SATURDAY’S PLAY, PLAYER AND POSITION OF DAY

White (Bruce Kluckhorn/USA TODAY)

We take a look back at Family Night with the surprising star of the night, an impressive (and dangerous) show of strength and a look at the receiver group, which is dealing with the loss of Jared Abbrederis.

Here’s our review of the seventh practice of Green Bay Packers training camp – Saturday’s Family Night.

PLAY OF THE DAY

The period is called “pass under pressure.” Aaron Rodgers felt plenty of pressure from Mike Daniels.

It’s probably not possible to synchronize these things, but coach Mike McCarthy probably would rather not have Rodgers standing in the pocket while emerging star Daniels rushes against an undrafted rookie. In this case, Daniels used a mighty bull rush to steamroll John Fullington – a pretty decent prospect, by the way -- about 5 yards back in the blink of an eye. Rodgers unloaded the ball before almost being taken down by a reeling Fullington.

That’s been typical Daniels. He’s talked tough throughout the offseason and training camp and has backed it up with his play every day.

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Undrafted rookie tight end Colt Lyerla has received plenty of attention for his off-the-field issues at Oregon and his underdog bid to make the roster. Going under the radar has been undrafted rookie defensive tackle Mike Pennel, who had his share of off-the-field issues at Arizona State before closing his career at Colorado State-Pueblo.

Pennel, who might have an opening to make the roster as Letroy Guion and Jerel Worthy haven’t practiced yet, got into the backfield three times in one period. The most impressive of those plays came when he shoved center Garth Gerhart into the backfield and tackled Rajion Neal in the backfield.

“It was just another practice, another time to show up,” Pennel said. “Being a free agent, you’ve got to show up any time you can. Just being able to show up in front of all of those people gives you a little extra juice.”

Said McCarthy: “I thought Pennel showed up, particularly in the move-the-ball period, I know he was free, clean tackle on the back. He definitely flashed tonight.”

POSITION OF THE DAY

Jared Abbrederis’ season-ending ACL injury throws a big curve into the receiver position. Abbrederis was the favorite to be the fifth – and possibly final – receiver on the roster. The rookie from Wisconsin was picking things up quickly, flashed excellent hands and showed potential value on special teams as a returner.

Now what? Myles White, who caught nine passes as an undrafted rookie and put on 12 pounds during the offseason to improve his run-after-the-catch abilities, is probably the favorite. He’s caught about as many passes as any receiver on the roster not named Jordy Nelson. Kevin Dorsey is definitely in the mix. He made an impressive touchdown catch and ranks high on the special teams depth charts. Chris Harper and Alex Gillett dropped passes to continue their inconsistent summers. And rookie Jeff Janis hasn’t practiced yet due to illness.

“I don’t really try to play the numbers game,” White said. “Anything can happen. It’s not my job. My job is to come here and perform and do what I’m told.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

McCarthy, on striking a balance of getting work done while having fans pay $10 for a non-scrimmage: “I've never given that any thought. I'd pay to watch that performance tonight. The opportunity to see your favorite football team and be a big part of trying to make us better. The environment the fans created for us was as good as it's been. I was a little curious to see what the flow was going to be like because it was totally different to the fans. But the energy from where I was standing was unbelievable. I thought it was awesome, maybe our best level of energy as far as participation and music. I know our game day operations are looking into some new things and I was very pleased.”


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