So there was a practice today after all. I checked the Packers site, but I do not see how one would have known about it. It was a walk-through, so I will dispense with my usual format.
Watkins, Ramsey, Walker and Byers are now practicing. No new injuries. Demovsky
Rasheed Walker and Randy Ramsey are both back. It’s Ramsay’s first on field work since injuring his ankle last summer. Was a core STer in 2020. 2) As Matt LaFleur suggested, Sammy Watkins is back at practice. Hodkiewicz
OLB Randy Ramsey said he tore 2 ankle ligaments and broke his fibula last camp, ending his season and keeping him out of practice until today. Ramsey said the ligaments took almost a year to heal. His ankle didn’t feel back to normal until about a month ago. Wood
That’s it for a one hour and 22 minute half-speed speed practice. Sammy Watkins caught a few passes, special teams worked on kickoff and kickoff return and ballhawk Rasul Douglas still managed to come up with an interception in jog through off Tyler Davis’ hands. Demovsky
First kickoff Gafford, Leavitt, Galiae, Carpenter, Amos, McDuffie, Barnes, Davis, Jean-Charles, Stokes, Brkic. [Kickoff coverage team]. 2) KR [Kick Return Team]: Barnes, Deguara, McDuffie, Jean-Charles, Douglas Davis, Dafney, Galeai Dillon, Winfree; Returner: Gafford. Amari Rodgers was 2nd returner. Leavitt and Walker were on second team also. 3) Some dispute on this. I had Douglas on first KR and Leavitt on second. Others had them flipped with Douglas standing on the side. 4) Aaron Jones among the players getting kick return reps. He’s back with Rico Gafford, Amari Rodgers, Romeo Doubs and Ishmael Hyman. Wood
Keisean Nixon helping lineup the KOR unit. A lot of knowledge there of Bisaccia’s unit. 2) Dallin Leavitt already in as a blocker on No 1 KR. Rico Gafford took first return, then Amari Rodgers. Hodkiewicz
LaFleur said the improvement in QB Jordan Love has been the operation in the huddle, at the line of scrimmage and in general. “He’s got a great approach,” LaFleur said. “Jordan has been through it for a couple years now.” Silverstein
Matt LaFleur very complimentary of Rashan Gary, who’s entering his first camp as OLB1 in his fourth year. LaFleur said Gary would’ve had four sacks in practice yesterday if Packers were going full speed. Schneidman
La’Darius Hamilton and Tipa getting reps with the ones as well. I’m not sold that Hamilton isn’t the Packers’ 3rd best edge. He’s got a chance. Herman
In jog through, the Packers showed very rare 4 DL look with Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry on ends, and Jarran Reed and TJ Slaton on interior. Hardly ever see that outside short yardage. A way to be stouter vs run with coverage on the back end. Two athletic ILBs help. Wood
2-4-5 nickel look today: Clark | Lowry Preston | Gary Campbell | Walker Douglas | Jaire | Stokes Amos | Savage. Herman
Wilborn, Shawn Davis, and Vernon Scott getting some reps with the ones on defense. Wouldn’t read too much into this. Teams are split into two groups and there’s some rotating going on. Again, just snails pace walkthroughs. Herman
Day 3 of reverts to Day 1 offensive line. First unit, left to right: Nijman, Runyan, Myers, Hanson, Newman. Spofford
Please note, in some instances it’s better to be getting a ton of snaps with the 2’s than rotational snaps with the 1s. Zach Tom, Devonte Wyatt, Krys Barnes, etc… get more reps that way. Herman
Coach Matt LaFleur said that rookie OL Zach Tom doesn’t have typical left tackle size, but he said he’s been impressed with his technique and athletic ability. Tom started on Thursday and had to go up against Rashan Gary, which was a good test for him. Silverstein
Matt LaFleur says he closed today’s training camp practice is closed because it’s just a “mental day” and wouldn’t have been much for fans to watch. “There’s not a lot of full-speed action. It’s more jog through, above the neck.” Wood
The Packers injury issues have gone too far. They are now affecting former players. Just today: Kyler Fackrell – IR Micah Hyde – carted off Lucas Patrick – injured at practice Taysom Hill – out injured. Herman
Falcons signed Henry Black, cut Brayden Lenius. Aaron Wilson [I have no comment. TGR]
Andy Herman wrote a nice article about today’s closed practice that you can read here.
Reading the twitter account of Ryan Wood can give you a good idea of how practice went. You can find Ryan Wood by clicking here. I linked Andy Herman’s twitter account yesterday. Both provide nice coverage of training camp.
My understanding is that there is a regular practice tomorrow, Saturday, July 30.