There were two significant stories to come out of the Green Bay Packers' scrimmage on Saturday. One was a pretty good development, the other was rather concerning.
First, the good news. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who to this point in training camp is best known for an unflattering picture, ran well. Lacy had 65 yards on eight carries, and looked strong. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said he looked good during the first week of camp, but that didn't come against live tackling. Running well in a live situation was a good sign for the second-round pick.
Lacy is trending upward, but kicker Mason Crosby might be kicking himself out of a job.
Crosby went an unacceptable 3-for-8 at the scrimmage. That comes after Crosby inexplicably saw his percentage dip from 85.7 in 2011 to 63.6 last year. The Packers stuck by him all last season, but it appears coach Mike McCarthy is losing patience.
“He’s definitely got to do better than that, because that’s not going to cut it,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Patriots: The Boston Globe said it thinks the most likely scenario for tight end Rob Gronkowski is he begins the season on the physically unable to perform list, which would keep him out for the first six weeks of the season.
Gronkowski began camp on the PUP list, after multiple surgeries on his forearm, and another on his back, to repair a herniated disk on June 18. If he does miss six games, as the Globe expects, that would be a major blow for a Patriots offense that also lost Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez since last season.
Raiders: There's still time, but to this point rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson hasn't been a significant threat to Matt Flynn for Oakland's starting quarterback job.
Flynn is the frontrunner to win the job, ahead of Wilson and Terrelle Pryor, and should wrap up the starting nod with a solid preseason.
Tyler Wilson said he’s “throwing ball pretty well, it’s just a matter of figuring out where it’s supposed to go.” He’s keeping his chin up
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 4, 2013
Bengals: Receiver A.J. Green has been ruled out of the team's preseason opener. There's obviously no reason to push Green now, or to worry yet. Green has been battling a minor knee injury.
Colts: According to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell, Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a sprained knee and had it wrapped after practice. Heyward-Bey had been getting some buzz in camp and had a shot at the No. 2 receiver job, and if his injury keeps him out a while it could be an opportunity for T.Y. Hilton.
Broncos: Tight end Joel Dreessen will miss two more weeks after a setback following his kneecap surgery, the Denver Post reported. Julius Thomas, who has been getting rave reviews during the offseason, played with the first-team offense in Saturday's scrimmage.