Last night the Green Bay Packers had their 19th annual Packers Family Night and what a night it was. Now, a little disclaimer: I didn’t attend the Family Night since it’s a three and a half-hour drive from Chicago, and there was no stream either. But thanks to my good ol’ friend Twitter, I got a lot of updates and videos that provided some key takeaways on what has been happening in the summer. So, shoutout to my Packers fans that did that.
What a camp the receivers have been having so far, especially Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis and Davante Adams. Now, Adams, we expected him to be great since he’s arguably a top-5 WR in the league, but Kumerow has been fitting in really well with the offense and has found a groove with Aaron Rodgers. Head Coach Matt LaFleur had this to say about the second-year wide receiver, “You can always count on Jake… That catch he made down the right sideline was pretty incredible.”
Davis, who’s known as the kick returner, hasn’t been too involved with the offense for the past couple years, but it looks like that could change as he has been making plays this summer.
Going into the summer everyone had the impression that Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling would be fighting for the number two spot, which I still think is true, but with how well the other receivers have been doing this summer, I feel comfortable enough to say any Sunday, any receiver (not named Adams) could be the number two receiver as the depth is quietly good.
It might be premature, but I’m ready to declare Z. Smith the steal of free agency. Smith has looked great all summer and the battles he has been having with David Bakhtiari have been must-see.
Last year Smith had 8.5 sacks, 45 tackles, two pass deflection and one forced fumble in eight starts for the Baltimore Ravens. Smith should easily have a phenomenal year for the Packers as he’s just dominated training camp.
Well, there had to be something ugly in training camp and it’s been the backup QB. The hope for Kizer when the Packers traded for him was to become a solid backup QB and develop behind Rodgers, but so far that’s looking like a bust. He’s missed his throws by a wide margin and still turns the ball over. I will not be surprised if Tim Boyle, who’s having a good summer, takes over as QB2.
I would keep an eye on Sam Ficken as he’s been solid so far this training camp, especially with last night at the Family Night as he went 9-12, including made field goal attempts from 51, 54, and 63 yards to finish the night.
I’m not guaranteeing anything, but the Mason Crosby era could be coming to an end. This is the first time in six years that the Packers have brought another kicker into camp, but the reason I say this is we have seen the Packers cut ties with older players to save money and just move on, like recently with Mike Daniels. For now, I do think Crosby is ahead since Ficken hasn’t shown the consistency.
LaFleur and Rodgers love what they see so far and that’s the important thing. Both are throwing praise around for players and units, but everyone has that swagger where I don’t think we have seen in Green Bay for a while. Now, we are only two weeks into training camp, so we might be jumping the gun early, but this is a great start heading into the preseason games.