Preseason Patience: 2010 Family Night Scrimmage + Training Camp Updates

Joe PrindlContributor IAugust 10, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the NFC's Green Bay Packers scrambles out of the pocket during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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47,844 fans showed up for Green Bay's annual Family Night Scrimmage, once again showing why they are the greatest fan base in the NFL.  If that's not loyalty, that word needs to be redefined.

Although it seems like it's been an eternity, it's been nearly seven months since cheese heads have watched their Packers play in a game of significance.

Hang tight Packer Nation, pay dirt is just a little more than a month away.

While we're anxiously waiting, let's take a look at the good and the bad from the Packers recent offseason.

Family Night

The Good

With Al Harris still on the PUP list and Charles Woodson taking scrimmage night off, second-year cornerback Brandon Underwood and undrafted rookie Sam Shields had the perfect opportunity to show off their talents.

Both were very good in coverage, and both had interceptions for touchdowns.  And if there is one thing Packers fans have become familiar with over the past few seasons, it's a defense with tremendous playmaking abilities.  Tramon Williams also had himself a solid scrimmage.

Aaron Rodgers and Jermichael Finley seemed to really connect, which is no surprise.  The Packers No. 1 offense in general had no problem driving down the field and Rodgers made some great throws in tight coverage.

The defense stopped the offense at the nine yard line, however, there was some controversy that there was pass interference on fourth down.

A.J. Hawk really stood out tonight, making plays left and right.  Hopefully that transitions into the regular season.

Brandon Jackson returned a 95 yard touchdown, but in live tackling he probably goes down well before he reaches the endzone.

Mason Crosby is definitely improving as training camp progresses, and it looks like he's most comfortable with Tim Masthay holding.  He booted 51 and 53 yard kicks through the uprights.

Both punters looked good again, keeping the race for the starting position very close.

The Bad

Although he made an amazing grab, WR Jordy Nelson took a vicious hit and was immediately taken off the field.

No. 2 offense looked horrible, meaning the Packers are in some serious trouble if Aaron Rodgers goes down.  But then again, any team would be in trouble if their starting quarterback got injured.

Rookie tight end Andrew Quarless dropped an open touchdown pass from Matt Flynn.  His hands have been a problem since being drafted, not a good sign.

Training Camp: August 9th

The Good

Jordy Nelson is back in camp after getting banged up in the Family Night scrimmage.

Aaron Rodgers continued to show off his arm strength and deep ball accuracy today, completing deep bombs left and right.

Sam Shields looked solid in coverage once again, although he still has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to catching the ball.

Tim Masthay out punted Chris Bryan today.  Masthay averaged 56 yards on three punts while Bryan only averaged 44.6 yards.

Mason Crosby went 6 for 8 today on field goals.  He's not exactly where he wants to be but there's no question that he's improving as training camp goes on.

The Bad

The No. 1 offense failed once again to score in their two minute drill, with Rodgers throwing a pick to Nick Collins in the end zone.

Clay Matthews will miss two weeks due to a hamstring injury.  No worries, he will be prepared for the start of the regular season and dealt with this last season.

Will Blackmon is out for a fourth straight day, questions loom that his injury may be more serious than previously thought.