Packers Practice Roundup: Day 12 Closed Practice

 

GENERAL/PERSONNEL:

Some Packers injury updates: Dean Lowry (knee) Isaac Nauta (chest) DeAndre Thompkins (shoulder) Chris Blair (ankle) And of course, Jordan Love (shoulder).  Demovsky  [Nauta was placed on IR today.]

MRI on Packers’ QB Jordan Love’s shoulder this morning came back clean, per source. Love unlikely to miss time.  Shefter

Matt LaFleur says Jordan Love’s shoulder injury is significant enough that he could miss a couple days of practice and even the Jets game this weekend.  Schneidman [LaFleur did not rule Love out for the Jets game.]

Aaron Jones (hamstring) is back after missing last week. Za’Darius Smith (back) is finally off the non-football injury list.  Demovsky

Kenny Clark not in first team period. He and Will Redmond are working on a side field. Stokes and King taking turns with starting secondary. Za’Darius Smith back with the 1s.  2)  Back at practice: Za’Darius Smith, Aaron Jones, Kenny Clark, Equanimeous St. Brown and Will Redmond. Dean Lowry a new addition to the rehab group.  Schneidman

This is not an inexact science - and I could very well be wrong - but my records have Dean Lowry's last missed public practice as Aug. 23, 2017.  Hodkiewicz

Matt LaFleur says it's a big day, maybe week, for Kurt Benkert getting more reps with Jordan Love out: "It's extremely valuable. He hasn't gotten the reps that I know he would like, but it's hard to rep more than two guys."  Wood [GB is working out QBs.]

90-minute practice today. Guys that didn't play on Saturday "will get the majority" of the snaps.  Schneidman

 

QUARTERBACKS/WIDE RECEIVERS:

Aaron Rodgers gets Eric Stokes a couple reps later. Stokes lined up on Allen Lazard, who cuts across the middle. Stokes tries to jump the route, but Rodgers throws behind Lazard, away from coverage. Mark that one down for the wily vet.  2)  In second team period, Eric Stokes gets first rep across from Jaire Alexander. He’s lined up over Davante Adams, and Aaron Rodgers targets him. Same thing that’s happened all camp, except this time Stokes jumps an out route and breaks up the pass. The rookie is getting better.  Wood

Rodgers floats in a beauty from 21 to Lazard over Alexander in end zone. It was on other side of field and appears he was OB.  Hodkiewicz

Rodgers boots right and throws it left for a TD to [a wide open] Begelton. Good grief.  Schneidman

 

TIGHT ENDS:

Favorite part of this was finding out Aaron Rodgers loves...Bronson Kaufusi, who I think is TE7 right now.  Schneidman

[Discussing Sternberger pretty candidly]: “That one play doesn’t really describe the player,” Outten said. “It’s more consistently what you’re putting in day in and day out. With his consistency, it’s kind of been sporadic.”  it's abundantly clear the team isn't thrilled with his development and he could be playing for his Packers’ life the next few weeks.  Schneidman

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN:

Packers OL coach Adam Stenavich says “no one’s really stepped up and risen above the rest” in regard to the two guard spots with David Bakhtiari out. Jon Runyan Jr., Lucas Patrick and Ben Braden in contention for those two spots with Elgton Jenkins at LT.  Schneidman

Packers weren’t kidding about being displeased with their guards in the preseason opener: First practice back, rookie Royce Newman gets his first chance at RG with the No. 1 OL. Ben Braden at LG. In the game it was, Lucas Patrick at RG and Jon Runyan at LG.  Demovsky

The run game was "very bad," Hackett said. Fundamentals and techniques, not mental errors, were the issue. Fixing that starts with tomorrow's practice.  Huber

 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN:

Keke said he's put on 10 pounds to be stronger at the point of attack. 293 to about 303 now.  Schneidman

Nice play by Packers rookie UDFA DT Jack Heflin on the screen... Heflin played at Iowa in 2020, but was a standout player for Northern Illinois before that (team defensive MVP). Stout iDL piece.  2)  T.J. Slaton pretty much tackled the RB here while being fully engaged by the LG… This guy is a brick.  Ben Fennell  [Nice video of these two plays from the Texans preseason game which can be seen by going to Ben’s twitter (or Andy Herman’s).]

Within the 1st 9 snaps vs HST - Packers DT T.J. Slaton played 0T, 1T, 2iT, 3T, 4iT, 6T Wow. Gotta be honest - didn’t expect that.  Fennell

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS:

CB Josh Jackson not going away. He comes up with a leaping INT of Kurt Benkert’s throw to Jace Sternberger in the EZ.  2)  [OTOH} CB Kabion Ento moving up the charts it appears. He and Eric Stokes were the No. 2s ahead of Josh Jackson. The pair received reps with the 1s as part of the corner rotation.  Silverstein

After top 4 CBs, Kabion Ento was first off the sideline. Then Josh Jackson came on. That’s your second team CB.  Wood

 

 

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 17, 2021 at 07:55 pm

I used a photo of Ento because I thought being promoted to the #2s was significant. Silverstein had it right even if Jackson made a play in practice.

