Mike Pettine prioritizes defending the pass. It’s his general philosophy — gains through the air tend to be far more explosive and dangerous — and in general that has been borne out in the modern NFL.
And if the Green Bay Packers’ first padded practice on Tuesday is any indication, this team just might have a special pass defense in 2020.
On Tuesday, the defense consistently stymied Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. Defensive backs were everywhere, the pass rush group looked productive and deep, and all told it was an encouraging sign for Pettine and that unit. Of course, some of this could be chalked up to early-camp jitters for the offense, which is trying to come together and get in sync after having no offseason reps.
The other big storyline out of Tuesday’s practice is a less positive one, however. The Packers had a few key players leave practice with injuries, most of which went unexplained after practice concluded. Hopefully the critical players — Bakhtiari and a Smith in particular — were just pulled off the field for precautionary reasons, but stay tuned today to see if they return to the field.
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Late in practice, the defense got a series of huge stops against the offense, holding Aaron Rodgers and company out of the end zone on five straight attempts from around the ten-yard line.
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Those stops were just one of the highlights from Tuesday's practice, which also included good play from the defensive backs throughout the day and some flashes from Big Bob Tonyan.
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Both Bakhtiari and Za'Darius Smith left Tuesday's practices with injuries along with defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Meanwhile, center Corey Linsley was on the sidelines throughout.
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One big of good news on the injury front is that linebacker Curtis Bolton appears to be getting close to returning.