Before practice even started JJ Watt commited one casualty. He broke a kids bicycle and said he would buy him a new one, hmmm rookie bike rider mistake I’m guessing.
Once contact started, you could tell it was going to be aggressive. A big hit was placed on Trevor Davis during a Kick Off Return and he left practice not returning. Later Coach Matt LaFleur said we’d know more by tomorrow. Another couple players were dinged up as well, Adrian Amos (Shoulder), Jake Kumerow (Hand), Za’Darius Smith (Limping, but returned), Jace Sterberger (High Hit, but Returned). The Packers took exception to the hit on their young tight end and rushed to his defense. Texans DB Lonnie Johnson Jr delivered the hit, but subsequently was sent to the showers. Coaches Matt LaFleur and Bill O’Brien had a discussion after practice about the unnecessary hit and both agreed to avoid such hits during practice. Although later Bill O’Brien stated it was “no big deal.” The Packers would disagree with that.
The standouts from practice today would be Tony Brown, Za’Darius Smith, Kabion Ento, Montravius Adams, Jace Sternberger, Adam Pankey, Danny Vitale, Robert Tonyan and Rashan Gary. It appears as expected the Packers defense is greatly improved. Z. Smith and R. Gary met in the backfield numerous times which would’ve resulted is sacks. In the match-up between OT David Bakhtieri and JJ Watt, it seems Bak got the better of JJ. Danny Vitale made some fantastic catches and Aaron Rodgers made some great throws. It was good to hear Kyler Fackrell picked up where he left off in 2018, beating Houston’s OT’s to the back field. The WR’s had some drops which need to be cleaned up soon. As a whole I believe it sounds like the Packers came out on top.
On the injury front GM Brian Gutekunst thinks Kevin King’s hamstring injury is of a less sever nature. King has to prove he can remain healthy to ever rise to the level of talent he possesses. Less is known about Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams hamstring injuries, but Williams had some great dance moves along the side lines. Hopefully the injury picture will be made clearer on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Round 2 tomorrow. I’m hoping no more injuries will beset our Packers. I’d like to see accuracy and quickness rule the day on both sides of the ball. The offense at this point is still behind the defense, but that’s expected. Let’s see what unfolds and how the Packer players react to the results from Round 1.
As Always, Go Pack Go
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