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Packers Notes: Bulaga, Crosby, and Grant

August 16, 2010

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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 6:21 pm

    First an observation: the title of your post reminded me of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. 🙂

    More importantly, I have started to change my mind on Bulaga at LG. I was very opposed to this at first because I thought it maght harm his growth at LT. However, after watching the game Sat, I must say he is more than qualified at this point to start as a rookie. I’d rather have the best 5 at this time start than hold him back and throw Colledge out there so Bulaga can learn LT. In a Super Bowl expectation season like this, it’s best to put your best players out there at all times.

    • August 16, 2010 8:41 pm

      “I’d rather have the best 5 at this time start…”

      You sound just like McCarthy. 😉 And I completely agree.

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