Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson, left, and Ty Montgomery talk during
NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 1 , 2015, in Green
GREEN BAY — The
dormitories at Green Bay Packers training camp have been a bit quieter
than normal in the evenings to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The young players are
trying to study up on the playbook. For the receivers especially, any
little edge helps when you're competing to catch passes from the NFL
"But that's what
this camp is all about, it's about sorting those things out,"
Rodgers said Thursday. "You have to show it in practice in order
for me to feel comfortable making those throws in the game."
The Packers might be
hitting the books again the next few days after coach Mike McCarthy
thought his team took a step backward at practice on Thursday after
two good days earlier in the week.
It is just one week
into camp, too early for the coaching staff to settle on a depth
chart. It's a time of camp when players are transferring what they've
studied on to the field.
This can be
especially difficult for the rookies. With all starters returning on
offense, plus most of the top reserves, the installation period has
been especially catered to older players this season.
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, talks with
offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett during NFL football training
camp, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
"It's been a
little difficult at times trying to learn all the different checks,
alerts, things like that," said receiver Ty Montgomery, the
Packers' third-round draft pick. "I think the hardest thing ...
is getting used to expecting certain coverages before the ball is
And that's coming
from a rookie who has been praised by McCarthy for his study habits,
and by Rodgers for his athleticism.
"So maybe that's
why it's so quiet at the dorms the last couple nights," Rodgers
said. "Guys are getting their studies in and getting sleep
because they've got to wake up early and come in and work out before
Once on the field,
they're being tested by Rodgers.
He'll throw long
passes in tight coverages with the hope that his receiver comes down
with the ball. Veteran Jordy Nelson can haul in those passes with
For young players
like Montgomery, it's an opportunity to prove themselves to the
Bay Packers’ Scott Tolzien throws a pass as Aaron Rodgers (12)
looks on during NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 1 ,
2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
"You make some
of these throws and see how the guys respond, and if they're making
the plays, then they're going to get more opportunities in the
preseason and probably be around for the regular season," Rodgers
said. "If they're not making those plays, they probably won't be
An unofficial count
in camp so far has Rodgers having thrown five interceptions in the
first week — or as many as Rodgers had thrown all of last season.
No, McCarthy is not
"I would think
at least three or four of them were competitive balls," McCarthy
said. "I mean, he's going to do things in training camp that he
might not obviously do on a Sunday, give guys chances to make plays
and so forth."
NOTES: Nick Perry
(groin) joined Clay Matthews among linebackers held out of practice
because of injuries. Matthews missed his third straight practice
because of knee soreness, and McCarthy said he is sitting out as a
precaution. Outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen) is getting close to
returning. For now, that leaves Julius Peppers as the only healthy
member among Green Bay's top four pass rushers. McCarthy doesn't
appear too worried about the injuries. ... RB Eddie Lacy (foot)
returned after leaving practice on Tuesday with a sore foot. The team
had a day off on Wednesday.