Packers Practice Round-Up. Day 2, August 17, 2020

GENERAL/PERSONNEL:

Jace Sternberger and Treyvon Hester practicing.  OLB Greg Roberts and LS Hunter Bradley attended practice. Wood, Olivai Reiner

OL Simon Stepaniak and RB Patrick Taylor are on the Non-football Injury List.  Bolton and Nijman on are PUP.  Owczarski

Montravius Adams is still getting the 3rd most reps amongst defensive linemen.  Same as last year.  Wood

Elgton Jenkins said the OL would be better blocking the wide zone run now that they have more experience in it.  Silverstein

The first padded practice is set for Tuesday, August 18.

 

QUARTERBACKS/WIDE RECEIVERS:

Boyle with a pinpoint completion to Shepherd.  Still looking very good. Wood

Man, Boyle has been so sharp.  Nice job safely leading Shepherd down the middle of field, pass on point.  Hodkiewicz [Same play as above.]

Love to Tyler Ervin on a deep over pass.  Spofford

Another nice pass from Boyle to Dillon: dropped it in front of the safety.  Wood

Rodgers throwing lots of crossers today, with Tonyan and Kumerow on the receiving end.  Spofford

Valdes-Scantling with a couple of drops today.  Wood

 

RUNNING BACKS:

Deguara gets reps at fullback.  Wood

Dillon shows good hands on some receptions.  Owczarski, Wood, Silverstein.

Ervin is getting reps at RB and has made some nice catches downfield.  Silverstein

Dexter Williams has good short area quickness.  0 to 60 in a hurry.  Hodkiewicz

Ervin looks like he could be an offensive playmaker.  Dougherty and others.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Wagner at RT and Turner at RG get first reps, respectively.  Wood

RG rotation has been Turner, Taylor and then Lucas Patrick.  Runyon has played exclusively at LG.  Silverstein

 

LINEBACKERS:

Kirksey cuts underneath to intercept a pass from Rodgers that was intended for Davante Adams.  Wood

Oren Burks took first team reps with Kirksey.  Spofford

Garvin with a nice pass rush.  Hodkiewicz

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS:

Vernon Scott breaks up a couple of passes.  Packers.com.  Both PBUs against Love over the middle.  Demovsky

LaFleur likes Scott's activity near the line of scrimmage but cautions about keeping proper depth.  Owczarski

Scott showed some excellent closing speed.  Hodkiewicz, Huber  [Sounds like Scott is moving forward when closing on these plays.]

Scott break up a pass, deflecting it into the air.  Hodkiewicz

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Crosby made either 9 or all 10 of his field goal attempts (no official signal on a couple of them).  Leglue did the snapping.  Spofford

Tim Boyle doing [at least some of] the holding on the field goals.  Hodkiewicz

Ervin, Shepherd and Jaire Alexander taking punt return reps.  Wood

 

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Comments (26)

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 18, 2020 at 04:02 am

I chose to use Tyler Ervin's photo for this article, but it was a close call. There were multiple nice tweets from several members of the media about Boyle again, Vernon Scott impressed at least a couple of people who attended practice and LaFleur mentioned him by name, and Darius Shepherd also received several nice tweets. Dillons hands have impressed the media types, and he looks smooth and just huge. There weren't any negatives posted other than the drops by MVS. There was a tweet about Deguara having to repeat a blocking rep at TE four times before satisfying the coach, but I don't know how common that is, or if it has much significance, and it wasn't in pads. I, at least, don't expect Deguara to play much at all as an inline TE.

So, it was mostly positive, apparently. The positives tended to come from probable back-ups at positions of strength: Ervin at RB, Scott at safety, and Boyle at QB. Shepherd was nice to read about, and Ramsey and Garvin have done a bit. I expect Dillon to play right away, so he's not a back-up in my book, subject to review. I would love to hear good things about Hollman and Ento, Greene and Burks, Summers, and, well, you can guess the rest. Too early for much on the DL and OL. Pads come on later in today's practice, but it will be the first day in pads, so we will see how hard they go at it.

