Camp Insider: David Bakhtiari finishes unbeaten

Bob McGinn
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton (71), tackle David Bakhtiari (69) and tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field.

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David Bakhtiari was more than just hard to beat in the one-on-one pass rush drill. He was impossible to beat. Based on results compiled subjectively by the Journal Sentinel in the seven one-on-one sessions of training camp, Bakhtiari finished with a 12-0 record to become the third offensive lineman to sport an unblemished record since 2008. Scott Wells went 6-0 in 2010; Josh Sitton finished 8-0 in ’13. Previously, Bakhtiari went 19-4-5 (.768) in 2013, 7-4-2 (.577) in ’14 and 5-4-1 (.550) in ’15. Following, in order of players with at least five reps, were Jason Spriggs, 21-3-3 (.833); Josh Walker, 17-3-2 (.818); JC Tretter, 5-1-2 (.750); Kyle Murphy, 13-4-4 (.714); Don Barclay, 12-5-2 (.684); Lane Taylor, 7-2-5 (.679); Bryan Bulaga, 4-2 (.667); Matt Rotheram, 11-8-3 (.568); Jacob Flores, 8-7-5 (.525); Kyle Steuck, 3-5 (.375), and Lucas Patrick, 8-16-7 (.371). T.J. Lang went 1-0, Josh James went 3-0-1, Sitton wasn’t used and Corey Linsley was injured all camp.

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The outside linebackers, a unit rated by the Packers as both powerful and deep, was neither in the one-on-ones. In fact, four players failed to notch a single victory despite having 10 or more chances. In all, the OLBs finished 9-70-10 for a winning mark of .157, which paled in comparison to the defensive linemen (47-58-24, .457). Surprisingly, the leading pass rusher was NT Brian Price, the rookie free agent from Texas-San Antonio. Mike Daniels, the winner two of the past three years, was no match for Price, who went 8-4-3 (.633). “He’s improving,” D-line coach Mike Trgovac said Monday. “He was kind of a guy hopping around and stuff. The kid’s got ability. He just didn’t know what he’s doing. He’s still learning, don’t get me wrong, but he’s improving at it. He’s a strong, good-leverage player that can flip his hips.” Following Price were Christian Ringo, 7-6-2 (.533); Letroy Guion, 6-7-5 (.472); Kenny Clark, 5-6-6 (.471); Tyler Kuder, 7-9-1 (.441); Daniels, 3-5-2, and Mike Pennel, 5-8-2 (both .400); Dean Lowry, 4-7-2 (.385), and Demetris Anderson, 2-6-1 (.278). Lerentee McCray paced OLBs with 3-7-3 (.346). He was followed by Datone Jones, 4-9-3 (.344); Julius Peppers, 1-3 (.250); Clay Matthews, 1-5 (.167); Reggie Gilbert, 0-11-3 (.107); Nick Perry, 0-12-1 (.039); Jayrone Elliott, 0-11 (.000), and Kyler Fackrell, 0-12 (.000).

Despite having an extra week of available practice time, the Packers ran 217 reps in the always-spirited drill. They had 235 last year, just 194 in ’14. The 365 reps in 2011 were the Packers’ high-water mark in the last nine summers.

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Injury report

Returning to full practice Monday were WR Jordy Nelson, WR Jeff Janis, DT Letroy Guion and LB Jake Ryan. Returning on a limited basis were QB Brett Hundley and S Morgan Burnett.

Missing their first practice with injuries suffered in the 49ers game were TE Kennard Backman (knee), RB John Crockett (shoulder), Elliott (hamstring), McCray (hamstring), CB Makinton Dorleant (hamstring) and S Chris Banjo (hamstring).

Spriggs practiced without the protective club on his right hand that he donned in the second half Friday night.

Bits and pieces

» On one play, S Kentrell Brice recklessly sprang airborne straight-ahead to deflect a pass to Randall Cobb. On the next play, he caught up to Aaron Rodgers’ underthrown deep pass to Harvey Binford and broke that up. Brice then shimmied his hips for several seconds to the delight of his teammates. “Oh, I loved that,” CB Damarious Randall said. “He’s a guy that said, like, nothing since he’s been here. That was really his first little emotion that he had the whole camp. He’s had a hell of a camp.”

» Tim Masthay punted nine times against a rush, averaging 47.3 yards and 4.32 seconds of hang time.

» Midway through practice, coach Mike McCarthy went on an expletive-filled tirade because in his opinion too many players were going through the motions. It might have been his biggest blowup of the 15 practices.

» Nelson’s first catch of summer was for a 70-yard touchdown with CB Robertson Daniel all over him.


The final practice open to fans and to reporters, at least in its entirety, is Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. When the 1 hour, 45-minute session ended Monday, only about 300 fans remained at Nitschke Field.

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