GREEN BAY — Family Night went through a rough patch weather-wise several years ago — and that’s not including when Hurricane Favre blew through town during the 2008 affair — but the Green Bay Packers had been pretty lucky in recent years.
Their luck ran out Saturday night, although at least the event was only delayed, not washed out.
After storms disrupted or canceled Family Night festivities in 2008, 2009 and 2011, the Packers hadn’t had any inclement weather for the event until Saturday night, when lightning forced the stadium bowl to be emptied around 6:20 p.m., roughly an hour after the gates opened and just moments before the team was supposed to take the field for introductions and stretching.
The all-clear was finally issued at 7:21 p.m. and fans were able to return to the bowl. Because of the delay, the Packers scrapped all of the usual pomp and circumstance they usually do to give new players a dress rehearsal for what actual game days are like.
The storm left the Packers with an official attendance of 63,156 after selling more than 78,000 tickets.
On the mark
No. 2 quarterback Brett Hundley has had a quiet camp so far, but after a couple of impressive throws on Friday night, he had a terrific throw down the seam for what would have been a 58-yard touchdown to tight end Richard Rodgers on Saturday night.
Hundley, whose preseason was essentially wiped out last year by an ankle injury, later threw an interception to linebacker Jake Ryan during the pass-under-pressure period after defensive lineman Dean Lowry whipped guard Geoff Gray on an inside rush.
But when he had protection behind the No. 2 line on Saturday night, Hundley threw the ball well.
“He just needs to stay healthy,” starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Last year (was) out of his control, kind of took a cheap shot and was out for most of training camp. If he can stay healthy, I expect him to pick up where he left off in the first training camp (and) preseason. He was spectacular then. I look for big things from Brett this year. He’s a lot of fun to work with, and I’m excited for him.”
Montgomery shows stuff
While starting running back Ty Montgomery did share some first-string snaps with rookie fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams — as he has the past several practices — he also had a terrific catch-and-run that exhibited exactly what the Packers like about him in the passing game.
During the pass-under-pressure period, Montgomery came in motion and squirted out of the backfield, then zipped around inside linebacker Blake Martinez for what would have been a big gain. The Packers love the idea of creating matchup problems in the pass game with Montgomery, who caught 44 passes for 348 yards last season.
“I think going against Ty Montgomery, who we’ve all watched play wide receiver, (is a challenge). Now you’ve got him in the backfield,” Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “If you’ve got a bigger linebacker trying to cover a guy who has wide receiver capabilities coming out of the backfield, you have to have that covered as well.”
Vogel looks solid
Ron Zook said earlier in the week that he was looking forward to seeing undrafted rookie free agent punter Justin Vogel kick on Family Night. The Packers special teams coordinator should have been pleased with what he saw.
On four punts from midfield, Vogel averaged 4.19 seconds of hang time and had all four kicks land inside the 20. His best was a 46-yarder that was downed at the 4-yard line after a 4.36-second hang time.
Then, on four punts on which he could swing away from his own 30-yard line, Vogel averaged 44.8 yards and 4.37 seconds of hang time.
“I think he’s doing good,” Zook said at midweek. “Once again, everything’s new. It’s like all the rookies. He gets a little added interest because he does handle the football. But I think so far he’s done a nice job. It’s more than just punting the football, and I think he’s learning that — where you are on the field, wind, all the things.”
The Packers added tight end Emanuel Byrd, an undrafted rookie free agent from Marshall who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. To make room for Byrd, the Packers placed cornerback Herb Waters on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. … Four players from the 90-man roster did not suit up for the practice: Linebacker Vince Biegel (foot) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (knee), who remain on the physically unable to perform list; tight end Beau Sandland (knee), who went down in practice this week; and defensive tackle Montravius Adams (foot), who underwent surgery earlier in camp and is expected to be out six weeks.