The Green Bay Packers have been in training camp for this season for almost a week now as they prepare for the 2022 NFL season. As is always the case, some players have stood out in the early part of camp. While most practices have not been full contact and some have been without pads, it is encouraging to see these players making a strong first impression.
Here is a look at 10 Packers players who have stood out so far in training camp:
- OT Yosh Nijman
Nijman has seen time at both left tackle and right tackle during the first week of training camp. With David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins both on the PUP list, it becomes more important for one of the other offensive tackles to step up and claim the two starting positions.
Nijman has the most experience of the available offensive tackles. He did a solid job at left tackle last season when he was pressed into action. He started eight games which was his first extensive action on offense in the NFL.
The offensive line is in flux now with the team getting a look at a lot of players at many positions but Nijman is likely to start at one of the offensive tackle positions on opening day if he’s healthy.
- RB Tyler Goodson
The undrafted free agent out of Iowa made a good first impression in the battle for the third running back spot behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.
Goodson caught a touchdown pass from Jordan Love and made good cuts and showed good burst through the hole when he was given the football.
With Kylin Hill still unavailable after last year’s season-ending knee injury, Goodson has a chance to earn a roster spot if he can continue to perform well this month.
- DL T.J. Slaton
The Packers are hoping Slaton will make a jump in his second season and the former University of Florida star is off to a good start in camp.
Slaton has looked quicker and stronger than he did in his rookie campaign and he appears to be reading plays more quickly as well.
Obviously, the bigger test will come in the preseason when players are in pads and going full speed, but Slaton is making his case for more playing time on the defensive line.
- QB Jordan Love
The Packers coaching staff has been pleased by the progress Love appears to be making in practice thus far. The biggest difference is his confidence which has been an issue in his first two seasons. The coaches wanted to see Love be more aggressive and confident and thus far, he appears to be doing that.
His deep throws have been more consistent and he has been able to show off the arm strength that was evident during his college career at Utah State.
This will be a pivotal preseason for Love so the good start to camp is encouraging.
- CB Rasul Douglas
Douglas enjoyed a career year in 2021 after the Packers signed him off the Cardinals practice squad in October. He led the Packers with five interceptions including two pick sixes and a game-saving pick against Arizona in the closing minute of the game.
GM Brian Gutekunst signed Douglas to a new three-year contract and Douglas has continued to work hard to live up to the deal during the offseason and in training camp.
Douglas puts in extensive time at film study and makes sure he’s in the right position to make plays. He is the early favorite to see extensive time covering the opponent’s slot receiver.
- ILB Quay Walker
Walker’s speed and athleticism have been on display in practice. He has the speed to run down running backs even when they try to run away from him. He has also looked good dropping into coverage on tight ends and running backs.
The next step for the Packers first-round pick in this year’s draft is to prove he can produce similar results when the pads come on.
- WR Allen Lazard
Lazard is facing the challenge of taking over as the Packers number one receiver now that Davante Adams is with Las Vegas.
Lazard has always been a hard working receiver and he seems eager to take on the challenge. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been impressed with Lazard so far in practice as has the coaching staff.
Lazard doesn’t have to become an elite receiver like Adams, but he does need to step up his game and be a dependable first option for Rodgers on many plays. He’s off to a good start in camp.
- QB Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers was at his best on the first day of camp but slowed down a bit over the next few days. The best aspect of Rodgers right now is his attitude. He appears to be calm and very comfortable with the offense. He is also working with the new group of receivers the Packers have brought in and still appears to be making all his throws.
We won’t likely see Rodgers at all in preseason but there are few doubts that he will be ready for action when the season starts.
- WR Romeo Doubs
It’s too soon to hail Doubs as the next great Packers receiver, but the fourth round pick out of Nevada has looked sharp during the first few days of practice.
Best of all, Doubs is anything but a diva. He has a serious attitude, a good work ethic and isn’t getting carried away by his own strong start to training camp. He is often the first player reporting in the morning according to head coach Matt LaFleur.
With Christian Watson still not practicing, Doubs is taking advantage of the opportunity and is turning heads in practice with his speed and hands.
- OLB Rashan Gary
Gary has been a standout in camp so far. He seems quicker off the ball and is using a variety of techniques to get pressure on quarterbacks.
Click here for more on Gary and what he’s been able to do at training camp thus far.
The Packers are hoping the former Michigan star is ready to become a perennial Pro Bowl player.
Follow Gil Martin on Twitter @GilPackers
Click here for more great Packers coverage