For the first time in the team’s 2016 training camp, the Green Bay Packers held practice under the lights at Ray Nitschke Field on Monday night. Green Bay should be encouraged by the return of a veteran from the injured list, and one of the players who was maligned (whether fairly or unfairly) after Family Night responded with a big night.
Meanwhile, the Packers’ rookie class continues to impress. While Blake Martinez continues to get a share of starter’s reps, first-round pick Kenny Clark is stepping up now that the pads are coming on and some legitimate contact is allowed. Early on, at least, Clark is showing every bit of the ability that made him a first-rounder and the expected starter at nose tackle.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Monday’s practice, compiled from the tweets of the beat writers in attendance at tonight’s practice.
- Thankfully, the Packers got one player off the PUP list today, as starting right guard T.J. Lang practiced for the first time in training camp. However, backup running back James Starks did not practice, and rookie running back Brandon Burks went out with a right leg injury early on tonight.
- We noticed this a bit in OTAs, but it seems that the Packers like Jared Abbrederis in the Randall Cobb role out of the backfield - he has been lining up at running back occasionally and even took a handoff this evening.
- The battle for a practice squad among the receivers is heating up, as both Ed Williams and Geronimo Allison had impressive practices with multiple catches apiece.
- Carl Bradford took some snaps at inside linebacker with the starting defense tonight. It appears that the team is giving each of the players at the position some playing time with the starters, perhaps to see which combinations play best together.
- Kenny Clark is now getting substantial snaps with the first-team defense, lining up at nose tackle with Mike Daniels (3t) and Letroy Guion (5t) in the base defense. He also continued his impressive showing in one-on-one pass-rushing drills and maintained a spot as an interior rusher in the dime defense.
- Not to be outdone by his fellow rookie, Dean Lowry made his first significant play, batting down a pass at the line of scrimmage. In a remarkable coincidence, the pass was thrown by a quarterback named Brett and caught by the same quarterback named Brett. Can anyone remember that happening before?
- Davante Adams had a nice night of practice, making a highlight-reel one-handed catch along the sideline and adjusting to make a 50-yard catch over Quinten Rollins on a deep pass from Aaron Rodgers. He also brought in a deep ball early in practice on a third-and-one pass from Rodgers, elevating over Sam Shields for the reception. It was certainly a nice bounce-back performance tonight and likely one that he needed after struggling through the second half of Sunday’s practice.
- Jeff Janis also made an impressive catch on a deep ball, going up high to catch an underthrown pass from Brett Hundley over a pair of defenders.
The Packers are not practicing on Tuesday, but will resume with another 6:15 PM practice on Wednesday evening.