The Green Bay Packers took to the field Tuesday morning for the first full padded practice of 2020.
With everything that has happened in 2020, let me just say how refreshing it was to see the team back in action and preparing for the upcoming season. Let me start by saying that we are very fortunate as fans and writers to have so many great people covering the Packers and providing us with updates all throughout practice.
Today was a day for the defense to shine. Generally, I anticipate that the defense will generally outperform the offense in practice due to them knowing and seeing the offense on a week to week basis, but that’s not always the case. It was reported that the defensive back unit as a whole performed very well. I’m paying close attention this season to third year player Josh Jackson. Jackson could be a decent rotation player in the sub-package, giving relief to other players when needed. Jackson had a decent day in individual drills.
Adrian Amos has had a solid start to camp. Amos is coming in to his second season in Green Bay and the Packers staff and fans are expecting big things. Amos shined during the 11 on 11 team period during practice. He was able to get an interception on Rodgers and make a few pass break ups. Amos seems like a player who can’t wait to put the pads on and do some hitting. One of my favorite things about him last season was the physicality that he brought to the defensive backfield.
On the offensive side of the ball, there was a lot of buzz about the offensive line. Corey Linsley did not practice and Lucas Patrick was called on to step in and fill the role at center. Patrick is a solid offensive lineman who has proven his reliability in the interior of the offensive line. When David Bakhtiari went out, Alex Light stepped in at the tackle position. It was also reported that Billy Turner got reps at different positions across the offensive line. This group has some of the biggest question marks going in to camp, especially at the guard position. Lane Taylor and Billy Turner will be battling it out for a slot at the guard position, with a handful of younger players looking to secure their spot at the position. Pay close attention to this unit as camp progresses.
The big news of the day was the injury to Montravius Adams. It was reported that Adams was carted off of Ray Nitschke Field after he sustained a lower leg injury. It was later reported that Adams had a toe sprain. To me, this shouldn’t be much of a concern, but anytime the word “injury” is mentioned during a training camp practice it can get everyone a bit worried.
One of the things that I mentioned on Twitter following practice was how the Packers have done a great job of cutting down on mental errors so far this year, unlike last year. It feels as if Matt LaFleur was more than frustrated with the team due to their lack of focus and urgency. From the sounds of it, the team has done a great job of picking up the tempo and conducting a clean practice. This speaks volumes to me, especially with no OTA practices this year.
The Packers are allowed 14 padded practices this season, which means that every padded practice is extremely valuable. From what I have seen, I feel like this was a day that the team used wisely and got better.
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