Packers Practice Roundup: August 2, 2022

The defense "won" another practice though not as decisively as yesterday.  Punts hit the ground often in windy conditions.

 

GENERAL/PERSONNEL:

Matt LaFleur still doesn't have a timeline for when rookie WR Christian Watson will return from PUP almost a week into camp. "I told you," he added, "no more expectations." LaFleur says Watson "is getting better" with his knee.  2) TE Marcedes Lewis is not participating first padded practice today. He’s done this long enough anyway.  3)  OL Cole Schneider, who dropped out of practice yesterday with an ankle injury, walking on the sideline now in a walking boot.  Wood  [Bad luck for Mr. Schneider.  Could be the first instance of Salary Cap Melt if he requires an injury settlement.  TGR]

Doubs looks a little shaken up after a punt return attempt. He’s walking slowly to the sideline and with a little limp. Will keep an eye on it. Meanwhile Hyman muffs a punt. And Doubs is right back out there so he seems fine. Still walking gingerly and checking his ankle tho.  2) Doubs out there on offense with no noticeable issue so seems any major issue was avoided.  Herman

Matt LaFleur says it'll be awhile until bottom half of depth charts become clearer: "We have to get into some of those preseason games, and get a chance to sort that out."  Wood

The NFL is docking the Dolphins two draft picks and suspending owner Stephen Ross as a result of the league’s tampering allegation.  Pelissero [Picks are the Dolphins first rounder in 2023 and their third rounder in 2024.  Steep.  TGR]

 

QUARTERBACKS/WIDE RECEIVERS:

Mark me down as a lead pipe lock for Danny Davis on the practice squad. Don’t think he can crack the 53, and don’t think anyone claims him, but he looks the part and I think GB will be thrilled to get him on the p/s.  Herman

Packers just did 25 1-on-1s between WRs/TEs and CBs/safeties with Rodgers and Love throwing. Will have notes on each in today’s story, but highlight came on 25th rep. Romeo Doubs burned Eric Stokes down the right sideline for a TD from Rodgers. Stokes slammed his helmet after.  Schneidman  [Schneidman's article sounds good - it apparently give the results of each one on one, but it is behind The Athletics paywall.]

Quite a battle between Doubs and stokes in 1x1s. Stokes wins but may have been contact. Lazard beats Gafford on the outside with relative ease. Cobb beats Douglas clean. Fun matchup there. Deguara beats Scott. Watkins with an easy win on quick slant against Thomas. 2) Amari beats Savage on a slant. Fun battle Davis vs Davis. Shawn should have had the pick. Tyler comes up with it. Davis strips him. Danny Davis beats Ento (These are all 1x1s with offense with a big advantage). Dafney beats Leavitt Hyman had a step on Gafford but overthrown. 3) Winfree smokes Vaughn but Vaughn closes fast and it ends up incomplete. Holding called on Stokes against Doubs. Gaines pbu vs Amari. Mack beats Carpenter easy on a slant. Oooo Osiris Mitchell with a really nice play vs Ento. Nice play there. Lazard beats Gafford on slant. 4) Sal Canella stand up. Beautiful route vs Leavitt. Kiondre Thomas just dragged down Watkins off a sick move. Penalty. Cobb beats Douglas again. Good rep Shemar vs Winfree. Winfree catch but no gain. Gaines I think knocked it away vs Toure. Good session for him. 5) Deguara with a beautiful double move vs Savage for a big gain. Danny Davis with a gorgeous route vs Gafford. Gafford was in a blender. Doubs wins deep vs Stokes. Td for sure. That does it for 1 on 1s.  Herman  [I suspect this series of tweets by Andy Herman constitutes all or most of the 25 one on ones.  TGR]

Nice comeback route from Sammy Watkins, creating separation against Eric Stokes on last red-zone rep. Aaron Rodgers gives Watkins a fist bump after the catch.  2) Romeo Doubs strikes again. Perfect ball to the right, back corner end zone from Jordan Love, and Doubs plucks it after separating from Rico Gafford. The rookie has been balling.  Wood

