Alright, let’s start by clearing the air.
Eddie Lacy is fine.
His conditioning is where it needs to be and he is by no means as overweight as the viral “unflattering” picture makes him out to be. Overall practice was very high energy and a little “friendlier” after a few confrontations between the offense and defense Sunday. The biggest news was probably no news at all regarding any new injuries to key players. That is indeed good news.
Graham Harrell took second team reps today as expected. Probably not a big shocker, but in all honesty, B.J. Coleman has come a long ways in his sophomore year. His accuracy is much improved and observers can tell he looks much more confident throwing the ball. This will at least make for an interesting storyline to keep an eye on as the preseason progresses.
In talking with a few younger fans in attendance today, it was very humbling listening to their input about the upcoming season. We’re talking 11- and 12-year-olds that know as much about the roster and players as some analysts do. They did bring up an interesting point, however, making a case for the possible release of John Kuhn depending on how many tight ends are kept. True, we aren’t exactly known as a running offense, but I would have to think it would at least be a point of emphasis bringing in Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.
Regardless, it’s great to see kids like this with such a passion for the team.
In 7-on-7 drills, Datone Jones looks like the real deal. His size alone makes him a very difficult matchup along the defensive line. Nick Perry still has work to do regarding pass coverage, but it is at least nice to see him on the field again. Look for Dezman Moses to make a serious push to start week 1. He definately stands out among the crowd in his tenacity on the defensive side of the ball.
Giorgio Tavecchio is one of the smallest kickers around, but he does have a fairly decent leg. Many fans were upset Ted Thompson didn’t bring in any competition for Mason Crosby during his struggles last year. Once again this will be another story to keep an eye on as it plays out.
The secondary looked sharp today. On the field, Morgan Burnett really looks poised to fill the leadership hole that was left by Charles Woodson. He was seen directing players during drills and seems to have a great grasp on Dom Capers’ system.
So far, everything looks right on par with where Mike McCarthy seems to want it. Tempo seems to be quite high at practice and players seem eager to have another shot at San Francisco after January’s debacle.
As long as the aggression and tenacity is channeled correctly, it would seem (so far at least) that Packers Nation has much to be excited about.