Legendary senior writer jclombardi highlights training camp notes.
Highlights: Rookie WR Randall Cobb–several difficult catches throughout Monday’s practice and appears to have an early comfort level in the offense; McCarthy credits him for being a quick learner; and the key is to get more (timing) reps with QB Rodgers. OL Derek Sherrod–struggled in his first padded practice; he caved backward in several one-on-one matchups with defensive linemen and wasn’t overwhelming in team play; the first-round pick is switching back and forth between guard and tackle throughout the practice; the long-time tackle is in the picture at Green Bay’s vacancy at left guard; “Really like what you see physically,” McCarthy said, “but we’re asking him to do things a little differently from what they asked him to do in college. So, it’s going to take some time.” OL Marshall Newhouse–impressive filling in for Chad Clifton at left tackle. Quarterbacks were rarely pressured with him on the backside. Clifton isn’t injured, rather coaches are just keeping a pitch count. TE Jermichael Finley and Morgan Burnett–continued to practice but were held out of 11-on-11 work; both are further ahead than defensive end Mike Neal, McCarthy said; while Finley and Burnett should be ready to play in everything by Wednesday, Neal (rotator cuff) is easing back more slowly. C.J. Wilson getting the No. 1 reps at defensive end. ODDS & ENDS-–ROLB Jones got his turn with the starting defense, following Frank Zombo (Saturday) and Erik Walden (Sunday). Walden looked powerful in the one-on-one’s. Tim Masthay punted six times against a rush, averaging 47.3 yards and 4.15 seconds of hang time. McCarthy praised the work of RB Alex Green on kickoffs when asked what WR Randall Cobb had to do to win both return jobs. McCarthy says he’s searching for linebackers that can play both inside and outside. With Frank Zombo, Erik Walden and Brad Jones all vying for a starting spot, it makes sense for somebody to get bumped in.