Love with his best throw of camp. Hits Watkins in stride deep to the sidelines. Watkins’ biggest play too.  2) Back to team. Stokes with great coverage on Watkins on a 9 route. Ball overthrown anyway but that was a great rep by 21.  Love hits Toure over the middle for a nice pickup.  3) Rodgers hits Amari over the middle for a nice pickup. Amari got lots of separation on that one. Savage was the closest coming in from safety. Really nice run by Goodson.  Love is having a nice day. Hits Dafney in stride over the middle.  4) Love to Doubs in the corner of the end zone on a gorgeous throw and catch. That was beautiful. Td offense.   5) Hyman has had a nice day today. Catches a pass in team with the young guys at work. Etling in the throw.  Hyman with another catch from Love along the sidelines. Herman

Love had a really nice practice today, especially against the blitz. Good response after two minute yesterday.  Hodkiewicz  [And from Silverstein: QB Jordan Love is making more throws that look like they’re from a skilled passer. Hit Sammy Watkins in stride on a deep corner and in 3rd and goal drill, threw a pretty pass into back corner that only Romeo Doubs could get. 87 made a fingertip catch and got feet down.]

Long way to go, but… Danny Davis is having a good camp. He looks legit. Looking forward to seeing him in preseason games.  2) Rodgers adjusts presnap to a five wide look, hits Amari Rodgers on a quick slant. Perfect anticipation throw, knew right where the window would be in the defense.  Nagler

 

RUNNING BACKS:

Aaron Jones almost made a dazzling, one-handed catch running open on corner route in red zone. Aaron Rodgers missed the throw high, and he did not look pleased with himself.  Wood

BJ Baylor having a nice day. Had a couple really nice blitz pickups and now a big run to the outside.  Herman

 

TIGHT ENDS:

Love hits Mack in stride to the outside. Nice bounce back day for 10 today.  Herman

 

OFFENSIVE LINE:

Offensive line - Yosh - Runyan - Myers - Newman - Tom today.  2) Team - Josh Myers did a great job getting to the 2nd level and sealing the lb on a nice hb draw to Dillon.  3) CVL and Menet opening up the left side. [Menet is a center, so is CVL playing LG/LT?] 3) How good is Rashan Gary? He just split a double team of Nijman & JRJ for a pressure. Unreal power from him.  Herman

OT Yosh Nijman, standing up Rashan Gary twice. Nijman didn’t take any reps after that. It was a good place to stop.  Wood

Zach Tom is the right tackle today and looked good in one on ones there. Yosh at left.  Hodkiewicz

 

DEFENSIVE LINE:

Lowry just blew up a run play vs Tyler Davis in team, nice cut back from Jones to get as much as he could.  2) Jonathan Ford - hello. Bursts through the line for a stop on Goodson. Garvin was there setting a strong edge too.  Herman

Ford just about took the handoff on an attempted run by the 2s. Great instant disruption.  Nagler [same play as #2 above.]

Also, Jarran Reed has been in Rodgers’ face the last couple days. Multiple times during that close red-zone period.  Schneidman

Jarran Reed with a pressure on Rodgers, forcing him to roll to the left and throw incomplete for Watkins who was double covered.  Herman

Rookie Devonte Wyatt showed his athleticism in one-on-ones, winning two of three reps vs. LG Jon Runyan. Wyatt’s speed forced a hold on first rep. After Runyan stood him up, Wyatt came back with impressive hands to shock Runyan out of position, then explode past him.  Wood

Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry combined for nearly 60% of the total snaps on the Packers' D-line last season. The addition of Jarran Reed and Devonte Wyatt, mixed with an emerging young core, could help open up GB's defensive front in 2022. "It makes my life easier," said Clark.  Hodkiewicz

 

LINEBACKERS:

Bootleg but Campbell isn’t fooled at all - he’s all over Dafney in the flat. Rashan Gary not getting moved in the run game. He gets a stop at the line.  2)  Rodgers tries to hit Doubs deep but De’Vondre Campbell gets deep in his drip, elevates, and tips the ball away at the last second. All-pro play by Campbell. That was super impressive.  3) Nice misdirection on a toss to Baylor for about 6. Wilborn did a good job getting over for the stop. Dafney just owned Ramsey in pass pro but Etling misses Mitchell  4)  Rodgers tries to hit Dillon who fell down on the play. Quay had good coverage anyway. 5) Garvin showing up in run defense today. Just beat OT George Moore to make a stop. BJ Baylor just did everything he could but 5 defenders immediately surrounded him. Defense rallying to the football again. [Garvin vs. Moore is twos versus threes - TGR.]  5) Tipa shoots through the line for a pressure and may have been held but Rodgers fires to a leaping Sammy Watkins for a big completion.  6) Kobe Jones beats G. Moore off the edge. Nice job flattening to the qb.  7) McDuffie comes screaming through on a blitz.  8) Tipa with a nice pressure off the edge against Caleb Jones. 9) Garvin with a strip on Etling. Another player who had a really nice day. Carpenter with a quick tackle on Hyman and that does it.  Herman

