Prior to Thursday morning, NT Demetris Anderson’s last time in pads had been Dec. 26, 2014, when his Central Florida Knights lost to North Carolina State, 34-27, in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Last July, he blew out his ACL about a week before the start of practice. A two-year starter, every NFL team except the Packers forgot about him. His only post-draft tryout offer came from Green Bay, and on May 9 he signed a minimum contract. Anderson (6-1½, 318) impressed teammates Thursday with his squatty strength in the full contact half-line drill. Shortly thereafter, the pass rushers posted a mere 9-22-5 record in the one-on-one drill. Anderson went 2-1, getting decisions with C-G Matt Rotheram twice before being stopped by G Josh Walker. “I felt like I did good my first day in pads in over a year and a half,” Anderson said. “Now I’ve just got to keep learning from the vets.”
It’s a crowded field at wide receiver with 12 players jousting for what was five roster berths in eight of the last nine years. Looking to bounce back from an awful season, Davante Adams is off to a spotty start. At 6-1 and 215, Adams is a big receiver. But size is a detriment if a player can’t separate from defenders. That’s what was happening to Adams on three plays. In a play-action period, he dropped a crossing route with a defensive back in his back pocket. In a blitz period, Adams tried to make another contested catch with Quinten Rollins all over him. From here, it looked like a catch and lost fumble after Rollins stripped the ball out. Finally, in a normal down-and-distance period, Aaron Rodgers took a very deep drop and hurled the ball about 50 yards to Adams. Adams, however, was unable to get away from Morgan Burnett and the pass fell incomplete.
TE Mitchell Henry sat out because of cramping. LB Manoa Pikula limped off.
BITS AND PIECES
» CB LaDariusGunter made three big plays. He broke hard on a flat pass to John Crockett, sliced in from the slot to tackle Brandon Ross for minus-3 and sacked Brett Hundley on a stealthy interior blitz.
» Luke Benuska, a backup tackle at Texas Christian from 2012-15, is spending the summer as an intern in the Packers’ personnel department. Many of the interns have gone on to personnel jobs with Green Bay or other NFL teams.
» The first practice in pads was a marathon. When the final individual period stressing fundamentals was done, the workout had run 2 hours, 34 minutes. Last year, the first practice in pads lasted 2:30 and the second a summer long of 2:35.
» Mason Crosby stayed perfect on field goals, drilling all six attempts ranging from 32 to 48 yards. Tim Masthay was the holder on four; Peter Mortell got two.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“There’s definitely a difference (in contact) from college to the pros. They’re better, stronger, bigger guys, generally speaking. They’re all grown men who have been working out for years.” — Rookie LB KylerFackrell
Friday, no practice. Saturday, 8:15 a.m.