Rich Bisaccia hugs Jordy Nelson while flanked by Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb. (Bill Huber/Packer Central)
– Longtime Packers star receiver Jordy Nelson attended practice. He had a long conversation on the sideline with two of his former teammates, Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb. Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who was with the Raiders during Nelson’s year there in 2018, gave Nelson a big hug.
– During the one-on-one pass-protection drill, here were the starters’ results: left tackle Yosh Nijman, 2-0 vs. Preston Smith; left guard Jon Runyan, 1-1 vs. Dean Lowry; center Josh Myers, 2-0 vs. Kenny Clark; right guard Royce Newman, 0-2 vs. T.J. Slaton; right tackle Zach Tom, 1-1 vs. Rashan Gary.
Nijman’s wins vs. Smith were impressive, Lowry two strong bull rushes against Runyan and Tom showed some really good patience against Gary’s spin move.
– Sticking with that drill, Michael Menet scored two convincing wins vs. first-round pick Devonte Wyatt and mountainous offensive tackle Caleb Jones went 4-0 against La’Darius Hamilton and Chauncey Manac.
– The one-on-one blitz drill shows why veterans are veterans and rookies are rookies at running back. While Aaron Jones stymied linebacker Krys Barnes, linebacker Quay Walker easily beat Tyler Goodson and linebacker Isaiah McDuffie ran over BJ Baylor. In a star showdown, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell used a nice swim move to beat AJ Dillon.
– On the other end of the field, it was the one-on-ones with the receivers and tight ends going against the defensive backs. Thanks to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman for providing another set of eyes. Romeo Doubs caught 1-of-2. The first was a catch against tight coverage by Eric Stokes. On the other, Rico Gafford broke up a pass in the end zone. That play, in particular, excited defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Kabion Ento and Rasul Douglas picked off Jordan Love on back-to-back plays. Safety Innis Gaines, who has been dabbling as a slot corner, was beaten soundly by Amari Rodgers on one play but responded with two excellent breakups.
– Speaking of running backs, Goodson used his speed for back-to-back explosive runs. On the first, he stutter-stepped around Gafford to get into the open field. On the second, he ran through an ankle tackle at the line of scrimmage before sprinting into the clear. It was his two best plays of the summer and his best day of the summer. He will be a player to watch on Family Night.
– Another day, another sack for defensive tackle Jarran Reed. Another day, another running back engulfed by defensive tackle TJ Slaton. They’ve been tremendous throughout camp.
– An end-around flip from Aaron Rodgers to Allen Lazard turned into a fumble that Preston Smith recovered.
– Adrian Amos was a Player of the Day candidate. Not only did he have an interception but he threw his shoulder into Doubs to break up a pass and popped Jones. It’s safe to say that No. 31 is ready for the season.
– This was a Play of the Day candidate: Rodgers’ play-action fake indeed was a fake. With most eyes on the running back, Rodgers turned around and hit Lazard for a gain of 18 against Rasul Douglas. In good humor, Lazard tossed the ball at Douglas’ face. A few plays later, Quay Walker intercepted Rodgers. Rodgers’ arm might have been hit.