You can tell Isaiah McDuffie playing faster this summer, on both defense and ST. Good pressure to force incompletion through end zone.  Hodkiewicz

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS:

CB Jaire Alexander has taken his pads off and isn’t practicing. No sign if it’s an injury. He’s watching from the sideline and has a football under his arm.  Silverstein

Jaire Alexander hasn’t done any of the 11 on 11 today. He was on the field for individual but that’s it. Shemar Jean-Charles played outside in the nickel. In the base, Rasul Douglas moved outside.  2)  Alexander seems to be OK. He was chatting with fans and then put bands around his ankles and did this (in background behind the QBs) during special teams.  Demovsky

Not injury-related for Alexander.  Huber

Shawn Davis just came screaming up from safety, I think he would have had a stop about 2 yards in the backfield on Goodson.  2) Gaines with a nice blitz off the edge, Love throws deep to Doubs on a nice throw but Doubs can’t hold on and once again gets up a little gingerly. [This is later in practice, after Andy Herman's first couple of tweets on Doubs, so it is a little concerning. TGR]  3) Hyman with a great block on the outside on Innis Gaines on a quick throw to try outside. Got Gaines on the ground.  4) Nice run fit by Innis Gaines leaves Baylor nowhere to go.  5) Kiondre Thomas with a pbu in red zone on a throw form Love.  Herman

Holy moly what a grab by Romeo Doubs in the back right corner of the end zone through contested coverage during a close red-zone period. Perfect touch pass from Jordan Love and Doubs touched both feet right in front of us. Ref threw a DPI flag on Rico Gafford, too.  Schneidman [same play as noted under QB/WR section]

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Rico Gafford and Amari Rodgers started punt coverage as the gunners.  2) Dallin Leavitt is a pitbull on teams. Definitely plays with some zip.  Hodkiewicz

Vernon Scott with a great rep as a gunner - Gafford was trying to jam on the play. Romeo Doubs with a couple misplays on punt returns. Couldn’t field the ball in either instance. Now Amari Rodgers with a muff on a punt return. It’s a little windy but returners are having issues. 2) Meanwhile Hyman muffs a punt.  Herman

Amari Rodgers isn’t the only punt returner struggling today. Rookie Romeo Doubs has misplayed two, and Ishmael Hyman muffed one as well. Rough day with a stiff wind blowing straight at the returners.  2) Amari Rodgers. Muffed punt. Looked familiar.  Wood

Runyan snaps for Brkic field goal. Good kick, anyway.  Huber

 

There were a lot more mentions of players generally considered to be farther down the depth chart.  You can check out Andy Herman twitter by clicking here.

 

Photo by Samantha Madar, USA Today

 

 

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 02, 2022 at 10:15 pm

Thanks TGR!
Great catching up on practice. Absolutely thrilled to see Jordan Love playing well. I like that Love to Doubs connection.

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Swisch's picture

August 02, 2022 at 10:44 pm

I'm wondering if this is the fiercest competition in training camp for the Packers in the last few years -- on offense, defense, and special teams.

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August 02, 2022 at 11:50 pm

Definitely on ST

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 01:01 am

I think that this very well could be the fiercest across the board after today when we started to see plays from depth OLBs, ILBs, TEs. There really isn’t a group without real competition and opportunities other than QB in any phase. I really can’t remember that being the case even in really good years.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 02, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Zach Kruse tweeted after practice today that the most yards a 4th round WR has had as a rookie is 1131 yards. Hell, even Leatherhead is taking a peek at the bandwagon to see if there's any room left!

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Leatherhead's picture

August 02, 2022 at 11:51 pm

I like Doubs. He’s not going to get 1131 yards. He probably won’t get half that (566)

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 03, 2022 at 12:04 am

If he rolls into the 1st game healthy I'd take the over on 566. But you keep being the denier.

