes through stretches of subpar play during practice. At least three times on Tuesday night, just-signed Stryker Sulak beat Barbre with speed around the outside. In one-on-one pass rushing, defensive end Michael Montgomery surprisingly bull-rushed Barbre, who is the team's strongest player.

Joe Porter seems like a long shot to make the roster at corner but he is on the No. 1 punt return. In the span of three plays on defense during a red-zone drill, he allowed touchdowns to Jordy Nelson, Ruvell Martin and Donald Driver. A few plays before that, he was flagged for pass interference against Martin. Late in the night practice, however, he had a soaring deflection.

Play of the day

Aaron Rodgers has thrown some pretty deep balls in camp, but his short touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson during the night practice was a thing of beauty. Nelson had a step on cornerback Joe Porter on a corner route. Rodgers, who loves his fastball, lobbed a beauty over Porter and into the outstretched hands of Nelson.


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