Family Night festivities a lot to consume
Packers Family Night has come and gone.
Now is the proper time to try to digest the brats and the festivities.
The Green and Gold appeared to have suffered a serious setback when left tackle David Bakhtiari was carted off the gridiron.
Brian Gutekunst had to spend Sunday morning looking at X-rays instead of the waiver wire. He’s already lost Jake Ryan for the year, depleting a thin linebackers corps. This has turned out to be a weighty matter.
Surprisingly, nobody called for the return of A.J. Hawk. Perhaps it finally became obvious to everyone that a stationary bike has more range.
The Packers did hire a linebacker by the name of James Hearns, who was deemed not good enough to work for the Dallas Cowboys. The former Louisville star’s claim to fame was being shot in the elbow while at a party to celebrate Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy.
“Wrong place, wrong time type of thing,” he said at the NFL combine.
That explanation didn’t help much as he didn’t get drafted. And, boy have college high jinks changed since the days of “Animal House.”
But we digress. Back to Bakhtiari. He’ll just miss a some practice time with a bum ankle. This is not a bad thing for him and Aaron Rodgers.
The other troubling thing to surface at the Family Night soiree was the fact that DeShone Kizer failed miserably in his first attempt at a Lambeau Leap. An elephant could have had better hang time.
“Aaron told all the quarterbacks, ‘If you’ve got a chance, you’ve got to do it,’” Kizer said. “I was probably stopped at the 8-yard line, but I’m going to pretend as if I broke that tackle. When I got there … everybody was shocked that I was even coming up there, so I kind of halfleapt up there, enjoyed it for a second and got back for the next play.”
This development was disappointing. This is the type of thing that should have been worked on during the OTAs.
One of the more entertaining aspects of the practice was watching Brett Hundley during the “move the ball” drill.
Hundley, of course, is not usually synonymous with moving the ball. He did manage to throw a touchdown pass. As a side note, lightning did strike later that night.
It was the public’s first look at Mike Pettine’s defense. Sort of. There was as much hitting in this thing as the Pro Bowl.
Pettine, by the way, is kind of a Stone Cold Steve Austin look-alike. So the fel- lows playing defense may not want to blow containment or coverage. This guy does not look like he’s going to put up with that type of malarkey.
Before the special teams drills, the music coordinator cranked “Jump Around.” Certainly Bucky Badger could have done a better Lambeau Leap than Kizer during this.
The kick return drill was rather confusing. Some guys had red ski hats over their helmets. Obviously nobody told them the Tundra was not Frozen yet.
That’s not really a great look unless you are going luging.
Family Night ended with a bang. Lots of ’em.
Everyone was waiting for the fire- works. And there would have been even more fireworks if Mike McCarthy would have spotted someone with high pad level.
The sky was so lit up that if one of Francis Scott Key’s next of kin was in attendance, they might have been inspired to write a patriotic song.
After all, it’s a family tradition.
Titans at Packers: It’s the Bishop’s Charities game and the proceeds do not go to Desmond Bishop. You’re not going to see many big names for long. But if you’re a Tim Boyle fan, you’re in for a treat. He’ll get more TV exposure on this day than Ryan Seacrest and that’s hard to do. Packers 13, Titans 6, Excitement 0.
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Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer scores a touchdown Saturday during Family Night, but needed work on his Lambeau Leap.