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 01:29 am

I am normally very dubious about rookie receiver predictions for over 50 yards a game. It’s really rare. As things stand though, I think the starting 3 are Watkins, Lazard and Cobb/Jones but with Doubs getting plenty of snaps behind them.

If you saw him pace Stokes in a sprint today, you now see his true speed and he can play anywhere as we have already seen. If he stays healthy he could easily beat those numbers even on limited targets. He’s likely to be first up in the event of an injury too because of his versatility.

Even with designed plays for Watson as well and if Rodgers makes the cut, he is likely to get enough targets. In reality, the active list is looking very likely to be Watkins, Lazard, Cobb, Doubs and Watson or the best WR on STs if all stay healthy and Doubs or Watson aren’t the primary returner(s). Two pure slots are rarely active otherwise. After the first two, snaps will be spread around (including Jones).

Keep an eye on Toure too. He is apparently continually making plays for “first downs” over the middle. Not spectacular but critical down wins. He may yet make a very strong case if they keep 7 or one isn’t healthy or ready (Watson?). Winfree’s versatility could be his biggest source of competition in that scenario.

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August 03, 2022 at 04:19 am

566 would be 33 yards a game. If he has a couple one hundred yards games he needs to average 25 yards a game over the other 15. I think he catches enough long balls to make a 100 yard game or two possible.

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 10:22 am

I don’t think 50 yards as an average is unrealistic based on what we have seen translating through camp. Injuries will happen and his positional versatility and speed is such that I see him both deep targets and enough others to be near that point. I suppose if we really go 2 WR sets a lot, or they really take a Cobb off a snap count and Cobb and Watkins stay healthy that might limit things too much, but I see it likely that Doubs is on the field enough over the season if he stays healthy. He is simply more versatile than alternatives.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 03, 2022 at 10:55 am

If 50 yards a game average over 16/17games is that easy, more rookies would have accomplished it. Obviously, there are things that prevent that from happening.

First, assuming he's healthy, and active, and catching balls for 17 games is an optimistic assumption. This is a long season, longer than anything Doubs has ever experienced. I think it's more realistic that he'll miss a game or two.

So 15 games. There may also be a game or two where he only gets maybe 1 or 2 targets, so he won't catch his average So now we're down to about 13 games, and he'd have to average 40 yards a game over all 13 of those.

It's all possible, LL, I'm just pointing out it's a longshot that he'll reach those numbers. I'd be happy as hell if he had 500 yards, or 50 catches, or both. I don't think it'll work like that.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 03, 2022 at 12:14 am

I would not be upset about 565 yards from Doubs.

I did use a photo of Watkins, Lazard and Cobb in this article as a reminder as to which players are the top 3 WRs. I am hoping that Watson and/or Doubs push for playing time at least, and if not initially, then by season's end.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 03, 2022 at 04:42 am

I think there's a good chance they have Cobb on a snap count and only use him as a 3rd down and red zone guy.

I'm mainly joking around with the over the top hype stuff going on. I did think he had a decent shot to be the #3 WR before TC started because of how green Watson is and now he's even further behind. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he was a 1000 yard WR next year. When guys with a decent skill set are willing to work hard.

He lost a lot of money due to not being able to test and the depth at WR this year. I think three WRs, including my draft crush Velus, that should not have been drafted ahead of him.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 03, 2022 at 02:53 pm

I’m glad you were joking.

Assuming we keep six and have one inactive….Cobb was inactive for five games, Watkins for four, Lazard for two….so if Doubs stays healthy he’ll be in uniform. I hope he doesn’t break himself on return attempts.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 03, 2022 at 12:05 am

LOL

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ricky's picture

August 02, 2022 at 11:46 pm

All the comments about the defense being in Rodgers face; stopping the run with ease, and blowing up plays indicates one of two things. Either, the defense has vastly improved. Or the Packers OL is a sieve. Still very early, but never too early to worry.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 03, 2022 at 12:07 am

Clearly when it is an intra-squad affair, it is largely a zero sum game. If Gary is dominating, then he is dominating someone. It is helpful when both or all parties to a play are identified.

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 01:04 am

Nice to see Yosh stonewall Gary twice in two one on ones. In reality, it’s going to be much harder for the O with young and moving pieces, and it’s typically tougher for them when Pads first go on (outside of the one on one WR/DB drill).

