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Training Camp Observations 8-3, Full Pads

Tim Masthay

This guy can punt!

Another hot day for practice, but I do it all for the love.

Ginger Kicks
Tonight marked the first night I was able to see Tim Masthay punt. He shanked his first punt and it went out of bounds after about 35 yards. He responded with at least half a dozen beautiful punts that went between 50 and 65 yards. In a punting session towards the end zone, Masthay was able to keep all of his kicks inside the 20. In one instance, he was under heavy pressure and had a punt that wasn’t pretty to look at, but went out of bounds at the 2. It may sound a little crazy to get excited over a punter, but after B.J. Sander, Derrick Frost, and Jeremy Kapinos it’s refreshing to finally find someone we can count on.

Year of the takeover “Y8TT8”
Defensive coordinators beware! Your game plan is about to be worthless. Jermichael Finley made a full return tonight and he looks as good as ever. One moment he’s running the deep post and catching an over-the-shoulder touchdown and another he’s catching a slant and taking it down the middle of the field. Finley says he’s at about 240 pounds which is the lightest he’s been at professionally. You can see an extra burst of acceleration. Morgan Burnett was able to defend him on a fade route in the end zone, but otherwise it looked damn near impossible. My only concern is Rodgers may lean on Finley too much.

Offense still finding rhythm
Though it isn’t all that uncommon this time of year, the quarterbacks and receivers are still struggling to get on the same page. There were many balls overthrown, a decent amount of drops by wide receivers, and some protection problems. All hope is not lost though. In a drill of No. 1’s versus No. 1’s, there was 1:11 on the clock and the offense was down by four. The first two passes were bombs down the sideline to Jordy Nelson, who battled for and caught both balls. Shortly after, Rodgers completed a pass to Driver on an out and he was able to extend for a touchdown with time still left on the clock. I may get worried if a lot of the second team guys have to play, but it looks like the first team can still function like we expect them to.

Odds and ends
Another night, another four, five, maybe six plays for Randall Cobb. His highlight of the night came on a play where Matt Flynn scrambled to his left and threw a ball that Cobb fully extended for while dragging his feet inbounds. James Starks had a handful of quality runs, picking his way through traffic. Rough night for Tom Crabtree. I counted at least three drops, though two of them would have been very difficult catches. Frank Zombo was tonight’s starter at outside linebacker. Derek Sherrod had difficulty with speed rushers when he was playing left tackle. Ryan Taylor continues to snatch balls out of the air away from his body, which should put a lot of pressure on a body-catcher like Andrew Quarless. Sam Shields looked like he was injured as Nelson fell on him during the first deep ball in No. 1 versus No. 1, but it looked like he was just hit in the groin.


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  1. Chris August 3, 2011

    “JUST hit in the groin?” Ouch.

  2. Brady August 3, 2011

    I should note that Cobb did drop his first attempt at a live punt. It went short and he tried to grab it on the run. Keep those comments/questions coming!

  3. Xavier August 4, 2011

    How did Mike Neal look?

    Who played safety in the first team 11 v 11?

    Who playedleft guard for the first team 11 v 11?

    1. Launchpad McQuack August 4, 2011

      I read that Neal looked OK. SPlit his reps in 1 on 1 with Sherrod. Got stood up by Sitton who apparently is the real deal. Still on a pitch count.
      Morgan Burnett got the starting nod with Peprah rotating in and out.
      From what I read, Clifton took most of the night off with Newhouse in at LT and Sherrod at LG.

    2. Brady August 4, 2011

      Neal took reps in individual drills but is still being held out of the team drills. Morgan was rotated in for full team end zone defensive drills but it was still Charlie Peprah who took all the snaps during the No. 1’s v No. 1’s. My guess is that Burnett will have to win the job back from Peprah instead of it just being given to him. Sherrod looks to be penciled in as the left guard and from what I’ve seen I doubt that will change.

      1. Matt August 4, 2011

        IMO Peprah should be with the #1’s until Burnett takes it away from him….nothing wrong with some good competition, and Peprah didn’t make too much noise last year, which for a free safety is probably a good thing seeing he helps to cover deep routes.

        Brady, now with Korey Hall out of town, how do you think Quinn Johnson will be utilized? Does he have any chance of being the #1 FB or is that Kuhn’s job to lose?

        1. Brady August 4, 2011

          I’ve been a huge fan of Quinn Johnson since his days at LSU though I think Kuhn is definitely the starter. If you look at the games last year, I don’t think it is any coincidence that our best rushing games occured when Big Q was in there. Quinn doesn’t always find the right hole but he dominates whomever is in front of him and forces a lot of players to make “business decisions” and not take him on. Kuhn can serve as a fullback, tailback, and a 3rd down back so I would consider him the starter but with a lot of our guys the playing time is purely situational.

  4. nurseratchett August 5, 2011

    Glad to hear JF acceleration & movement looks good. thanks for all the updates, Brady!