I hear a lot of people counting the Peckers out this season, but as history has shown us, they always play the Vikings tough. Their new receiver, Jennings, sounds like he has a lot of potential.
Favre sharp in Packers scrimmage
NFL.com wire reports
GREEN BAY, Wis. (Aug. 5, 2006) -- Though a lot has changed for the Green Bay Packers since the end of last season, the combination of Brett Favre to Donald Driver still works.
And that Favre-to-Greg Jennings combination seems to be coming along nicely, too.
After beginning the week by suffering five interceptions in a practice session, Favre looked fairly sharp in front of a sold-out Lambeau Field crowd during the Packers' "Family Night" scrimmage.
"I'm very pleased," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I think Brett's kind of reached that point in camp, if my memory serves me right, it's about that week into camp where the ball starts spinning out of his hand."
Favre -- who flew with a Packers contingent to Canton, Ohio, earlier in the day in hopes of catching the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for late teammate Reggie White -- returned in time to drill a couple of big throws to his No. 1 receiver.
On his first series, Favre hit Driver on a 48-yard pass. Three plays later, he found Driver again on a quick slant for a 4-yard touchdown pass.
Favre looked for Jennings, a rookie, during a two-minute drill simulation later in the scrimmage. Favre overthrew Jennings on a long pass attempt, then found him on a short pass that Jennings turned into a 27-yard gain with an impressive run after the catch. Favre finished 9-for-13 for 119 yards.
After only one full week into training camp, Favre has singled out Jennings, a second-round pick out of Western Michigan, as a potential new playmaker. Favre compares Jennings to former Packers receiver Antonio Freeman, saying Jennings might have the intangibles to make up for his relative lack of size and speed.
Jennings said he enjoyed playing in a game-like atmosphere, even if it was only a scrimmage.
"It was still practice for us," Jennings said. "But, I feel real comfortable right now. I'm rolling, and with that comfort comes a lot of playmaking opportunities."
Jennings also got work in the return game, including a 40-yard punt runback.
After Samkon Gado capped off the drive with a rumbling 10-yard touchdown -- one of relatively few highlights for the Green Bay running game -- Favre found Jennings for a two-point conversion. Jennings looked like a veteran on the play, pushing off cornerback Therrian Fontenot without being penalized.
The Packers' running game was hindered by the absences of running backs Najeh Davenport and Ahman Green, who were among several notable Packers players held out of the scrimmage because of injury. Packers running backs gained 94 yards on 30 attempts.
McCarthy didn't seem overly concerned about the team's rushing struggles, given that the team is starting two rookie guards and is implementing a new zone-oriented blocking scheme.
"We're definitely a work in progress," McCarthy said. "We're young there."
Davenport has been practicing with the team since training camp opened July 28, but Green has yet to receive medical clearance to play.
Other notables who were held out of the practice included cornerback Charles Woodson, tackle Chad Clifton and tight end Bubba Franks. Receiver Robert Ferguson also was scratched for what the team described as "personal" reasons.
Safety Nick Collins appeared to be injured after falling on a narrow strip of concrete at the edge of the field. Collins briefly stayed down and received attention from the team's medical staff, but eventually ran off the field without assistance.
"It was just a little pain that was running down my back," Collins said. "I had to sit up for a minute and recuperate."
Backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hindered by a handful of dropped passes while working with the Packers' No. 2 offensive unit, and Marviel Underwood picked him off during two-minute drill work.
But Rodgers did hit receiver Marc Boerigter on a 5-yard touchdown pass, and McCarthy said he was happy with the way Rodgers threw the ball.
"I think he gave the receivers the opportunity to make a lot of plays," McCarthy said.
The attendance was announced as 62,701, breaking the 2005 record.
The Associated Press News Service