For the most part, our first D is all veteran (other than one ILB) and the D often knows what plays/Routes are being run. That makes a huge advantage at this point.

Even with that, the O was scoring today. There were some likely sacks too, but that’s football. To see today as evidence that our O line is a turnstile would be to misconstrue what actually is occurring as a whole and where we are at this point.

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August 03, 2022 at 10:25 am

Good to see Garvin showing up when the pads go on and Wyatt slowly showing his potential. Love apparently had his best day in camp and a very good one. Doubs hopefully didn’t do any lasting damage, but full pads: same story for him.

Nagler was really impressed with that Ford play and a couple by Kobe Jones (OLB) and CVL at LT with the seconds. I noticed that Jones was at RT with the seconds. While I hear that Walker is being deliberately brought on slowly after his injury? I have not noticed Jones with the twos before. Is that an indication of him having showed some promise?

Toure hasn’t done anything truly spectacular in terms of a highlight reel, but just keeps getting “third downs”. It seems like Scott is starting to look like the guy from his rookie year: the one who can cover and play deep. That would be wonderful.

I’m intrigued to a point by Davis (WR) after todays plaudits, but Hyam is also showing potential in the passing game and as a genuine blocker. He might be my PS favorite among the deeper WR depth at this point (I do like the idea of a guy who can block like Lazard has in the past in reserve). Davis just seems a bit too eerily like Kumerow. Does everything well but just not quite enough of an athlete in any respect to have an impact in season. Would be a B team star. I think we can keep more potential than that on the PS by keeping others and not have less help in reserve this year.

Some of the TEs starting to show up in the passing game-Mack, Canella, Dafney. Might we actually have real competition there by the end of camp? With showings by Garvin and Jones among the OLBs we’ve heard relatively little about till today, maybe I feel more confident that the competition at those two positions is going to be real.

Runyon snapping on punts? I’m fine with that. I do like the way we are actually working on backups who will be active in games just in case. I don’t recall that in years.

Another thing I am really excited about is how RB set up the punt return drill so differently. This year, we get a windy day, make them catch with the wind behind them and then seemingly alter the machine trajectory up to get maximum height and swirl and a ball blown away from the returner—in fact they tend to hang up, inviting potential misjudgment. From experience (rugby) those are the worst to field. So that’s what we practice. Yes! That’s what practice is for. Learn how to handle those and others are a relative breeze.

I know it doesn’t sound rocket science, but when did we do that last? Not for a very long time. This is one way we can see RB just improving how we prepare. It’s so basic it’s bothered me for years but it’s just one of the things RB has changed up. We are going to be so much better on STs because of him.

Good to see Wilborn and McDuffie both showing at ILB. Both are good ST types as well as being more like our two starters and could thus fill in for them without forcing a system change, Could Barnes be under threat?

Thanks again TGR. These pieces are essential reading as far as I am concerned. The real battles have just started for most, but I already see players who may be already starting to make waves now that pads are on.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 03, 2022 at 04:02 am

One of the writers said it was Rodgers best day so far too as far as accuracy. He said he hit 2 or 3 receivers were the DBs really couldn't have done more to stop the completion.

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August 03, 2022 at 05:48 am

I agree with much of your comment. I have some quibbles. I hope to get to a couple of practices to see for myself. Runyan snapped for a field goal; if he snapped for punts as well, I didn't find a tweet to that effect.

Yes, lots of battles going on. #3, #4 ILB by default would be Barnes and IDK, Wilborn, perhaps, though folks say McDuffie is coming on better. #3 - #5 OLB would be Garvin, Ramsey, and a battle between Tipa and Hamilton? #3 to 4/5 safety: seems like they want Shawn Davis to seize his opportunity. Scott and Innis Gaines getting an opportunity, though neither seems good enough to force the team to keep five safeties. Carpenter might start to show.

The APC and Spofford article annoyed me. Shemar Jean-Charles just began to have a couple of plays. I am not ruling SJC out, but I am not ready to anoint him, either. Nixon missed 6 games last year. He has a good chance to make this team but only as a special teams guy, not as the nickel or dime back. Ento and Gafford are in play. Vaughn and Thomas, IDK. I am uneasy about CB 3 - 5, but I don't have a logical explanation for it. At least there are battles and some positive plays. Really, safety looks more worrisome.

