GREEN BAY – The Packers carried out their annual Family Night apply Friday in entrance of fifty,112 followers at Lambeau Field.
Here are 5 things we learned.
1. The No. 1 protection wasn’t making something simple, and rookie LB Quay Walker was displaying up lots in that regard.
The Packers’ beginning offense made its share of performs in 11-on-11, nevertheless it was troublesome to seek out a lot rhythm as a result of the protection wasn’t giving up a lot downfield or within the run recreation.
Inside linebacker and first-round draft decide Quay Walker helped set a tone early by assembly Aaron Jones at the road of scrimmage on an outdoor working play. Then Walker practically intercepted a go at the objective line, however Aaron Rodgers threaded a needle to tight finish Marcedes Lewis with Walker whizzing by and simply lacking the ball.
Later, Walker made one other good play within the flat, stretching laterally to cowl AJ Dillon on a checkdown throw and staying in a balanced place to not get beat by (*5*) inside transfer after the catch. There was no stay tackling, however Walker clearly would have wrapped up the large working again in open house.
The one stretch Rodgers appeared to get things rolling, with three straight completions to Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Dominique Dafney, the protection rebounded to cease the subsequent two performs. Walker had respectable protection on Amari Rodgers on a shallow cross that was incomplete, after which a deep ball for Lazard did not join.
“One factor that we have sort of challenged our protection on is simply the consistency with stopping the run, after which I feel they’ve carried out a fairly good job defending the go and specifically the deep balls and never giving up a ton of huge performs down the sector,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur stated.
“Our entrance seven may be fairly salty, so I hope they’re making our offense that significantly better.”
2. The offensive star of the night time was rookie WR Samori Toure.
Toure obtained going early with a pleasant adjustment and sliding catch on an end-zone fade from Jordan Love throughout one-on-ones in opposition to the defensive backs. Then throughout 11-on-11 close to the objective line, he made one other nifty sliding catch within the nook on a go from Danny Etling.
The large spotlight then got here on a deep ball from Love, as Toure obtained behind two defenders and hauled within the go for a landing of 50-plus yards.
“I feel he is obtained actually good physique management and physique motion,” LaFleur stated of Toure. “He’s a sensible child who actually works at it.”
Added Lazard: “He undoubtedly made a step up tonight.”
Fellow rookie Romeo Doubs as soon as once more made an eye-popping play, as he appears to do day-after-day, this time with a contested catch on a one-on-one deep ball ultimately zone in opposition to cornerback Kiondre Thomas. Although later in 11-on-11, Doubs confirmed he is human, as he simply missed corralling a deep ball that appeared to look off his fingers.
“Really, all of the rookies have carried out an excellent job in that broad receiver room,” LaFleur stated. “They’ve proven lots of flashes. It’ll be fascinating to see what occurs subsequent week in San Francisco.”