Packer Notes: Bubble trouble
tonya

Posted Aug 28, 2004


Cutdown day is looming around the corner, ready to burst the bubble for some, give a brief reprieve to others, and reward a chosen few who are on their way to a roster spot.


Craig Nall didn't help his cause in his first big opportunity of the preseason. Nall, who had a strong week of practice, failed to complete a pass in five attempts and did not move the offense. Coincidentally, a long pass which could have looked good for Nall was dropped by WR Carl Ford, another player on the bubble.

Ford caught one pass for 7 yards on what turned out to be the Packers' last gain of the evening.

Scottie Vines, another WR hopeful, made a small splash with two catches for 24 yards.

On the positive side of the fence Friday night was Tony Donald. The tight end continued to impress on special teams with two key take-downs. His tenacious efforts were an island in a sea of missed tackles on return coverage.

Donald put some icing on the cake with an 18-yard reception, accounting for the majority of Scott McBrien's passing yards.

Meanwhile, Doug Pederson proved he wasn't really on the bubble afterall. Instead, Pederson only solidified his position of strength the only dependable backup with the regular season just two weeks away. Not expected to take snaps Friday to give the battling youngsters more playing time, Pederson ended up coming in and providing the only ball movement from a backup. Pederson went 6-of-10 for 57 yards.

Quotebook: WR Javon Walker, a former FSU player, on returning to Florida: "It’s always good coming back. This is where I live in the off-season. It’s a great feeling being here and also seeing some of my old teammates. Greg (Jones) had a heck of a game. I knew he was a great back from Day One. Once he gets things going, he’s going to be a good back in this league."

Cool, dude: The Packers experimented Friday with a personal air conditioning system in the humid Jacksonville weather. While players took a breather on the sidelines, a tube from a portable main unit was inserted directly into the players' shoulder pads. A blast of cool air was delivered directly to the torso, combatting the temperatures which remained in the mid-80s for the night game.

The same system can be used to deliver warm air to players during the bone-chilling late-season games.

Super hype: 165 days and counting. That's how long the wait is until Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville according to countdown clocks in the airport and throughout the city. History is not on the city's side, however. No host team has ever made it to the Super Bowl.

Practice cancelled: The Green Bay Packers’ Sunday afternoon practice, originally scheduled for 2:15, has been cancelled. Green Bay Packers GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman will still meet the press later in the afternoon as scheduled. As it stands now, practice times on Monday will remain the same.



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