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 11:23 am

It was a field goal, my memory confused them, but the point that I like seeing preparation for in game emergency options is equally applicable to either.

I don’t know about Hamilton, they seem to like him, but I basically think that for the back up OLBs yesterday was the first test that matters an iota. It was just pleasing to see some getting attention. Without pads it’s all illusory. As LaFleur said, it will really require games to winnow out those who can, and particularly so at positions like LB, RB, S and in the trenches.

Scott is the only S so far seeming to make plays in coverage. He also had a good play as a gunner recently. We need a cover capable S reserve. After that they are mostly ST/Box/hybrid types as I read it. I’m starting to wonder what the backup middle will look like not just from an individual perspective but as to the types. They have a lot of big fast S/smaller fast ILB types. That’s going to be a major ST recruitment source but I am wondering if Walker now changes what Barry wants too, as well as the individual strengths. Box type S players need pads to show up and to evaluate usefully just as ILBs do. We will see

At this point, SJC looks to be CB 4 but he’s an inside guy (something he’s confirmed during camp). SJC has ball skills and has been repeatedly described as sticky in coverage in this camp, but I never want to see him outside. His medium and long speed is just not there. Nixon is the wild card. Pre injury he was getting a ton of snaps in the off season as CB 4 and a ST leader and apparently not looking bad on D-but that’s in essentially walk throughs. He is also an inside guy. One too many? Can he get healthy and can he really hold up on D?

At this point Ento has flashed on the outside but we’ve not seen him tackle. He also looked lost in the middle last year. Until we do see him tackle effectively, we don’t know if he’s a guy they will consider—we know he can cover on the perimeter. Gafford has so far looked good in coverage, and may be a core ST. He seems like the most versatile as a corner and he keeps making plays. Can he continue to do so? If so he’s going to be hard to cut even if he’s not an ST fixture.

Two of those are likely to make it behind the top 3. I can’t see both being inside types, I can see STs weighting the battle, but are others like Leavitt making Nixon less essential? Right now I’d go SJC and Gafford. I could see Nixon beating SJC on ST value though. I could see Ento grabbing the outside reserve, but I think Gafford’s speed, versatility and ST value wins out.

Vaughn and Thomas I know too little of, but, even ignoring them, I see that as a whole lot more convincing depth at CB than we have been used to.

At safety, if I had to hazard a guess now, Leavitt is one and Scott the other. Davis or Gaines could push, but they need to be as valuable on STs or in deep coverage. Davis is a good ST player and Gaines has flashed, but not deep, but Leavitt is already seeming like the ST leader and Scott the only one showing coverage ability in the passing game. I think Carpenter looks to be a project based on his usage. I think he’s been usurped by Leavitt and becoming available and is probably a PS candidate and potentially then in a fight with Gaines—I think Davis may get picked up for STs if waived.

If Scott looks like he did as a rookie, I’m ok with Leavitt. That’s the big “if” though because there is no one else showing signs of coverage ability. It’s just possible they move Nixon or Vaughn (200 and 211 pounds respectively) into that competition too. Both have traits that might suggest S would be a better fit. That might just be wishful thinking on my part though.

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August 03, 2022 at 08:47 pm

Nice post. Yes, we need to breakdown the depth guys in the secondary by function while playing defense and by utility on special teams. Your mentions of Scott are interesting. There have been some tweets about him which have been positive.

I am thinking that breaking down the OLBs by function might be helpful as well. After all, they have to backup both Gary and Preston. However, if Walker is a key cog, that coverage function might be less important in the backup OLBs, leaving just pass rush and holding the edge as primary considerations.

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August 03, 2022 at 11:03 am

If "Special Teams Demon" (which I'll just call STD from now on) Nixon is going to be active on gameday (and you need to be active to be an STD), then that's one of your CBs. We'll say #5. So it really only boils down to one more. It is possible, with inuries during the season or game, that Nixon or the #4 guy will be matched up against a major horse in the playoffs. I think it'll be Shemar.

Safety is worrisome, but I'm pretty sure Scott is going to make the team. That only leaves room for one more gameday guy.

