GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Starting safety Darnell Savage suffered a hamstring injury Friday during the Green Bay Packers’ traditional “Family Night” practice at Lambeau Field.
During a one-on-one matchup between receivers and defensive backs early in practice, Savage pulled Amari Rodgers while trying to cover. Savage, a first-round draft pick in 2019, saw the rest of practice from the sidewalls wrapped in snow around his right leg.
“I don’t think it’s a concern,” Savage said. “It’s a fast people injury. Some of those things you just can’t avoid. I’ll handle it right and listen to those guys back there and I’ll be fine.”
Beginning in training camp, Green Bay’s defense has mostly made its way with one offense, led by four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but adjusting to play without All-Pro receiver DeVante Adams. Is. The defense continued to play strong, with Vernon Scott replacing Savage in the lineup.
During the red-zone period, the opening offense made seven plays inside the 10-yard line but scored only once. Rodgers zipped a touchdown pass for the tight end to Marcedes Lewis against tight coverage from rookie linebacker Quay Walker in the second play.
After that, safety Adrian Amos broke a pass to Randall Cobb, linebacker D’Vondre Campbell stopped Aaron Jones on a jet-sweep-style flip from Rodgers, safety Shaun Davis nearly blocked a pass to Alan Lazard. , and dropped Dean Lowry Jones for a 2 to one run for a defensive tackle.
“I think there are some things we are working very well with and there are a lot of areas for improvement,” said coach Matt LaFleur. “One of the things we’ve challenged our defense on is consistency with stopping runs, and then I think they’ve done a great job defending passes, especially, deep balls and a ton. Don’t miss the big plays down the field.”
Early in the camp, Rodgers predicted that the offense was going to “kick our butts most days” by a defense that could be the team’s best since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. The Packers re-signed Campbell and cornerback Russell Douglas. Defensive tackle Jaren Reed in free agency and added Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt in the first round of the draft.
Meanwhile, Green Bay’s offense has struggled without Adams, who was traded to the Raiders in February, and offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgaton Jenkins, who are recovering from a torn ACL.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” LaFleur said. “I hope this is our defense is really strong and it will be very difficult to deal with. I think the one area we have to improve is just the consistency of the front. Now, granted, I think we have Have a pretty good defensive front. Our front seven can get pretty salty, so I hope they make our offense even better. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who’s out there. There is work to be done and we see improvement in more pre-season games over the course of the next week.”
The Packers will inaugurate the season in San Francisco on Friday night.
Note: Attendance was announced at 50,112 hrs. … LaFleur canceled the final period as his team was hit after practice for the fifth day in a row. … An offensive highlight was backup quarterback Jordan Love’s long touchdown pass to Samori Toure. Love throws the ball in Wyatt’s face. 1 offense ended the night with a touchdown, a 2-yard run by AJ Dillon setting Sammy Watkins for 26 and 11 yards. … Yosh Nijman got all the starting reps in the left tackle, while Royce Newman and rookie Zach Tom worked alternately in the right tackle.
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