The Green Bay Packers continue their 2022 training camp with Saturday practice. Refresh this page for updates from Ray Nitschke Field.
Pat O’Donnell seizes the opportunity
It was a beautiful day in Packers training on Saturday with only moderate winds, so it was the perfect opportunity for new resister Pat O’Donnell to show his stuff. O’Donnell did not disappoint with several long high points during his first kick-off practice at camp. O’Donnell’s speed ranged mostly in the 4.5-second stop zone, with a high of 5.1 seconds and a low of about 3.9 seconds. There was only one kick out of the ten or so O’Donnell’s kicks that seemed to be incorrect. It was consistent with its direction and boomed for at least a few hits 50 yards.
The Packers had not re-signed their faith since a year ago, Cory Bogorques and signed O’Donnell’s free agency from the Chicago Bears. Randall Cobb and Amary Rogers did the most kick-serving during the practice.
The controversy over the final two-minute drive
There was a lot of controversy over the final play of the two minute drive that was attack No. 1 against No. 1 defense. From the 16-yard line with about 20 seconds left in drill, quarterback Aaron Rodgers popped into the corner of the end zone by cornerback Shemar Jean Charles on a layup. Randall Cope. However, the play was replayed for an unspecified reason, possibly because Jean Charles was out of bounds or out of the end zone. On the next play in third and sixth at 16, Rodgers threw a ball into the corner of the end zone wide receiver Allen Lazard jumped and caught cornerback Eric Stokes touching 16 yards with four seconds left.
There was no immediate explanation as to why the play was running again, but the attack was celebrated as if he had turned his 75-yard run for a touchdown win against the #1 defense.
Series two quarterback Jordan Love had far less success during his two-minute drill, throwing incomplete in three consecutive passes to force a penalty kick. Two of his passes were stopped at the scrimmage line and his final pass, a nice looking throw through the middle to wide receiver Amary Rodgers, was nicely covered by cornerback Rico Gaford.
David Bakhtiari participates in rehabilitation work
Packers All Pro tackle left David Bakhtiari took part in the rehabilitation work during Saturday’s bootcamp training.
This is the first time Bakhtiari has been seen offseason during a practice time that was open to the media. The offensive lineman is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. He revealed earlier in the week that he suffered a setback during the 2021 regular season final against the Detroit Lions. That match was also the first time he had come back since he tore his ACL in December 2020.
Sammy Watkins is back from injury, and will have a light day of training
The Packers will host another workout before taking their first vacation at boot camp. They will then work in shells on Monday and full pads next Tuesday. So today (Saturday) schedule will include:
“We’re in our fourth installation now. We’re going to have a competitive period; we have a two-minute period at the end of training, but it’s just, we keep building on what we’ve already put out three days and then we’ll also have a ‘move the ball, you name it’ period. So this will be our first opportunity. Players don’t necessarily have to have a script they can prepare for and just see their reaction in that situation.”
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who took part in his first practice at his training camp on Friday after a hamstring injury, will have a light day on Saturday. LaFleur said the plan is to let Watkins be a part of the solo act, about 25 minutes, and then “they’ll shut it down after that.”
Randy Ramsay is back on the field with his team
Linebacker Randy Ramsey returned to the field with his team on Friday, for the first time in a year. Ramsey, a third-year out LB left-back, suffered a torn ankle ligament and fractured fibula at 2021 training camp. On Saturday, coach Matt LaFleur Ramsey took part in the race for a reserve spot for full-back.
“It’s always good when you get someone who’s going to come up with all that downtime. He’s one of the guys that’s going to be up against the competition. We have one and two now, it’s pretty clear…but as far as three and five, I think it’s anyone’s guess. It’ll be the way in which these people develop and produce when given opportunities.”
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