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August 03, 2022 at 05:16 am

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING:<br><br>Romeo Doubs has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame <a href="https://t.co/h8GrQpHVzJ">pic.twitter.com/h8GrQpHVzJ</a></p>&mdash; Justis (Romeo Doubs HOF advocate) Mosqueda (@JuMosq) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuMosq/status/1554577899285426176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etf... 2, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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August 03, 2022 at 06:02 am

A nice gold jacket. That is one ugly link.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 03, 2022 at 11:09 am

Funny. It reminds me of the James Lee Era.

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August 03, 2022 at 11:09 am

Funny. It reminds me of the James Lee Era.

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August 03, 2022 at 06:09 am

Watson was drafted to EASILY replace MVS. If/when healthy , he does that and more. We need WR SPEED on the field....At least 2 burners and Jones at the same time. Then we can see our offense be something special and open the field up a bit for the run game also.

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GregC's picture

August 03, 2022 at 06:34 am

Good to hear Amari Rodgers' name getting mentioned. He may be the most likely replacement for Cobb if Cobb gets hurt again. Bummer not to have Christian Watson out there though.

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 11:45 am

For the most part though, Rodgers is getting mentioned for doing anything because he’s been conspicuously absent. Others like Winfree and Toure for example largely don’t get mentioned for doing the same things consistently (though Davis did yesterday) in the context of PS potential and Rodgers had yet to make a splash play on O. On STs, he has had one good looking return , but Doubs had at least matched that.

At some pint Rodgers has to show that he’s a better slot or return option than others. In fact Doubs, Toure and Winfree appear from my information to be more consistently winning those snaps. Unless he wins as a role as preferred gunner or returner—not by any means certain— will he be active in game days if Cobb is? He’s only an emergency option outside the slot and two active slot specialists is rare.

If so, can we justify keeping him on potential? Bear in Mind that to some extent we are increasingly likely to be carrying Watson on that already. To me that would require Rodgers to start making not just routine but splash plays and stacking them to a point where his upside is visibly such that he is seen as a viable Cobb replacement, is clearly the second best option in the Slot after Cobb-that’s clearly not the case thus far or is sufficiently better on STs, probably realistically that means being a preferred returner.

Place your bets. As of yet, Rodgers really hasn’t stated a case for himself in the field. That said, he is the type of player where games should be his best advertisement. It’s up to him to grab those opportunities and show he belongs.

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GregC's picture

August 03, 2022 at 05:57 pm

I thought it was good to hear that he caught three passes and got a lot of separation on one of them. I'm not sure that we can expect a lot of spectacular plays from the slot receivers. Cobb hasn't been mentioned a whole lot so far. Obviously Doubs has been making lots of big plays, but is he making those plays from the slot position? Sounds like it's all outside stuff. Winfree and Toure have made some catches, but not in this report, and I'm not sure how often they have been playing in the slot. I think Amari deserves some credit for making some plays in this particular practice. I don't consider him to be a lock, but I don't think Winfree or Toure are likely to beat him out.

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T7Steve's picture

August 03, 2022 at 07:47 am

I didn't see anything about Amos. Does that mean he played that good or was he sitting on the side like Alexander?

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Coldworld's picture

August 03, 2022 at 11:48 am

Amos was playing and continued to look good. Nothing spectacular like the previous day. I assume Jaire was more to allow them to look at others with the ones (or maybe to tempt someone to throw to that side for once). As of yet, I don’t think another S has made a case to get looked at like that.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

August 03, 2022 at 08:30 am

Can’t wait to hear AR say, “We have special teams!”

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 03, 2022 at 10:07 am

When Greg Jennings arrived in GB from W. MI, he brought a resume of consistent college production, tons of receptions, and a polished route tree.

Doubs is 2 inches taller but otherwise of similar build and college numbers playing in Nevada.

College production:
Jennings...238 receptions for 3,539 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Doubs...225 receptions for 3,322 yards and 26 touchdowns.

FYI...Jennings rookie production as a Packer: 45 receptions for 632 yards.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 03, 2022 at 11:12 am

Good research on that comparison. Would I be happy if Doubs accomplished that, or came close? You bet.

I sure hope he doesn't break himself returning a punt that doesn't have to be returned.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 03, 2022 at 12:41 pm

Doubs wears #87. Like the other player who wore it his speed is like that of a long strider. Not quick but fast buildup speed. I think he posted 22-23 MPH in college on a long run. Sorta like Jordy could.

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