GREEN BAY, Wis. — After Wednesday’s practice, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told those “dumbs” on defense that it’s a “1-0 offense.”
It’s now 1-1.
Thursday’s practice had a focus on red zones, including plenty of third-down situations. The defense won most of those third downs. In fact, when it was starters vs. starters, the defense won seven of 11. The offense picked up wins when Rodgers came up with an ambush by Rashaan Gary on third-and-five to erase a tip-in interception by safety Adrian Amos, as well as touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Aaron Jones and Romeo Dubs.
Among the defensive wins: a sack by quarterback Darnell Savage to prevent a Dubs completion, a sack by Gary on Josh Niemann, an incomplete pass to AJ Dillon against excellent coverage by rookie Quay Walker, a combined sack by Kenny Clarke and Jarran Reed and excellent coverage by Rasul Douglas to deny Allen Lazard pass.
“The old cliché, iron sharpens iron, so you definitely want to try to create as much competition as possible because I think that’s going to bring out the best in each other,” coach Matt Lafleur said before practice. “I don’t sit there and say, ‘That was an offensive day’ or ‘That was a defensive day.’ You just really look at the process of all the things you can control and less on the results, especially in the beginning.”
Player of the day
All aboard the Romeo Doubs Hype Train.
The rookie receiver scored two touchdowns during a red-zone period, including a sensational touchdown catch during a red-zone period. Doubt broke this one here. The touchdowns came against Eric Stokes and De’Vondre Campbell — two guys who aren’t exactly on the roster.
“It’s a great day to have a catch today,” Dubs said. “Whatever happened to me today is not on the way. I’m glad it happened, I know I got some great wins, but just being a team player, I make sure I continue to be that person and grow as an individual and grow as a teammate for this great organization that Green Bay has had been consistent for a long time.’
Game of the day
The aforementioned Aaron Rodgers to Romeo Dubs is a no brainer. But let’s not repeat ourselves.
Tyler Davis had a productive day, including a late touchdown. On his penultimate play of the day, Jordan Love instantly had outside linebacker Jonathan Garvin in his face. Love tossed the ball into the air — it seemed to hang there for an hour — and right into Davis’ hands for a touchdown. It was a beautiful pass by Love, even if it only went 10 yards.
Someone will have to be the No. 3 safety. For now, it’s Sean Davis, the Colts’ fifth-round pick last year, who the Packers added to their practice squad last season. Midway through practice, Love threw an upfield pass to tight end Alize Mack. Davies shot through the middle and made a breakthrough.
Pack depth chart notes
– On Day 1 of training camp, the offensive line consisted of Josh Nieman at left guard, John Runyan at left guard, Josh Meyers at center, Jake Henson at right guard and Royce Newman at right tackle. On Day 2, it was Zach Thome at left tackle, Runyan at left guard, Meyers at center, Newman back to his usual spot at right guard and Niemann at right tackle.
Thome, a fourth-round pick, played left tackle his final two seasons at Wake Forest after starting his career as a center. He spent most of the offseason at guard and center.
“Today was my first day actually getting up there,” Tom said. “They throw you into the fire and it depends on how you react. For me, it’s just about keeping calm. I know what to do. I know my stuff. … I just go out there and do my job.”
– Once again, undrafted rookie Jack Coco made the first punt during a period of play. There was no live kicking – just snapping, holding and defending.
– While third-year outside linebacker Jonathan Garvin returned from Wednesday’s layoff, the No. 2 tandem was once again Tippa Galeaii and La’Darius Hamilton. Galeai had good coverage to prevent running back Tyler Goodson from completing.
– In the cornerback depth battle, don’t sleep on Kiondre Thomas. He got some No. 2 reps Thursday after seeing special teams action in four games for the Chargers last year.
Packers injury report
With three receivers out with injuries, Jordan Love directed a No. 2 offense featuring Osiris Mitchell and Ishmael Hyman at receiver. These players arrived this week.
Back to practice: OLB Jonathan Garvin, OT Caleb Jones.
Missed workout: WR Malik Taylor (shoulder) DT Akial Byers (hamstring).
List of non-football injuries: WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring), CB Keisean Nixon (groin), OT Rasheed Walker (foot).
Physically unable to perform a list: K Mason Crosby (knee), WR Christian Watson (knee), RB Kylin Hill (knee), OLB Randy Ramsey (ankle), LT David Bakhtiari (knee), OL Elgton Jenkins (knee), TE Robert Tonian (knee).
Packers practice schedule
The third practice of training camp will be held on Friday, but will be closed to the public. The next viewing opportunity will be at 10:30am. Saturday. After a day off on Sunday, the team will hold its first padded practice of the summer at 10:30 a.m. Monday. While 10:30 is the official kickoff time, the players don’t exit the Hutson Center until just after 10:50.
– Will Aaron Rodgers play in the preseason? “I think it’s up for debate,” coach Matt Lafleur said. “It’s not something that he and I have talked about at this point, but, yes, of course, again, everything is fluid at the moment.”
– Rodgers threw an early-hit incompletion — this might be the only time you’ll see that sentence this summer — and running back Aaron Jones and tight end Josiah Deguara were down.
– Tight ends Tyler Davis and Alize Mack celebrated late touchdowns with emphatic snaps.
– Cornerback Kabion Ento made an excellent tackle on Danny Etling’s pass. Freshman safety Dallin Leavitt nearly made the interception.
– Offensive tackle Josh Niemann vs. outside linebacker Rashan Gary provided entertaining matchups throughout the day. Gary beat Niemann for a sack; Nijman made the key block on a big shot by AJ Dillon. It will be fascinating to see them clash once the pads go on.
– Undrafted rookie wide receiver Danny Davis made a superb all-hands catch for a touchdown on a ball that went a little too far.
– Rookie Christian Watson is limited to mental reps as he recovers from minor knee surgery. “I just have to be locked in all the time,” he said. “Every single rep, you’re trying to take the play from Coach Vrabes, make sure I’m locked in and know what I would be doing if I was in that game. If I was out there, obviously I would get the physical reps, but I just look at the positive, being off the field, I get even more mental reps and I know exactly what I would do, I see the defense, I see what my plan of action is going to be on that play and just continue from there.
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