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Notebook: Packers add 2.5-second passing clock to practice

10:22 PM, Jul. 27, 2012

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The Packers are introducing a new gadget in training camp, a 2.5-second timer on the sidelines that alerts players on passing plays.

The clock, which is used in 7-on-7 and team drills, is set at 2.5 seconds and starts when the ball is snapped. When it hits zero, a faint siren sounds and colored lights flash.

Coach Mike McCarthy said most pass plays are designed for the quarterback to throw within 2.4 or 2.5 seconds, and that the device is useful for both sides of the ball. ...

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