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Packers Training Camp Updates

We won’t go through day by day updates on the Packers at training camp here, but we will update every few days with the overall thoughts after a few days of practice under first time head coach Matt LaFleur. But first, a few scheduling things to keep track of.

  • Family Night is this Friday, August 2nd. Basically a glorified scrimmage but they fill up Lambeau Field for a few hours.
  • A week from today, the Packers begin the firs to two practices with the Houston Texans before their first pre-season game on Thursday August 8th.
  • Packers had their first fully padded practice on Sunday July 28th.
  • The most notable difference this year versus previous years? The pace of practice. Matt LaFleur isn’t giving the boys a lot of breaks as their used to, there’s running to each new segment, and on Day 1 they did a lot of faced paced RedZone work.
    • Love that their doing RedZone work early on.
  • The Packers practices so far have been coming in just under 2 Hours. LaFleur had this to say about how long their out on the field

“I don’t think a half-an-hour is going to matter come the season, but if you lose a guy, that can certainly impact things,”

Matt LaFleur on practice time via tweet from Rob Demovsky from ESPN.com

Defensive Notes

  • Overall the defense is ahead of the offense and that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. The defense didn’t change at all and added lots of good players in year two under Mike Pettine. The offense is going to take some time, even into the regular season before everything clicks. Don’t panic Packers fans, these things take time.
  • Here’s what the First Team Defense looks like after the release of Mike Daniels.
    • DL – Kenny Clark
    • DL – Montravious Adams
    • DL – Dean Lowry
    • OLB – Preston Smith
    • OLB – Za’Darius Smith
    • ILB – Blake Martinez
    • ILB – Oren Burks
    • CB – Kevin King
    • CB – Jaire Alexander
    • S – Adrian Amos
    • S – Raven Greene
    • Two injury to notes to take here. Most importantly, Kevin King is healthy going to into camp. You’ve read it here and probably hear it from other Packer writers, this defense is better when Kevin King is healthy.
    • Second, Raven Greene is starting first team because Rookie Darnell Savage Jr. is out after getting his wisdom teeth removed. Once he’s back on the field, he’ll be starting. He was on the practice field however, so he is not missing those mental snaps thankfully.
  • Rashan Gary as been a standout so far. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s athletic, and he’s showing it all off.
  • Speaking of Gary, here’s a look at what you might see from the Packers DL on 3rd and longs. For those that don’t know, 52 (Rashan Gary), 97 (Kenny Clark), 55 (Za’Darius Smith), 91 (Preston Smith). Looks like Za’Darius is inside instead of Gary, but I would like Gary’s going to move inside sometimes as well.
  • Looking at the CB’s, late round pick Ka’Dar Hollman from Toledo got some first team reps on Sunday going in for Kevin King.

Offensive Notes

  • Two guys I highlighted as battling for a roster spot in my training camp preview were Danny Vitale and Robert Tonyan. Well Danny Vitale has been highly involved in the offense early on, and Robert Tonyan so far looks like the clear cut #2 TE. Tonyan making the team seems like a sure thing at this point.
  • Vitale has been all over the field with first team offense. One thing he’s got going for him, is he is a good pass catcher. He’s caught some great balls through these first for days at camp. I’m expecting Vitale to be on this team.
  • The Packers signed RB Corey Grant. Grant played in Jacksonville for now Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett. Grant was a huge part of the Jaguars success in 2017 and making the AFC Championship Game. Grant is FAST and is a great receiver out of the backfield. The concern for Grant is the fact he’s coming off of a lisfranc injury, which in the past has caused some guys coming off that injury to lose a step. If Grant is back and fully healthy, the Packers backfield just got a little more cozy and there could be an odd man out. Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Corey Grant, Rookie Dexter Williams, and Danny Vitale. Seems crazy that all five of those guys would make the team and is it possible that Jamaal Williams could be cut or traded if Vitale is kept on the team? Jamaal is more a downhill runner than Dexter or Grant, and both those guys are probably better Kick Returners than Jamaal. The RB battle is going to be fun to watch in the pre-season.
  • The Packers QBs had a rough first day, but since they all have had their moments. Rodgers has looked sharp and made a few amazing throws in tight coverage that only he can make. Kizer is the #2 still barring some miracle pre-season from Tim Boyle or debacle from Kizer.
  • WR Jake Kumerow has gotten praise from Rodgers and HC Matt LaFleur. If Kumerow has a pre-season like he did last year, he’s on the team. Here’s what LaFleur had to say about Kumerow

“Jake’s a consistent guy that is extremely reliable,” LaFleur said. “You can trust he’s going to be where he’s supposed to be within the timing of the play. And he’s a big guy that can go up and make some plays in those 50-50 balls.”

Matt LaFleur on Jake Kumerow via PackersWire.com
  • WR’s Trevor Davis and J’Mon Moore have both had their moments thus far. Davis probably has the upper hand to make the team because of his special teams play, but Moore was also the first WR taken last year over MVS and EQ.
  • LaFleur like’s what he sees out of Davis but needs to see it in the pre-season. Davis has made the team since he’s been drafted out of Cal, but he hasn’t flashed too much in the pre-season in the past at WR.
  • On the offensive line, 5th Round Pick from 2018 Cole Madison has looked good in individual drills. Sunday was the first time he put pads on in over two years and held his own.
  • A couple notable injury reports. Mason Crosby (Calf) and Josh Jackson (Foot) haven’t practiced much, but none are long-term worries. So far there have been no major injuries, keep the fingers crossed.
  • Sam Ficken has been Kicking in place of Crosby but hasn’t look good enough to take his job.
via PackersWire
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