After a few days off, the Green Bay Packers were back on the practice ground on Monday, and Matt LaFleur provided some updates.
Key updates on David Bakhtiari and other members of the Green Bay Packers
The first and most notable update was that David Bakhtiari would hopefully take part in team exercises for the first time this summer. Bakhtiari was removed from the PUP list a few weeks ago and has been participating in individual exercises ever since.
As Zach Kruse as Packers Wire would point out, the odds of Bakhtiari being ready for Week 1 at Minnesota likely remain low. Outside of 27 snaps against Detroit in Week 18 last season, he’s basically missed an entire season.
Although Bakhtiari is a veteran and may not need as much time to prepare for action, asking him to be ready for a match in less than a week after around 18 months away is always a daunting task.
As for Elgton Jenkins, LaFleur didn’t provide details, but it didn’t look like he was going to participate in any team drills. Jenkins has only participated in individual exercises since being released from the PUP list.
We’ll see how the week goes, but for now it looks like the Packers should be prepared to not have Bakhtiari or Jenkins available in Minnesota.
If so, the potential starting offensive line will consist of Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Josh Myers, Jake Hanson and Royce Newman, who has been their preferred option all summer. Another option would be to move Newman to right guard and launch Zach Tom at right tackle – that combination seemed to be the most effective this pre-season.
As I explained in a recent article, offensive line play this season will be the catalyst for any consistent offensive success. The game of this unit will have to be improved compared to last season.
LaFleur’s other updates came at the wide receiver position. Allen Lazard didn’t train last week for an unknown reason, and LaFleur told reporters today that he was improving and “we’ll see how the week progresses”.
For an offense with major receiver issues, obviously not having Lazard would be a big blow to this unit. He’s expected to be the Packers’ No. 1 receiver, at least to start the season, and we know he has the confidence of Aaron Rodgers, often coming in big on third downs and in the zone. red during his career.
matt schneidman of The Athletic tweeted once practice started that Lazard wasn’t participating, but he was moving well with his running drills.
With regard to Christian Watson, LaFleur said that the ‘hope’ is that he can be ready for Sunday’s game. With Watson, however, it doesn’t appear to be injury related as he is out of PUP and has been active in team drills.
Rather, it has to do with him getting up to speed and comfortable with everything since he’s a rookie and missed much of training camp on the aforementioned PUP roster.
At the start of this season, Watson can provide this Packers offense with a threat on the field, and someone who can be used on a gimmick is playing with his speed. Hopefully his role will then continue to develop.
Rob Demosky from ESPN also spotted Mason Crosby kicking in practice, a good sign for his availability on Sunday. Crosby spent all of training camp on the PUP roster and was released before last Tuesday’s deadline.