The quotes about Sternberger are concerning. Maybe they are just trying to light a fire under him. The Packers do not save cap space by releasing Sternberger. Nauta went on IR. Kaufusi apparently is hardly setting the world on fire even though all he has to do is block and not drop the ball in the unlikely event it is thrown his way. Tonyan, Lewis, Deguara are locks to make the team, so perhaps Dafney makes it and is counted as a TE.

The offensive line comments are the most concerning. I didn't think much of their OTs, though I didn't hate Nijman as much as others did. But neither Nijman nor Kelly seemed like OTs who could help or even get the team by for half a game. Yet the Packers disliked their guards even more. Yikes!

Edit: I suppose the team has guards and centers coming out of their ears, so there are options. However, those guys were promoted not because of the quality of their own play but due to the inadequacies of those who had been in front of them. OTs are whatever it is. The Packers will have a backup OT when Bakh returns if they want to move guys around and perhaps not before?

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Coldworld's picture

August 18, 2021 at 07:43 am

I agree with you and PFF that Nijman was actually one of the better showings overall, if one that showed he needs more snaps and consistency—something that I really don’t find surprising. I think we should see more of Newman.

The guard play and that of Kelly was downright shocking. Kelly baffles me, because of what he managed last season. Is what we are asking of him that different? Runyon getting pushed around at will was an unwelcome surprise too.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2021 at 09:26 am

i don't think the packers give up on Sternberger this season to keep Dafney for ST. Light a fire - sure. dump his potential as a pass catching TE? Not yet considering the developmental time lost to injury. it does seem as if his level of effort needs to be higher and more consistent if the coaches comments are accurate (why would they not be?)

If you keep 4 tackles, Nijman seems to be in a battle for spot #4, and could very well be the leader in the clubhouse after test 1. He wasn't awful (like Marshall Newhouse).

At OT when bakh comes back... no backup moves to the bench, the "extra" OT becomes the starting LG and life goes on.

1 - Bakhtiari (starting LT)
2 - Turner (starting RT)
3 - Kelly (swing)
4 - NIjman (LT in training?)
wild card - Newman, as a G or T?
long shots (PS) - Capra, Cronk, Van Lanen

Roster versatility to keep a LT in training without him being the de facto swing tackle is provided by Jenkins ability to move to any position and do it well.

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Todd's picture

August 17, 2021 at 07:44 pm

Interesting disconnect in information. Shefter says Love unlikely to miss time. Per Schneidman, LaFleur says Love could miss a few practices and/or the game, but doesn't rule him out of the Jets game.

Whose source is better? Who is Shefter's source?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 17, 2021 at 07:46 pm

Could be interpreted as just wrong, but probably Shefter was just too cryptic (it is a tweet, not an essay). If he needed an MRI, I assumed he would miss some practice time.

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Todd's picture

August 17, 2021 at 07:51 pm

Makes sense and thanks for the follow-up. Hopefully if Love does miss time, it's minimal.

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cms's picture

August 17, 2021 at 09:51 pm

I think it's clear that Schfter doesn't require sources!

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2021 at 09:29 am

Shefter, as a national guy, could simply mean actual GAME time and not the locally focused PRACTICE time.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 17, 2021 at 08:38 pm

If the MRI is clean and Love isnt having issues with it and is able to throw than play him for crying out loud. Love will notify the coaches immediately if anything doesnt feel right. Love needs to play and keep playing. We do not need our #3 QB getting reps.

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dobber's picture

August 17, 2021 at 08:41 pm

"CB Josh Jackson not going away"

From the 'words you'd like to have back' department.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 17, 2021 at 09:01 pm

Yes, but at least he noted that Ento had usurped Jackson's status on the 2s.

I made predictions on who the 5 guys GB would release. [Had the good sense not to do that on CHTV.] Zack Johnson was in there. Thompkins and Nauta to the IR I didn't foresee. Reports were that there were no injuries in the game. Guess not. Winslow and Dietzen were already announced and not surprising.

Packers are signing QB Doleaga (sp???). So I guess there is another move forthcoming to make room. Chris Blair or JJ Molson? Of those two, Molson.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 18, 2021 at 01:31 am

Wrong again. GB waived Stanford Samuels to make room for Dolegala.

It isn't a big deal. I don't think Samuels was the 85th worst player on the team, or even the 69th worst.

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packer132's picture

August 17, 2021 at 08:41 pm

Great info, TGR. I thought the OL was very strong and deep, and still 3 weeks of practice to improve. Rodgers seems to be on his game already, and he won't need a preseason game to be ready for the Saints. I hope he stays healthy and has another great year. Good reports on Slaton, and he should be a big plus for the defense. I've heard nothing about Campbell and hope he can contribute. Sternberger is suspended for the first two games and won't count as a roster spot. If he doesn't impress in the next couple of weeks, they could release him and pick up another body in a position of need. Good to sit the starters in the preseason games and evaluate the bottom of the roster.

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nostradanus's picture

August 17, 2021 at 10:46 pm

Thanks James, great info and much appreciated
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NJ-RICK's picture

August 18, 2021 at 06:21 am

Weakest link on the O-Line was Lucas Patrick... They must perform much better this week. Special teams looked much to slow need to put some speedsters on the squad. Finally Josh Jones is gone another high draft pick that didn't pan out... Its only preseason but I'm expecting to see a mush more cohesive squad playing on Saturday. GPG

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