The competition is getting heated at cornerback.
For most of the last two seasons, the Packers went almost exclusively with Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson and Sam Shields as their three cornerbacks. That changed at the end of last season, with Jarrett Bush taking Shields’ spot in the lineup, and Bush has worked ahead of Shields throughout the offseason and has stayed ahead of Shields in training camp.
Now, Davon House is making his move. During a two-minute drill that capped a long and steamy Monday practice, House joined Williams, Woodson and Bush as the cornerbacks in the dime, with Shields left on the sideline. Late in the drill, second-round pick Casey Hayward took Bush’s place as one of the inside cornerbacks.
“I think they’re all in the picture,” coach Mike McCarthy said of a position where the Packers have enviable depth and Shields clearly remains in the picture.
House, however, had a tremendous practice. In the span of a few plays in a red-zone drill, House broke up a pass to Tori Gurley and intercepted a pass to Jarrett Boykin.
“He’s doing things very well in the drill work,” McCarthy said of House. “For all of those young guys, they need to continue to grow. These guys need to play games.”
Out: Fullback John Kuhn (knee); inside linebacker Desmond Bishop (calf), outside linebacker Frank Zombo (hamstring), defensive lineman Johnny Jones (knee), guard Jaymes Brooks (hamstring), tackle Derek Sherrod (leg) and tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list.
Greg Jennings (elbow) missed a second consecutive practice. Rookie tackle Mike McCabe will be out for at least a few more days with a hip injury. Rookie tight end Eric Lair sustained a knee injury of unknown severity on a running play.
Following the league’s concussion protocol, Jermichael Finley practiced in shells and went through individual drills for a second consecutive practice. He is on course to be in full pads on Tuesday.
Anthony Hargrove, after being excused for a personal matter on Friday and missing Saturday because of travel issues, was back on the field.
The week ahead
Practice will be held at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 7 p.m. on Thursday, with Family Night starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. There is no practice on Saturday, with 7 p.m. sessions on Sunday and Monday.
-- During the aforementioned two-minute drill, Aaron Rodgers “won” the game with a touchdown pass to Tom Crabtree with 5 second remaining. The offense got the ball trailing by four points and needing to travel 60 yards in 1:11 with one timeout. Rodgers had completions of 20 yards to Donald Driver and 15 yards apiece to D.J. Williams and James Jones to put the offense in position.
-- Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt was absent for a personal matter. McCarthy hoped Van Pelt would return by this evening.
-- Not only was there no practice on Sunday but the players got the full day off after being dismissed at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
-- Marc Tyler is wearing No. 26, which he wore at USC and was worn by Charlie Peprah.
We will have more following today's locker room session and press conference with Ted Thompson.
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