Green Bay Packers: Notes from Final Preseason Practice

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, head coach Matt LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy look on during Wednesday's practice.Nfl Green Bay Packers Training Camp
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, head coach Matt LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy look on during Wednesday's practice.Nfl Green Bay Packers Training Camp /

The Green Bay Packers took the practice field on Thursday for their final practice before they head to Buffalo for their third preseason game.

These are the last few opportunities for those fringe roster players to make a good impression with the coaching staff.

If you missed anything, here is a rundown of what took place today from the Green Bay Packers media members who were in attendance.

– Several players who could be considered on the roster bubble, are still sidelined with injuries. This final preseason game is especially important for Equanimeous St. Brown and Tyler Lancaster—hopefully they can play.

– Matt LaFleur told us that the guard battle was down to Lucas Patrick, Jon Runyan, and Royce Newman. To start practice, Patrick was at left guard and Newman was at right.

– Once again, Jordan Love was participating in team drills, a good sign that he will be available for the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

– Malik Taylor at WR and Isaac Yiadom at CB were both taking some first team reps today. Both could be on the final roster because of their special teams contributions.

– Then there is Aaron Rodgers doing what Aaron Rodgers does.

– I’ve already written about this, but I think it’s going to be a big year for MVS.

– Many fans wanted Dean Lowry gone this summer, but he continues to put together a solid training camp. Lowry mentioned the freedom that they have along the defensive front to move and find favorable matchups. Perhaps that has contributed to his early success. Hopefully it carries over to the preseason.

– From the sounds of it, Rodgers, Adams, and MVS did whatever they wanted today against the Green Bay Packers No. 1 defense.

– Jordan Love learning from the master, he gets Delontae Scott to jump offsides and a free play ensues—unfortunately, the throw was intercepted by Uphoff. Sounded like there was a miscommunication.

– Preston Smith continues to have success in practice, beating Elgton Jenkins on a rep. Rashan Gary was also able to get after the QB today as well. If Za’Darius Smith can’t go Week 1, it’ll be vital that Preston and Gary kick things up a notch.

– Returning punts was Amari Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and Reggie Begelton.

– Speaking of Chandon Sullivan, overall it sounds like it was a nice day for him. He will likely be the defense’s primary slot corner once again this season.

– Rookie center Josh Myers doesn’t snap the ball when Rodgers wants him to and Rodgers let’s him know about it. A few plays later, the MVP gives the rookie a pat on the chest after Rodgers has all day to throw.

– The offensive line committed two false starts today. We saw them flagged a few times last Saturday as well for holding penalties—although Patrick had two of those.

– According to Packer Report’s Andy Herman, Jordan Love put together a nice day. Once again, a good sign for Saturday. LaFleur didn’t confirm that Love would or would not play against Buffalo but did acknowledge that if he did, he would likely play the first half and possibly into the third quarter.

– Robert Tonyan continues to catch everything, making what was described as an “absolutely ridiculous” one-handed grab in the end zone.

– Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press Gazette tweeted out that Rodgers is “straight dealing today.”

– Yosh Nijman has taken every one of his preseason snaps at LT but was with the 1s at RT in practice today. Nijman also saw snaps back at LT as well. What does this mean for Dennis Kelly?

Benkert continues to put on a show, firing a red zone strike over the middle to the recently acquired Damon Hazelton. The Green Bay Packers will have a difficult decision to make when it comes to keeping 2 or 3 QBs.

– Both Stephen Denmark and Abdullah Anderson, who were signed on Wednesday, were at practice.

– JJ Molson is perfect on his FG attempts, including makes from 56 and 60 yards.

– Eric Stokes left practice early and headed into the Don Hutson Center with a trainer. He did come back to practice but did not participate.

– The starting defense wins the two minute drill, which included a big sack from Kingsley Keke. The second team defense won their drill as well.

– Bucks GM Jon Horst was in attendance at practice today.