Packers Notes: Bulaga, Crosby, and Grant
Fresh off a 27-24 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff was less than pleased at Monday afternoon’s practice. On more than one occasion the coaches could be heard shouting expletives at the team. Specifically, several members of the media took note when head coach Mike McCarthy dropped an F-Bomb on running back Quinn Porter for not being where he was supposed to be during kickoff drills. So much for family friendly practices.
There seems to be a growing feeling that rookie Bryan Bulaga should get a shot at the starting left guard position. After Monday’s practice, McCarthy told reporters there is “no deadline on left guard.” He added that he “would like to have the line set by third game but we’ll see what happens.” If Bulaga keeps playing like he did in this video, he might just get a chance to be the starter over incumbent Daryn Colledge.
Another bright spot in Saturday’s game was kicker Mason Crosby. Crosby was a perfect 1-for-1 kicking field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points. Crosby followed Saturday’s strong performance by going 6-for-7 in today’s practice. There was some argument as to whether or not Crosby’s lone miss was blocked, but it’s practice, so I’m not going to dig too deep to find the answer.
Injuries continue to be a concern for the Packers. Running back Ryan Grant was held out of practice Monday due to a concussion. According to McCarthy, the injury is not serious and he hopes Grant will be able to “go tomorrow” in practice. The Packers know exactly what they have with Ryan Grant, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them be extra cautious with the 27-year-old out of Notre Dame.
The competition behind Grant is just beginning to heat up. Speaking to reporters today, McCarthy characterized Brandon Jackson as an “every down back.” He also added praise (without the expletives) for rookie Quinn Porter. McCarthy said the rookie out of Stillman College “has a lot of talent but he’s raw.” With running back Kregg Lumpkin joining Grant on the sidelines today due to a hamstring injury, Cheesehead TV’s Brian Carriveau noted that fullback John Kuhn took reps at the halfback position. Although I would not expect to see Kuhn playing back there in a game, his versatility certainly separates him from the pack of three fullbacks fighting to make the roster.