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"Chips Report" from 2014 Packers Family Night

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"Chips Report" from 2014 Packers Family Night

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the annual practice Saturday night at Lambeau Field...

Blue Chips

  • Defensive lineman Mike Pennel—If there was an unheralded player that made the most of the game-like atmosphere inside Lambeau Field Saturday evening, it was the undrafted rookie out of Colorado State-Pueblo. Pennel made a handful of tackles, at least one for loss, and showed several impressive traits to his game. He displayed a quick first step, strength with his bull rush and didn't give up, hustling after the ball. As one of only two defensive players over 315 lbs., he's giving himself a chance to make the roster after flashing at Family Night.
  • Kicker Mason Crosby—It was one year ago when Crosby's job was seriously in jeopardy after going two-for-six in field goal attempts at last year's Family Night practice. Crosby rebounded to have a solid 2013 season and picked up where he left off Saturday night by converting on all six field goal attempts in the last segment of the evening. The veteran kicker made kicks of 28, 33, 38, 43, 48 and 50 yards and looked similarly solid on kickoffs.

Red Chips

  • Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey—The highlight of the evening was when Dorsey settled into a zone, catching a touchdown pass from Matt Flynn in the skeleton drill. But Dorsey also showed his willingness and drive to make the team by any means possible when he dropped back to return punts as well as work as a gunner on the punt squad. Now that it appears Jared Abbrederis is out for the year, Dorsey has one less competitor to leap frog on the depth chart, and he's making the most of every opportunity. 
  • Safety Micah Hyde—It's difficult for a defensive back to stand out in a practice that doesn't include live tackling, but Micah Hyde was in perfect position nearly all evening. Not only was he in perfect trailing position in coverage on several occasions, he expertly left his zone on multiple check-down passes to running backs, ready to make plays in front of the first-down marker. He also continued to take punt returns, which he may have to do more often, now that it's looking likely Abbederis will be lost for the season.

Cow Chips

  • Running back Michael Hill—It was unfortunate Hill took a shot to the head in the two-minute drill at the end of practice, fumbling the football, but the reason for making the "cow chips" list has more to do with his fumble earlier in practice. On a routine handoff from quarterback Scott Tolzien, Hill failed to corrall the ball between his arms, squirting out before even being touched. The running play was so routine, even a high school player shouldn't be fumbling it away.
  • Wide receiver Chris Harper—During the "Move the Ball" period of practice, Harper did a terrific job getting behind the defense, wide open for a big play, but blew the opportunity by dropping a pass deep down the field from Tolzien. Yes, Tolzien underthrew the football, but that is a play Harper absolutely has to make after hitting him in the chest. If he's going to make a bid to win a roster spot, especially with Abbrederis gone, Harper has to make plays like this.

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].


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Mojo's picture

I had Pennel down as one of my dark-horses to make the roster. I think he's 6'4" and over 330. Would make a nice replacement for Jolly or Pickett.

Thought the D generally had good pressure, especially in the early goings. If this were a real game there would have been multiple sacks.

Both Sherrod and Buluga look massive this year. Don't know how they'll play, but they look the part.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

Ok,I'm going to go ahead and say it. If Burnett doesn't make a full 180 degree change from last season the coaches should CONSIDER Richardson + Hyde/Clinton-Dix.

I know MM & Dom likes safeties that can also cover man-to-man and I'm not sure what Richardson would look like in that situation -- but man do I love the intimidation he can bring to the defense. The speed/range is there. The size is there. The physicality is there.

On that 1 pass break up he had (and I know this was just practice),but that WR did NOT look interested in catching that ball whatsoever -- to me at least.

COW's picture

I am falling in love with Richardson.

Guys who I had reservations about coming into the season but are changing my opinion...

Richardson - impressed by his size when I saw him at practice
R. Rodgers - catches effortlessly, can't believe the size of his legs and ass
Dorsey - his feet are super quick
Peppers - looks a bit awkward in real life but explosion off the line is crazy
Raji - Stroh was right... he's at home on the nose

Guys who I had hopes for but are starting to make me scrunch my nose up a bit...

Tretter - I need to start hearing some positives
D. Jones - looks like he should dominate everyone... no "snap"
Lattimore - wanted to hear about things "clicking"
Barrington - was hoping for the next Bishop

Stroh's picture

I've also been saying all year that Richardson has the best physical tools of any Safety on the roster. All he needed to do was get better in coverage and he has starting ability.

Also mentioned that people shouldn't sleep on Dorsey. He's got the tools to be a really good player. Good WR, had a good Jr season in college but ended up having a LB playing QB as a Sr. He could easily stick, especially if he does well on PR and other ST roles.

Bostic has been the best TE in training camp and as of right now is the starter. Rodgers might be the future, Bostic still might put on strangle hold on the TE job for a few years.

Might have been off on Tretter. Have high hopes for him, but right now it hasn't sounded like the player he can be.

Idiot Fan's picture

I'm in a large amount of agreement with you on both sides Cow, though I guess I have to base my thoughts on what I read, since I'm not in a position to visit practice.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Chris Harper better have a helluva Pre-Season. I'm still holding out hope.

COW's picture

I liked the idea of Harper panning out... but I just don't think it's gonna happen.

I think Dorsey and White are both ahead of him right now.
Can't wait to see Janis.

My 6 right now (in order) are...

As silly as it sounds - even though Adams' spot on the roster is more secure than Dorsey's or White's, I think Dorsey and White would get more snaps if a game were to be played right now.

Sure wish White could catch a punt.

DrealynWilliams's picture

I agree on Dorsey - he is looking good,but no way he or Dorsey receive more snaps than Adams if a game were to start right now. The better player SHOULD always be on the field.

I'm anxious to see Janis in action as well. Before Abby went to IR I was guessing Janis would definitely end up on IR with a "boo-boo" injury,but now I'm guessing he might just stick on the final day roster.


Idiot Fan's picture

If Abby hadn't gotten hurt, Janis could easily have come down with a case of the "lingering shingles" and ended up on IR.

Spiderpack's picture

Cow, I've been gone for so long . . . you are so sensible.

How can you be so sensible?

What universe have I found myself in?

Amanofthenorth's picture

no cow chip for the play calling?

RCPackerFan's picture

Blue Chips - Completely agree. I am looking forward to watching Pennel more in the preseason.

Red Chips - How about Sean Richardson. Also i would like to add Rajion Neal. I am really looking forward to Neal in the preseason. I really think he has a chance to make the 53.

Cow Chips - Yeah, Harper better step up his game other wise he will be looking for a 4th team in 2 years. He showed some good things I thought throughout the night, but you can't drop easy passes.

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