Ten players sat out Saturday's Family Night scrimmage, and three more players exited with injuries.…
Launching Point? Special Teams Start Strong
If the Green Bay Packers' special teams make a difference this season — you know, the good kind of difference — the takeoff point very well could wind up being Saturday's Family Night Scrimmage. Mason Crosby split the uprights, unlike last season. The punters kicked the ball high and far, unlike last season. The returners caught the ball and found running room, unlike last season. Special teams periods were sprinkled throughout the scrimmage, which is a carryover from what's taken place during the first week of training camp. Last year, a typical practice included 10 minutes of special teams. This year, the special teams period runs for 15 minutes, with extensive work on individual drills, and a 5-minute period later in practice. "It was obvious that there was an emphasis on special teams," coach Mike McCarthy said. "We were able to get a number of field goals kicked, both with the No. 1 field goal and field-goal protection. Also we wanted to create an environment for our punters...
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