GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It just isn't quite football without the crack of the pads. The Packers strapped on the full gear for the first time on day three of training camp, and as expected, the group showed a bit of rust.
The quarterbacks looked pretty sharp, but several receivers, including Jordy Nelson, had trouble catching the football. Drops were an issue last year for the Packers, and head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledges the team is spending more time on ball security this camp.
"I thought it was just ok; it looked like a group just trying to get used to their pads," McCarthy said. "I thought our leverage was up and down... I thought some of the drills were sloppy. Definitely some things we need to clean up."
Meanwhile, Randall Cobb continued to be the Packers "Swiss Army Knife." Last year he scored touchdowns as a receiver, kick returner and punt returner, and he rushed the ball twice.
It now looks like the Packers plan on expanding his role in the backfield. Cobb took a handful of handoffs as a running back Saturday. Perhaps, with his speed, he can add big play element to the packers ground game.
Cobb said, "We're just seeing how it's going to work out and how it goes. We have a lot of guys on this team and a lot of weapons. We're trying to use what I bring to the table and try to go from there with it."
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