Packers receivers work on juggling because why not, it’s June

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There’s only so much football you can teach a guy during OTAs, so the Packers are teaching their receivers how to juggle.

But while they’d take three rings, it isn’t a circus activity, but a new drill from wide receivers coach Luke Getsy to help his pass-catchers concentrate.

It helps with just hand-eye coordination,” wide receiver Randall Cobb said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, “and continuing to work on different ways and keeping it fresh.”

The juggling wasn’t the only non-conventional training method, as the Packers wideouts would also drop bricks and catch them before they hit the ground and squeeze foam footballs.

“I think it’s like anything we do in the fundamentals — it’s applicable to their position, to developing their skill set,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “You have to be a little more creative in the CBA football environment that we’re in right now. It’s something as a coaching staff you look to be creative and keep it fresh for our players.”

It’s unclear if McCarthy was wearing a red nose while he said it, or whether the receivers got into one very small car on their way off the practice field.

41 responses to “Packers receivers work on juggling because why not, it’s June

  1. Weak weak weak attempt at a joke at the end. Just give us the details of the story. Is this the poor man’s Onion or what?

  2. As a Vikings fan, I love this story. The picture used. The circus references. The comparison of MM to a clown. Sports Journalism at its finest. Keep it coming. Pretty soon even the GB players themselves will have to come to the harsh reality that the NFCN goes through Minnesota, and it COULD be that way for a while.

  3. yeah, because after Jordy went down they didn’t miss a thing and Rodgers was fine with his receiver route running last year.

  4. Instead of “squeezing foam balls”, they should squeeze properly inflated balls to try and get used to those.
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    They are always used to catching properly inflated balls. Apparently you are mistaking Brady for Rodgers.

  5. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Jun 3, 2016 1:11 PM

    Instead of “squeezing foam balls”, they should squeeze properly inflated balls to try and get used to those.
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    The CBA makes it clear that there is no contact OTA’s and they also decided to remove footballs during OTA’s. Balloons, flags and bicycles are ok though.

  6. Please add this drill to the combine. I’d pay to hear Mike Mayock analyze college players and their ability to juggle balls.

  7. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Jun 3, 2016 1:03 PM

    First it’s an Xbox tourney, now it is a circus act and P90x! What is going on with the hayseeds??!!
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    Don’t forget yoga and Rodgers ‘purposely’ throwing 50/50 passes in practice.

  8. When you have Aaron Rodgers throwing inaccurate passes that have already cost the health of two receivers it only makes sense to practice the recovery of such horrible throws.

  9. The football fundamentals in Green Bay: Tackling, blocking, throwing, catching, kicking, juggling, brick dropping and foam ball squeezing.

    After watching Fitzpatrick run in overtime it looks like tackling is a lower priority than juggling.

  10. So thanks to a union they’re relegated to juggling and dropping bricks. Unions rule. Not.

  11. minnesoulja says:
    Jun 3, 2016 1:09 PM
    . . . .Pretty soon even the GB players themselves will have to come to the harsh reality that the NFCN goes through Minnesota, and it COULD be that way for a while.
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    Wow. Bold statement. You can tell it was bold, because you used all caps for “COULD”.

  12. “They are always used to catching properly inflated balls. Apparently you are mistaking Brady for Rodgers.”

    And you’re carefully ignoring the point that Rodgers admitted openly to getting overinflated balls by the refs because he likes them that way.

    Yet no acknowledgement or punishment from the league in any way.

    Vikings and Panthers heating balls in front of gas heaters blatantly on national tv. League tells them not to do it again no punishment.

    Ignoring science, caught lying in numerous ways about Brady and the farce of a Wells investigation, using one gauge for the Pats, a different for the Colts showing higher readings than the one used for the Pats, stopped measuring PSI of colts balls when 3 of 4 were found under minimum league psi, the list of framegate goes on and on.

    That’s called a double standard by the way.

  13. abninf says:
    Jun 3, 2016 2:06 PM

    So thanks to a union they’re relegated to juggling and dropping bricks. Unions rule. Not.

