Packers training camp wasn’t the same without them

Packers training camp wasn't the same without them

Roger from Lakewood Ranch, FL

Good morning, Wes. Now that the first week of training camp is over, what has impressed you the most?

Romeo Doubs. He’s stacking days and making plays. I also love his temperament. You can tell he is a cool customer who is confident in his abilities. That’s what you need to succeed at this level. He’s picked up right where he is left off in OTAs.

Being in Reno, home of the University of Nevada Wolfpack, it is no surprise to me how well Romeo Doubs has started training camp. When at their games he caught everything thrown his way and celebrated like it was no big deal. Never about him, always about team. When Doubs got drafted, my brother and I were ecstatic and said he would surprise everyone at the next level. The way he works and plays he will be successful! Just stay healthy, Romeo!

That’s exactly what Spoff wrote on Friday. It’s not that the kid is just making plays – it’s the professionalism he shows after making the play. Matt LaFleur’s comments before practice were telling, saying Doubs is one of the first guys in the building every day and how he’s already developed his routine.

James from Ottawa, Canada

II, it’s been interesting to see the rotating combinations on the OL. It speaks to the versatility of many of those guys; something we all know the Packers covet and which has paid dividends in the past. I’m curious if you think there is a particular point in the preseason programming by which specific positions will be assigned to these guys, or do you think they will go through the preseason games in positional rotation, meaning we may not know who will play where until Week 1 rolls around?

I think usually going into that first preseason game you’ll see the line start to settle in. It was around that time Royce Newman emerged as the starting right guard last year. With David Bakhtiari’s status still up in the air, it might take a little longer to figure out what the starting five looks like, but the Packers will take all the data and make the best decision possible. The two guys who haven’t been rotating are Josh Myers and Jon Runyan, who’s remained the No. 1 left guard throughout the first three days of camp.

Which WR do you think will be the real No. 1?

Who is lining up on the other side with Quay Walker? I haven’t seen a lot of chatter about how he is doing.

Walker has been lining up alongside De’Vondre Campbell in the first-team defense, with Krys Barnes and Isaiah McDuffie coming in with the twos. Linebacker is a tough position to give a review on before we see guys in pads, but Walker bursts with athleticism. He’s a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker and it speaks volumes the Packers already are working him in with the starters.

What changes will Joe Barry make so that teams don’t catch up to his scheme?

Walker is part of that. Jarran Reed is part of that. Rasul Douglas lining up in the slot is part of that. Barry doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel after what the Packers did last season. He just needs to evolve what his unit did well last season and identify the strengths of the emerging core.

Do you think Christian Watson’s late contract signing and recent injury will hurt his chances as a starter this season or is there still enough time for him to show what he’s got?

Of course. None of these receivers were drafted to start Week 1 in Minnesota. The Packers picked them in hopes of finding some future stars and contributors. Watson caught a tough break with the knee but I think everyone is breathing a sigh of relief there’s no long-term concern. When he’s healthy, Watson will get his chance to show he can make a Year 1 impact.

What’s wrong with Sammy Watkins?

He had a hamstring injury but returned to practice Friday. It was at a jog-through tempo, but I thought Watkins looked good, uninhibited.

Mike from Franksville, WI

From observing practice does it appear that the base offense still includes a second tight end in the H-back role? Or in light of Robert Tonyan’s injury is the team moving away from that formation?

Definitely, and that doesn’t really have anything to do with Tonyan’s injury, either. Josiah Deguara and Dominique Dafney have been rotating as the “F” tight end with the first-team offence. The position isn’t going anywhere.

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