Today's practice was a warm one.

Notes from Tuesday's Packers training camp practice

Nick Perry and Clay Matthews at Tuesday’s practice.
Luke Hanish photograph

Lombardiave.com’s own Luke Hanish attended Tuesday’s Green Bay Packers training camp practice and came away with these observations:

• Today’s Packers practice was originally supposed to be full pads but it was not. Not sure if it was because of the heat.

• Alex Green potentially returning kicks? Apparently so, as Green was seen with Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum before practice getting in some work fielding kicks. It did seem like more of an experiment at this point more than anything but with a surplus of running backs this year, why not?

• At the Packers backup quarterback position, consistency is still seriously lacking. Each of the three had their moments, but each made their share of mistakes as well. It will be very interesting to see which backup makes it out of camp. Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not at practice today due to a minor illness and was it ever evident as 7 on 7 drills seemed to have no flow and no sense of continuity with the three backups running the show.

• Keep an eye on Jake Stoneburner. He had a hell of a touchdown catch Saturday in St. Louis and had more than one similar grab in today’s Packers practice. Of all the guys fighting for a roster spot, he seems to be playing with the most sense of urgency. His style of play screams he’s the type that refuses to take even the little things for granted.

• One burning question so far is this: Do the Packers finally have the Jermichael Finley we’ve all come to know back from a dismal 2012? He’s been fantastic in camp and showed much more chemistry with Rodgers Saturday in St. Louis than he arguably did all of last season. He had another great practice today.

• Barring anything unforeseen, it’s almost certain that Micah Hyde makes this Packers team. He was burned early against St. Louis on a deep route by Chris Givens, but made up for it throughout the rest of the game by making more than a few impact plays and seemingly being on the field for its entirety. The rookie corner isn’t the fastest guy on the field, but has great awareness and instincts along with a knack of always being around the ball.

• One other interesting observation, Omarius Hines shared reps with Johnathan Franklin as the only two who returned punts today. Not sure if Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is completely sold on Franklin returning punts yet or not.

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