The first two days of training camp looked an awful lot like the past several weeks of mini-camps and organized team activities with players working in helmets, jerseys and shorts. The only difference? About twice as many fans surrounding Ray Nitschke Field. Mike McCarthy said after Sunday's second camp practice he's been more interested to see how the team is getting into and out of workout periods, if they're being conducted properly by the assistant coaches.
(Running backs work on side to side pass protection jams under the watch of RB assistant coach Sam Gash)
The time to zero in on how individuals are competing among one another will be soon enough, possibly as early as Monday when players don full pads for the first time. A couple of the players I talked to after practice don't exactly relish the idea of getting back to the banging because of the inevitable soreness that arrives on Tuesday. That feeling wasn't unanimous though. Defensive tackle Mike Daniels can't wait for real football. For the rest of camp, for better or worse, he'll look at his offensive teammates like they were NFC North Division opponents.
Audio: Mike Daniels.
Practice notes: Jamari Lattimore joined the injured list but it was nothing serious. McCarthy said he was battling a stomach illness. He joined Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Letroy Guion and Jerel Worthy on the sidelines. Jeff Janis was still not around because of an illness. T.J. Lang has a sore shoulder and while he got in some work, Don Barclay took turns at right guard with the starting offensive line.
The early punt returning candidates during special team periods include Randall Cobb, Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Myles White and Jared Abbrederis.
One thing we haven't seen this summer is a camp tradition of sorts, the 7 on 7 drill. It's a practice field staple where the offense lines up a center, quarterback, receivers and backs against a defense of linebackers and defensive backs. McCarthy has tweaked the drill a bit, now calling it the pressure pass drill. The 7 on 7 passing game concepts remain but a full offensive line works against a pair of pass rushing linemen. It looks like an 11 on 9 drill with the defense a bit shorthanded.
The crowds have been big on each of the first two days of camp. The team sits down anywhere from 6 to 10 players along tables inside the Don Hutson Center to sign autographs for approximately 20 minutes. And of course, the bike brigade forms a gauntlet waiting for their players to hop aboard their bikes for the ride back up to the stadium.
Looking forward to the hitting on Monday.