The Green Bay Packers are about to do something Aaron Rodgers absolutely despises.
Now that that unnecessarily baiting lede is out of the way, this is in reference to the joint practices between the Packers and New York Jets getting underway today leading up to Saturday’s preseason game at Lambeau Field..
One of the reasons Rodgers isn’t fond of these kinds of practices is the inevitable fights and scraps that come along with two different teams occupying one practice field. The Packers and Jets hope to avoid that with the friendship between head coaches Matt LaFleur and Robert Saleh who both spent time on the Houston Texans’ coaching staff.
LaFleur’s brother Matt is also the Jets’ offensive coordinator so hopefully all fighting will be kept minimal to non-existent.
Aside from the fighting risk, there are benefits for both teams. Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson gets to see one of the best to ever do it in Rodgers on the practice field while the Packers also get to practice against a different defensive scheme for a change and will use that to sharpen Rodgers since he won’t play in the preseason.
The three-time MVP may not like them but joint practices provide the Packers with a change of pace and some extra competition for fringe roster guys who lost an extra chance with the reduction in preseason games. That should keep competition sharp and that’s where some fighting can arise.
Hopefully that isn’t the case and both the Packers and Jets can learn and grow from these sessions.
Here’s hoping the fisticuffs are kept to a minimum with no one-on-one drills and the Jets enjoy the unique experience of training camp in the league’s smallest market, a big change from the hustle and bustle of NYC
Outside of an actual game, these joint practices give coaches the biggest glimpse of the preseason to evaluate their full roster in scrimmage sessions. It also gives LaFleur a chance to reunite with old friends and family.
Speaking of family: look out, Harbaugh brothers. Here come the LaFleurs. The Jets’ offensive coordinator looks to put his name on the map for future head coach considerations and the play and development of Wilson will go a long way towards that goal.
Josh Jackson gets badly needed new scenery while the Packers get a different cornerback in return. Who is Isaac Yiadom? In short, he’s a guy who probably shouldn’t have been drafted in the third round but has use as a rotational player.
No. Nope. Nope nope nope. This is like something out of a horror movie and I’d probably soil myself right in the aisle.