Martin practices getting the jump ball

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Martin practices getting the jump ball
For the first time this year, I did the "railbird" thing and attended Wednesday's evening training camp practice. The next several posts detail some of the things the Packers worked on during the practice.

Before practice even started, a few players were practicing punt returns from the JUGS machine. The usual suspects were there taking turns: Will Blackmon, Pat Lee, Jordy Nelson. And then I saw Ruvell Martin. At first I thought, “Since when did Martin become a punt returner?” and “Why would the Packers even want him returning punts?”

Turns out he was practicing catching Hail Mary-type jump balls. For good reason too. The Packers later practiced Hail Mary throws in the team portion of practice.

In fact, the Packers practiced several exotic plays including the Hail Mary, hook and lateral, and a multiple lateral play that would only be used as the clock expired and a touchdown would be required as players raced down the field making about a dozen laterals.

Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports, "Installing the 'Last Eight' portion of their playbook -- an extrapolation of Bill Walsh's 'Last Six,' plays used for specific final-play situations -- the Packers at one point fielded the most athletic unit they'll ever put on the field together, including Charles Woodson, Will Blackmon, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and A.J. Hawk, among others."

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