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    Ah, for your enlightenment, the CBA was negotiated on behalf of the players by their representatives and voted on by the membership. They wanted fewer and lighter practices and that’s what they got. Don’t blame the Union, blame the players. It was their choice.

  14. I wonder what other techniques they could use along with juggling? They could walk around on stilts while pass catching,see how many receivers can fit in a tiny car for flexibility training or use squirting flowers during tip drills. I think they should really use the wrench drill. If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a defender.

  15. What’s next balance board on the cylinder? Jogging on the treadmill while juggling, hacky sack?

    Juggling isn’t too hard to learn and it does help a lot, I just hope they don’t upgrade to knives or chainsawa

  16. McCarthy has a sense of humor.

    I heard he had everyone attending OTA’s, even the scouts and assistant coaches, attempt a gimme field goal from 27 yards.

    And he blindfolded all but the left-footed kickers!

    Nobody missed it.

  17. Clay got winded watching them and had to sit out for the last clown.

  18. stellarperformance says:

    Nobody missed it.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Of course, they kicked it through the wrong goal posts and scored 3 points for the opposing team… ;D

  19. Meanwhile mn’s new receiver, who was drafted simply because he was too slow for teddy to under-throw, is practicing poses in the mirror wearing silver and black.

  20. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 3, 2016 6:23 PM
    Meanwhile mn’s new receiver, who was drafted simply because he was too slow for teddy to under-throw, is practicing poses in the mirror wearing silver and black.
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    Meanwhile….it’s still a circus in Green Bay.

  21. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 3, 2016 6:20 PM

    Good lord, 30 posts, 25 from purples. Are we in your heads guys?
    ====================================================================NO it is called REVENGE during the past 5 or 6 years Packer Fans have been merciless when our team was down, kicking us in the teeth and rubbing it in. You didn’t consider the fact your team would have off years.
    We finally have the Management and Coaching staff that will be your worst nightmare for years to come.. Minnesota is deeper and younger than you, if you didn’t have Rodgers you wouldn’t win 6 games a year! I would be very worried if I were you. Revenge is very sweet and we are bringing salt along for those cleat marks of yours

  22. I hope those rubber Clown noses don’t rub on your face masks this year, but it will help cushion the falls when the Vikings plant your receivers faces in the turf.

  23. And you’re carefully ignoring the point that Rodgers admitted openly to getting overinflated balls by the refs because he likes them that way.
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    No. He said they inflate them higher to account for the pressure released during the testing. Nothing is wrong with presenting the footballs any way you want as long as the ref’s have a chance to inspect them and make changes.

    That’s a far cry from trying to alter the balls afterwards or during games like the Vikings were seen doing on the sideline.

  24. No,no,no, all wrong. They are practicing the upward hand motion, simulating the ref throwing a flag motion for their “flag on every play” act. It works most of the time whether or not a penalty occurs.

  25. contra74 says:
    Jun 3, 2016 1:35 PM

    When you have Aaron Rodgers throwing inaccurate passes that have already cost the health of two receivers it only makes sense to practice the recovery of such horrible throws.
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    Absolutely. Watching what Eli Manning does to Odell Beckham with his inaccurate passes, Tony Romo making Dez Bryant twist in the air, and the always inaccurate Tom Brady causing Rob Gronkowski to contort his body wildly and fall backward, causing a knee injury, it almost seems like a conspiracy against receivers.

    Of course, for the rest of us, these are just normal football plays. In fact, the play to Cobb was a great throw of about 50 yards, and had Cobb not lost his footing and fallen backwards, it would have been a great catch. As for the Jordy Nelson injury, he simply jumped straight up in the air and then landed awkwardly- A play that usually doesn’t end up in an injury, and you’ll generally see receivers leaping in the air to catch passes several times a game, from both good and bad quarterbacks. Except for the most casual fan, everyone knows this and realizes that injuries occur in many situations.

    Fast Facts: Did you know that some of the best quarterbacks are inaccurate as much as 40% of the time? Also, crazy inaccurate QB’s such as Brady, Rodgers, and Romo are in the Top 15 most accurate passers of all time, with Rodgers and Romo being in the Top 6?

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