Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde brings down Seattle Seahawks running back Robert Turbin in the first quarter of the preseason game Friday at Lambeau Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin catches a pass Tuesday during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly goes through drills on Aug. 20 during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
The Packersí last practice of training camp was Tuesday. Following are some of the standouts and disappointments of the past five weeks:
Micah Hyde: The fifth-round draft pick was perhaps the star of camp. He lacks long speed but has instincts and ball skills, and made as many plays as anyone on the team. He could end up the nickel back if Casey Hayward or Tramon Williams canít play early in the season, and even if they play, Hyde might force his way onto the field as the dime back.
Johnny Jolly: The 30-year-old defensive lineman beat long odds after his three-year hiatus from football and appears to be all but a lock for the final 53. His skill at batting down passes at the line of scrimmage is especially impressive because heís not a giant, heís 6-foot-3, and definitely not a leaper like Houstonís J.J. Watt.
Sam Shields: The fourth-year cornerback might be the teamís next emerging standout. Heís one of the two fastest players on the team and has added coverage discipline to that make-up speed. He played with such consistency in camp that he rarely gave up completions in team drills for anything other than short gains.
Mike Daniels: The second-year defensive lineman improved as much as anybody on the roster from last season, at least on the practice field. Daniels had the defenseís best record in one-on-one pass-rushing drills (15-16, ahead of Datone Jonesí 11-12). He plays with leverage at 6-foot and surprising power at 294 pounds, though heís occasionally swallowed up inside because of his short stature. He appears to have won a spot in the two-man inside-rush rotation along with Jones, B.J. Raji and Mike Neal.
Chris Banjo: The rookie from general manager Ted Thompsonís college (SMU) has a good shot at making the final 53 as the No. 4 safety even though he doesnít meet the Packersí 5-10Ĺ height minimum at defensive back. The team lists him at 5-10 but at his Pro Day he measured even shorter (5-9ĺ). At 207 pounds he plays fast, hits hard and has the makings of a good special teams player. Teams establish physical minimums for a reason, though, and Banjo did get beat twice by receivers in red-zone drills this week on passes over his head. He also could have great difficulty matching up with tight ends in pass coverage.
Mason Crosby: Did little to alleviate the teamís concerns about his prolonged kicking slump last season when he had a bad Family Night scrimmage (3-for-8) and missed three straight kicks during a short team kicking period a week ago. His 24-for-25 run since Thompson brought in a third kicker has been impressive, but what if Crosby misses a mid-range kick in the preseason finale?
Dezman Moses: The second-year linebacker was one of the standouts last year in camp, when he made the team as an undrafted rookie. But he hasnít done anything to stand out after sustaining a calf injury in the offseason and toe injury that sidelined him a week early in camp. He still might be the de facto No. 3 outside linebacker.
Johnathan Franklin: The fourth-round pick looked quick and balanced in the offseason and early in camp but hasnít done anything of note since. He might just be adjusting to the patience required for the zone running scheme, or he might not have the explosiveness to be more than a niche player.
B.J. Coleman: He might be the backup quarterback if heíd made a big jump from his rookie season last year. But he never made it a competition with Graham Harrell and later Vince Young, and still is trying to catch up to the speed of the NFL on a down-in, down-out basis. In the past week, heís been sharper running the Packersí offense and scout team and appears headed for the practice squad.
Loyce Means: The first-year pro looked like an NFL-caliber player in the offseason but gave up too many plays in practice and games to have much chance of making the team.
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