Anders Carlson’s performance in training camp is under the microscope as he stands as the sole kicker for the Green Bay Packers. A concerning one-for-six display during Saturday’s practice raised eyebrows and put his abilities in the spotlight.
With the departure of veteran Mason Crosby in the offseason, the Packers put their faith in Carlson, investing a sixth-round pick in the promising kicker. Despite some past inconsistencies, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia supported the decision, giving Carlson a chance to prove his worth.
Following a promising start to the offseason, Monday’s practice becomes a critical test for Carlson as he aims to bounce back from the dismal showing on Saturday. As Crosby remains a free agent, the Packers’ kicking situation remains fluid, with a potential return on the horizon if struggles persist.
As we continue to assess the Packers’ training camp, let’s take a look at other players who have seen their stock rise and fall during the first week.
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Trending Up: Tyler Goodson’s Versatility
The battle for the third running back spot in Green Bay is heating up, with Tyler Goodson and Patrick Taylor vying for the coveted role. After week one of training camp, Goodson has managed to edge ahead, showcasing his explosive playmaking abilities and versatility on the field.
Goodson’s skill set allows him to line up in various positions, adding a new dimension to the Packers’ offense. He can be deployed in the slot, the backfield, and even split out wide, making him a dynamic weapon for head coach Matt LaFleur to utilize creatively during practices.
Trending Down: Patrick Taylor
As Goodson gains momentum in the battle for the third running back spot, Taylor faces a challenge to keep up. While Taylor holds an advantage in the special teams department, the Packers’ focus on acquiring specialized players in other positions gives them flexibility to compensate for any shortcomings in that area.
Taylor must find another way to stand out and differentiate himself from the competition. Whether it’s showcasing skills as a runner or demonstrating his versatility in different offensive roles, he needs to find unique ways to make an impact on the team.
Trending Up: Tyler Davis’s Blocking
Marcedes Lewis was renowned for his blocking prowess during his career, and his absence leaves the Packers with a void in the tight end position when it comes to blocking. However, Tyler Davis has stepped up to the plate and shown tremendous promise as a blocker in training camp. His ability to excel in this aspect of the game could become his ticket to earning significant playing time on the field.
Trending Down: Yosh Nijman
During the early stages of training camp, Zach Tom has emerged as the primary candidate for the first-team reps at right tackle for the Green Bay Packers, while Yosh Nijman has been rotating between the second unit and filling in at left tackle. Although Nijman is a valuable swing tackle on a one-year deal, he is determined to secure a starting role and must elevate his performance during camp to make that dream a reality, as competition for the starting spot intensifies.
Trending Up: Lukas Van Ness
Lukas Van Ness, once buried on the depth chart during Organized Team Activities and minicamp, has rapidly ascended during the first week, showcasing his impressive burst and strength while making numerous impact plays. Notably, he’s displayed disciplined play by effectively setting the edge on running plays, addressing an area of concern for Green Bay from the previous season. With his standout performances, Van Ness is positioning himself for significant playing time, even independent of Rashan Gary’s health status, making him a player to watch as he continues to shine in training camp.
Trending Up: Jaire Alexander
Jaire Alexander is living up to his status as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL during practice, displaying exceptional skills that deter quarterbacks from even targeting his side of the field. When they do challenge him, Alexander makes them pay with his playmaking abilities. If he can elevate his game even further, the defense stands to receive a significant boost from his top-tier performance.