Green Bay Packers practice news and notes, 7/29: 4 Packers return, including WR Sammy Watkins

Friday’s practice in Green Bay was a closed practice to the public, but members of the Packers media were still there to cover the events in the walkthrough. Before the Packers hit the field, coach Matt LaFleur informed the media that the team will be on the shoulder pads on Monday before putting on full gear on Tuesday. Tomorrow’s practice will be open to the public again.

Here’s what you need to know about Friday practice:


Four players returned to the field on Friday, According to Rob Damofsky of ESPNReceiver: Sammy Watkins, offensive lineman Rashid Walker, defensive line man Akeel Byers, and linebacker Randy Ramsey. Watkins (NFI, hamstring), Ramsey (PUP, ankle) and Walker (NFI, foot) have been removed from the Packers injury lists with their participation in practice.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries to Green Bay in the training camp. The Packers are getting progressively healthier this week and not the other way around. Watkins’ return should go a long way as second-round rookie Christian Watson remains on the roster physically unable to perform on the roster after surgery on Watson’s knee in June. Ramsey, who missed the entire 2021 regular season, has a real chance of making the team a reckless player and contributor to special teams in 2022.

offensive notes

According to Andy Hermann of Backer ReportThe Packers are back in their Day One camp lineup of Josh Nijman, John Runyan Jr., Josh Myers, Jake Hanson and Royce Newman (from left to right). Written by Matt Schneidman the athlete, Cole van Lanenen was the first non-“rookie” player to alternate with “those” when he took charge of Neumann’s right tackle. Interestingly, Neumann didn’t kick from the inside to the right keeper – a position he started in 2021 – when Van Lanen spelled him out on the right tackle. Normally, Newman would have seen these actors more than Hanson, who won praise from LaFleur earlier this week.

Hermann also referred to the entire group of individuals training with “those” on Friday. A few noteworthy points here:

  1. Zach Tom, who saw the team’s first rep on the left tackle yesterday, was working with the second set today.
  2. Juwann Winfree, who spent most of last season in the coaching staff, continues to get reps with quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the likes of Amary Rodgers. Mind you, that’s with Watson and Malik Taylor injured. If Rodgers is the team’s eighth recipient on the depth chart…that’s a lot of space to clear before the final cuts.

defensive notes

Just as he did on the offensive side of the ball, Hermann noticed defenders working with “those” in slow drills today. Here are some tips:

  1. Devonte White, selected in the first round, was not among the four defensive linemen training with the group.
  2. Ray Welburn, who was a member of the coaching staff in 2021, gets approval to start 2021 Chris Barnes.

in nickel groups, Hermann pointed out That Dean Lowry actually saw more footage from 2022 signing Jarran Reed, which is a bit surprising. From a frame point of view, Reed is more of a defensive tackle four while Lowry is built like a 3-4 defensive end. The Green Bay Press-GazetteRyan Wood He also mentioned that the Packers used a front four today where the rims were Kenny Clark and Laurie. Green Bay used 4-3 appearances sparingly last season in the relegation bases, usually against reserve offenses, but never did so with four of the inside linemen on the field.

special teams

Today’s practice was much heavier on the SWs than Wednesday’s or Thursday’s practice. According to Schneidmann, five players have earned appearances for the kick: cornerbacks Rico Gaford, Rodgers, receiver Romeo Dobbs, receiver Danny Davis and starting running back Aaron Jones. Gavford got the first notch on kickbacks while Rodgers was second.

In terms of people not returning, Note the wood That tight end Dominic Daphne, linebacker Isaiah McDuffy, Barnes, corner back Shemar Jean Charles and safety Dalene Levitt got shots of the kick-back team. None of these players worked with the “players” on their side of the ball but did get an early appearance for special teams. Leavitt was recently signed by the Packers after being one of the most played Specials for current Green Bay Specials Coordinator Rich Bisaccia when they were with the Raiders.

On the Kick-Off Team, the players who didn’t work with the “people” on offense or defense but did see early shots with the unit Gavford, McDuffy, Barnes, Levitt, Jean Charles and Salama Rookie/Back Tariq Carpenter. If you haven’t deduced this, the big name missing on the specials is linebacker Ty Summers. Summers was in the final year of his rookie contract and played for the North 73 percent of Packers special teams in each of his three years with the team. Last year, only 29 of his total 299 shots came on the defensive side of the ball. If he doesn’t ‘start’ at kickoff or teams come back, it will be very difficult for him to build a roster behind the likes of De’Vondre Campbell, Quay Walker, Wilborn, Barnes, McDuffie and Carpenter, who all watch footage with ‘those’ in defense as linebackers or” They start” in a special teams unit.

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