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had their moments, but also showed room for improvement in the Green Bay
Packers' 31-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.
Valdes-Scantling, a fifth-round pick from South Florida, had the best game of
the three, catching five passes for 101 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown
from No. 4 quarterback Tim Boyle.
Brown, a sixth-round pick from Notre Dame, had four catches for 61 yards,
including a slick 28-yard catch-and-run to help set up Valdes-Scantling's
Moore, a fourth-round pick from Missouri, had the toughest game of the three,
catching three passes for 27 yards and dropping what would have likely been a
long touchdown pass. Valdes-Scantling also dropped a pass.
"I thought they did a really good job getting off the line of scrimmage,"
coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.
"I thought their releases and attacking leverage Chargers
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of the veterans (after watching) the video. But what do we do at the end of the
route? Those are things that you just need live reps. Getting out of the cut,
getting to the right breaking point, catching the ball."
As has been the case throughout camp, the young receiver who stole the show
was Jake Kumerow.
He isn't a rookie. He's in his fourth training camp after two years on the
Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad and after spending time on the Packers'
practice squad at the end of last season.
Kumerow, who has drawn praise from star quarterback Aaron Rodgers throughout
camp, put an exclamation point on the game with a 52-yard touchdown catch from
But while the 26-year-old Kumerow came from Division III
Wisconsin-Whitewater, he's had the advantage of NFL camp experience and has
avoided the inconsistency the three rookie draft picks have exhibited.
That inconsistency drew Rodgers' ire late in the week after a particularly
sloppy practice on Tuesday that McCarthy called "our worst practice of the
After that practice, Rodgers, who ran the scout-team offense because he
wasn't going to play against the Titans, listed players who were doing things
the right way, but left the three rookie receivers off that list.
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referring to for making repeated mistakes.
Valdes-Scantling had a leaping 51-yard catch on a deep pass by DeShone Kizer
in the third quarter. He also made a nice in-the-air adjustment to pull down
Boyle's pass on the touchdown, which gave the Packers a 24-10 lead with under
four minutes left.
"Definitely. That's our leader," Valdes-Scantling said when asked if he took
Rodgers' criticism to heart. "You've got a Hall of Fame quarterback over there,
and if he's telling you that you're not doing it right, you've got to change
what you're doing. It's just that we've got to be pros all the time. Can't be
pros for just three-fourths of practice, you've got to be it all the time. That
was the only thing."
Moore's biggest disappointment came in the second half, on a deep ball from
Boyle on third-and-8 from the Green Bay 35-yard line. While Moore did a terrific
job of getting open on the go-route, he dropped the ball at the Titans 29-yard
line. Had he caught it, it likely would have been a 65-yard touchdown.
"I'm going to move forward for sure," Moore said. "But it's definitely going
to put a fire up underneath me and definitely have me dig deeper."
Through a week of training camp, Pettine's defense is passing those early
By Pettine's count, his defense has seven interceptions of Rodgers. Three
came at Monday's practice.
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Pettine said Wednesday, an off day for the team. "What a gift we have on defense
to be able to go against one of the most elite quarterbacks to ever play the
game. You talk about wearing ankle weights. That's a tremendous thing for us,
and for us to have that success, it's a challenge for him. He's not going
against the same defense that he had gone against and maybe he got used to over
years and years and years that he figured out. He's still trying to figure us
out, and there's that element.
" I just love the competition part of it. It's great when our guys can make a
play. I think that from the beginning of camp, that's the bottom line: We've had
some great competition."
Continuing that momentum will be the challenge as the Packers return to the
field Thursday and look forward to Saturday's Family Night practice at sold-out
Lambeau Field. On Monday, two defensive starters, third-year safety Kentrell
Brice and fourth-year inside linebacker Jake Ryan, suffered significant
injuries. Ryan tore his right ACL and is out for the season. Brice appeared to
have reinjured the right ankle that required season-ending surgery last
At linebacker, the Packers will turn to Oren Burks, a third-round pick out of
Vanderbilt who had taken some of the first-team reps from Ryan. Burks is one of
five players on the depth chart participating in their first NFL training camp.
The only remaining veteran is third-year starter Blake Martinez.
"(Burks) has flashed some things," Pettine said. "The transition from the
college game to the NFL, it takes some time. He's very intelligent Taron Johnson
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that learning curve. . We'll see how it plays out. It's a big loss with Jake. I
know there's certainly open lines of communication with the personnel
At safety, Brice on Tuesday said he was thankful the injury "wasn't as
serious as it could have been." Until he returns, the Packers figure to move
forward with Josh Jones, a second-round pick last year.
Brice is a pure defensive back and Jones, a combination defensive back and
linebacker, so they bring different skill sets. That could force Pettine to make
some adjustments if Brice's injury lingers into the regular season.
"At this point, we're asking them to do all of the menu," Pettine said.
"Whether it's a job during the season we might not have them do, we're asking
them to do it all (now). But I think we certainly have thoughts on Kentrell is
best at this, Josh is best at this, and kind of marry that together with a
package; I think that's kind of on us as coaches to begin to shape a game plan
and have the right personnel doing the right jobs when we're out there. But it's
just too early."