No. 1 Offense Posts Only TDs on Family Night
QB Aaron Rodgers (Jeff Hanisch/USP)
QB Aaron Rodgers (Jeff Hanisch/USP)
packwriter2002@yahoo.com
Posted Aug 4, 2012


Aaron Rodgers was incredibly sharp in leading a pair of scoring drives during the annual scrimmage, though he did not face the No. 1 defense. However, the backups struggled and there were too many pre-snap penalties.

Aaron Rodgers led the No. 1 offense to touchdowns on both possession during the Green Bay Packers’ Family Night Scrimmage on Friday night at Lambeau Field.

Facing a collection of backups on defense, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for 21 yards, Tom Crabtree for 24 yards and Jermichael Finley for 25 yards to set up James Starks’ 4-yard touchdown run.

Later, Rodgers floated a pass to Donald Driver for 37 yards to convert third-and-1 and, one play later, rifled a 33-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. Both of the long completions on that drive came against Brandian Ross, who had a pick-six of Rodgers on Family Night last year.

After both touchdowns, the entire offense took a “Lambeau Leap.” On the first, the replacement officials flagged the Packers for unsportsmanlike conduct. On the second, they turned a blind eye.

“I think everybody made it up, for the most part, except for Jeff (Saturday),” guard T.J. Lang said. “I think he struggled a little bit. But that was fun. As linemen, we don't get a chance to do that very often. It was definitely fun to have an opportunity to get up there.”

Lang added: “I think I got salsa all over my back. That wasn’t very fun.”

On Thursday night, coach Mike McCarthy voiced his displeasure with the number of pre-snap penalties. The scrimmage didn’t make him any happier, with four false starts, two defensive offside flags and a delay of game.

“Obviously, we're not happy about that, particularly when it's back-to-back nights,” McCarthy said. “We had an issue with pre-snap penalties last night. We had 14 last night, seven today, so we've obviously got to get that right. This is the process of training camp. My message to the team was let's get better and improve.”

Injury updates

New injury: OT Marshall Newhouse. Newhouse was led to the locker room by one of the trainers late in the scrimmage. McCarthy did not have any information on what was wrong.

Sitting out: CB Charles Woodson (rest); RB Marc Tyler (shoulder); FB Jon Hoese (hamstring); TE Eric Lair (knee); LB Brad Jones (knee); T Mike McCabe (hip); G Ray Dominguez (ankle); DL Mike Daniles (knee and groin); TE D.J. Williams (back); WR Tori Gurley (groin).

Limited: FB John Kuhn (knee) and LB Desmond Bishop (calf) took part in some pre-scrimmage drills but did not participate.

Active PUP list: OLB Frank Zombo (hamstring), DL Johnny Jones (knee), G Jaymes Brooks (hamstring), T Derek Sherrod (leg) and TE Andrew Quarless (knee).

The week ahead

The team will take Saturday off before practicing at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. There is no practice on Wednesday as the team flies to San Diego for the preseason opener at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Four-point stance

-- Punter Tim Masthay, who set team records in gross (45.4) and net (38.4) average last season, agreed to a four-year contract extension worth a reported $5.465 million that included a $1.2 signing bonus. Tacked onto his current deal, Masthay is signed through 2016. “It's really simple for me: I consider it a great honor and privilege to play for this organization. I'm just thrilled to know that's going to continue.”

-- Mason Crosby hadn’t missed a field goal in a live situation until Friday. He hit from 37, 40, 30, 37 and 38 yards to start the night. During a “Thunder” drill in which the offense runs a play with 21 seconds on the clock and the field-goal team hurries on the field, Crosby missed from 40 but time had expired. They re-ran the drill and Crosby missed from 45. After hitting from 45, Crosby missed from 40 in another “Thunder” drill and then missed from 46 to make him 6-for-9 in live drills. At the end of practice he missed from 53, hit from 56, missed from 60, hit from 60 and missed from 62 while not facing the field-goal block unit.

-- Rodgers led the only touchdown drives, with Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman failing to get the team into the end zone. Harrell did get the No. 2 offense to the No. 1 defense’s 16-yard line, but the drive stalled starting on first down, when unblocked Jerel Worthy sliced into the backfield and dropped Duane Bennett for a loss of 5.

-- The team reported all 70,000 tickets had been sold but attendance was 55,605.


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