Minicamp Gives Us A Sneak Peek at '22 PackersPosted:Jun 7th, 2022 10:45 am
It’s minicamp time and the first chance to see the ’22 Packers all together for the first time. Granted, they won’t be in pads, but there’s still a lot to check out and observe, even for those of us following from afar.
The A attraction will obviously watching Aaron Rodgers work with his new-look wide receiver group, one that will likely be missing Allen Lazard, who hasn’t signed is tender yet and likely won’t be seen till training camp (hopefully). That means the new guys, along with holdovers Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers, will get the bulk of the work. That’s good news for those of us itching to see if Romeo Doubs can double down from his electric performance in OTAs, how the Christian Watson-Rodgers dynamic looks early on and a first look at Sammy Watkins in green and gold.
With David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins on the sidelines, what will the offensive line look like and how quickly will the rookies get a chance to get a look? I’m guessing it’s Njiman-Runyan-Myers-Hanson-Newman for now, but there could be some shuffling. The hope is that Bakhtiari is at left tackle in training camp, with Njiman holding down the right side until Jenkins comes back.
Speaking of guys who are rehabbing, with Robert Tonyan out of the picture for a while, will either Josiah Deguara or Tyler Davis emerge as a legit tight end option for the first half of the season? We obviously won’t get the answer this week, but it will be interesting to hear if either stands out. I have a hunch Davis becomes a factor for this team this season.
As for the defense, I want to see how the corners line up. With Jaire back, does he play more slot since Stokes and Douglas are more natural outside guys? And how quickly will we see top pick Quay Walker replace Kris Barnes? Again, it won’t happen this week, and probably won’t happen in the preseason, but I’m hoping he shows enough that the team has to get him on the field—maybe even by the season opener. His former Bulldog teammate Devonte Wyatt is in the same boat. Looking forward to see him next to Kenny Clark and this week is our first chance to see what that looks like.
There’s even something to watch when the special teams units take the field. We’ve been hearing that Rich Bisaccia wants to use some starters (which scares me), so we might get a peek at which guys we might be talking about here.
After this week, there won’t be much happening until training camp, unless Gutey decides to add one more veteran to the receivers group. So this week, let’s soak in the unofficial start to the ’22 season and hope the new receivers are able to start soaking up the playbook.
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