Family Night recap: Packers’ Romeo Doubs shines again

The Green Bay Packers filled Lambeau Field with more than 50,000 fans on Friday, as many cheeseheads got their first taste of the 2022 squad. The team apparently avoided a major injury, the best thing that could happen for any August practice, but that doesn’t mean it all went well.

Head coach Matt LaFleur was unhappy with the team’s conditioning after practice, saying the players were dragging at the end. This led to LaFleur ending practice minutes early, removing the team’s live tackle squad period.

Still, there were plenty of highlights to come out of Family Night, and the regional broadcast meant fans could actually record and distribute those pieces, unlike normal practice. Finally, we were able to see the pieces that we had to imagine before through the tweets of the beatwriters.

There were no changes to the team’s attendance prior to family home evening, other than outside linebacker Randy Ramsey being retained. Ramsey has just returned from a season-long ankle injury that cost him his 2021 season and put him on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp. Running back Patrick Taylor (groin), running back Kylin Hill (knee), receiver Christian Watson (PUP, knee), receiver Malik Taylor (shoulder), receiver Osirus Mitchell (quad), tight end Robert Tonyan (PUP, knee), tackle David Bakhtiari (PUP, knee), offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (PUP, knee), offensive lineman Cole Schneider (ankle) and cornerback Keisean Nixon (NFI, groin) stayed away for practice.

backfield

The chance to watch four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is always a treat, but one of the stars of Family Night was assistant quarterback Jordan Love, who is entering his third season with the team. Love sparked the excitement when he beat Rodgers by tossing the nets on air.

Love’s connection to seventh-round rookie Samori Toure, who worked with the substitutes all offseason, was evident early on. After practice, head coach Matt LaFleur said, “It’s pretty impressive what [Love]was able to implement the latest practices. Earlier this week, LaFleur claimed Love had the best practice of his career at the Packers. With preseason starting next week, Rodgers likely not playing and only one other quarterback on the roster, there will be plenty of opportunities for Love to release a quality film this summer.

With Taylor still out at running back, undrafted rookie BJ Baylor flashed. If Taylor and Hill are still out by Week 1, there’s a good chance the Packers’ final running back spot will go to Baylor or Tyler Goodson, players who may have been hesitant a while ago. a week but who are in serious contention to crack the list. as it stands today.

This offseason, new offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich said he wants to bring Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, perhaps the team’s two best offensive players, onto the court more together in 2022. We’ve been looking at that for at least a snap, when Jones ran a throw sweep from an outside receiver lineup while Dillon was his lead blocker on the perimeter from outside the backfield. If the play looks familiar, it’s because the Packers ran it around the same yard against the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Receivers/tight ends

Romeo Doubs? Yes, Romeo Doubs. He started again.

The fourth-round wide receiver makes plays every practice, to the point where he was the first player mentioned on Family Night. Everyone is excited about the Nevada product and that doesn’t change after his performance tonight.

Doubs, like Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins and Juwann Winfree, had first looks with “those” as an outside receiver. Tight end Isaiah Deguara, along with Lazard, Randall Cobb, Doubs and Amaro Rodgers, were spotted early on as slot receivers. The show noted that Lazard, listed at 227 pounds, has dropped to 220 pounds this season.

On tight end, Deguara and Tyler Davis were used as the primary setters on the first string, unsurprisingly. Davis and Marcedes Lewis were the team’s main line tight ends while Deguara and Dominique Dafney played off the ball, apart or as full-backs. It looked like the team made more fullback plays in this practice than they usually did in an average game last season.

offensive line

Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan Jr., Josh Myers, Jake Hanson and Royce Newman (left to right) were the “starting” offensive line unit today. In the second half of practice, fourth-round rookie Zach Tom was watched as a right tackle, which kicked Newman inside the right guard and put Hanson on the second line of strings. It’s much the same for the course, as those two lineups are what the team has been training with this week, as sophomore tackle Cole Van Lanen appears to be out of contention for the tackle job. starting right.

Third-round rookie Sean Rhyan struggled on the second ropes today, which could explain why the team buried him in the depth chart. As a second-team right guard, he gave up several pressures and was called up for several on-hold calls. In general, the defense had the best of the offensive line, although Nijman and Runyan had good days.

defensive line

Defensively, the team lined up in various formations throughout practice. There were the expected 3-4 and nickel sets, but the penny formation seems to be here to stay and the team used some pressure that put an inside linebacker on the line of scrimmage.

The team’s starting defensive line in their 3-4 defense was Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark (nose) and Jarran Reed, with Devonte Wyatt and Clark getting some snaps at the end and TJ Slaton watches the nose tackle. Clark only saw snaps at the end when Slaton was on the nose. When the team was nickel, Reed, Clark, Lowry and Slaton played inside with “them”.

Wyatt had a great day lining up one-on-one with fellow rookie Rhyan. Rodgers noted Wednesday that sometimes when “the lights come on“Some players are stepping in at the moment. In front of more than 50,000 fans, the first-round pick had his best practice of the summer, by Andy Herman of Packer Report.

linebackers

At outside linebacker Jonathan Garvin and La’Darius Hamilton saw the most shots with “those” behind starters Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. It’s a bit of a change of pace, as Tip Galeai was ahead of Garvin on the depth chart until recently.

Inside linebacker was perhaps the most boring position to track from a player involvement perspective, as De’Vondre Campbell and Quay Walker took virtually every team shot with “those ones.” Campbell was the team’s solo linebacker in penny sets and also played linebacker Mike when Walker headed to the line of scrimmage in pressure packages. Walker is going to be the big body to open things up for Campbell, not the other way around.

Secondary

The cornerback position gave us pretty much what we expected. Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes were the team’s starting outside cornerbacks and Rasul Douglas came off the bench to play the slot in subsets. Later in practice, Shemar Jean-Charles got looks at both outside cornerback and running back while Rico Gafford was also given the nod as outside corner.

Keisean Nixon, who was the team’s fourth cornerback in camp until his groin injury, is expected to return to the team soon, which will be a good start for Jean-Charles and Gafford. The team could keep six cornerbacks on the roster as Nixon and Gafford believe they will contribute significantly to special teams, but that’s not a certainty.

The only injury scare today was the fall of starting safety Darnell Savage. According to ESPN’s Rob Demosky, Savage had ice wrapped around his right hamstring after he limped off the field. In the post-workout presser, LaFleur said he didn’t believe Savage had a serious injury and that Savage “didn’t seem too nervous about it.”

In some surprise, former draft pick Vernon Scott replaced Savage. Shawn Davis, who was picked by the Packers last season, had gotten most of the team’s third-safety looks up to this point this summer. Like the cornerback, the numbers game at safety — four or five — will be important to follow when it comes to the 53-man roster. Savage, starter Adrian Amos, Scott, Davis, special teams signing Dallin Leavitt and special teams draft pick Tariq Carpenter all have a chance to stay on the Week 1 roster.

Special teams

If you don’t want to hear bad news, close the page now.

The clearance team doesn’t look good today. There were more bad shots and penalties than you’d like, even at the start of August. The team’s top long snapper was once again Jack Coco, an undrafted free agent who was signed after a practice session in May. Rookie kicker Gabe Brkic, who “leaves” in place of the injured Crosby, also had a poor performance.

The good news is that Revenants looked sharp today and responded to most of their feedback cleanly. Doubs, Rodgers and Ishmael Hyman were watched as punt returners and Rodgers even had a good return where he closed in on a ball at full speed to carry it.

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