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croatpackfan's picture

August 18, 2020 at 05:47 am

Thank you for the article!

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Coldworld's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:32 am

Thanks TGR. It is interesting to see Shepherd showing up. In camp last year he really surprised with what he did repeatedly. The kid showed he has great body control and a knack for pulling things off one would not have expected. Then in season he looked like he froze. Maybe still worth watching even if for the PS as a back up to Ervin as a returner/receiver.

Nice to see some positives on Dexter Williams too. Perhaps he has matured enough to be a factor in the competition for the roster this year. He has physical talent.

If Scott can keep it up, we have some possible depth behind Greene. Got to be one of the areas with a great chance of grabbing a roster spot and playing time.

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gkarl's picture

August 18, 2020 at 09:55 am

Thanks for all your contributions TGR.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 05:28 am

Everyone is gushing over Tim Boyle on his every throw without pads. Let's be clear, I like Boyle, liked him as a backup. A 3rd QB is a luxury, actually more than a luxury in this instance. Tim Boyle won't save a season if Rodgers is injured and Love likely will not at this stage in his career yet either, but it would be valuable reps for him. Having Tim Boyle on the roster would be a monumental waste of a roster spot. He should be nothing more than a camp body now. Jordan Love is QB 2. There is not or definitely should not be an open competition for QB2. If Love is not that guy, I would really begin to question Gute. Even having Boyle on the initial 53 for the first part of the season as Love develops and cutting Boyle later would be ridiculous. Having Tim Boyle as QB 2, or even on the roster at all, is telling the team and your new QB you just traded up in the first to get, we don't think this first round QB is worthy of being even a backup.......its sends the wrong message and would be a huge mistake by Gute

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NickPerry's picture

August 18, 2020 at 04:49 am

I don't know Bure...With Covid I'd imagine the Packers would almost HAVE to keep Boyle. If Rodgers was injured or tested positive once the regular season started what then?

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 05:19 am

Then you play the guy you just drafted to be the franchise. Love IS their guy......He WILL be the starter at some point.....Boyle has never played in the NFL.....I am not even convinced Boyle is picked up by another team if cut........this is not a Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Moore or even Matt Flynn or any backup whom has shown they can run an offense and win games.
My question is why do people automatically assume that about Boyle??? He has never played as a backup or won a game......Has anyone watched his college tape? It is cringe worthy at times........

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

August 18, 2020 at 06:37 am

I disagree, Bure. Putting Love over Boyle because of Love's being a 1st round pick is how general managers screw up. Love is clearly a PROJECT. He has tools, but clearly needs at LEAST a year before he can be trusted. Your argument that Boyle "has never played as a backup or won a game" is fascinating, since neither has Love. Love ALSO has "cringe worthy at times" college tape, though both had pretty terrible support around them.
You didn't know Flynn could "run an offense and win games" until he was PUT IN. I believe Boyle CAN win games when he is given the chance. He certainly knows the offense WAY better than Love does.
Gute took a chance on a 1st round QB, knowing Rodgers is aging. That's a reasonable risk, not a huge mistake, ESPECIALLY if Boyle ends up developing/being better than Love. People have said Gute will lose his job if Love isn't a good starter eventually, but that couldn't be less true. If Gute finds ANYONE to be a good starter, Love's selection/mistake will mean virtually nothing.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 09:39 am

I think people are still in denial of the draft pick......Love....IS....THE....GUY. PERIOD. He WILL be the starter, likely sooner than later. This is the most consequential move Gute has made and will ever make as GM. His job is directly tied to Love and to a lesser extent Lefleur too. Love was not traded up to get and drafted in the first round to be a 3rd stringer behind an unproven undrafted free agent whom has NEVER played and the Packers have next to nothing invested in. Tua Tongaviaola is playing this year, so is Joe Burrow and maybe Herbert if he can beat out Tyrod Taylor. They will all get destroyed as rookies, but they play! If Gute were so sold on Boyle as his 2 or potentially developing into a starter, he would not have drafted Love.....Love is QB2. I will eat my dirty shorts if Jordan Love is QB3

