Tight end Brandon Bostick is an underdog trying to win one of the last spots on the Packers’ 53-man roster, and receptions like the one he had in practice Wednesday will go a long way toward getting him there. In a red-zone team period, Bostick made one of the best catches of training camp while playing for the scout-team offense. On a first down from the 15, he ran a corner route to the left side of the end zone, and quarterback B.J. Coleman threw a jump ball. The 6-foot-3 Bostick, sandwiched between two defenders, jumped and tipped the ball with one hand, then caught it in one arm as he fell on his back to the ground. Bostick spent last year on the Packers’ practice squad to help with his move from a receiver in college at Division II Newberry to tight end in the NFL. The last of the Packers’ four or possibly five roster spots probably will come down to Bostick, fourth-year pro Andrew Quarless and third-year pro D.J. Williams. Bostick is the worst blocker of that group and will have to show improvement there in the next two weeks to make it. But a catch or two like that in a preseason game would be tough for the Packers to ignore.
First, there was the news that the Packers had contacted kicker Dan Carpenter before he signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday morning. Then Mason Crosby had a disastrous practice. Suddenly, Crosby’s recent hot streak, which appeared to have him on course to win the Packers’ kicker job, counts for little, and the job seems as wide open as ever. Crosby on Wednesday hit a 43-yard field goal early in practice, when he and Giorgio Tavecchio took one kick each. But then in a later period, with a strong wind at their backs, Tavecchio hit a 36-yarder, and Crosby missed three straight (two from 42 yards, one from 44) before hitting his fourth (from 44). All four kicks were in succession, which is unusual because Crosby and Tavecchio have been alternating kicks all camp. It sure looked like special teams coach Shawn Slocum kept Crosby kicking until he made one. “It’s not a good day,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He didn’t have a good day probably like a lot of other guys didn’t have a very good day today.” Crosby had made 32 of 35 field goal attempts in live drills and games since going 3-for-8 at the team’s Family Night scrimmage. His 1-for-4 Wednesday leaves open the door for Tavecchio or a kicker in another team’s camp.
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■ Though receiver Randall Cobb returned to practice Wednesday after missing a week because of a biceps injury, he took part only in individual and group drills, and did not in 11-on-11. It appears highly unlikely Cobb will play against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night.
■ Rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari has held up well as a pass blocker in practice and two preseason games, but run blocking has been another story for the 305-pounder. On one snap in a half-line running-game drill Wednesday, outside linebacker Clay Matthews blew back Bakhtiari a couple of yards, directly into Alex Green’s running lane, knocking the back down for about a 2-yard loss. It wasn’t the first time Matthews has overpowered Bakhtiari on a run play in camp.
■ Wednesday was the Packers’ lone full-pads practice of the week, and McCarthy was upset with the lack of intensity in team drills in his post-practice news conference. During the regular season, the Packers usually are in pads the second practice of the week (i.e., Thursday), but there were only six days between games this week, so McCarthy had them in pads for the final practice of the week. “Trying to create more opportunities, get more information off certain players,” McCarthy said. “Couple drills we do on Friday we normally don’t do, so there’s a number of moving parts. But at the end of the day, the players are supposed to practice, and when the pads are on we practice a certain way and when the shells are on we practice a certain way, and we didn’t accomplish that today.”
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