There should not be too much stock put into what has happened so far during the optional portion of offseason workouts for the Green Bay Packers. But, for what it’s worth, there certainly are a few players that have taken full advantage of their extended reps.
With the Green Bay coaching staff getting their first looks at some of these players, there are a few rookies that have been able to take advantage of extended looks on the field, even if not matched up against certain first-string members.
Entering camp, WR Amari Rodgers oozes potential, and the former Clemson Tiger enters into a great opportunity to capitalize on his talent right away.
Poised to add the combination of speed and slick route running to the offense, Amari Rodgers is a likely choice to earn slot reps heading into the regular season, and being able to showcase the skills that made Green Bay select him in front of the offensive coaches is a great first step in making that a reality.
Amari Rodgers likely slots in as the WR3/4 right now, behind Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, with Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Devin Funchess his likely direct competition. Amari Rodgers are Valdes-Scantling are the most comparable players on this roster due to their speed and shiftiness, and having someone like Amari Rodgers who can help out in the return game makes him even more valuable.
Even with the resigning of cornerback Kevin King this offseason, Eric Stokes should be entering camp with a healthy chance at taking over the CB2 starting role opposite Jaire Alexander. The first round corner out of Georgia has the speed and physicality to be a shutdown option opposite Alexander, the guy Green Bay has been searching for for a long time.
Stokes naturally will need to work through some rookie growing pains, but he has been able to hold his own so far in OTAs, even though he unable to match up against five of the better WR options Green Bay has to offer.
Holding down a major role in Joe Barry’s defense in Year One is imperative for Stokes, something that he certainly seems capable of doing.
Surprise surprise – QB Jordan Love has a great chance to solidify his role on this team with Aaron Rodgers not attending camps (up to this point). With no one except number 12 and his inner circle knowing what the next steps are, Love stands to benefit from all of the added attention from the coaching staff.
Going from not seeing a single snap of work in his rookie season to potentially ascending to QB1 on this team is an extremely steep learning curve, but Love has (thankfully) shown signs of progress heading into his second year in the league.
Expectations are going to be extremely taxing on the former Utah State player, but Love’s attention to the game and ability to produce in QB1 situations is going to be the biggest elements to watch this offseason – not working with some of the team’s top options certainly can hurt his chances, but Love will need to work with what he has.
The Packers have a lot on their plate right now with the ongoing Aaron Rodgers situation – but by the early looks of it, these three rookies certainly are in line to produce, and will need to take advantage of their training camp snaps to their fullest extents.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23