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dobber's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:29 am

At this stage, Love's roster spot is secure. Boyle's is not. If anything, Boyle's play reflects a sense of urgency (and his experience). Good for him. With no preseason games, it's hard to make himself attractive to other teams. He's got to do whatever he can to make himself a hard cut.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:39 am

Agreed Dobber, Boyle knows he will not be not a Packer but he knows he needs to showcase himself for other teams....

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PeteK's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:50 am

What's wrong with a little competition, especially early in camp? I'm not surprised that Boyle has an edge on the spot because he knows the offense and the preseason has been shortened.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

Nothing, I just don't think it is a competition....regardless of coachspeak....We are going to hear how great the laser show is for the next 3 weeks.....then Boyle will be cut and many on this site will say Gute is making a mistake.....compare it to Taysom Hill....just watch

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fthisJack's picture

August 18, 2020 at 12:17 pm

If Love is not QB2, I hope there is no #2 in your shorts.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 12:19 pm

That is funny

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PeteK's picture

August 18, 2020 at 07:08 pm

I just spitout the water I was drinking.....hahahahahahah!!!

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NickPerry's picture

August 20, 2020 at 04:48 am

You'd still have to have a backup for Love if Rodgers tested positive for Covid and had to miss a few weeks. You can't go into a game with Love and...

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Coldworld's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:22 am

Disagree with you on this one. Love is a project for the future. Do what is best for maximizing the chances of a long term return in him. Simple as that. Even without Covid, with an older QB starting in the concussion era, making him QB 3 may be the smartest option.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:28 am

So Tim Boyle is a finished product? Where has he displayed this? Yeah he had some good throws in preseason......Brett Hundley had a passer rating of a first ballot hall of famer in preseason........

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 19, 2020 at 02:02 am

Just to be clear, I merely am passing on what was written by media members who attended the practice. If they gush about Boyle, it is nothing to do with me. So far, not much gushing over Love.

This is Boyle's second season (and it is in the same offense). We can all hope for a second year jump from Boyle. It couldn't hurt, anyway.

Whether GB keeps three QBs might depend on the team's experience with Covid. So far, no one has contracted Covid since the start of camp. I expected all of the NFL teams to keep 3 QBs (or to put QBs in a special bubble) because I expected headlines like "2 Packers enter quarantine for 10 days due to Covid" on a weekly basis. We will see what happens.

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Handsback's picture

August 18, 2020 at 08:42 am

Would like to see Burks make some plays in practice. He's healthy right now, so he should be stepping up on the field. Lot's of talk about Boyle, but it appears that Shepherd is making some noise as a WR. He did it last year in preseason as well, but his play in games wasn't much. I wonder if he is ready for a breakout year.
Boyle is the number 2 QB. Love needs to learn the pro game before he can be considered a potential starter. Once and if he ever becomes a capable QB, then Boyle would be trade bait.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2020 at 09:33 am

The only way Boyle ever becomes "trade bait" is if he actually gets in a few regular season games and shows he can play at an NFL level. And I'm not talking about handing the ball off in some blowout game. No team is going to give up draft capital for an undrafted QB with horrible college stats and no actual game day NFL experience.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2020 at 09:37 am

13timechamps gets it....I am not at all sold Boyle is picked up by a team if released...

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x24's picture

August 18, 2020 at 09:59 am

It's the second day of practice...

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2020 at 10:12 am

He'll probably get picked up, because of a strong arm and potential. But I highly doubt any team would trade for him at this point.

That being said, I have no problem with him being on the roster for another year while Love gets acclimated to the NFL.

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gkarl's picture

August 18, 2020 at 10:08 am

Agreed, but at this point Boyle is your best option for QB2 especially if we're in win now mode.

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