Packers Camp Insider: LT David Bakhtiari carted off with ankle injury
» The Green Bay Packers found out how tough life is without left tackle David Bakhtiari last year when he missed four games with a hamstring injury. Bakhtiari left practice Saturday night at Lambeau Field with a left ankle injury. After being looked at on the sideline, he was taken to the locker room on a cart. Coach Mike McCarthy said he didn't know the extent of the injury. In the offseason, general manager Brian Gutekunst didn’t do anything to address the left tackle position, instead rolling the dice with Kyle Murphy and Jason Spriggs. Murphy has had a decent camp and was improving before he suffered a season-ending injury last year. Spriggs looks like he’s still trying to get used to carrying the weight he put on in the offseason. If Bakhtiari’s injury is serious – he missed two games and battled to get through the end of the season with a left ankle injury in 2015 -- Murphy is in the driver’s seat for the starting position.
» Receiver J’Mon Moore is having a typical rookie year camp. On some plays it looks like he’s grinding through and on others makes catches that make you understand why he was a fourth-round pick. A good example was during a team drill Saturday. On second-and-7 at the 33, Moore got a step on first-round cornerback Jaire Alexander down the left sideline. Quarterback Tim Boyle led him but Moore let the ball slip through his hands. It would have been a 40-yard play if he'd caught it. Later, in the red zone, Brett Hundley lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone. Moore jumped high over Josh Hawkins, hauled in the throw and then tapped both feet in. Moore’s greatest challenge this year will be consistency.
» Saturday’s practice was the last of the eight “installs” the offense and defense go through during the start of training camp. All facets of the playbook are reviewed during those eight practices. Starting this week, the focus will be on sharpening the performance but also preparing for the exhibition game opponents. McCarthy said in the past everything would build toward the third exhibition game, but that has changed because player evaluation has become more important than game preparation. The rookies will have to pick up the pace this week because there are only seven practices left before preparation for the regular season begins.
Boyle continues to work after Rodgers ahead of both Hundley and DeShone Kizer in team drills. There are occasions when Hundley or Kizer will go first, but Boyle started getting more reps with the No. 2s this past week and continued to get them Saturday night. It’s possible the coaches are getting him ready for the upcoming exhibition games since he’s the only one of the quarterbacks who hasn’t taken a live NFL snap. Boyle’s strong arm is something to watch, but he shows all the inconsistency of a rookie. He doesn’t panic much in the pocket and throws a nice deep ball. He sometimes sails the ball, which is usually a mechanical issue. In the meantime, Kizer continues to have some accuracy problems. He struggled Friday with some of his corner throws and missed on some throws again Saturday.
Bits and pieces
» Running back Ty Montgomery was responsible for quarterback Aaron Rodgers getting knocked to the ground, something that’s not supposed to happen in practice. Safety Jermaine Whitehead came through on a blitz and Montgomery was late picking him up, causing a collision.
» Davante Adams and Kevin King continue to have a spirited battle in one-on-ones. King had perfect coverage on a sideline ball and then Adams froze King at the goal line and broke inside for an easy touchdown.
» Rookie receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is starting to show up after a quiet start to training camp. His route running looks more decisive and his hands have been sure.
» Rodgers heaved up a 40-yard Hail Mary at the end of the two-minute drill and it looked like he had WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling for the touchdown. But the rookie let the ball go through his hands.
» Attendance appeared to be way down for "Family Night" compared to previous years. The Packers announced the practice was sold out, but there were lots of empty seats.
» It rained lightly late in the practice but the big storms that were headed toward the stadium didn’t reach there until the players were off the field.
» Nine players missed practice because of injury: WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), WR Randall Cobb (ankle), S Kentrell Brice (ankle), RB Devante Mays (hamstring), RB Aaron Jones (hamstring), LB C.J. Johnson (hamstring), LB Jake Ryan, RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and DT Mike Daniels (thigh).
» Bulaga’s absence was a surprise given he was activated off PUP on Friday and took part in individual drills. It’s possible the plan was to hold him out the day after his first practice. It also could be because he tore his left ACL in 2013 on Family Night.
» Cobb first left practice Friday and Mays suffered his injury in the same practice.
» Cobb, Davis, Bulaga, Daniels and Brice all ran out of the tunnel with their respective positions at a decent speed. Mays appeared to be the most limited.
» Right tackle Byron Bell left the practice with what appeared to be a lower-back problem.
Quote of the day
“I had an interview at 7:10, so I only saw the beginning of it. I felt he was off to a great start. Jerry is an awesome speaker. I’m sure he knocked it out of the park.” – McCarthy on Jerry Kramer’s Hall of Fame speech Saturday.
The Packers won't practice Sunday. Their next session will be Monday at 12:15 p.m. at Ray Nitschke Field.