Insider: Perry looks impressive in 1-on-1 drill

Aug. 6, 2012

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With veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers getting a night off, Green Bay Packers rookie B.J. Coleman (9) ran the offense during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. / Megan McCormick/Press-Gazette


The Insider's take on Green Bay Packers training camp practice on Sunday night.

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Those waiting for that moment when first-round draft pick Nick Perry looked like, well, a first-round pick, should have seen the one-on-one pass rushing/pass blocking drill on Sunday night.

As he has for most of camp, Perry took his first rep against right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who just happened to come into the night without a loss in 10 snaps this summer.

This time, however, it went much differently.

At the snap of the ball, Perry fired out of his stance and hit Bulaga with a burst of power. The bull rush steamrolled Bulaga, who ended up on his back, giving Perry his first victory in their seven head-to-head matchups. Perry had been 0-6 against Bulaga, but was a respectable 3-2 in his other reps during the drill that favors the offensive lineman.

It was Perry’s only turn in the entire drill on Sunday, but it was easily his most impressive play of camp.

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If Andrew Datko keeps playing like this, the rookie tackle is going to get someone killed.

That someone on Sunday almost was backup quarterback B.J. Coleman.

It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who allowed just one sack in 11 starts as a junior at Florida State. So far, he has been one of the worst pass protectors in camp. Maybe he should be given the benefit of the doubt because he missed all but four games of his senior season last year because of a shoulder injury.

During a no-huddle team period on Sunday, outside linebacker Erik Walden bull rushed Dakto and pushed him right into Coleman, who appeared to get undercut at the legs. Quarterbacks are never supposed to get hit in practice, which is why they wear the red jerseys, but this time he got hit by his own lineman.

Later in practice, Datko took two reps in the one-on-one drill and split them. He managed to block Jerel Worthy but got beat by Dezman Moses. He camp-long record in the drill is 10-12, one of the worst marks among the offensive linemen. He appears to especially struggle with speed rushers.

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♦ With quarterback Aaron Rodgers part of the group of veterans given the night off, Graham Harrell and Coleman ran the offense. Though neither could direct a game-winning drive during their turns in the 2-minute drill, both had some solid moments. Harrell hit Jordy Nelson on a back-shoulder throw for a 32-yard gain during a no-huddle period. Harrell looked a lot like Rodgers, who has perfected that throw. Coleman’s best throw was a 30-yard corner route to Diondre Borel during a move-the-ball period.

♦ Borel had another strong practice. In addition to the 30-yard catch, he had a pair of catches during a third-down period.

♦ Tori Gurley returned from the groin injury he sustained last Wednesday, but his snaps appeared to be limited.

♦ Mason Crosby, who had his first misses of camp during Friday’s Family Night scrimmage, went 2-for-3 on field goals. After making a 52-yarder, he missed wide left from 53 but then drilled one from 57.

♦ Linebacker Desmond Bishop, who practiced in pads for the first time, drilled fullback Nic Cooper to break up a swing pass during a goal-line period. While Bishop’s hit drew praise from his defensive teammates, the coaches thought it was too rough for a non-tackling practice.

♦ There were several fights or near fights during practice. On consecutive plays during one team period, linebacker Robert Francois and tackle Shea Allard went at it followed by defensive end Jarius Wynn and guard Greg Van Roten. Later, linebacker Jamari Lattimore threw a punch that knocked off guard Don Barclay’s helmet. and follow him on Twitter @RobDemovsky.

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