Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis makes a catch during NFL
football training camp, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Green Bay,
GREEN BAY — The
Green Bay Packers continue to wait for standout wide receiver Jordy
Nelson to start practicing in training camp.
"Status quo. I
really have no updates," coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday.
That's OK with
quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Minus Nelson, the
team's prolific pass catcher who is on the physically unable to
perform list, Rodgers is taking advantage of throwing more passes to a
promising group of young receivers.
And the two-time NFL
MVP likes what he's seen early in camp.
to be a lot of great competition," Rodgers said. "That's
exciting as a quarterback."
The competition has
been compelling already with Nelson sidelined because of a knee injury
he sustained while working out before camp started last week. Nelson
called the injury to his left knee "a hiccup."
When asked how he is
progressing, Nelson responded, "Great," as he quickly passed
through the locker room before practice Wednesday night.
After Randall Cobb,
who like Nelson has been entrenched as a starter the past few years,
the Packers have several candidates for anywhere from three to five
spots. The latter number may be a stretch, however.
"It's fun to
watch," Rodgers said.
Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis runs after making a catch
during NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in
Green Bay, Wis.
So far, returning
wideouts Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis have earned
praise from Rodgers and McCarthy with their performances in camp.
Ditto for rookies
Trevor Davis and Geronimo Allison.
Adams, in particular,
has stood out this week with some big catches on deep throws from
see him going and making plays, high-pointing the football and winning
those one-on-one battles," offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
said. "But you also see him improving the overall route
Those attributes are
reminiscent of the latter part of Adams' rookie season in 2014, when
he had a couple of breakout performances, including seven catches for
117 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's playoff win over the Dallas
But Adams, a
second-round draft pick, struggled in a more prominent role with
Nelson sidelined for the 2015 season because of a torn ACL in his
Adams averaged just
9.7 yards per catch with only one touchdown in a season hindered by an
ankle injury early on and then a knee injury that kept him out of the
playoff loss at the Arizona Cardinals.
A healthy Adams is
responding in a desirable way this summer.
feeling good, and you know, I'm making some plays and keep earning
that trust with Aaron," he said. "Coach is happy, so I've
just got to keep working."
pros Abbrederis and Janis are hoping to build off significant
contributions they gave the offense at the end of last season.
And with Ty
Montgomery also on the PUP list after he missed most of his rookie
season in 2015 with an ankle injury that required surgery, newcomers
such as Davis and Allison are getting quality reps early in camp.
The Packers took the
speedy Davis in the fifth round of this year's draft, intrigued by his
capabilities as a kick returner, and the 6-foot-3 Allison is a big
target as an undrafted rookie.
"It'll be nice
to get, obviously, Jordy back and Ty back, whenever that
happens," Rodgers said.
NOTES: RB Eddie Lacy
left practice Wednesday night for an undisclosed reason, but later
rejoined his teammates on the field. ... T Bryan Bulaga (knee), DT
Mike Daniels (personal), LB Jake Ryan (hamstring) and QB Brett Hundley
(ankle) didn't practice. McCarthy said Hundley, who is working as the
top backup to Rodgers, was nicked in practice Monday. RB James Starks
returned to practice after being out Monday.